November 30, 2017 Chelsea Quimby

                        Cool weather calls for cool-season color, and there is no better time to plant than now. Iceland Poppies, Bluebonnets, Aquilegia, Delphiniums, and Cheiranthus make wonderful companions to fall plantings such as cabbages, kales, pansies, violas, parsley, and other cool-season plants. In autumn, most people don’t…

November 16, 2017 Chelsea Quimby

Botanical Name: Pachysandra terminalis Height: 6-10” Width: 12” Exposure: Part Sun, Shade Performance: Perennial Bloom: White   Pachysandra terminalis is a popular evergreen groundcover from Japan. It’s perfect for small shade gardens as it slowly spreads by underground runners to form a dense carpet of lush green foliage. The key to growing Japanese Spurge is…

November 10, 2017 Chelsea Quimby

Botanical Name: Echeveria ‘Giant Blue Curls’ Height: 12” Width: 10” Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Performance: Spring-Summer-Fall Bloom: Pink (Summer) Echeveria is a large genus of succulent plants native to semi-arid parts of Central America. The genus was named after the Mexican botanical artist Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy. It’s bold textures and rich hues really catch our…

November 2, 2017 Chelsea Quimby

Dark Violet Hybrid Skullcap Botanical Name: Scutellaria x ‘Dark Violet’ Height: 6″ Width: 10-15″ Exposure: Full Sun Performance: Perennial Bloom: Purple   Purple skullcap is new to the Green Lake perennial lineup. Scutellaria x ‘Dark Violet’  is a hybridized variety of Scutellaria suffrutescens and Scutellaria resinosa ‘Smoky Hills’. Woody gray-green foliage contrast the neon purple flowers. It has…

October 18, 2017 Chelsea Quimby

Pansies Performance: Annual (October-April) Height: 8″ Width: 6″ Exposure: Full Sun Bloom: Assorted Pot Size: 4″, 5″ Fall Aster (Aster o. Symphyotrichum) Performance: Perennial (October-November) Height: 3′ Width: 4′ Exposure: Full Sun Bloom: Blue/Lavender Pot Size: 1 gallon, 10″ Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha ‘Santa Barbara’) Performance: Perennial (September- October) Height: 3′ Width: 3′ Exposure:…

October 11, 2017 Chelsea Quimby

Candy Corn Plant Botanical Name: Cuphea micropetala Height: 1-3′ Width: 1-2′ Exposure: Part-Full Sun Performance: Summer-Fall Bloom: Yellow-Orange No tricks from Green Lake just another plant that will treat your eyes to more fall color. Where Cuphea micropetala draws its name should be no surprise, its blooms resemble the favorite Halloween treat. The flowers emerge yellow and…

October 4, 2017 Chelsea Quimby

Annual Fall Hanging Baskets Hanging Baskets are back at Green Lake Nursery! We have chosen several varieties sure to please in excellent Fall colors. Cascadias Indian Summer is the most interesting pick with its color changing blooms, fading from orange to salmon. The Petunia Sun Spun series has gardeners rejoicing over its mildew resistance and bold solid colors. Calibrachoa…

October 3, 2017 Chelsea Quimby

Orange Jessamine Botanical Name: Cestrum aurantiacum ‘Orange Zest’ Height: 7′ Width: 4′ Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Performance: Perennial Bloom: Orange It is hard to find a plant better suited for Texas than Cestrum aurantiacum ‘Orange Zest’. Often called Orange Jessamine because its blooms resemble that of jasmine. However, it is actually closely related to brugmansia and a…

September 20, 2017 Chelsea Quimby

Botanical Name: Salvia guaranitica ‘Amistad’ Height: 4′ Width: 3′ Exposure: Full Sun- Part Sun Performance: Perennial Bloom: Deep Purple Many know Black & Blue, but often overlook its relative Salvia guaranitica ‘Amistad’. ‘Amistad’ was discovered in the early 2000’s by Rolando Uria, an Agronomist and Professor from Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is nicknamed “Friendship Sage”, after Rolando shared cuttings of the…

August 30, 2017 Chelsea Quimby

                      Botanical Name: Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’ Height: 3′ Width: 3′ Exposure: Full Sun Performance: Perennial Bloom: Wheat ‘Blonde Ambition’ adds a soft, fine, wispy texture to a garden with its narrow foliage and unusual horizontal flowers. An airy display of flower heads begins in late summer and persists well…

August 24, 2017 Chelsea Quimby

Elephant Bush Botanical Name: Portulacaria afra Height: 2- 3′ Width: 2′ Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Performance: Annual Portulacaria afra is native to South Africa where it is called ‘Spekboom’ (Beacon Tree) by the Afrikaans. In Africa, it is an essential plant for browsing wildlife. The leaves are also commonly eaten in Southern Africa in soups…

August 24, 2017 Chelsea Quimby

Hairy Wedelia Botanical Name: Zexmenia hispida (Wedelia texana) Height: 24″ Width: 18″ Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Performance: Perennial Bloom: Gold (May-October) Zexmenia is a long-lived, reliable and long-blooming plant for the north Texas garden.  It forms a mound of one inch yellow daisies against a backdrop of hairy stems and leaves.  Small amounts of blooms…