Inspirations Mahoney's Garden Center Summer 2012 : Page 3

Family-run for over 50 years, Mahoney’s has eight full-service garden centers in Eastern Massachusetts. We operate a five-acre state-of-the-art wholesale growing greenhouse, where we grow many of Mahoney’s Grown brand of annuals and perennials, including Uncle Mike’s Herbs and Vegetables. Brighton 449 Western Avenue Brighton, MA 02135 617-787-8885 north ChELMSForD 155 Princeton Street Chelmsford, MA 01863 978-251-4001 ConCorD 1625 Sudbury Road Concord, MA 01742 978-371-1214 EaSt FaLMouth 958 East Falmouth Highway East Falmouth, MA 02536 508-548-4842 oStErviLLE 2929 Falmouth Road Osterville, MA 02655 508-420-4428 tEwkSBury 1609 Main Street Tewksbury, MA 01876 978-851-2712 wayLanD 115 Boston Post Road Wayland, MA 01778 508-358-7333 winChEStEr 242 Cambridge Street Winchester, MA 01890 781-729-5900 New for the Garden This crazy warm spring has many of you out in your gardens early, and we’re ready for you. But more than just early, we have a lot of exciting new plants and trends to make your gardens pretty and easy. We have lots of new introductions in the nursery this year. One I’m particularly fond of is a butterfly bush called Miss Molly. Ok, it’s my daughter’s name, but the plant is great anyhow. Nice and compact, it only grows to 4-5 feet, so it’s easy to place. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one last year and it flowered a gorgeous sangria-red all summer and fall. We also have some great introductions in the perennial department. My hands-down favorite is the Coreopsis “Mercury Rising.” It is the first “hardy” red Coreopsis to the market – a must-have for everyone’s perennial garden. If you do nothing else this year, check out this fantastic perennial. We couldn’t have asked for a better year for growing annuals. With above average warm sunny days, our growing greenhouses in Woburn are shipping beautiful healthy crops early – sometimes as much as a week ahead of schedule. Check out the two new Calibrachoa Superbells from Proven Winners. “Sweet Tart” has yellow petunia-like flowers that fade to pink, and “Cherry Star” has beautiful magenta flowers with yellow streaks. Both provide nonstop color all summer long, and will look great in combination planters or by themselves. Also make sure you see the Calliope geraniums. They were hugely popular last year because they both trail and mound, and tolerate the heat – so we grew lots. For you tropical fans we have lots of new summer blooming climbing vines that really color up outdoor living spaces and make conversation pieces at backyard parties. My personal favorite is the “Giant Crimson” Mandevilla from Sun Parasol. The flowers are a beautiful dark red that look striking against their dark green foliage. We also have a very cool new line of pottery from Burley Clay. Made in Ohio, these are excellent quality, dense, great looking pots. Best of all they’re priced as low as the imports. I love the idea of a good old U.S.A. company competing with China and Malaysia. Low carbon impact, too. For those who plan to grow your own, we’ve expanded on our Uncle Mike’s line of locally-grown herbs and veggies. We sort of sold out early last year so we’re growing lots more, but more exciting than just quantity are all the new varieties. We have more heirloom tomatoes coming, as well as new melons, beans, peppers, cold crops, etc. In addition to the veggies we grow, we also bring in lots from some excellent local growers. Local is important so you don’t risk getting blight from the southern-grown veggies. Yes, it’s going to be a great year in the garden. Frankly I used to think that it was harsh winters that made people excited about garden activities but I think I was wrong. It seems like this year there are more people than ever looking to do that new landscape or create that outdoor living area. As always, we’re here to help if you have any questions or need some reassurance along the way. For directions, hours , information, and specials, visit mahoneysgarden.com LanDSCapE DESign SErviCES Boston area: 781-729-5900 Cape Cod area: 508-548-4842 SaFELawnS organiC Lawn CarE SErviCE Boston area: 781-305-5555 Inspirations is published for ECGC LLC by ECGC Distributors, Inc. © 2012 ECGC LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part of any text, photograph, or illustration without express written permission of the publisher is prohibited. Corre-spondence: On matters concerning the magazine, write to Gary Jones, 2200 E. Route 66, Suite 200, Glendora, CA 91740; gjones@armstronggarden.com; 626-914-1091; fax: 626-335-0257. Opinions expressed within are not to be considered official expressions of ECGC LLC, Inspirations . ECGC LLC assumes no responsibility for errors and omissions appearing within. 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New for the Garden

Uncle Mike

<br /> This crazy warm spring has many of you out in your gardens early, and we’re ready for you. But more than just early, we have a lot of exciting new plants and trends to make your gardens pretty and easy.<br /> <br /> We have lots of new introductions in the nursery this year. One I’m particularly fond of is a butterfly bush called Miss Molly. Ok, it’s my daughter’s name, but the plant is great anyhow. Nice and compact, it only grows to 4-5 feet, so it’s easy to place. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one last year and it flowered a gorgeous sangria-red all summer and fall.<br /> <br /> We also have some great introductions in the perennial department. My hands-down favorite is the Coreopsis “Mercury Rising.” It is the first “hardy” red Coreopsis to the market – a must-have for everyone’s perennial garden. If you do nothing else this year, check out this fantastic perennial.<br /> <br /> We couldn’t have asked for a better year for growing annuals. With above average warm sunny days, our growing greenhouses in Woburn are shipping beautiful healthy crops early – sometimes as much as a week ahead of schedule. Check out the two new Calibrachoa Superbells from Proven Winners. “Sweet Tart” has yellow petunia-like flowers that fade to pink, and “Cherry Star” has beautiful magenta flowers with yellow streaks. Both provide nonstop color all summer long, and will look great in combination planters or by themselves. Also make sure you see the Calliope geraniums. They were hugely popular last year because they both trail and mound, and tolerate the heat – so we grew lots.<br /> <br /> For you tropical fans we have lots of new summer blooming climbing vines that really color up outdoor living spaces and make conversation pieces at backyard parties. My personal favorite is the “Giant Crimson” Mandevilla from Sun Parasol. The flowers are a beautiful dark red that look striking against their dark green foliage.<br /> <br /> We also have a very cool new line of pottery from Burley Clay. Made in Ohio, these are excellent quality, dense, great looking pots. Best of all they’re priced as low as the imports. I love the idea of a good old U.S.A. company competing with China and Malaysia. Low carbon impact, too.<br /> <br /> For those who plan to grow your own, we’ve expanded on our Uncle Mike’s line of locally-grown herbs and veggies. We sort of sold out early last year so we’re growing lots more, but more exciting than just quantity are all the new varieties. We have more heirloom tomatoes coming, as well as new melons, beans, peppers, cold crops, etc. In addition to the veggies we grow, we also bring in lots from some excellent local growers. Local is important so you don’t risk getting blight from the southern-grown veggies.<br /> <br /> Yes, it’s going to be a great year in the garden. Frankly I used to think that it was harsh winters that made people excited about garden activities but I think I was wrong. It seems like this year there are more people than ever looking to do that new landscape or create that outdoor living area. As always, we’re here to help if you have any questions or need some reassurance along the way.

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