JACKSON TWP. Most gardeners have spent the spring and early summer planning and planting their gardens and landscapes. As with most years, April showers did finally produce May flowers. The corn in local fields is well over knee-high by the Fourth of July.
By mid-summer, there’s not much left for gardeners to do but enjoy the fruits of their labors and watch their gardens and landscapes erupt in full production. For those who still want to spruce up the garden with some color and variety, the big question becomes what’s left for local gardening enthusiasts to plant?
Rohr and Sons Nursery, 7211 Portage St. NW, Jackson Twp., Manager Matt Workinger said there is plenty of gardening season left to enjoy and plenty of flowers left to plant.
Workinger also hosts a "Let’ Grow Together" radio talk show on 640 WHLO where he talks about a different topic each week and what kind of plants are currently in the nursery.
"The only restrictions on planting during mid-summer is that anything that is balled and wrapped in burlap shouldn’t be planted in temperatures 85 degrees and higher," he said.
Mainly, the bigger trees have balled roots and are wrapped in burlap for transport. Any other type of plant can still be planted in the ground.
"By mid-summer most people are looking to spruce up their beds with a little bit of color," Workinger said. "We have plenty of options in stock with perennials, annuals, shrubs and bushes that flower during mid to late summer and some into the fall."
One of the flowering bushes Workinger mentioned was the many different types of hydrangeas available. The popular bushes bloom starting around mid-summer and go for at least six to eight weeks.
"We get new items every week," he said. "Our nurseries are used to help stock our professional landscapers and other landscaper companies in the area, so we are always getting new and fresh stock. A variety of flowers can still be planted. Anything that can be grown in a pot can still be planted in the ground such as phlox, coral bells and hostas."
Workinger said that the hostas are getting ready to bloom. He suggests that foliage like the different types of hostas can also provide color to any landscape.
"Shaded areas in the landscape can be hard to fill with colors. We do have a lemon daddy hydrangea that does well in shaded areas. The unique yellow foliage adds bright color to shaded areas," Workinger said. "Another great way to spruce up a garden is to add water features."
Water features come in four forms, open-air ponds (most expensive with most maintenance); pondless water falls and bubbling rock features (lowest maintenance and lowest maintenance) and fountains which are the lowest cost water feature.
The sound of water in a garden supports tranquility. Workinger said adding fish to an open-air pond can add color to gardens.
One other option for avid gardeners to explore are the many outdoor bonsai plants. Shaping and caring for the bonsai is an artform.
"When sprucing up the landscape mid-summer, its best to remember a number of things," Workinger said. "Anything growing in a container can still be planted in the ground. If it is balled and wrapped in burlap, only plant when outside temperature is below 85 degrees. And, there are a number of ways to add color to any garden or landscape."
In addition to the Portage Street location, Rohr’s Nursery has a second one at 5357 Everhard Road NW.