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2016 Asheville area summer hydrangea freebie!

Do you live in the Asheville area? We have two hydrangea plants that we are giving away for free to a resident within Western North Carolina. The winner will be able to pick up at our Arden location or be able to meet in the Asheville or Hendersonville city limits.

 

Photograph of hydrangea flower

hydrangeas from the nursery that we are giving away.

 

How to get involved?

Go to our facebook contest post and do one or both of the following:

1 like equals 1 entry into the contest.

1 photograph of where you would place the hydrangeas will get you 3 entries into the contest.

Both options = 4 times your name will go into the raffle

 

Wednesday, July 13th at 12:00 PM, we will choose the winner by randomly picking a name from entries.

 

What exactly does this mean?

We have two hydrangea plants that we are giving to you for you to plant at your house. Our hopes is that they will grow and flourish in your environment. This is a plant based giveaway and not an installation – so we can’t guarantee there success like we normally do with our construction jobs. If you need advice on planting them, we are more than willing to lend our knowledge and resources. Once the winner takes them, they are in their care!

 

two white, pink and purple hydrangea shrubs

hydrangea shrubs for our giveaway

 

When does it end?

Winner will be announced Wednesday, July 13th via Snow Creek’s facebook. We can hold the plants by end of the week – or make arrangements to meet.

 

Fun facts about hydrangeas.

Did you know that there are about 70 to 75 species of flowering hydrangeas that are native to Asia and the Americas?

The flowers are produced from early spring into late autumn.

It is considered a deer and drought resistant plant that also attracts most pollinators.

Most species are white, however some are able to present blue, red, pink, and light or dark purple depending on the presence of aluminum ions in the soil’s pH.

There is an American Hydrangea Society that you can become a member of!

They can range in height from around two feet to ten feet tall, but some species can grow significantly bigger.

We think they look great!

 

We love to hear from friends, family, customers and the general community. Yes – this probably means you! Join us on social media where we display our passion for the natural environment and everything related. Occasionally, you will even see updates of our nursery cat!

 

 

Questions to ask when choosing plants.

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Choosing plants that need less support over time create a wonderful look.

 

We have all been there, 20 minutes deep into deciding between two plants – neither of which you have any experience with. Seeing any outdoor or indoor plant flourish in your care is a great accomplishment. The flip side, however, is when you realize your lack of knowledge left it silently screaming for the right caretaker. It’s okay. It happens. Follow these simple guidelines and let’s see if choosing plants can become a little easier and more successful.

 

Some of our selected plants for projects getting ready in the nursery at Snow Creek Landscaping

After choosing plants, they wait for their home at the Snow Creek Landscaping nursery.

 

Location, Location, Location!

The location of any plant is incredibly important for multiple reasons. If it aesthetically looks great positioned next to the open and sunny walkway, but it is a plant that survives only in shady areas – it isn’t going to last or reach it’s full potential. Let’s break it down into three areas of location.

Geographical location:

While indoor plants have the capability to live in the environment you create for them, outdoor plants often are stuck with what mother nature provides them. Tropical plants inside? Yes. Tropical plants at your lake house on the border of Canada? Not so much. We can learn from our mistakes, but some things just aren’t meant to be!

Choosing plants for your home or office must be based on whether or not you can provide the right habitat that they were meant to live in. For us, the winters and climate of Asheville, NC aren’t habitable to many plants that people associate with the south.  Get native, get results.

Property placement:

You found it, the perfect bush that both attracts your eye AND thrives in your area. These days, we relatively can alter the soil and environment that will welcome the success of specific plant species.  If changing your environment isn’t an option, however, you must take into account the needs of the plant.

Learn the environmental needs of a plant and compare them to what your space can offer. Will it be able to breathe or does it need direct sunlight? If your backyard is heavily clay based, will you need to add additional soil and nutrients to allow it to flourish? Is it accessible to your cat who ultimately loves to break potted plants? Hey – it’s a thing!

Ask yourself these questions to help find the perfect environment within your home.

Aesthetics:

This is a big deal for both the look and feel of either your home or place of business. Though, at the end of the day this is ultimately your decision. In your environment, you are the decision maker.

Note: you still can’t change the biological needs of a plant.

Take time researching the thousands upon thousands of examples on the internet. Get a feel for what makes you feel good at the time, but also what will grow into it’s environment. Most importantly, have fun with it!

Choosing plants based on your commitment.

Maintaining happy plants means working with their needs. There is no simple way around that.

Personal Commitment

If you want your office to be tropical oasis, but you have historically never watered your plants – start small. Learn to create systems that will help you remember to take care of your new green friends, then progressively add additional ones as you become comfortable. Set reminders, create visuals, or download an app. Yes, it is a thing.

Don’t put yourself in a situation where you invest in greening up your environment, then see it wither away. Write down a list of your previous strengths and struggles as a plant or yard owner, and start there. It all starts with what you can provide.

Additional support

We have helped many clients in the Asheville area create the perfect landscape to emphasize their surroundings. Hand selected plant species are tailored to work with their specific location. For many, they already know that they cannot provide the maintenance to keep it thriving and looking great. Others can upkeep the occasional needs, but may need a larger upkeep during the year.

 

If you are in the greater Asheville, Western North Carolina area and looking to expand your yard into a personalized oasis, reach out to our team and see how we can assist your needs. We have a staff of highly qualified naturalists, arborists, botanists, and horticulturists on our natural resource management (NRM) team to work with our designers and clients.

 

 

Fall Color in the Nursery

Even though most of the trees have dropped their leaves, we still are seeing some nice color around the Snow Creek office. Enjoy!

 
American Beautyberry in fall

American Beautyberry – Callicarpa americana

Amsonia hubrictii in fall

Bluestar – Amsonia hubrictii

Ilex verticiallate in fall

Winterberry Holly – Ilex verticillata

blueberry fall foliage

Blueberry – Vaccinium corybosum

witchhazel fall foliage

Witchhazel – Hammamelis orientalis

Panicum Northwind fall foliage

Switchgrass – Panicum ‘Northwind’

maple fall foliage

Maple – Acer sp.

Fall Plants for the Garden

Lowbush Blueberry Foliage

Lowbush Blueberry Foliage

There’s a saying that the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The next best time is today. We are lucky that in the WNC mountains, it’s a great time for fall plants in the garden. This list of everything from perennials to trees, will get you thinking about some selections for your own yard. All of these plants offer something great to enjoy this time of year.

1 –Apple Serviceberry   Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’
A beautiful tree that blooms with delicate, white flowers in spring and has showy, edible fruit in summer. The foliage turns a lovely orange-red in the fall. All around great small tree that shows strong disease resistance as well.

2 – Staghorn Sumac   Rhus typhina
This plant can get a little crazy, but if you have a bank that needs something unusual to cover it, this is a good choice. It suckers and forms colonies and has interesting leaves and berries. The showcase is the brilliant fall color.

3  – Spicebush   Lindera benzoin
Spice bush is a large native shrub that has a lot going for it. It can grow in full sun or part shade, has unusual greenish yellow flowers that attract butterflies, and bright red berries that birds love. An added bonus is the bright yellow leaves when they turn in the fall.

4 – Switch Grass   Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’
An easy to grow grass, Switch grass, offers wonderful texture for the fall garden. It has tall panicles of flowers and seeds that sway in the breeze atop reddish foliage. Though this plant is great for fall, it is probably best planted in the spring when the ground isn’t so soggy.

5 – Lowbush Blueberry   Vaccinium angustifolium
Highbush BlueberryVaccinium corymbosum – Both of these types of berry bushes have lots to give all year round. You get pretty white flowers in the spring, followed by delicious blueberries, and the the pinnacle of perfection, brilliant red foliage in the fall. You can incorporate these into your regular landscape because they have nice form in addition to being trouble free.

Proper Irrigation

Keeping a landscape watered properly is no easy feat. Striking a balance between too little and too much is the goal. There is no “one size fits all” recommendation for exactly how much water is needed in each circumstance because many variables come into play: soil condition, plant needs, natural rainfall, temperature, wind, light, etc.

Areas of turf have different needs than trees and shrubs. Newly planted sod needs to stay consistently moist until it roots in, which can take a week or longer. Seeded grass needs watering daily but not so much that water runs off, carrying the seed with it.

When trees are dug from nurseries for planting, they lose a large part of their root systems and need water regularly to survive. Give supplemental water in times of drought for several years until the trees can replace the fine roots that enable them to take up enough water and nutrients to support a full canopy. Since trees need leaves to make food for themselves which results in new root growth, don’t prune the tops to balance the root loss.

A major cause of plant loss over time is poor siting from the beginning. A plant that grows in a bog is never going to fare well growing between a sidewalk and the street. When a landscape is initially planned, pay careful attention to the soil and light conditions so the plants chosen are for a setting that is similar to where they would grow in their native habitat. It’s helpful to group plants with similar watering needs together.

Irrigation systems are beneficial and come in many forms. The typical installed system provides consistent watering but should always have rain sensors and needs checking regularly for proper functioning. Tripod sprinklers require moving from place to place as needed and do not need a permanent installation. A very efficient and relatively inexpensive way of watering is the use of soaker hoses. The hose hooks up to a timer, the water slowly drips out over an extended period of time and if covered in mulch, loses very little moisture to evaporation.

The success of a landscape depends on the care after the initial planting, and for several years afterwards. Do the work up front and the reward is a healthy, long-lived landscape.

Snow Creek Landscaping, LLC is a full service landscaping company offering free estimates. Give us a call at 828.687.1677 or visit our home page at snowcreekinc.com.