We have acres of trees and shrubs, including: ornamental and fruiting trees, many with brilliant fall color; conifers from compact to majestic; many different types of hedging; over 70 varieties of lilacs and 50 varieties of hydrangeas during early spring with many of the varieties available year round; mock orange, spiraeas, camellias, edgeworthia and Zenobia. Over 2000 rhododendron and azalea plants from which to choose, including dwarf to tree size growing varieties and the fragrant Loderi forms. We also stock rare trees and shrubs from China, such as Loropetalum and Davidia involucrata.
Additionally we carry an extensive collection of fruit trees and fruiting shrubs suitable to our climate. They are offered in late winter as bare root plants and throughout the year as containerized plants. And, with the popularity of blueberries rising as it has, we are carrying dozens of varieties year round.
Let us know if there are plants you have not been able to find. We just may have them and, if not, John really enjoys the challenge of finding unusual plants for customers. So leave your name, number and the name of the plant you are searching for in our notebook in the Garden Store and maybe John can find it.
“I’d rather have roses on my table, than diamonds on my neck.”
- Emma Goldman
Roses are our passion. We carry over 600 varieties of roses with diversified groups of top rated roses for our climate. The groups include hybrid teas, grandifloras, floribundas, climbing, groundcover, David Austin English Roses, rugosa, and old garden roses.
Supplies are limited so please call us to check availability of specific varieties. 360-466-3821 or 1-800-585-8200
We carry over 600 varieties of roses with diversified groups of top rated roses for our climate. The groups include hybrid teas, grandifloras, floribundas, David Austin English Roses, climbing, rugosa, old garden roses and ground-cover roses. We have multiple reference books for your research if you are in need of help while choosing rose plants and our knowledgeable staff can always offer assistance on choices and care. Our rose list with its legend is a quick reference for customers wanting a particular color, a particular group such as hybrid teas, or only fragrant roses.
Because roses are our passion, we love to fill the Garden Store and Primrose with roses from our display garden during the spring and summer months. We also look forward to our annual Rose Festival in June where we showcase the display garden around our Schoolhouse and offer classes and clinics on rose varieties and rose care. The weather is usually cooperative and guests often picnic out on the Schoolhouse lawn. The Schoolhouse is filled with cut roses from the Tri-Valley Rose Society and it is here you can see and smell many of the most popular roses first hand. This offers a rare opportunity for those who are considering planting a rose garden. There is nothing better than seeing the real flower rather than viewing it in a picture.
Rose Care and Culture
Roses prefer full sun (6 hours or more) and well-drained soil. When planting your rose dig a hole 18″ deep and 24″ in diameter. Mix your native soil with 50% composted organic matter such as mushroom compost or composted manure. Add bone meal to encourage root growth. If you have a dog that loves to dig skip the bone meal. Plant the rose in the plantable fiber pot if it is leafed out and in active growth. Taking it out of the pot will disturb delicate roots and may put the plant into shock. Before settling the fiber pot into the hole, slit the pot vertically from just below the top to the bottom on all four sides. Set the pot in the prepared planting hole so the soil level in the pot is the same as the surrounding soil. Back fill the prepared soil around the pot and tamp down. Cut off the top of the pot that is above ground level. Forgetting to do this will cause the fiber material that is above the ground to wick water away from the rose which means the rose will need to be watered more often. Water in well, soaking the entire planting hole. Deep water once a week during the active growing season. We recommend feeding in April, June and August with an organic fertilizer such as Whitney Farms Rose Food and/or alfalfa meal.
The best defense against rose diseases is a healthy rose. Diseases can be controlled with healthy soil and appropriate watering and fertilizing practices. Picking off diseased leaves and raking fallen leaves when you notice them goes a long way toward growing healthy plants and blossoms. Raking rose leaves in the fall also keeps rose diseases from over wintering and infecting your roses in the spring. Avoid planting roses with a history of black spot and mildew. If you insist on growing a rose with a history of disease plan on spending more time keeping it healthy by monitoring and removing diseased leaves. These leaves should not go into your compost pile but should be burned or placed in garbage bags and sent to the dump. We have several roses in our home garden worthy of this extra effort. We would not be without an Anna Pavlova or Jude the Obscure not only because of their beauty but because of their fragrance. One Anna will fill a room with old rose fragrance while Jude does the same but with a fruity/rose scent. Insect pests that appear (most often aphids) may be controlled organically with predators, a soapy solution (Safers) or a strong blast from your hose. Powdery mildew and blackspot can be controlled with Neam oil, copper spray or sulfur spray. These products are organic and will not harm the environment.
Lightly prune tall roses in November to prevent snow or wind breakage, with the primary pruning done in March. Most modern roses may be severely pruned, to a height of 6″ to 18″. This encourages new growth and more flowers. Old roses, English roses and climbing roses prefer a more minimalist pruning, removing just the least productive old wood and damaged or diseased wood.
In late October or early November apply an organic mulch (composted manure or mushroom compost) 8″ to 12″ up the canes. This will protect against winter injury but must be pulled away and spread out in March when you prune your roses.
The above are ‘best rose practices’ and since we are hit and miss at our home, I need to say that roses are not as difficult to grow as this information may lead you to believe. If you are not growing for show but for your own enjoyment roses are fairly easy care. The most important practices being feeding in early spring and removing diseased leaves. We are not fanatical about removing the leaves but we do when we see them. Because we are not offended by an occasional spot on a leaf we are fairly casual about our roses. The pleasure of having roses definitely outweighs any negatives.
ENJOY YOUR ROSES!
Perennials are those satisfying, reliable plants that return to our gardens year after year. We strive to carry the unusual as well as grandmother’s tried and true favorites. We have a vast collection of perennials for every garden situation; wildlife habitat, boggy areas, dry rocky areas, shady or sunny exposures, cottage gardens and native gardens. We also have a knowledgeable staff ready to help you with your choices for different garden situations and exposures. Additionally, we are consistently on the search for that hard to find, elusive perennial. Please let us know what you are looking for. We welcome the opportunity to help you find the plants you’ve had on your wish list for months (maybe even years).
We carry both organic and traditional veggie starts to help you get a head start in your vegetable garden. You will find both the tried and true varieties as well as new introductions. We have everything from artichoke starts and asparagus roots, to seed potatoes and horseradish roots during our late winter, spring and early summer months. Our herb selection is also very extensive with a dozen varieties of basil and at least 20 varieties of rosemary plus all the other herbs you have been reading about. If you are looking for that hard-to-find tomato variety to transplant into your garden, know that we carry over 70 varieties during May and June. Come in the spring and expect to be inspired!
We grow and sell basic annuals such as petunias, lobelia, impatiens, begonias, and over 10,000 geraniums, along with the newest introductions and the hard to find such as; Fuchsia ‘Blacky’, Rhodochiton, Spilanthes ‘Peek-a-Boo’, Petunia ‘Black Velvet’, Lobularia ‘Snow Princess’ and Chocolate Cosmos. We also grow custom hanging baskets, huge fuchsia baskets, and porch and patio containers in the spring and summer.
Our Front Greenhouse and Propagation House are lined out with both traditional flowering hanging baskets for sun or shade and also our more unusual veggie baskets and herbal baskets. Most of our annual hanging baskets are grown in extra large 14-inch containers allowing for healthy baskets all summer long. These baskets, pots and containers are planted and grown on in our largest greenhouse to be ready for purchase a few weeks before Mother’s Day. We stagger our plantings so we can offer these colorful annual containers throughout the spring and summer.
Growing plants in enclosed spaces removes toxins from the air and replaces the oxygen we take from the air. A home with plants is a healthy home and our Conservatory is filled with plants for homes, offices and sunrooms. We have a wide selection of plants for low light including maidenhair, Boston and tree ferns. We offer plants in 2-inch starter containers and plants 7 feet tall with all sizes in between. Our selection of flowering indoor plants includes orchids, African violets, gloxinias, Persian violets and other seasonal varieties such as poinsettias and paperwhites for Christmas decorating and gift giving. The Conservatory is a great place to wander during cold weather. With heated floors and flowering plants it provides the garden fix we need during the winter.
Our plants are properly named, pest free, healthy and well grown. They are guaranteed to flourish with proper care. Please follow the cultural advice our nursery staff provides.
Returns, exchanges and refunds can be made with returned merchandise and sales receipt.
Many newly planted or tender plants require some winter protection (fir boughs, compost or bark). Please understand that we cannot guarantee our plants against cold, heat, flood or drought damage.