This Month at Ward's
It’s August and the weather is hot and dry or muggy with chance of severe thunderstorms! We have beautiful blooms here but as gardeners, we struggle to manage pests, drought, or deluge.
Time to visit the garden center and see the fresh plant material from the nursery and greenhouse while you pick up pest management solutions, fencing, repellents, watering supplies or just advice on what to do. Review our Learn section online for different strategies. Or send us a photo of the pest or damage and we can help.
Quick hint- invasive beetles are returning to the soil where the females lay eggs. The hatched larvae will be most susceptible now to the B.t. called Milky Spore and to microscopic Nematodes. Spread these biological controls during August.
August offers the widest selection of summer-flowering (and long-flowering) perennials and shrubs. For perennials- enjoy Astilbe, Anise hyssop (Agastache), Butterflyweed (Asclepias), Coneflower (Echinacea), Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium, formerly Eupatorium), Blanketflower (Gallardia), Geranium, Coral Bells (Heuchera), Hosta, Blazing Star (Liatris) and Salvia-- with more to come through September! Plus the biggest perennial show right now is the large flowering Swamp Mallow (perennial Hibiscus mocheutos). And don’t forget the perennial ornamental grasses – for structure in sun and shade.
The following shrubs attract butterflies and bees while adding color for weeks: Butterfly Bush (Buddleia), Summersweet (Clethra), Rose-of-Sharon (hardy Hibiscus s.), Hydrangea, St. John’s Wort (Hypericum), Knockout Roses, and Spiraea
Keep sowing seeds of lettuce in the garden as you harvest and you'll have greens for weeks!
Annual flowers will keep blooming into September and in August all are 20 to 50% off!
Since we still have summer to share, we extend the offer to 20% off everything in stock through August 23. That includes the hundreds of tropical plants in our greenhouse! Add a special look to your summer containers or just fill that niche indoors.
Mulch is essential for reducing annual weeds and keeping soils moist around perennials, shrubs and trees. Keep all new plantings watered and mulched! We have hose, timers, watering wands, watering cans and more tools to help you keep your landscape growing in the summer heat.
Believe or not, hardy chrysanthemum, ornamental cabbage and ornamental kale start arriving in mid-August so you can swap out spent summer annuals with frost hardy color that will last into late October!
So, stop in and save on plant refreshers or garden solutions. We’re always helping gardeners grow.