Fragrant Collection 2
Spring Planting: we begin shipping in late April through May beginning with the warmest hardiness zones, so you receive your products at the proper time for planting.
Agastache/Crocosmia/Polianthes/Paeonia. Often our first instinct upon being presented with any flower is to sniff it, because the beauty of flowers and their dreamy aroma are inseparable. Here we've collected some of our very favourite flowers that are known for their amazing scents. Plant them where you can enjoy their perfume as you walk by, or where summer breezes will bring the fragrance right to your outdoor living space.
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It is a good idea to soak any bare-root perennials in water for a few hours, but not more then a day, before planting. Add organic matter to the area and provide good drainage unless the plant variety enjoys wet roots. Unless otherwise specified, bare-root perennials are usually planted with the crown (where the shoots meet the roots) an inch below the soil surface. Firm soil gently to eliminate air pockets and water in well. Mark the area clearly since it may be awhile before the plant shows itself.
Planting Tuberose: Plant bulbs as soon as possible, once you have received your shipment. If you cannot plant right away, remove the bulbs from plastic bags and put them on trays with damp peat moss or sawdust in a cool, well-ventilated place until you have a chance to plant them. Do not let the bulbs freeze. Plant outdoors once the conditions are right for your hardiness zone. Because they are extremely sensitive to cold, plant them 3" deep and 5" apart when the soil has warmed up well. For an earlier start, pot them up indoors 4-6 weeks before nights are warm and then transplant to the garden. For best effect plant tuberoses in groups of at least 5 toward the back of the border. Prefers full sun and rich loamy soil. Feed monthly from the time shoots appear. Lift in fall after foliage has browned, cut the stems off and store in a dry place. Many gardeners treat tuberoses as annuals, starting with new bulbs each year rather than wintering over.
Planting Lavender: Lavender must be grown in full sun to be able to produce flowers, so do not hesitate to plant them in those hot, dry areas where nothing else seems to grow. Place crown just at or slightly below soil level. They will actually grow better in poor, gravelly soil than in rich humus; don't be tempted to enrich the soil when you plant it. Sharp drainage, especially in winter, is essential for preventing crown rot. Other than that, Lavender is known to have few problems with pests and diseases. Shearing back the evergreen foliage in early spring will rejuvenate plants and stimulate new growth.
Planting Peony: Find a location where the soil drains well. Peonies prefer soil that provides average moisture, but is not water logged. Keep in mind that your peonies will live for years, so adding nutrients in the form of compost to the soil at planting time is a good idea. Site your peonies where they will receive full sun to very light shade. While peonies will survive in moderate shade they will not bloom as well and stems will not be as strong as when they are located in sunnier sites.
Bareroot plants are easy to handle and settle in quickly. Tuck your peony roots in the ground with the tips of the roots pointing downwards and the "eyes" or growing points 1/2" to 2" below soil level. Plant on the deep end of this range in cold zones and on the shallow end of this range in warmer areas. If planted deeper, the roots will grow and produce foliage but the flower production will be limited. Space plants 2 to 3 feet apart to allow for mature size.
After planting, water generously, soaking the soil to settle it around the root. Fll root growth helps anchor the plants for the future. Foliage sprouts will appear in the spring and will be immediately identifiable as they are bright red or pink and look like colorful asparagus shoots. These sprouts will grow and change to green as they lengthen and develop leaves. Flower buds will follow although buds don't always form the first spring.