Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Dinnerplate Hibiscus 'Luna'

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 10, 2015 12:05:10 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Dinnerplate Hibiscus 'Luna' 

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Dinnerplate Hibiscus may not be as popular as it's tropical counterpart, but it is equally beautiful. As an added bonus, it is more cold hardy than Tropical Hibiscus, even tolerating temperatures down to at least 30° F. With mind-blowing 4-5 inch flowers in summery shades of deep pink and white all throughout the summer, this sun-loving sub-shrub will certainly steal the show in your garden.

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Reaching about 4-5 feet high and wide, Dinnerplate Hibiscus is a herbaceous shrub, meaning it should be cut nearly to the ground every winter, and it will return in the spring. It does best in full sun or light shade, making it ideal for planting en masse in a sunny border. It thrives in rich soil with regular water and can even grow at the edge of ponds or in poorly draining soil which tends to stay boggy. 'Luna' series is a more compact variety which is also well suited to containers.

It is Elise's plant pick-of-the-week because

"Dinnerplate Hibiscus is so versatile and showy! I love how it can be used as a pond plant or as a container specimen."

 

With it's breathtaking satiny summer-blooming flowers and moon-inspired namesake, Dinnerplate Hibiscus 'Luna White' would make a striking addition to a garden that shines when the sun goes down...

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For more pond inspiration, check out our 4 Tips for Creating a Breathtaking Backyard Pond. 

 

Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Flowers in the Heat, Pond, Summer

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Canna 'Tropicanna® Black'

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jun 19, 2015 5:37:45 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Canna 'Tropicanna® Black'

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Canna 'Tropicanna® Black' is a part of the 'Tropicanna®' series by Tesselaar, but it is truly in a class all it's own. Unlike its fellow Tropi-Canna's, this variety has dark, brown-colored foliage which contrasts beautifully with it's bright, scarlet-orange blossoms in summer. The large, fleshy leaves resemble stained glass when they catch the sunlight, revealing garnet colored veins surrounded with jade green, then fading to deep chocolate. 

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It is a perennial from rhizome, which means that if planted in the ground, it will spread over the years, becoming an increasingly dramatic statement in the garden. It can ultimately reach 4-6 feet tall, and the rhizomes should be divided every few years or so. Although it looks very tropical, it is surprisingly hardy and will tolerate temperatures as low at 10°F if left to overwinter in the ground.

It does well in poorly draining, boggy soils making it an ideal plant for surrounding your pond, water feature or pool. It thrives with regular water and 4-6 hours of direct sun per day. Cut to the ground in late fall/early winter and prepare to be amazed when it comes back even more lush next year.

It is Philip's pick-of-the-week because:

"This is a great perennial, it's vibrant and exotic and I love how it comes back strong every year."

Canna 'Tropicanna® Black' makes a great addition to the cut flower garden! 


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Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Tropicals, Flowers for Hot Weather, Pond, Summer Flowers

4 Tips for Creating a Breathtaking Backyard Pond

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jun 7, 2013 3:56:00 PM

It's easy to add a new and exciting dimension to your home by introducing a beautiful, natural-looking water feature.  The wonderful thing about water features is their flexibility. They can be designed to fit into whatever space you have available. You can create a large free-form outdoor pond, an intimate porch or patio tub garden and everything in between.

All it takes is a little imagination, some spare time, and the right materials. The results are truly satisfying. Listen to the soft, relaxing sound of lightly cascading water.  Enjoy the intimacy of your own quiet spot… the beauty of natural stone and exotic water plants. Experience the unbelievable relationship that develops between you and your fish who surface to take food from your hand.

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How to Create an In-the-Ground Pond:

STEP 1: Location, location, location!

Start by selecting the best location!  Seems obvious but try and pick a place that is easily viewed, open with the best natural surroundings.  This is your most important decision. There are three key factors to consider.

  • Sunlight (you want some sun and some shade),
  • Leaf-shedding or pollen-emitting trees (you want as few as possible)
  • Drainage or runoff (you want to stay away from low-lying areas)

Using these guidelines, location selection becomes a decision based on your property and what you are looking to achieve — visually and aurally. Because, besides being wonderful to look at, the addition of a stream, waterfall or fountainhead gives the added dimension of sound. Take your time and plan carefully — repositioning a pond is a major undertaking!

STEP 2: Decide on the stlye and plan it out.

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Deciding what you want your pond to look like is an important step.  Many times it is a good idea to match what you already have going on in your yard.  Do you have a zen theme?  Maybe a formal pond is for you.  Try drawing pleasing shapes on paper before beginning.  Even if you aren't an award winning artist, it's okay, this will give you a bird’s eye view and will help give you direction.  Some ideas for shape are as follows:

  • Formal- straight lines, rectangle and square shapes
  • Natural- free flowing shaped
  • Multi-tiered- can be either formal or natural looking

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After you decide on the shape, you'll want to determine the size of the pond.  According to Laguna Ponds, there are 4 categories for size as defined by gallons.

  1. Small Ponds- up to 500 gallons
  2. Medium Ponds- 500-1500 gallons
  3. Large Ponds- 1500-3000 gallons
  4. Extra Large Ponds- 3000 gallons or more!

After you decide on your style, design and size now it is time to choose the material you want to use to line your pond.  There are typically two choices, a flexible liner or a pre-formed shell.  The flexible liner gives you greater design creativity, while the rigid shell is sturdier and already a set size.  Both are popular and either can meet your needs.

STEP 3: Installation

Installation differs depending on whether you choose to employ a liner or a pre-formed shell.  The actual construction shouldn’t take more than a well-planned weekend. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Friends and family are usually easy to recruit.  If you already know you'd like a pond and want specifics on installation depth requirements, pump needs and construction, visit Danner Pumps Website.  Green Acres offers Danner pump products at our locations.  When creating ponds, high quality pumps and pond products are essential that is why we only recommend Danner Pumps.

 

Find your shape and start digging!

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Insert your liner

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  Install rocks to protect your liner from harm and add natural beauty

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Now its time to fill with water and trim excess liner

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STEP 4: Beautiful additions

When everything is in place, as with an artist’s rough sketch, you now put brush to canvas by adding rocks, plants, lighting, bridges, waterfalls — all of the details that go into creating a waterscape.

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Read all you can find at your local garden center, from the library, from the magazine stand. Talk to other pond-keepers — they love to share their knowledge — and there are a lot of them.

Before long your pond will be complete, but it never really is, because water gardening is a living art form. One that reflects the seasons, the time of day and your own changing moods.

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Topics: Backyard Pond, Pond Installation, Pond, Pond Supply

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