Thursday, January 30, 2014

Are you ready?

With the Polar Vortex upon us every other week and temperatures ranging from zero to 60 degrees, I look out my window and see no color. Usually by this time of the year we are starving for color.

Every fall, my daughter I plant around 500 hundred tulip bulbs in a small bed in front of our house knowing that they will be the first blast of color. We also are anticipating the spring blooming shrubs.


Show Off Starlet Forsythia

This past fall we also planted some newer plants that Loma Vista is growing including Show Off Starlet Forsythia. Now, we have a truly mini Forsythia to put little pops of sparkling yellow into our spring borders. Starlet becomes a 2-3ft ball dressed in blossoms from the ground up which is a true dwarf.

Bloom-A-Thon Azaleas

 Bloom-A-Thon Azaleas were also introduced into the Bridges landscape. Twice as nice as other azaleas! Why settle for just a week or two of flowers when you can enjoy up to five months of blooms? Large flowers appear in April, then rebloom in early July, continuing through fall until hard frost. The evergreen foliage of this plant is disease resistant and maintains excellent color year-round. I have kept a close eye on this plant for nearly a year now and truly believe this is going to be a great plant. The re-bloom on it is huge and the shrub also has made through some brutally cold days this winter.

Snow Day Surprise Exochorda
We also added some Snow Day Surprise Exochorda, also known as Pearl Bush. Snow Day Surprise's large white blooms cover this plant in a flood of spring flowers. This is a stronger grower than old fashioned Pearlbush, with a neater, more compact habit. An excellent plant for the spring landscape!

These are just a few of the many great spring blooming plants available at Loma Vista Nursery. I know the minute when my daughter and I cover up the tulips bulbs with the last scoop of soil in the fall, we are already looking forward to the next blast of color in the spring. 
Steve Bridges, Sales Representative, Loma Vista Nursery

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Reminiscing Smells of the Outdoors

Catalpa flowers
As I sit and look out my window and see all the deciduous trees, shrubs and perennials dormant, my mind begins to wander. Temperatures will be getting up past 50 degrees with sunny days ahead I will be anxiously waiting for the new season that will emerge in the months to come. With the anticipation of spring color, another unique perspective on the horizon is the fragrance of spring and summer. Of course there are the usual suspects like lilacs and roses that are so wonderful, but do you notice the pleasant fragrance of the Linden, Honeylocust, or Catalpa? Although the flowers on the Linden and Honeylocust are fairly insignificant (I think we can all appreciate them) the fragrance is subtle yet sweet and the flowers on Catalpa are just amazing. They have a gorgeous orchid-like flower and the fragrance is simply sweet.
Courtesy of The Grove
Each of the trees' fragrance is unique and has a way of taking you back to the place you first smelled them. The Honeylocust takes me back to my family farm as a child. The driveway seemed like miles long back then. It is actually a few hundred yards long but then I would walk down the gravel path in bare feet (I can only wish to do that today). I enjoyed those days of playing in the mud, making mud pies and forts in the windbreak.

What's your favorite fragrance of spring or summer? Does it transport you to a special place? Go out and make a memory with your children or grandchildren by planting a tree or shrub and then noticing the sweet smells together. The memories we create will continue in the years to come! It is so important and very rewarding that we get the opportunity to pass on such a great legacy.

Michelle Cadena, Sales Representative, Loma Vista Nursery

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tough and Easy to Grow

It's cold outside and the memories of our hot summer have all but faded away. I might have been complaining about the heat last summer (I was six months pregnant so I had a good excuse to whine), but now I'm wishing the heat back.


I saw this succulent bowl on a friend's patio last year and it really caught my eye. I took this to our growers and they said "go for it". Look for mixed succulent bowls on our availability late spring. Our mixed bowls will feature the Sunsparkler Series of sedums (bred by Chris Hansen of along with other succulents.

Sunsparkler Dazzleberry
Sunsparkler Dazzleberry

 Sunsparkler Lime Zinger

What is so great about sedums? Aside from being tough and easy to grow, they are available in a wide range of colors, foliage types, height, and flower color. When you plant several varieties together, it really looks spectacular. At my house, between the stone steppers that lead to our patio, we planted a combination of Angelina, Blue Spruce, Acre Aurea, Kamtschaticum ellacombeanum, and Dragon's Blood. It looks great and I never have to water it. This spring Loma Vista will have some Sedum hak. Chocolate Ball that we are trying out. I'm excited to add that color to our mix.  
Chocolate Ball Sedum

Whether you are planting on a roof top, a vertical wall, a border to your landscape bed, or just looking for something for your hot, sunny patio table - sedums can do the trick. Mixed containers make an easy table centerpiece that holds up to the hot summer. 
By Lyndsi Oeastmann, Vice President, Loma Vista Nursery   

Friday, January 3, 2014

X, Y and someday Z

Google marketing to the different generations and you will find some interesting facts and statements:

Gen Yers send 2,273 text messages per month - that's 75 texts per day!

"81% of Gen Y visits the social networking giant on a daily basis." James White
97% of your target audience is online

"Generations X, Y and Z rely heavily on the Internet and social connections to influence purchases, and in many cases they influence the purchasing decisions of their parents. By 2020, the Web will play a role in 68 percent of consumers' shopping journeys."  By Angela Swenson, Senior Channel Marketing Manager, OmniMount

word of mouth marketing
Word of mouth has changed over the years! There are many online platforms, including social media sites, available for you to tell your customers about your garden center. And, for your customers to share their experiences while they shop, what gardening class they are going to attend, what new plant they found...
How are you keeping up with it all?
What are your favorite social media sites?
What is your goal with each site?
Are you getting the results you want?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic!  

Susan Mertz, Director of Marketing, Loma Vista Nursery