Viburnums…. ah, the variety, the beauty, the sheer size and OOmph they offer. The esteemed Michael Dirr says this :”A garden without viburnums is like a life without the pleasures of music and art.” Truly, they are a wonder of native plant goodness!

This week we are offering two on sale: The Compact Korean Spice bush will grow 4-6′ tall and wider, maybe 5′ across. They produce early spring blooms that rival lilacs in their intoxicating scent! Hardy, they can take lots of pruning, sun, drought (once established)and even partial shade.
The Juddii variety grows a bit bigger, 6-8′ and as wide. It offers much of the same bloom quality, hardiness, etc. Both of these varieties have berries in the summer/ fall/ winter (red turning to black) to entice birds into a wildlife garden and provide winter interest in your landscape.
Got questions? Want a different variety? Want to know your choices? Come visit us this week! These big beauties, 3-4′ tall right now, are on sale for $24.99. This is a good deal and quantities are limited!
Viburnum Lover

Herbs & Veggies

Yum. What we have here is just a bit of what we’ve got in stock! It is such prime time for cool season vegetables. That includes our friendly chard over there, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach! This cool rainy weather is perfect for helping all of these greens reach their full capacity.
When the weather warms in the next few weeks, it’ll be high time to get your tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, zucchini and melon crops in the ground. However, the best selection is right now! If you know you want heirloom varieties, come buy them now. Store them on a sunny porch for a week or until the weather warms to your satisfaction! (Don’t forget to water them frequently)
Another important thing to think about when it comes to vegetables: follow what you like. Well, yeah, you say, DUH. But I love the beauty of cabbage- not so much on the plate, but in the ground. So I purchase some especially beautiful ornamental varieties for edging around my flower beds. It is a showstopper! I also love the look of that towering Swiss chard. How great does that look in a container with some great annual flowers around the base?
We are excited to offer Prairie Star flowers at FTN. Prairie Stars are plants that have been evaluated by our friend, Dr. Alan Stevens, at the K-State trial gardens. These plants thrive in our prairie soil, heat, cold, wind, rain, hail, etc etc etc! One of my favorites is the ‘Boxwood’ basil. It is a tight, tiny leaved plant that can be cut back to form a neat herbal hedge! I’m so excited to try this at home.

I was walking on the Streamways trail this week, in between downpours. This is a great trail system that cuts from southern Wyandotte county all the way down through Johnson county; following Mill creek and various rails. It has lots of wildlife and wonderful plants and trees on it. Most are native or nativized species. I saw Dame’s rocket in bloom, dogwoods, redbud, horsechestnut trees, spiderwort and a few baptisia. I was struck by the fact that at Family Tree, we offer many of those same plants for the native (or native-type) garden.
Check out this outrageous fuchsia spiderwort we have! Our facebook page has more photos….

This rainy morning makes me think of all the growing STUFF yet to come! It hasn’t really entered the warm season yet, but we’re almost there. Warm season plants include all those lovely mediterranean vegetables and herbs that are too delicate for Kansas springs: basil, rosemary, parsley, eggplant, tomatoes and peppers (to name just a few on the top of my list).
My garden is filled up with lettuce, spinach, snow peas and broccoli right now. While I love them, I really long for the squash and zucchini of July. Not to mention melons and cucumbers!

It’s time for annuals! Annual flowers are the lovely plants that just bloom for this year- too delicate to overwinter. We have the showiest geraniums, impatiens (New Guinea, Sunpatiens), dahlias, begonias, gerber daisies… this list goes one. Ask any of us how to care for them! (The right amount of sun, some fertilizer and good soil, regular watering and you’re good)

Perennials: well, they are amazing! They come back every year, require little maintenance and bloom during their season. So: they fill out the garden bed but don’t offer constant blooms. They have lots of OOMMPH. If you choose more native types, they are very water friendly! Examples for full sun include: yarrow, daylilies, liatris, hollyhock, echinacea, gallardia, rudbekia.

Look for photos later on today…. more spring on the facebook page!

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! I would suggest working in the yard, but it looks like the Earth needed a drink.

But it is dry in our greenhouse. So if you need some green on this 40th Earth day you can come on in and buy some plants. You can plant them when the rain clears or keep it in your home to green up your environment and freshen your air.

Spring is certainly underway here at FTN. I was in the nursery this weekend and was knocked out by the show!
This picture is a Royal Burgundy Cherry. They are about done blooming but now the leaves are coming on- chocolate/ green and serrated. They are just a lovely tree! They get about 20-25′ tall and are an upright grower. Perfect addition to your yard…
The azaleas are blooming their hearts out; the rhododendrons are about to bloom; the Cayuga viburnums are competing with the lilacs for most beautiful scent/bloom combo!!
Anyone out there love old fashioned Snowball bushes? They are a hearty, vigorous type of Viburnum and their bloom time is almost here. Ours are covered with blooms, still green, about to color up!