Deer Resistant Gardens

Selecting Deer Resistant Plants for Your Garden Deer damage has become more prevalent due to increasing deer population, real estate development, and human population shifting from cities to suburban living. Although one of the best insurances against deer damage is a fence, the more aesthetically pleasing alternative is to landscape with deer-resistant plants. Planting a deer resistant garden is easier than you think

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Digitalis-Foxglove
Echinacea
Echinacea – Coneflower

There are several reasons a plant can be deer resistant. Tastes, preferences and digestibility vary with plant age, growth stage and time of year. When planning landscapes with trees, perennials and ornamental shrubs, it is important to research their palatability to deer in order to avoid browsing damage when the cold season strikes.


Plants

Achillea (Yarrow) P Ageratum A Andromeda (Pieris) S Artemesia (Silvermound) P Bergenia cordifolia P Berberis (Barberry) S Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) P Buxus sempervirens (Boxwood) S Cedrus deodara (Cedar) T Chaenosmeies speciosa (Common Quince) S Clematis spp. P Cornus florida (Dogwood) T Cornus alba (Red Twig Dogwood) T Cotoneaster S Cytissus (Broom) P Daphne S Dicentra spectabllis (Bleeding Heart) P Echinacea (Coneflower) P Enkianthus S Fargesia (Clump Bamboo) S Festuca glauca (Blue Fescue) P Digitalis (Foxglove) P Erica (Heath) P Forsythia S Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) S Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon) S Ilex spp.crenata, x meserveae, opaca (Holly) P Juniperus spp. (Juniper) S Kalmia spp. (Mountain Laurel) S
Leucothoe fontanesiana (Leucothoe) S Ligustrum vulgare (European Privet) S Lonicera (Honeysuckle) S Liriope (Lilyturf) P Monarda (Bee Balm) P Narcissus (Daffodil) P Nepeta (Catmint) P Osmunda cinnamomea (Cinnamon Fern) P Pachysandra (Pachsysandra) P Perovskia (Russian Sage) P Picea pungens (Colorado Blue Spruce) T Picea glauca ‘Conica’ (Dwarf Alberta Spruce) S Polemonium caeruleum (Jacob’s Ladder) P Potentilla (Cinquefoil) P Rudbeckia (Black-Eyed Susan) P Rhododendron spp. S Pyracantha (Firethorn) S Sempervivum (Hens & Chicks) P Spirea spp. T Tsuga canadensis (Hemlock) T Viburnum dentatum (Arrowhead Viburnum) S Wisteria frutescens (American Wisteria) S

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Drought-Tolerant Plants Save Work and Water

Drought-Tolerant Plants Save Work and Water

The drought tolerant category saves work. These plants are also conservationists! They save water by needing less. American gardens are definitely not in the tropics. Many areas have  hot, dry spells and drought tolerant plants keep going when you’re busy, go away for the weekend or live in an area where outdoor watering is monitored. Drought-tolerant doesn’t mean “never needs water.” It means you can create a gorgeous garden that will require less water. Plants in this category do well in dry conditions.

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Starcluster Pentas

Starcluster Pentas is a wonderful addition to any landscape or container. With generous clusters of five pointed flowers, Pentas may be red or white and many shades of pink and purple.

Starcluster Pentas – One of the Most Underused Plants in the Garden…

We want you to try a couple of Pentas in your garden. Very popular with butterflies and hummingbirds,  Starcluster Pentas is on sale this week. When you buy one, you get one free.

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Check out Floridata for more info…

 

ImpatienPaloooza!

SuperSecretSale begins Saturday, May 23, 2014.
Florific New Guinea Impatiens
Regularly $3.99 each – On sale this week for 99¢ each!

That’s right folks, ninety-nine CENTS each!

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Florific New Guinea Impatiens do well in sun or part shade. I love them because they put out flowers on top, where you can see them! These plants are very strong growers in pretty colors. Florific  New Guineas will fill a garden bed quickly, creating a mass of color. Load up while supplies last. Limit 40 ea. per customer per visit.

We also have  6″ Patriot geraniums on sale this week.  Patriot, the All American geranium regularly sells for $9.99 each. This week, if you buy three or more, the price drops to $6.99 each.

While you’re here, you may want to check out our grafted tomatoes. They are heirloom types grafted to ultra strong growers with a super high yield and double the fruit of traditional heirlooms. A 1 gallon pot is $9.99.

Folks, stop in and check out our specials and all of our other fine plants.

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How to use our App!

Introducing the Crystal Lake Garden Shop App!

The Crystal Lake Garden Shop app is designed to help you have more fun in the garden and at our garden center. Each time you visit the garden center your purchase will be validated at the register and you’ll receive another ‘punch’. After 5 punches you’ll earn a reward. Click on the rewards tab and you’ll see all the rewards you’ve earned and all those you are eligible for.

Finally, use our ‘Ask Us’ feature to send photos and questions to our staff. Have a question about what kind of plant it is, have a pest that’s bugging you or lawn or plant disease you want to get rid? Use our ‘Snap & Send’ tool to get answers to all your gardening questions.

Let’s take a closer look at the tabs, buttons and links.

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Call - Ever have a quick question? Don’t worry about having to look up our number. Just tap the call button to connect with our store or staff.

Map - Use Google maps to get turn by turn directions to our store.

Check In - Collect a punch when you validate your purchase at the register. Just tap ‘Check In’, follow the instructions and hand the staff your phone. They’ll enter a four digit PIN and you’ll get a punch.

News - We use our ‘News’ feed to access gardening news, interesting seasonal gardening articles, tasty recipe ideas, videos as well as upcoming events, sales or specials.

Rewards – Keep track of all rewards that you’ve earned, or those that you are eligible to earn. You’ll notice that earned rewards will have a red ‘Redeem’ on the reward. Simply tap the reward button to redeem. Agree to redeem, show it to staff and you’re all set. Your redeemed reward will be removed from your account. Make sure you check it out as some times we will load rewards with notices of any sales or promotions we are running. You’ll never have to worry about clipping a coupon or missing out on a sale. It’s all on the app, and always ready for you. Make sure to turn your Notifications choice to on in order to receive special notifications.

Ask Us – Use this handy tool to send along any questions, comments or suggestions. You can even use your camera to select a photo from your photo stream, or take a photo to send along with your gardening questions. So remember, you are never more than a couple of taps away from anything you want to know about gardening.

Notifications – Make sure to turn your notifications on in order to receive occasional updates or notices. We promise not to bug you, but we will alert you to severe weather or other situations that involve your plants and pets. You can turn notifications off at any time.

Tell a Friend - We hope that you will love our app. In fact we hope that you will share it with a friend. Just select our Tell a Friend button and enter the email address to share links to our app.

Visit us on the Web - A quick link to our website.

Happy Birthday to You! - Like any good friend we promise to remember your birthday with a special gift or reward for you. Just make sure to supply your month/day of your birthday when activating your app.

How to get the app. Use our handy links to access our app on the Apple iTunes store and Google Play (for Android devices). Just follow the prompts to download, activate and enjoy the app.

Our app works on all Apple iPhones, iPads, iPad minis as well as Android Smart phones and tablets.

better blooms for the buck!