Friday, May 2, 2014

Garden roses

May rose special
A favorite stop of guests and customers while touring the container farm is the rose section.  Here's a quick look at a few of the garden roses we grow:
Bolero Garden Rose
Dark Knight Garden Rose
Dark Knight
First Prize Garden Rose
First Prize
Nicole Carol Miller Garden Rose
Nicole Carol Miller
Secret's Out Garden Rose
Secret's Out
If you would like to visit our container farm, please contact your sales representative or email
By Susan Mertz, Director of Marketing

Live Inventory

Live Inventory
Live inventory information for both of Loma Vista's landscape distribution centers, Olathe and Kansas City, is now available online. Select the item you are looking for and see the plant description and images.
Just follow these steps:
  • Use the live inventory link above to access the page.
  • At the live inventory page, select the location in the upper right hand corner. Your location choices are Olathe and Kansas City.
  • Use the search option, upper left hand corner, to narrow down the selection and click the "go" button.
  • The filter option allows searches by size, plant category, and plant type.
  • To print the availability for your selected site, select the xcel or pdf icon at the upper left hand corner.

Arbor Day

Two important days are observed this week: Earth Day (Tuesday) and Arbor Day (Friday). The first Earth Day was held in the spring of 1970 as a way to demonstrate on behalf of the environment. The first Arbor Day in the America was held in Nebraska on April 10, 1872. The idea came from Julius Sterling Morton as a way to plant trees in a treeless Nebraska. An estimated one million trees were planted that day. National Arbor Day is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April. All states celebrate Arbor Day but not all on the last Friday of April.

Arbor Day Foundation
Arbor Day Foundation

Ways to observe Arbor Day is to learn about trees, learn about maintaining trees, teaching others about trees and their care, volunteering with local planting organizations or planting a tree at home. Four million urban trees disappear each year. They are lost to storms, high winds, drought, stress and poor care. Trees are vital to our environment. They filter out pollutants in our air, reduce air conditioning use, buffer winds therefore reducing heating costs, absorb high frequency noises, increase property values and can help prevent soil erosion.

Don with a Dawn Redwood
Hug a tree on Arbor Day.
Better yet, plant a tree!

So come Friday, consider helping the environment by planting a tree or helping someone else plant a tree.

Pink Spire Crabapple
#25 Pink Spire Crabapple

At Loma Vista Nursery, we are honoring Arbor Day all month long. Our April special is Container Trees. 20% off of the 5+ qty price when you buy 25 or more. Book this month and ship any time before May 30th. 
By Kate Williams, sales representative 

Images of spring at the container farm

John Proffitt Delosperma
What do you love about spring? Jonathan, our grower, wrote last week that he loves the emerging foliage and the shades of green. For me, it's all about the flowers!

I spend Friday afternoons at our container farm taking pictures of the crops for our sales reps and marketing materials.

Potting up hostasWhile I was at the container farm on Friday, Jonathan mentioned that they go from waiting for spring to arrive to rushing around because everything needs to be done at once. The plastic has come off the winter mini-huts and the huts are being dismantled. Crews are busy potting up new crops, pruning and fertilizing the established crops, and the robots are spacing plants. It's fun watching the robots zip about.

robot moving plants

The dock is always a busy place in the spring and fall where the pulled orders are staged for shipping and the containers are tagged according our customers' specifications.

Orders staged for shipping

My focus on this trip to Ottawa was to check out the deciduous crops and see what is breaking dormancy. The ninebarks are leafing out and the new foliage of the Amber Jubilee and Coppertinas glow in the sunlight.

Amber Jubilee Ninebark

Spirea, barberry, hydrangea, weigela, burning bush and callicarpa are all leafing out too. The forsythias and cistena plums are full of flowers. The azaleas are loaded with buds. The rose crops are incredible.

always save my favorite area, the perennial and groundcover houses, for the end of each visit. Jessi, a recent horticulture graduate from K-State, has joined our team of growers this year and is in charge of this area.

Though I may be a bit biased in my opinion as I have known her since she and my daughter were in kindergarten together, she is doing a great job!

Jewel Desert Delosperma

My current favorite plant (it changes week to week) is the Jewel of Desert Delosperma. The flowers are like golden light bulbs.
Jewel of Desert

If you would like to tour the container farm, give us a call (913-897-7010) or send us an email to  
By Susan Mertz, Director of Marketing

Is everyone ready?

We've all been waiting for it, and for a while it seemed as though it would never get here. But here it is, spring has sprung.

Red Drift Rose crop

Whilst most of the bigger houses at the container farm are still covered (the wind took a few of them), all the smaller structures are open. Now we get to see how our crops fared. For the most part things are looking good. There is some winter damage, some of the plants are going to be held back, and some are just plain dead.

At least here we expect it to get cold, spare a thought for the nurseries on the West Coast. They saw temperatures in the single digits and low teens for the first time in twenty years.

Ostrich Fern


I love this season, not so much the hectic pace, since everything needs to be done at once (though I must admit it's quite a rush). And sure, it's great to see the flowers. But for me what I love are all the shades of green, and the speed at which those new leaves expand. It's as though the colder the weather, the quicker the plants are to wake up.

Perennial crops

So as we move through this season, please take a moment to think of the guys (and ladies too), who spent those cold, wet

Hauling plants

miserable days outside, covering and often re-covering those plants that will be coming your way this year.

Lilium crops
By Jonathan McCombie, Grower

Has spring sprung?

Dare we say it? Has spring finally arrived? After the hard winter we have endured, your customers are likely chomping at the bit to get planting. With their hypothetical noses pressed against the glass, they are desperate for signs of life. At our farm in Ottawa, we are shaking off the winter, taking off the poly, and seeing green! It is time to fill your nursery and holding yard and give your customers what they desperately need.

Snow Day Surprise

Exochorda 'Niagara' SNOW DAY SURPRISE commonly known as pearlbush. This Proven Winner is compact, outward spreading with flower buds that resemble pearls. It will take light shade and is drought tolerant once established. With a mature height of 2' it is a good shrub for smaller gardens, shrub borders, low hedges, or containers. As one of the earlier blooming shrubs, it is a must for early spring garden center orders. Our 3PW (pictured above) are budded and ready to ship.
Double Take Orange Storm Quince

Chaenomeles speciosa Double Take Orange Storm is a thornless, fruitless quince that provides a brilliant early spring display with big, richly colored, double flowers. Once established, quince is extremely heat and drought tolerant. They are a specimen for early season color and make excellent cut flowers. Our 1PW Orange Storm (pictured above) are budded and primed for shipping. Also consider Scarlet Storm, budded and ready to ship! Available in 2PW and 3PW. (Additional photo courtesy of Proven Winners)

Ann Magnolia

Magnolia Ann is part of the "little girl" series of hybrid magnolias. Ann blooms later than other magnolias potentially protecting flowers from spring frost. This also makes Ann a good magnolia for your customers because the bloom time is typically consistent with spring kick off, where others may be bloomed out. The flowers on Ann are purple and fragrant and may sporadically re-bloom mid-summer. The buds are plenty on our #5 Magnolia Ann (pictured above).

If you are ready to make your first order and need more suggestions on what's ready to ship, let us know. We are happy to help. Or, if you have already received your first order and need to supplement, we are happy to assist with that too. Here's to a great a season!
By Caitlin Hupp, Sales Representative

Heuchera Hype

What is all the hype about heuchera? A great response is from Rebecca Sweet's interview with Janet Egger, breeder of Terra Nova Nurseries, a well known US breeder, by asking her what are some of your favorite ways to use heucheras in the garden? Janet Egger responded with "Heuchera are so versatile. They have such a wide range of plant size, leaf size, leaf colors, leaf types. That is what makes them so fun to breed. They look great in containers, as border plants, and in mass. They work great as an understory plant for shrubs."

Silver Streak Heuchera
Heuchera Carnival Silver Streak - NEW!

Many breeders have seen the potential for this genus, from Dan Heims, President of Terra Nova to Thierry Delabroye, a French breeder, to the breeders at Darwin Perennials with the new heat tolerant Carnival series. Retailers now have numerous species to provide attractive foliage and airy flower panicles to a perennial border, native plant garden, rock garden, open woodland garden or shade garden. All of the heucheras mentioned here are of villosa parentage, originating from Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee, which explains the heat and humidity tolerance.

Caramel Heuchera
Heuchera Caramel was the first member of Thierry (pronounced Cherry) Delabroye's H. villosa collection, the only yellow-leafed seedling to come from H. villosa 'Autumn Bride'. The golden caramel colored leaves grow to 10" and the plant will spread 18-24". White flowers are held above the foliage and blooms early to mid summer, re-blooming if deadheaded. In the fall, the foliage turns bright salmon-peach and its evergreen nature adds winter interest to the landscape.

A quick background about the genus heuchera (Hoy-ker-uh). Carl Linnaeus named heuchera in honor of his friend, Johann Heinrich von Heucher (1677-1747). Villosa derives from the Latin word villosus soft, hairy. The species is native to North America and does best in sun to partial shade, in well-drained, organic to humus rich soil. It is best to add peat to break up hard clay. Coral bells and alumroot are common names for heuchera.

Carnival Peach Parfait Heuchera
Heuchera Carnival Peach Parfait - NEW!
Beautiful peach-pink foliage, shows silver in cooler temperatures, keep in shade to avoid sunburn.

Carnival Watermelon Heuchera
Heuchera Carnival Watermelon - NEW!
Peach-pink new growth maturing to bronze-green. Very stunning in cooler temperatures.

I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek of our spring ready heuchera crops in production in Ottawa. Heuchera is one of those fantastic foliage plants that can be easily incorporated into any landscape. We will have crops ready in the upcoming weeks in time for your spring sales including Carnival Cocomint and Carnival Plum Crazy.
By Sheila Balaun, Inventory and Customer Service