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heucheras

Finding interesting color for your shade garden can often present a challenge. After you have exhausted all the combinations of hostas, hydrangeas, and hellebores that you can imagine, you may still be looking for a way to add more hues to your garden. Why not try heuchera!

Nepeta 'Walkers Low' in bloom

These gorgeous perennials will look wonderful in your sunny garden. While their blooms are sure to be the talk of the neighborhood, it's the pollinators that will really take notice! Many perennials are loved by butterflies, bees and hummingbirds alike. These easy care perennials only require removing their spent flowers to help them re-bloom, so they are super easy to maintain while offering big impact in return. So if you're wondering what to plant this season, pick a perennial.

penstemons in bloom

Penstemon is a great flower to help attract hungry pollinators to your garden. With sun, and a little shade in the afternoon, these flowers will bloom from June through the first frost, and are loved by hummingbirds and butterflies.

Watering plants

Now that your plants have been planted for this season, it's time to turn your attention to watering. Proper watering techniques will ensure success in your yard and garden all summer long. Here are a few recommendations from Al's Experts for when and how to water to achieve the best water-wise results.

Spittle Bug

Spittlebugs are easily recognized by the white foamy 'spittle' produced by nymphs.  After consuming the sap from their favorite plants, spittlebug nymphs engulf themselves in a foamy excrement that makes them less desirable to predatory ants.  This "fecal foam" protects the spittlebug from becoming a meal.  Adults are less often seen but are commonly known as froghoppers.  All feed on plants, including woody and herbaceous types.

Come celebrate Mother's Day with Al's.  Make your own memories by choosing a beautiful hanging basket she'll enjoy all summer long.

Amari Patio Furniture set

Now is the time to get your patio or deck ready!  With the weather starting to cooperate, it won't be long before you'll want to make sure that you have enough seating for all your guests, and enough grill space for every tasty treat on your menu.

Whether you pronounce it Cle-MA-tis or CLE-matis, our Grown by Al's clematis are growing strong at our Farm in Hubbard, and available at Al's.  They are perfect for encouraging up your trellis, along the fence, or over arbors.  Some clematis have double blooms, and some have two bloom periods in a single year.  They are easy to care for, and very low maintenance.  We love clematis at Al's, no matter how you say it.  Here are some of our favorites.

Every year we plan our gardens with great care, choosing only the varieties that we have come to know and love.  But when it comes to tomatoes, making sure you plant and water them correctly can make all the difference in the world.

It's time to plant up those beautiful container gardens with confidence.  With a little preplanning as to which plant combinatins will work best for your outdoor space, container gardens offer an endless number of possibilities.