2019 Flower Power!
Plants Offering 2019
Aspidistra 'Milky Way' - Speckled Cast Iron Plant - Zone 8b or warmer - Evergreen Speckled and striped Cast Iron Plant makes a great container plant with gorgeous exotic looking foliage. Very easy to grow in a container in places it gets below 15 degrees in winter. We have grown some Aspidistras and mulched heavily in zone 7a, it can work but they get damaged and never achieve their full potential.
Cestrum nocturnum - Night Blooming Jasmine Tropical zone 10 or warmer, evergreen shrub with amazingly fragrant flowers that only bloom in late summer or fall, at night causing people to love this plant more than most! Known as Night blooming Jasmine, it’s not a true Jasmine, and also known in Spanish as Dama de Noche or in India and Pakistan it's known as Raat Kirani. People who know this plant love it!
Citrus - Citrus are Tropical and should not be allowed to freeze. Keep outside in summer they need the sun and heat. Bring inside and treat with Neem Oil which is a pesticide and fungicide. Treat again if any pests return, outside there is an ecosystem which keeps the pests at bay, inside they do not have the predators and you need to treat. Neem Oil is organic and you can apply it as much as needed and it will not harm you or the plant.
Mexican Lime: $35
Meyer Lemon Tree: $28 & $100
Ponderosa Lime: $100
Bumper Satsuma: $50
Seto Satsuma Mandarin: $50
Daphnephyllum humile - Low Growing Daphnephyllum - This broad leaf evergreen shrub is also very rare and quite striking and unusual to see in landscapes! Some have called it Redneck Rhododendron but it does not have big showy flowers. Evergreen foliage is very attractive with red stems, if you have male and female plants you may get blue/purple berries. Growing 6-8’ tall this BLE will tolerate shade and grow thinner and taller or full sun where it will be fatter. Zone 6-9 and listed as deer resistant.
Daphnephyllum macropodum - Large Daphephyllum - This broad leaf evergreen shrub is also very rare and quite striking and unusual to see in landscapes! Some have called it Redneck Rhododendron but it does not have big showy flowers. Evergreen foliage is very attractive with red stems, if you have male and female plants you may get blue/purple berries. Growing 12-25’ tall this BLE will tolerate shade and grow thinner and taller like a small tree, or full sun where it will be fatter like a massive evergreen extravaganza! There are magnificent specimens in Raleigh Fairgrounds. Zone 6-9 and listed as deer resistant, has survived -12 at our location with no damage.
Edgeworthia chrysantha - Himalayan Paper Bush - Wonderful fragrant winter blooming shrub in the Daphne family! Called paper bush because Himalayan people make wonderful and bright colorful paper out of this sustainable plant, where they harvest the largest stalks and leave the small suckers to regenerate which this plant can successfully do on a regular basis! Beautiful blueish green foliage resembles Plumeria in season with lovely yellow translucent fall color. When attractive fall colored foliage falls off, tubular clusters of white flowers sit closed and ready to open during warm spells in winter, or hold on until late winter or early spring, every year seems a little different but there is nothing more refreshing and exiting than a mega fragrant winter blooming shrub! E. chrysantha has slightly smaller foliage and flowers than the 'Snow Cream'. Grows 3-4' tall and 6-8' wide in 20 years, can be easily and attractively kept smaller through pruning the 3 or 4 largest trunks once per year. Full sun if wet, very deep shade tolerant as well. Zone 6b.
Edgeworthia 'Snow Cream' - Large Leaf Himalayan Paper Bush - Wonderful fragrant winter blooming shrub in the Daphne family! Called paper bush because Himalayan people make wonderful and bright colorful paper out of this sustainable plant, where they harvest the largest stalks and leave the small suckers to regenerate which this plant can successfully do on a regular basis! Beautiful blueish green foliage resembles Plumeria in season with lovely yellow translucent fall color. When attractive fall colored foliage falls off, tubular clusters of white flowers sit closed and ready to open during warm spells in winter, or hold on until late winter or early spring, every year seems a little different but there is nothing more refreshing and exiting than a mega fragrant winter blooming shrub! 'Snow Cream' has slightly larger foliage and flowers than the E. chrysantha. Grows 6-8' tall and 8-12' wide in 20 years, maybe larger in moist conditions, can be easily and attractively kept smaller through pruning the 3 or 4 largest trunks once per year. Full sun if wet, very deep shade tolerant as well. Zone 6b.
Eucommis pole-evansi - Pineapple Lily - South African Pineapple Lily is a beautiful lily with pointy foliage that gets a foot or two tall with gorgeous exotic flowers that go up to 3' tall and when first emerging look like a miniature pineapple! Super easy to grow, drought tolerant, can do full sun or part shade. Zone 6.
Helleborus - Christmas Lenten Rose - Awesome Winter Blooming Perennials growing around 1-2' tall or slightly higher and up to 2-3' wide. Winter blooming with many different color flowers which vary by species or cultivar listed below. Zone 4/5 hardy to at least -20, deep shade to part sun, very deer resistant, likes well drained soil.
Champion - Rose Pink Buds open to White Flowers
Merlin - Single Dark Pink flowers
Ivory Prince - Burgundy buds, Ivory flowers
Wedding Party Double - Mixed Doubles
Winter Jewels Series:
Amethyst Glow - Deep Purple Single with a pink edge
Apricot Blush - Apricot Pink Single
Berry Swirl - Double Orchid shades with white center and lavender edging
Black Diamond - Large single nearly black slate grey and burgundy flowers
Cherry Blossom - Semi Double White freckled Pink Flowers
Cotton Candy - Double Fluffy Light Pink
Painted Double - White Double Flowers with Red Splotches
Red Sapphire - Double Vibrant Rose Red Flowers
Ruby Wine - Single blooms red crested centers and white stamens
Laurus nobilis - Culinary Bay Leaf - Evergreen Tree grows over 60’ in Italy, can be grown in top microclimates in Philly like an enclosed courtyard on a south facing brick wall with mulching when young, a tree reached over 35' in the National Herb Garden in Washington DC (not the DC urban heat island climate the Arboretum is in a cold spot on the eastern edge of DC and wooded and it gets similar temperatures to the Delaware Valley) before being blown over in a hurricane. Culinary bay is used extensively in Italian and Mexican cooking, it's great to have it on hand for your recipes fresh or you can easily dry the leaves. Zone 8a maybe colder with great microclimate.
Musa 'Dwarf Cavandish' - Edible Dwarf Cavandish Banana - Dwarf tropical looking banana plant with large unusual yellow flowers in summer that lead to a bunch of delicious edible bananas if you can keep it frost free for 13-15 months. Cold hardy to zone 8.
Pogostemon cablin - Patchouli Hippy Plant - Awesome fragrant plant from the mint family, the fragrance of the foliage may remind you of wonderful incense that may waft on by at a dead show! Very tender and tropical, Patchouli loves moisture and will thrive in deep shade or part sun, the more sun the more watering needed but it does not like direct full sun.
Ranunculus - Buttercup - Ranunculus is a wonderful cool season grower with obscene large bright vibrant flowers! Ranunculus LOVES fertilizer, water and cool temperatures. When it gets hot they go dormant into a bulb that can be stored until the next year.
Rosemary 'Tuscan Blue' Patio Tree Form - Upright perennial herb plant with delightfully fragrant foliage which is used for many culinary applications. Hardy in the Delaware Valley at least in the mid term, usually every 10 years a winter will kill it when it gets too much below zero, but it’s best to plant it in the ground on a south facing wall and if it dies get another. Very easy to grow in containers and bring in as well. Zone 7.
Sciapitys verticillata - Japanese Umbrella Pine - Rare and elusive Japanese Umbrella pine is a delight for your garden!!! With exotic and unusual needles with whorls that radiate out resembling the ribs of an umbrella. Sometimes a nightmare for nurseries to offer this can be very difficult to propagate and also very finicky in pots in a nursery setting so you do not see it very often! These South Jersey propagated and grown small plants will take off in your landscape just give it a protected site out of the most extreme heat and it will thrive. Does GREAT at the shore with sandy acid soil as long as it’s not too dry. Once in the landscape it does very well in the Delaware Valley. Will thrive in part shade and benefit from a location sheltered from hard winter winds. Zone 5-8.
Selaginella pallescens - Arborvitae Fern - Low growing mostly evergreen ground cover plant resembling a fern or moss, or something in between! Great for a shade garden that needs a wonderful ground cover that is unusual and different. Goes GREAT with Hellebores, Liriope and many shade plants and fits a space. Pretty slow growing so it won’t get out of bounds like many ground covers. Hardy to zone 6 and very deer resistant, evergreen in the warmer end of its range.
Sedum & Hens & Chicks - Sedum and Hens and Chicks are tough as nails hardy perennials generally hardy well into zone 4 or colder (Golden Japanese Sedum is zone 7a). These selections are all exceptionally ornamental either blue, green or various shades of red, purple and pink. They are very drought tolerant and grow outside but look like tender succulents.
Sedum reflexum ‘Blue Spruce’ - Blue Spruce Hardy Stonecrop
Sedum makinoi ‘Ogon’ - Golden Japanese Woodland Sedum
Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’ - John Creech Hardy Stonecrop
Sedum spurium ‘Voodoo’ - Voodoo Purple Hardy Stonecrop
Sedum sexangular ‘Watch Chain’ - Hardy Stonecrop
Sempervivum ‘Sunset’ - Hardy Hens & Chicks
Sempervivum ‘Jade Ross’ - Hardy Hens & Chicks
Sempervivum ‘Ruby Hearts’ - Hardy Hens & Chicks
Echiveria 'Black Prince' - Dark Purple Succulent
Graptosedum x 'Vera Higgins' - Bronze Coffee Sedum
Kalanchoe 'Flapjack' - Pancake Leaf Kalanchoe
Metal Pot Stakes Tool Bugs - Tool Bugs are made locally by a local artist out of recycled and repurposed items like tools, nuts, bolts, spoons, forks & knives and other unique items. The artist is a Korean War and Vietnam veteran who tinkers and makes these awesome unique and one of a kind metal artwork in his South Jersey art studio workshop! Made in America by a real person!
Egyptian Glass Ornaments - These unique one of a kind Egyptian Glass ornaments are gorgeous, unique and each one is one of a kind! Made by hand by artisans for centuries in Egypt, we bring them to you to enjoy, many horticultural and animal themes.
Neem Oil - Best organic pesticide for Citrus Trees.
Fertilizer - Osmocote & Jacks
Cold Hardy Plants (zone 7a or lower) can often be planted right away in the Delaware Valley depending on the weather. Extreme cold temperatures are possible in our area here and along most of the east, and if in doubt wait until around the time of the average last frost date or use the National Weather Service for forecasts and 8-14 day and longer range forecasts to have an idea of what to expect in your particular zone. In the event that a cold hardy plant has begun to grow due to being indoors at the show it is best to wait until temperatures are milder or even at the last frost date. You can plant outside and cover plants with Oak leaves or other tree leaves to protect them and plant right away.
Tender plants or those listed as zone 7b or higher (warmer) should be potted in containers and put outdoors in the growing season and brought in before frost in some cases, some may be able to handle a light frost or freeze, use google or books to research and learn what plants can handle what weather based on each plant and the zone you live in.
Ranunculus...can be tricky, the key is they love water, fertilizer, full sun and cool temperatures below 80 degrees. They can get warmer if night time temperatures are consistently low. They are an alpine species and can handle as low as 20 degrees but will fade in heat. They go dormant and focus all the above ground growth to a tuber that can be lifted and stored until the next season. The key is to enjoy them while they are blooming, they are small and inexpensive and quite beautiful in their season, don’t obsess or mourn too much if you don’t succeed, you can succeed but Ranunculus are worth growing as an annual, and if you are clever and read up you can successfully keep them going for years.
Citrus - Put Citrus plants outdoors in the growing season (when the risk of frost is not current) Citrus plants want 85 degrees and full sun, fertilizer and water to thrive. That is the baseline so while they can be indoors in a sunny window, give them as much light, heat as possible and water and fertilize as needed. Watering, let the soil in the pot dry between waterings, not so dry that it wilts but the idea is to not overwater so it’s constantly wet and not allowing it to dry out. Outdoors pests will be kept in check by the ecosystem and predators. When you bring them inside it's a good idea and necessary to treat with Neem Oil which is an OMRI listed organic pesticide that is safe to apply and eat the citrus up to the day of harvest so it’s very safe for humans. Once indoors, any pest eggs or pests on the plant can thrive in the absence of predators and cause stress to your plant so application when bringing in is recommended and then spot treat as necessary. It also acts as a fungicide which also may benefit your plant. As soon as the risk of frost has past, bring Citrus outside for the summer. One can harvest and eat really good citrus fruit that is better and safer than anything you can buy in a store. Harvest and enjoy your citrus, it is really special!
Plants in very small pots (32 cell pots) are too small to plant out immediately, wait until the risk of frost has passed and protect very small plants from getting stepped on, animal browse and at the smallest size they need attention to drought and cold temperatures. Best practice would be to pot up and grow on before planting out.
Mulch your outdoor plants. You can use natural leaves from your yard, rice hulls and hardwood/root mulch. Much discussion about root mulch can cause issues when you don't use it, root mulch is the best of your options for initial plantings. Issues people bring up can be greatly exaggerated and site specific to areas with poor drainage where retaining moisture can be negative and fungus can be an issue. In the event there is undesirable fungus in mulch, simply disrupt the area (fluff it up with a rake) and the problem is solved. If you have severe poor drainage mulch will be the least of your problems, you must address that issue, or change the species you use that can handle excessive moisture and non draining soils. Wetland plants often will thrive in such soils, consult with us or your local independent family owned garden center or nursery for guidance.
We are available to help you with gardening questions, we would love to see you in person at our nursery which is located at 2359 Delsea Drive, Franklinville, NJ 08322. We are available by phone at (856) 694-4272. Our website is www.tripleoaks.com, and we have a facebook page, twitter, instagram and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We offer classes on wreath making, landscaping, flower arranging, pisanki eggs, maple syrup production, and offer many children's events.
Our garden center is fully stocked from April to December and we offer landscaping, garden design and consultations, and planting service.
Joseph J. Kiefer
Triple Oaks Nursery & Herb Garden
PO Box 385 - 2359 Delsea Drive
Franklinville, NJ 08322
(856) 694-4272 - email@example.com