June 26th-29th Featured Plants and Products: Butterfly Bush



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June 26th-29th Featured Plants and Products:

Butterfly Bush (Buddleja or Buddleia):

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The name says it all for this butterfly attracting shrub. It is positively covered with tiny flowers that attract our favorite, fluttering friends. An easy to grow specimen, the butterfly bush will need some space in your garden as it can grow to heights of 5-8 feet. You can find these beauties in hues of purple-red, lilac-pink, violet-blue, and white. Plant in well-drained soil and full sun. Some have luck seeing them through the cold by heavily mulching them to overwinter them, but for the most part, the butterfly bush will die to the ground but return in spring.



Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia x var.):

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You would almost expect to see a Yertle lounging on the top of your Crape Myrtle. These colorful shrubs/trees definitely invoke the world of Dr. Seuss. Summer is a great time to pick out your crape myrtle because you can make a true choice of which color you want by actually seeing the blooms. What is red to the grower might look burgundy to you, what looks lilac to the grower might look cotton-candy pink to you, so it is advisable to buy while the blooms are evident. Crape myrtles come in all sizes, hence the shrub/tree category. You can find dwarf varieties ranging from 3-6 feet, semi-dwarf ranging from 7-15 feet and also those that sky-rocket up to 30 feet. A summer-flowering, deciduous specimen, crape myrtles are drought-tolerant once established, disease-resistant, and grows in alkaline or acid soil. Fall color on the foliage is a bonus. Who wouldn't want a show-stopping, eye-popping crape myrtle added to their landscape? Once you choose your variety, make sure to read up on the proper pruning techniques in a previous Happy Gardener blog, Thou Shall Not Commit Crape Murder. Come choose an amazing color burst for your landscape.



Vinca or Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus):

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The botanical name of the vinca means "rose-tinted, immaculate flower", and while the immaculate flower part is accurate, you can definitely find these beauties in more hues than rose. The reds, lavenders, whites, apricots, and hot pinks of the annual flowers make a visually stunning appearance, especially when planted in masses. You can find these plants in upright and spreading or cascading growth habits. These are a perfect choice for the onset of sunny, hot summer days. Give them good drainage, for they hate wet feet, and fertilize weekly with Miracid water-soluble fertilizer to keep those blooms coming all summer long.



Lantana (Lantana camara):

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One of our all time favorites this time of year. Not only is lantana heat and drought tolerant, deer-resistant, butterfly-attracting and low maintenance, it also comes in a beautiful array of brilliant colors to choose from. Lantana performs and blooms best in your full sun areas. Choose from growth habits of dwarf-mounding, bush, and trailing. Cutting tips periodically will encourage new blooms, and cutting overgrown plants back by a 1/3 will give them new life. Sit back with this easy care perennial and watch it return to your garden each spring.



Venus Fly Traps, Thousand Oaks Location:

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Thousand Oaks has a new shipment of Venus fly traps ready to go home and start devouring your flying bugs. You'll want to give these carnivorous plants as much light as you can, water them with distilled water (or rain water). They need good drainage, and although they need to have damp soil, they do not want to be sitting in water. Planted in a mix of some organic sphagnum moss, sand and perlite in some combination, your fly traps will be happy little critters.



Baby Bonsai, Bandera Location:

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Bandera got a sweet shipment in from Costa Farms, of beautiful, sought after houseplants, and this included some baby bonsais. Add some whimsy to your homes with these zen-inducing miniatures. Or if you are looking for some amazing houseplants like Dracaena, go check out their selection soon. We are always getting asked to bring in more true houseplants, so these are sure to be scooped up soon!



Roses

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Won't you come into to my garden, I would like my roses to see you."~Richard Brinsley Sheridan  Beautiful as a site in the yard, or arranged in a fresh bouquet inside the home, roses bring delight to all who gaze upon them. With this weekend's ad (June 12th-15th) you'll receive a special discount of 25% off any rose plant. You can choose from antiques, miniatures, floribundas, grandifloras, climbers, hybrid teas, groundcover roses, shrubs roses, and knock outs. Sale prices begin open of business Friday, June 26th and end Monday, June 29th.



Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia x var.):

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You would almost expect to see a Yertle lounging on the top of your Crape Myrtle. These colorful shrubs/trees definitely invoke the world of Dr. Seuss. Summer is a great time to pick out your crape myrtle because you can make a true choice of which color you want by actually seeing the blooms. What is red to the grower might look burgundy to you, what looks lilac to the grower might look cotton-candy pink to you, so it is advisable to buy while the blooms are evident. Crape myrtles come in all sizes, hence the shrub/tree category. You can find dwarf varieties ranging from 3-6 feet, semi-dwarf ranging from 7-15 feet and also those that sky-rocket up to 30 feet. A summer-flowering, deciduous specimen, crape myrtles are drought-tolerant once established, disease-resistant, and grows in alkaline or acid soil. Fall color on the foliage is a bonus. Who wouldn't want a show-stopping, eye-popping crape myrtle added to their landscape? Once you choose your variety, make sure to read up on the proper pruning techniques in a previous Happy Gardener blog, Thou Shall Not Commit Crape Murder. Come choose an amazing color burst for your landscape.



Asian Glazed Pottery

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Color your world with our selection of brightly-hued glazed pottery. You can literally find every color of the rainbow. Our special prices this weekend in our internet ad invite you to stock up for your container gardens. The best thing about planting in pots is the versatility. If you think your plant is getting too much or too little sun, you just move it. Have a tropical plant you need to protect from freeze damage? No problem, let it enjoy the summer and fall, then scoot it in for the winter. There's always room for one more pot, don't you think?  Special price of 20% off all Asian glazed pottery valid this Friday, June 26th-Monday, June 29th.



June 19th- 22nd Featured Plants and Products: 

Turks Cap (Malaviscus arboreus var. drummondii)

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We love plants that give us a pop of bright color in the shade and Turk's cap fits the bill. Dark, green, heart-shaped leaves are peppered with bright-red, or pink flowers that have the adorable shape of a tiny fez hat. Hummingbirds will be lured by the pops of red, and birds seek out the tiny fruits that appear after flowering for food. The bushy, Texas native, perennial reaches about 3 feet in height with a width of about 3-4 feet. Turk's cap will die back each winter but then come back with a flourish. This attractive xeriscape choice is also deer resistant. Look for red and pink varieties this week.



Dark Knight Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis):

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Caryopteris is such a beautiful specimen with its dark-green foliage and clusters of small, "beardy" flowers perched atop the upper parts of its stems. "Dark Knight" is usually grown as a shrubby perennial, although it looks fresher if cut back to the ground each late winter. Cool, blue flowers appear all summer long. Grows to mounding heights of just 2 feet with the same width. Attracts butterflies and other pollinators, which are essential to our gardens. Add some royalty to your landscape with "Dark Knight Bluebeard" Plant in full sun with good drainage, then sit back and enjoy the cool blooms of this easy to grow perennial.



Pride of Barbados aka Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima):

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You want color? We got your color. The festive bright oranges and reds that shoot out of the Pride of Barbados really let us know that summer has arrived. This Texas xeriscape perennial is grown mostly as a shrub that freezes to the ground in winter, but pops back up quickly in spring. Interesting fine-textured foliage hosts the multitude of flower spikes seen all summer long. Save on the airfare and visit your very own "tropical getaway" in the front or backyard.



Figs:

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The beautiful foliage of the fig tree is reason alone to add this to your landscape. Huge, dark-green leaves create a widespread canopy; a perfect spot to relax under during a hot day. And then come the figs, plentiful, juicy, sweet fruit bursting with flavor. Come take a look at the different selections we have for you to choose from this weekend. Special price of 25% off valid Fri, June 19th-Mon, June-22nd.



Bamboo:

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Not just for pandas, bamboo can be a wonderful addition to many different areas of your landscape. Come check out the assortment of varieties we carry and you might be surprised at bamboo's versatility. Dwarf varieties can give you an interesting groundcover with an oriental look, while clumping varieties can offer you an interesting screen or specimen plant. There are different light requirements for the different varieties so always ask which variety is best suited for your area. Most are comfortable in sun to part sun. Don't miss this deal of 25% off all bamboo plants. Prices valid Fri, June 19th-Mon Jun 22nd.



Roses:

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Won't you come into to my garden, I would like my roses to see you."~Richard Brinsley Sheridan  Beautiful as a site in the yard, or arranged in a fresh bouquet inside the home, roses bring delight to all who gaze upon them. With this weekend's ad (June 12th-15th) you'll receive a special discount of 25% off any rose plant. You can choose from antiques, miniatures, floribundas, grandifloras, climbers, hybrid teas, groundcover roses, shrubs roses, and knock outs. Sale prices begin open of business Friday, June19th and end Monday, June 22nd.



Garden Tools:

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Maybe you left your clippers out in the rain last month and can't recover from the rust build up. Maybe you've been getting by using a rake or shovel held together with duct tape. Why don't you treat yourself to some brand spanking new tools during this weekend's sale (June 12th-15th). All garden tools are 25% off. Having a tool that works correctly can make gardening a lot easier and a lot more fun. Back away from the duct tape! Sale prices begin open of business Friday, June 19th and end Monday, June 22nd.



Perennial Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa):

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Thousand Oaks just got a shipment in of some new perennial Butterfly Milkweed. Those of you who are fans of the Tropical Milkweed will not want to miss out on these. A single plant may send up 5-10 flower stalks with several clusters of fragrant, vivid, orange-hued flowers. Plant in sun in well-prepared soil and plant 8-12 inches apart. They will go fast!  Thousand Oaks location only.

Orchids:

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Bandera brought in a new shipment of beautiful orchids. You can grow orchids indoors by a bright window. Minimal amount of care is needed for these uniquely structured plants. These beauties don't need a lot of watering either, in fact, a once a week soak in the sink is sufficient to keep them happy.  Shop for a unique orchid pot to house your new little friend. Bandera location only.

June 12th-15th Featured Plants and Products:

Bearded Iris (Iris germanica or Iris pallida) :

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The bearded iris is a colorful perennial that grows from a thick, fleshy rhizome. True-green leaves grow 18-24 inches in a bladelike shape. Beautiful, large flowers extend about 6 inches above the foliage. Through hybridization many colors are now available. Look for blues, deep purples, rusts, yellows, bronzes, pinks, browns, oranges and whites. Plant in full sun, and at a depth the same as the soil in the pot it comes in. Once established, your iris will survive long periods of drought, but they always grow best with regular watering and feeding. This is also on our deer resistant list. You'll be rewarded with years of blooms with very little effort.



Flame Acanthus (Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii) :

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It's not called the "hummingbird bush" for nothing. The hummingbirds go nuts for this native perennial. Its masses of slender, tubular flowers have the enticing colors of orange or red that make the hummingbirds go wild. The tubular shape of the flowers fits like a glove on the hummingbirds beak. Reaching 3-4 feet, the Flame Acanthus will spread equally. As long as the plant has good drainage it can be at home in the ground or a pot. Plant in full sun in any soil and watch for fluttering wings.



Hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos, mutabilis, coccineus) :

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What? A hibiscus that will return year after year? Yes, the hardy hibiscus brings you the tantalizing color of the tropics, but with the reliability of a xeriscape perennial. Sign me up please! Very easy to grow in the landscape, the hardy hibiscus is one of our best summer sellers due to the success that our friends have had each year. Colors of blooms range from crimson to white, with every hue of pink and rose in between. Some blooms can be up to a foot across! If you plant these in rich, moist soil and in the full sun, you will get the most vigorous growth; but hardy hibiscus are also very accommodating and will tolerate light shade and less desirable soils. Plants will freeze to the ground in winter, but just cut back old stems and new shoot reappear in the spring. This one is also a hummingbird attractant.



Daylilies

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This xeriscape perennial is a favorite in many landscapes. Even when they are not in bloom they lend an attractive appearance. The evergreen leaves look similar to liriope and can be used as such, in border beds, accents, or as mass plantings. The color of the blooms can be found in a spectrum ranging from the palest yellow up to the darkest mahogany with all the hues in between. Most heights are in the 18-30 inch range. Plant in full sun and enrich the soil with peat moss or pine bark mulch before planting.



Agastache (Agastache)

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Masses of flower spikes appear from July onwards, making it a magnet for butterflies and admiring visitors alike. Agastache is easily grown in average-medium moisture, well-drained soils, and in full sun to part shade. This xeriscape perennial should really be planted more often. It makes a wonderful addition to bouquets. You don't need to worry about cutting the sturdy stems back throughout the season. Leave the leaf and flower stems u during winter for protection and then cut back the dead stems in late winter to early spring.



Roses

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Won't you come into to my garden, I would like my roses to see you."~Richard Brinsley Sheridan  Beautiful as a site in the yard, or arranged in a fresh bouquet inside the home, roses bring delight to all who gaze upon them. With this weekend's ad (June 12th-15th) you'll receive a special discount of 25% off any rose plant. You can choose from antiques, miniatures, floribundas, grandifloras, climbers, hybrid teas, groundcover roses, shrubs roses, and knock outs. Sale prices begin open of business Friday, June 12th and end Monday, June 15th.



Garden Tools

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Maybe you left your clippers out in the rain last month and can't recover from the rust build up. Maybe you've been getting by using a rake or shovel held together with duct tape. Why don't you treat yourself to some brand spanking new tools during this weekend's sale (June 12th-15th). All garden tools are 25% off. Having a tool that works correctly can make gardening a lot easier and a lot more fun. Back away from the duct tape! Sale prices begin open of business Friday, June 12th and end Monday, June 15th.



June 5th-8th Featured Plants and Products:

Grapes, Blueberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries:

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The berries and grapes are just starting to cluster. Try your hand at growing some fresh fruit. You can walk outside and pluck off a handful of healthy antioxidants. We'll be offering a special discount for these juicy morsels in our upcoming internet ad this weekend. Come choose from the many varieties we currently have in stock.



Asian Glazed Pottery

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Color your world with our selection of brightly-hued glazed pottery. You can literally find every color of the rainbow. Our special prices this weekend in our internet ad invite you to stock up for your container gardens. The best thing about planting in pots is the versatility. If you think your plant is getting too much or too little sun, you just move it. Have a tropical plant you need to protect from freeze damage? No problem, let it enjoy the summer and fall, then scoot it in for the winter. There's always room for one more pot, don't you think?



Plumeria (Plumeria obtuse or rubra):

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Let the scent from the heavily aromatic flowers of the plumeria flower transport you to the tropics. This beautiful, tropical shrub produces the flowers worn in leis by Hawaiians. You can look for color varieties in red, pink, orange, white with yellow, yellow, and rainbow. Plant in full sun and give them plenty of water during the summer. In winter, you will bring them indoors where you can keep them dry, even to the point of knocking off the soil around the root ball and storing them in the rafters of your garage until you are ready to pot them up again the following spring/summer. In San Antonio, it's best to plant your plumeria in oversized, heavier, clay pots since the shrub grows fast and tends to be top heavy. The aroma of the flowers are a true delight and there is no wonder that we have many request this time of the year for the plumeria.



Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia x var.):

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You would almost expect to see a Yertle lounging on the top of your Crape Myrtle. These colorful shrubs/trees definitely invoke the world of Dr. Seuss. Summer is a great time to pick out your crape myrtle because you can make a true choice of which color you want by actually seeing the blooms. What is red to the grower might look burgundy to you, what looks lilac to the grower might look cotton-candy pink to you, so it is advisable to buy while the blooms are evident. Crape myrtles come in all sizes, hence the shrub/tree category. You can find dwarf varieties ranging from 3-6 feet, semi-dwarf ranging from 7-15 feet and also those that sky-rocket

up to 30 feet. A summer-flowering, deciduous specimen, crape myrtles are drought-tolerant once established, disease-resistant, and grows in alkaline or acid soil. Fall color on the foliage is a bonus. Who wouldn't want a show-stopping, eye-popping crape myrtle added to their landscape? Once you choose your variety, make sure to read up on the proper pruning techniques in a previous Happy Gardener blog, Thou Shall Not Commit Crape Murder. Come choose an amazing color burst for your landscape.

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis):

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Now here is a striking perennial for those areas that are too shady for most other perennials. The Cardinal Flower blooms rich, hot-red flowers on tubular spikes mid-spring to fall. The foliage will either be a deep green or burgundy color. You'll want to plant this one in shade to am sun/pm shade, and prepare your soil with peat moss because it prefers richer soils. A favorite of hummingbirds, the Cardinal Flower will be visited often as they seek out the tubular flowers from which they drink.



Damianita (Chrysactinia mexicana):

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Technically a shrub reaching 1 foot tall by 2-3 feet wide, Damianita is so long-blooming that it is thought of as a wildflower. The bright-yellow flowers create a virtual carpet of sunshine. As long as you give it good drainage (does not like "wet feet"), Damianita can grow anywhere. The tiny aromatic leaves are very efficient at preventing water evaporation. Plant in full sun, and enjoy because the deer tend to leave this one alone.


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