Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Interesting Fall Fruits and Colors

Can you guess what they are?

I was out taking a walk the other day and I noticed these unusual fruits, larger and more prolific than I have ever seen. Can you tell what they are? This plant is very common, it says so in its botanical name.


How about this NEW shrub for a nice display of fall color? A tough shrub, that we commonly use, now has a new brilliant selection.

This is one of the most unusual fall colors and is one of my fall favorite surprises.

Or, how about this early flowering shrub or small tree - do you know what it is? These are actually the sepals that turn red in the fall just after flowering. Way cool! I just could not leave this one out, we have just a few left at the LDC!

Let's see who can get all these correct. Email your answers to 
Michelle Cadena, Sales Representative, Loma Vista Nursery 

Winter Wonderland of Plants

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As fall offers us crisp, sunny days to enjoy, we all know it is coming. Winter will set in, making our landscapes further down the list behind bundling up, chopping wood, and building a scale model of the Eiffel Tower out of toothpicks.

photo courtesy of Daily Mail

However, this does not have to be the case. With some forethought and good planning, you can truly create a garden your customer will cruise through even in the frigid days of January.

We can help you in achieving a complete year-round garden for your customers. Below are some examples of plants that show off in the dreary days of winter:

Deciduous hollies - Ilex 'Red Sprite' and Berry Heavy are compact selections with extraordinary fruit set which will last well into December, if not January in certain years. 

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Witchhazel - Hamamelis sp. 'Jelena', 'Arnolds Promise', 'Diane' are large shrubs with fragrant strap-like flowers anytime from December to February depending on how warm it is (or, isn't).
Heritage River Birch - Betula nigra Heritage is a landscape staple with exfoliating bark and creamy white undersides that brightens dark days.
Oakleaf Hydrangea - Hydrangea quercifolia 'Pee Wee', 'Ruby Slippers' have it all! Great clean foliage in the spring, strong flower display in late spring/early summer, reliable red fall color and beautiful peeling bark for winter interest.

Ninebark - Physocarpus Little Devil, Summer Wine, Diablo, Amber Jubilee are much like oakleaf hydrangeas with winter interest. Ninebark has much to offer during the growing season, but it can really be an ocular treat when defoliated. Its tight branching and flaking bark does an excellent job of catching the morning frost. 

Whatever the season, if you are stumped on what to plant or use in a design, just give us a call. We'd love to tell you about our favorite plants.
Ben Cecil, Operations Manager, Loma Vista Nursery 

Begin with a smile

Yesterday's emal from the Western included a link to an article by Sid Raisch,
His article supports much of what Judy Sharpton presented in the PW program on creating a positive, consistent, customer experience.
Consistency Rocks a Customer's World
While you may find that your number of transactions per customer has declined, Raisch believes "providing consistency of a few, very simple positive experiences" will help turn things around.
Begin with a smile.
Susan Mertz, Marketing Director, Loma Vista Nursery