Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What's New and In Bloom

"Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No.  Just as one can never learn how to paint."          Pablo Picasso

When putting your garden plan together it seems like a painting. You always have to keep in mind moisture, light exposure, soil conditions, size, and the fun part, what colors will go with what. We've got quite an array of new plants this year with colors throughout the spectrum. Here are a few that are in bloom at the moment.

Sombrero Adobe Orange Echinacea

Echinacea Sombrero Adobe Orange
24'' tall x 17'' spread
Moisture: Dry to moist
Sun: Full
Soil: Average; Sandy; Clay

Lyrical Blues Salvia
Salvia nemerosa Lyrical Blues
23'' tall x 23'' spread
Moisture: Medium
Sun: Full
Soil: Average; Fertile

Lacey Blue Perovskia

Perovskia atrip Lacey Blue
19'' tall x 20'' spread
Moisture: Dry
Sun: Full
Soil: Average; Sandy

Rainforest Sunrise Hosta

Hosta Rainforest Sunrise
8'' tall x 16'' spread
Moisture: Average; Consistent
Sun: Partial; Full shade
Soil: Average; Fertile

Siloam Little Girl Hemerocallis
Hemerocallis Siloam Little Girl
18'' tall x 18'' spread
Moisture: Moist
Sun: Partial
Soil: Average

A couple of these are ready to ship now the rest will be soon. Give us a call and we will help you complete your masterpiece.

By Torrae Kolbeck, Inventory Manager, Loma Vista Nursery

Monday, July 20, 2015

Savoring Summer Sizzle

The morning started off hot and steamy with a chance of rain.  Of course, there was a chance of rain.  It seems the Kansas City area relocated to the Pacific Northwest while no one was paying attention.  We have had a record number of days of rainfall this summer and, at times, the sky has been a bit creepy looking when a front rolls in. 

Image by Dan O'Boyle

Fearful of lightning, bracing myself through the wind gusts and dodging raindrops, I quickly went the through the nursery taking photos of plants to capture the sizzling colors of summer.  

Pow Wow Wild Berry Coneflower
Echinacea Pow Wow Wild Berry

Sunny Boulevard Hypericum
Hypericum Sunny Boulevard

Orange Rock Berberis
Berberis Orange Rocket

Strawberry Candy Hemerocallis
Hemerocallis Strawberry Candy

Becky Leucanthemum
Leucanthemum Becky

Angelina Sedum
Sedum Angelina

Livin' La Vida Rosa
Rosa Livin' La Vida

Next Generation Cotton Candy Hydrangea
Hydrangea Next Generation Cotton Candy

Crimson Sunset Acer
Acer truncatum Crimson Sunset

Cool Splash Diervilla
Diervilla Cool Splash

White Chiffon Hibiscus
Bumble bee and White Chiffon Hibiscus

Some of these plants are ready to ship, others will be soon.  Give your sales representative a call to set up a tour of the nursery and see the crops.  Perhaps you will pick the right day and be able to savor a blue summer sky.  

Susan Mertz, Director of Marketing, Loma Vista Nursery

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Daylily Daze

Daylilies are a staple in the summer garden and are one of the easiest, hardiest perennials around.  Plus, they are available in a multitude of colors, shapes, and sizes.  But the choices can get overwhelming.  Do you find yourself using the same ones year after year?  Break out of your daylily rut!  Here are some new (to us) varieties we have ready for fall 2015/spring 2016.


Moonlight Masquerade
Moonlight Masquerade Daylily
Drama, drama, drama!  With beautiful colors and a 6in bloom, this one really puts on a show.  A green eye contrasts a rich purple center on cream petals.  Repeat blooming.  25" tall x 18-24" spread.

Crimson Pirate

Crimson Pirate Daylily
Crimson Pirate is a Nebraska bred classic from the 1950s and can reportedly produce up to 30 buds per stem.  Now, I have to see that!  Crimson red spider form with yellow throat.  30" tall x 18" spread.


Indian Sky
Indian Sky Daylily
Easily my new favorite, Indian Sky has a 5.5" flower with elongated gold petals that are splashed with a dark purple eye.  Very striking!  22" tall x 18" spread.


Mauna Loa
Mauna Loa Daylily
This daylily was named after a volcano located on the big island of Hawaii.  An early to mid summer bloomer, the color on this flower is so unique.  It "erupts" with 5" fiery orange blooms, maybe likened to hot lava.  22" tall x 20" spread.


Fragrant Returns
Fragrant Returns Daylily
Cheery yellow, ruffled petals, everblooming, self-cleaner, and a very strong sweet fragrance.  Need I say more?  You will want to plant this one next to an outdoor seating area so you can enjoy the sweet smells.  This variety works well for small spaces and containers.  18" tall x 15-18" spread.


Siloam Little Girl
 Siloam Little Girl Daylily
Pretty pink trumpets show off a gold throat accented by a rose colored band.  Siloam Little Girl makes a great cut flower.  18" tall x 18" spread.


Enjoy your summer!  Go to the pool, watch a baseball game, take a family vacation.  But, in between all your summer fun, make sure you plan for fall.  Availability for fall is published and we are taking bookings for fall shipping.  We would be happy to schedule a tour of our farm so you can see the material first hand.  Give us a call to reserve a date! 

Caitlin Hupp, Sales Representative, Loma Vista Nursery

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Time flies when you are having fun

It seems like it was just last month when we were beginning to uncover the nursery following the winter and, here it is, July 4th is upon us.  

summer pruning

The plants took a while to wake up but everything is romping away now. The crews have been working long hours as we try to keep up with potting, spacing, and pruning the plants.

summer spacing

It's been a challenging spring as the cool moist conditions have been ideal for all sorts of leaf spots. The soaking we got throughout May took the pressure of the irrigation crew. They hardly had to work any Sundays until the middle of June. But, it sure leached out a lot of fertilizer. Oh, and who invited the flea beetles in?  The cottonwood leaf beetles have made an appearance this year and what voracious appetites they have.

As is the nature of this business, we're always looking a few months ahead. We are just finishing putting up shade cloth. At the same time, the remnants of last winters' poly and lath need to come off so the houses will be ready when it's time to recover, towards the end of October. That's months away, right?  Well, the plastic has been ordered. And, at the rate the days are flying by, it'll seem like next month will be time to start the overwintering process all over again.

long underwear
I hope you all have a good and safe 4th.  I'll be looking for my long underwear. Enjoy the rest of the summer.

Summer is a great time to tour the container farm and tree fields.  Give your sales rep a call or contact us at 913-897-7010 or to schedule a tour.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fall Introduces New Plants at Loma Vista

Quite a few new crops are coming on for late summer and fall bookings including shrubs and perennials.  Here's a sneak peek at some of our new plants.  

The BloomStruck is Endless Summer's new addition of a re-blooming hydrangea. Big white to blue blooms lasting all summer long in acidic soil, pink in neutral to alkaline soil.  Red-purple stems, dark green foliage.  Zone, 4-9, matures 3-4' x 4-5'.  

 BloomStruck flowers

BloomStruck Hydrangea
Images courtesy of Endless Summer

Also, new for the fall, is the First Editions' Strawberry Sundae hydrangea. This from the same breeder of the Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea. These blooms start creamy white, turning pink and finishing red. The compact habit of this hydrangea only reaches 4-5' in height, 3-4' width.  Zone 4-8.  Grows in sun, part shade, shade.   

Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea
Image courtesy of First Editions

An exciting addition to the ninebark family, we will offer Ball Ornamentals' Physocarpus Burgundy Candy. This ninebark has persistent rich burgundy foliage with a unique compact habit, only reaching 4' in height, 3-4' spread.  Zone 3a - 8a.  

Burgundy Candy Physocarpus
Image courtesy of Ball Oranmentals

We will also have a few new daylilies added to our fall selection. The Crimson Pirate is a hemerocallis with thin red petals with yellow midribs.  This will certainly add an excellent show in the garden.

Crimson Pirate Hemerocallis
Image courtesy of The Daylily Society

The Fragrant Returns daylily is already available for shipping. This hemerocallis blooms almost non-stop from mid-summer to fall. Its lemon yellow blossoms are sweetly fragrant, ideal for perennial gardens, containers and small spaces.

Fragrant Returns Daylily

Watch for future emails for information on all the new plants for fall.  

Jeremy Amos, Sales Representative, Loma Vista Nursery


Jeremy Amos joined Loma Vista's sales team last fall as inside sales representative and assisted with coordinating our spring tree harvest and shipping.  Jeremy's role at Loma Vista is expanding and he is now the sales representative for local customers as well as central and eastern Missouri farm direct customers.  Jeremy has a horticulture degree from Missouri State University and lives in the KC metro area with his wife and two children.  

All of us at Loma Vista are wishing Steve Bridges well with his new venture.   After six years of selling for Loma Vista, Steve has accepted a position with a local landscape company.  His hard work and sense of humor will be missed!