Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall at the Nursery

pumpkinWith the fall season finally here, the planting season is in full swing again. This time of year is my favorite, the cooler day and night temps are perfect for any outdoor activities. My family and I love the harvest time. No better time to catch frequent weekend festivals, final days of farmers markets and, most of all, the pumpkin
patches and Halloween. Playoff baseball is right around the corner and this certainly adds to my love for the season.

In the nursery business fall is an ideal time for planting as well as planning. I mention the latter because planning for the next planting season is a very rewarding road to travel. Get your fall/spring orders in now to limit your availability surprises for the future.

We have several container trees available if your wants/needs happen to be those of spring dig only trees. These are a great sub for those hard to find fall trees.

The tree farm in Willow Springs has been busy again. We dug our upright junipers this month, and are anxiously awaiting our fall harvest. The fields are in great shape and ready for your tour. Call your rep to discuss product and tour availability.
Tree field pics courtesy of Manuel Lopez (tree farm manager)
Celtis occidentalis
Celtis occidentalis
Quercus Regal Prince
Quercus Regal Prince
Gymnocladus Espressor
Gymnocladus Espresso

Below are a few container trees we are growing here at Loma Vista. 

Cercis canadensis #7
Cercis canadensis #7

Prunus virginiana Schubert #15
Prunus virginiana Schubert #15
Tilia American Sentry
Tilia American Sentry #25
Give us a call (913-897-7010) or shoot us an email ( if you would like to tour the container farm and tree fields.  

Jeremy Amos, Sales Representative, Loma Vista Nursery

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Growth and Diversity at Loma Vista Nursery

As the Human Resources Director of Loma Vista Nursery, I have seen many changes since the beginning of operation in 1991.  What I am most excited about is Loma Vista's continued growth. This is most prevalent when looking at the amount of people we employ each year which is constantly growing.  Loma Vista started in 1991 with a staff of 5 employees and we have now reached our biggest year of employees of 170.  Amazing!  This includes all locations: LDC, Tree Farm, North, and Container Farm.
My job has been a constant flow of interviewing and hiring since early last February. Loma Vista Nursery has been a strong advocate of diversity.   We have had the opportunity to have interns from Brazil and Russia as well as the Untied States.  With the assistance of Catholic Charities, we assisted refugees with gainful employment from Burma, Thailand, and Nepal.  Loma Vista has been going the extra mile for their employees by helping them with transportation and housing.  Thus, giving them a chance to learn a trade and make a decent living.  We go above and beyond what is considered the normal for any HR department.  After all, we are in the people business.
I only anticipate further growth and diversity in the future for Loma Vista Nursery.  

Images from our summer company picnic and fishing derby at our container farm in Ottawa, Kansas:

telling a fishing story or two 

getting ready to fish 

  who will be the winner of the fishing derby

she looks like a pro 

it's a beautiful day to fish 

ready for the company picnic

By Leanne Follett, Human Resources, Loma Vista Nursery

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Something Old, Something New!

We have some lovely plants that are at Loma Vista. Some have been around a while and worthy of some attention and some are new varieties that you might not know YET. These are plants you want to know about.  

Pink Dawn Viburnum 

Viburnum bodnantense 'Pink Dawn'- is a cultivar that was also developed at Bodnant Garden in 1934-35. An early spring fragrant blooming from March- April, features rosy-pink flowers right before it leafs out. This is an upright, narrow, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub that typically matures to 8-10' tall and to 4-6' wide, depending on location. The foliage turns attractive shades of burgundy-red in fall. Flowers give way to red berries (drupes) which eventually mature to black by fall.

Sorbaria Sem

Sorbaria Sem foliage and flower

Sorbaria sorbifolia 'SEM' - new to us here at Loma Vista. The lovely pinkish red foliage turns a glossy green to chartreuse tint lending itself to a bronze color in the fall. White astilbe like flowers in the summer. This selection has a cleaner appearance that the straight genus/species and forms a nice neat plant that is can be used in the toughest sites.

Bombshell Hydrangea 

Hydrangea paniculata 'Bombshell' - While many of the other hydrangeas do better in part-full shade the paniculatas can stand some sun, Bombshell is perfect for a small yard, need growing up to only 3-4' tall, blooming white from July- fall.  (Picture courtesy of Garden Web.)

  Kodiak Black Diervilla

Kodiak Black Diervilla 
DIERVILLA Kodiak Black -This is a new plant from the Proven Winners® line-up with dark burgundy foliage followed by contrasting yellow flowers that bloom late spring. This is supposed to be drought tolerant and deer resistant plus a good pollinator. Growing 3-4' tall would be a great addition to any garden center shrub line-up.

  BloomStruck Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrocarpa 'BloomStruck'- A big leaf hydrangea mop head type hydrangea, blooming all season like its parentage 'Endless Summer.' With a lovely violet-blue in acidic soils to a rose-pink blossoms that are 3-5" wide and more prolific than its predecessors, a must have to make a statement for a shady spot in your garden.

If you have tried these plants and want to share how they are growing, what conditions you have found they do best in, and how they work in the landscape, send me an email  I'd love to hear from you.  

Want to see it for yourself?  Join us for a tour at the container farm.  For arrangements, contact your sales rep or

By Michelle Cadena, Sales Representative, Loma Vista Nursery

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Colorful Coral Bells

This summer I spent a day in Hudson, Wisconsin with my cousin, Meg who recently moved back to the Midwest. She told me about a homeowner's landscape in town where a few of the plant beds featured coral bells. She took me by the house that afternoon so I could enjoy it. I had never thought about making coral bells the main plant in a garden bed before but I have to admit, it works.

Coral Bells 1 

Coral Bells 2 
My choices for a bed like this would be:
Carnival Candy Apple
  • Copper and red foliage
  • 10-12" tall by 14-16" wide
  • White flowers
Carnival Limeaide
  • Bright green foliage frosted in silver
  • 12 to 14" tall and wide
  • White flowers
Carnival Coffee Bean
  • Coppery foliage mixed with tan and red
  • 12" tall by 14" wide
  • White flowers
Coral bells also pair well with annuals, perennials and even boxwood:

Coral Bells 3 
At Loma Vista Nursery we carry twelve varieties of coral bells to choose from for your garden spaces. From Purple Palace to the new Carnival Black Olive, we have your coral bell needs covered.  

By Kate Williams, Sales Representative, Loma Vista Nursery

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Jessi and the Perennial Plant Association

Caitlin and Susan brought to my attention this great article called Perennials of the Decades about the Perennial Plant Association in August issue of American Nurseryman. Here is a link to the article if you want to read more information about each plant,August issue.  I will go through the list real quick for those of you that don't want to wait to see the article.
  • 2015: Geranium 'Biokovo'
  • 2014: Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'
  • 2013: Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum'
  • 2012: Brunnera 'Jack Frost'
  • 2011: Amsonia hubrichtii
  • 2010: Baptisia australis
  • 2009: Hakonechola macra 'Aureola'
  • 2008: Geranium 'Rozanne'
  • 2007: Nepeta 'Walker's Low'
  • 2006: Dianthus 'Feuerhexe'
  • 2005: Helleborus x hybridus.
Besides going through a tough criteria list to be given the name PPA's Perennial Plant of the Year, these plants have to perform well in multiple environments and have to be amazing performers in the landscape. Many of the plants listed above are some of our best sellers and a true pleasure to grow. I am very excited to say that I will be growing the 2016 PPA's Plant of the year Anemone Honorine Jobert in the Spring.  (Image below courtesy of MOBOT.)

Honorine Jobert Anemone

Speaking of the PPA, I had my first experience of going to the Perennial Plant Association's National Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland. The most amazing part of the symposium was the fact the PPA has been together celebrating and discussing perennials for thirty years. I got to discuss perennials with perennial lovers from all over the world. I got a new appreciation for the perennials I grow. So I can now put more love and focus more on 'doing it right' with what I am growing for all of our wonderful customers. Here are some pictures of the activities I got to do while attending the symposium.

 14 star flag
This picture of me rolling up the 14 star flag.  The 14 star flag inspired the Star Spangled Banner.

raised bed
A raised garden bed plot from a Baltimore inner city after school program.

Baltimore Orioles Stadium
Baltimore Orioles stadium view from the home Dugout.
Container that was designed by one of the growers at the Symposium.

Picture of Private Garden of the late Kurt Bluemel's home. A true pioneer in the use of natives and perennials in the United States.

By Jessi Faircloth, Assistant Grower, Loma Vista Nursery
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