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Growing and Repotting Orchids

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Saturday, August 13 at 9 a.m.

Orchids are one of the most popular houseplants. They are elegant and graceful, yet easy to care for. An orchid is also a great gift that blooms much longer than cut flowers, and with patience, they can bloom again and again. In this free class, our experts will teach you how to plant, care for, and repot orchids. Save 15% on selected items when attending the class.

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Gardening for Beginners

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Saturday, August 27 at 9 a.m.

Even the most experienced gardeners were beginners at one point, and they would be the first to tell you that they’re always learning! So don’t be afraid to try something new and ask questions. In this free class, our experts will teach you all the basics and answer all your questions to help you transform your yard into the beautiful garden you’ve always wanted. Save 15% on selected items when attending the class.

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Endless Summer® Hydrangeas

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Southerners have long had a love affair with hydrangeas. Those big pom-poms of blue or pink blossoms of the most commonly recognized ‘mophead’ hydrangeas bring back memories of spring time in grandma’s garden. One of the most enchanting things about this plant is that its bloom color depends on the soil – and you can control what color you get. 

You can continue the love affair in your own garden and get more enjoyment out of these beauties with new varieties that will re-bloom and can put on a show from spring to fall. The Endless Summer® hydrangea is the first repeat blooming mophead hydrangea, available in three varieties. 

Endless Summer Hydrangea Traits:

  • Requires filtered sun to partial shade
  • Grows 3-5 feet tall and 2-4 feet wide
  • Blooms spring and summer. Remove spent flowers to have repeat blooms.
  • Blooms on this season’s and last season’s growth
  • Flower color depends on the soil pH (blue in acidic soil, pink in alkaline soil) 

There are three varieties of Endless Summer Hydrangeas:

  • ‘The Original’ in blue or pink (though pink is hard to achieve in our region)
  • ‘Blushing Bride’ in pure white that matures to pale blue or pale pink
  • ‘BloomStruck’ in vivid purple or rose-pink   

How to Plant Hydrangeas: 

Step 1: Find the Right Spot

In the south, hydrangeas can’t tolerate too much hot sun. Allow for 2-3 hours of morning sun and dappled sun or shade in the afternoon. If your hydrangeas get intense sun in the afternoon they may wilt a bit in the heat, but they should revive when the temperature cools down for the day. 

Step 2: Plant in a Nutrient Rich Soil

Good soil has a huge effect on your hydrangeas’ successful growth and bloom production. Properly prepared soil provides the nutrients necessary for plants to establish a strong, healthy root system. It also drains well so that the plant gets enough water to thrive, but not so much that the roots could drown or rot. 

Our dense Georgia clay needs to be amended with a good planting mix, like Pike Planting Mix, in a 50/50 ratio. Doing this will break up that dense soil so roots can grow more easily and water will drain better.  When planting, add in some organic starter fertilizer, like E.B. Stone Sure Start, to give your newly transplanted hydrangeas a head start in healthy growth and to prevent transplant shock. 

Did you know that the flower color of some hydrangea varieties can depend on the soil pH?  Blue to purple blooms occur in acidic soil and pink blooms in alkaline soil. In most parts of Georgia we tend to have a more acidic soil (though coastal areas with lots of sand may have a more alkaline soil). This means our hydrangeas will usually bloom blue. You can add minerals to your soil to affect the color of your blooms!  To enhance the soil acidity for deeper blue flowers, incorporate aluminum sulfate into your soil mixture. If your heart is set on pink hydrangeas, your best bet is to grow them in containers where you can easily control the pH level of the soil with dolomitic lime to get rich pink flowers. 

Step 3: Water Regularly, Fertilize, and Prune Sparingly

Hydrangeas prefer moist, but well-drained soil—not wet. Overwatering can cause your hydrangeas to produce less flowers.  Put them on a watering schedule so you’re less likely to overwater. The best time to water is in the morning or evening when it’s not so hot. Adding mulch around the plant is a great way to conserve water and regulate ground temperature. Mulched plants typically can go longer periods of time between watering than non-mulched plants. 

Feed with a general purpose fertilizer a couple times a year – but before the fall, which is when hydrangeas go into a dormant period. 

You can prune hydrangeas to give them shape, but wait until AFTER the spring bloom. However, because Endless Summer hydrangeas bloom on new and old growth, pruning too much can take away potential flowers. To help these re-bloomers actually do that, you should deadhead them regularly (meaning remove spent flowers so new ones can appear).

Step 4: Sit back and enjoy the show!

These blooming beauties will do their thing for months. And since you can use them as hedge borders, to flank your entryway, or as focal points in containers, you can plant them all over your property! 

 

 

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Crape Myrtle: The 100 Day Tree

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A Southern favorite, crape myrtles offer a year-round show: gorgeous summer flowers, brilliant fall color, and attractive peeling bark.  Nicknamed the “100 Day Tree” because of its long bloom time, crape myrtles are deer resistant, heat and drought tolerant, and can grow in any type of soil, as long as it’s well drained. Pretty, hardy, and easy to grow – it’s easy to see why crape myrtles are so popular. 

A Crape Myrtle for All

From white to pink, lavender to red there are many bloom colors to choose from. Crape myrtles also come in many sizes, from dwarf varieties reaching only 2-3 feet tall to large trees up to 30 feet tall. For most gardens with full sun, you can find a great spot for a crape myrtle. 

Plant dwarf varieties that reach 3-5 feet in your shrub borders or perennial beds for a mounding punch of color. Medium sized varieties that reach 10-15 feet in height make great garden accents or focal points. Large crape myrtles make great structural elements to anchor landscapes and also provide shade to otherwise sunny gardens. 

Planting Tips

Crape myrtles need full sun and well-drained soil to flourish. Newly planted crape myrtles should be well watered until roots are established (which takes a year or two), after that they are mostly drought tolerant. 

Pruning Tips

Crape myrtles bloom on new wood, so only prune when they are dormant (in winter). Don’t chop your large crape myrtles down to little stubs just because it’s easy. This ruins the natural form.  On large varieties, prune root sprouts, twiggy growth, crossing branches, and branches growing toward the center of the plant. Gradually prune lower side branches, up to 4-5 feet, to reveal the interesting peeling bark of the trunks. On dwarf varieties, regularly thin out small, twiggy growth.  On all varieties, prune spent blooms in the summer to encourage repeat blooming.

 

 

 

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Custom Indoor and Outdoor Container Gardens

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Decorate your home inside and out with magazine-worthy container gardens. Choose from pre-made, living container gardens designed and planted by well-known Atlanta floral designer Mara Santiago. Want something extra special? Work one-on-one with Mara to create a custom arrangement for your specific style and occasion. Arrange your appointment by contacting your local Pike Nurseries.

 

 

Floral design service exclusive to Pike Nurseries Buckhead, Pike Nurseries Lindbergh, and Pike Nurseries Toco Hills. 

 

 

 

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Plants for Pollinators

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Want to make sure you have healthy, prolific plants? Help pollinators—including butterflies, birds and bees—help you! 

Tips to Create a Pollinator-Friendly Garden

  • Choose nectar- and pollen-rich plants that vary in bloom-times. This way, pollinators will have food for as long as possible in the growing season.
  • Choose plants that offer a range of heights, flower shapes and flower sizes. Variety is the spice of life for pollinators, too!
  • Use chemicals carefully and sparingly, or not at all. Pesticides that get rid of the “bad” bugs can harm friendly pollinators, as well. Choose spot treatments over systemic.
  • Provide fresh, shallow water for drinking and bathing. Keep it clean so as not to attract mosquitos. 

Here are some plants that will look beautiful in your garden and attract pollinators.

 

Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)

A magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds, this sun-loving deciduous shrub provides profuse blooms mid-summer to fall. The fragrant panicles of flowers come in shades of purple, pink, yellow, and white, and are deer resistant. A pretty addition to your garden, a nectar banquet for the pollinators, and a good option for cut arrangements. 

Echinacea (Coneflower)

Butterflies and bees love the pollen of this low-maintenance perennial, and song birds enjoy the seeds left behind after flowering. A sun-loving, drought tolerant upright grower, flowers in shades of purple, yellow and white will bloom summer to fall. 

Lantana

This sun-loving, drought tolerant beauty attracts butterflies and hummingbirds with the nectar in its little flower clusters in various colors (red, orange, yellow, pink, and white). With a long bloom season—spring to early fall—this deer resistant perennial is perfect for your pollinator garden.

 

Pollinators need water, too. Bird baths are a great choice, of course. Just be sure to clean it regularly—mosquitos like to breed in stagnant water. Also keep in mind that butterflies and bees need something shallow so they don’t drown.  Try using a pottery saucer to create a butterfly/bee bath.  Add some rocks to serve as landing pads; when adding water, keep the top of the rocks dry.

 

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DIY Blooming Easter Basket

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Create a blooming basket for your home or to give as a gift. This basket features blooming pink Anthuriums. The heart shaped flowers are long lasting and thrive in medium to high light indoors. It's complimented by a Bird's nest fern which adds some height and lighter green foliage. A variegated green and white Pothos is tucked in the front and will spill over the side as it continues to grow. To finish it off Green Spanish moss is added around the plants.

 

 

 

 

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Spring Gifts and Decor

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Let the beauty of each season shine
not only in the garden but in your home and office. Pike Nurseries carries a great selection of garden-inspired décor and gifts. Just like the garden, the assortment of garden gifts and décor changes with the seasons and the holidays. 

Garden Gifts

Our unique selection of candles, scent diffusers, gift sets, gift cards and botanically inspired soaps and lotions add ambiance to any setting and make perfect gifts.

Garden Apparel
We carry a wide selection of fashionable gloves and wide brimmed hats that let you garden in style while protecting you from the sun.  Choose from an assortment of colors, designs and sizes. We also carry “I love to Play in the Dirt” t-shirts in several colors.

Décor
Entertain and accessorize your home and patio with garden-inspired décor. The décor changes with the seasons so check back regularly to find what has just arrived.

 

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