Watters Weekly Garden Classes
Aug 27 – Drip Irrigation Design and Installation (Free) It's time to turn that irrigation back on. Learn the benefits of drip irrigation, the best emitters and parts, how to set a system up or add to it. With the right system you can save water and have healthier plants at the same time. We will also go over how to properly set up and run an irrigation clock.
Sept 3 – How to use Climbers & Clematis in Garden Design. Vines climb quickly up fence posts, pergolas, barbed wire, walls and trellis. They block, screen and shade better then any other plants in the nursery, but not all vines are created equal. Learn these vines favorite locals, sun and shade lovers, and all the advice to get these bloomers climbing. Free to clematis lovers and those that like growing plants.
Sept 10 – Wildlife & Bug Prevention – What's Eatin' Your Garden? Late summer is the peak of the bug season, with intense pressure from the furry visitors in the yards. We have the solutions. Students start with javalina and pack rats, then quickly move to the best solutions for grasshoppers and tomato worms. You can have a nice yard with these easy-to-use tips and a few key plant choices. Frustrated gardeners will have all the advice they can mustard and all Free.
Sept 17 – Western Natives & the Water-wise Landscape. Native plants are unique, hardy and some so unusual gardeners will marvel at how to use them. It all comes down to companion planting. We cover native trees, native shrubs, native flowers and native vines that all adapt so well they need no care after establishment. Students will be a native pro after this class. We stock up on extra natives before this class. Join the water-wise fun.
Sept 24 – Mountain Appealing Shrubs – Shrubs are the backbone of a good design. They provide essential structure, beauty, fragrance and color with a great variety of shapes. Rock landscapes without shrubs tend to look strange, immature and lacking. Learn how to use shrubs to create simple but effective planting combinations for a design impact that will WOW all four seasons of the year. Free to gardeners that want more from their yard.
Oct 1 – Container Designs – Easy as 1-2-3. The fall plants have arrived, and this is the month to transition from summer blooming flowers to winter hardy pansy, viola, mums, kale, dusty miller and more. Expect inspirational color from your container gardens right through the holiday season to come. Students learn the best soils, foods and flowers that keep on blooming. Bring your empty containers and experts will be on hand after the class to help personalize your style. All Free:)
Oct 8 – Trees – Choosing, Using & Planting Techniques. Privacy, shade, color, evergreen and blooms. We cover trees from every angle, especially small gardens, including trees for country gardens and trees for difficult sites. Trees for blossom, bark, fruit and colorful autumn foliage. With so many choices picking the perfect tree can be overwhelming, but not after this class. Our entire horticultural team will be on-hand after the class to help with individual tree situations. Free tree planting guide to students after this class.
Oct 15 – Keeping Critters Out. The animals can have a ferocious appetite in the landscape, but not in your landscape. These simple steps will keep critters at bay. We will take special care to show only plants the furry locals are know to dislike, some may even have a repelling presence to them.
Oct 22 – Autumn Colors Enjoyed at Home Landscapes in autumn can be stunning, but only if you plan for them. This easy care advice will bring the silver and blues out of the evergreens, brilliant bright foliage and crazy colored flowers. Make this the brightest fall of all. Plant experts will abound after the class to show off new plant introductions along with local favorites.
Oct 29 – Fall 'To-do' list for a Healthy Yard Get the most out of your landscape this fall with this easy to use checklist of fall care. Bring the color out of the fall gardens, reduce bugs next spring, or simply put you landscape to bed for fall with these easy to use ideas. You will have a better landscape next spring if you do.
Truckloads of trees ready for fall color and winter evergreens are on their way. The first of many deliveries arrive this week. To make room for this seasonal transition Watters hosts it annual clearance sale, or the ‘ Monster Monsoon Sale’. There is nothing wrong with these lower priced plants, but the spring and summer selection simply must go before the fall and winter selections arrive. The sale encompasses a couple of weekends, so thatthe best savings of the year are to be had in the next few weeks.
Expect at least 25% to as much as 65% off. (I've been known to give away free plants when I know they’re going to a good home!)
Scoop up the deals as early as possible. Because savvy gardeners know to take advantage of these between-season sales, the limited quantities go fast.
Labor Day is the official start of fall planting in our area, so that means that there are two months left to our growing season. If you’ve been considering a landscape addition to create more seasonal excitement in the garden, now is the time to take action. Whether planting some of the past season’s stock or new arrivals, the plants have plenty of time to develop extensive root systems before winter. Perennials’ chances at success definitely increase when planted during the monsoon season. Many that bloom in late summer and autumn are especially happy when planted this time of year.
With the exception of mums, the garden center DOES NOT want any leftover perennials during the transition into the autumn planting season. So, if the plant you want isn’t on sale, ask for a discount. We are remarkably receptive to giving you “a deal”, especially when you offer to take home more than one plant.
Here are some always popular choices for season's end planting:
~ Sun-loving perennials that do really well in local gardens:
Merlot Coneflower – This is a well-behaved plant with bold 5” wide merlot-rose flowers. Its natural home is with other perennials in a flower border, but this reliable knee-high plant also does well planted individually out by the mailbox. This plant is right at home in the mountains, so it is comfortable in wild gardens with native plants. It’s an excellent source of cut flowers.
Joe Pye Phantom – When in bloom, “impressive” is the only way to describe this 3-foot-high perennial. So sun-hardy it can be used in the native garden or as a backdrop to a rock garden. Sturdy and upright, the plant is covered with lavender blossoms from summer through autumn. The delicious vanilla scent is pleasing to the human sense of smell and a magnet to butterflies.
Wall Germander - Rich rose-colored flowers are an attractive contrast against the dense, deeply aromatic leaves of this easy-care plant. It blooms all summer long in water-wise gardens and is a carefree informal filler around larger shrubs and perennials. A good choice where there’s a thick population of nosy deer!
Brilliance Autumn Fern – One of the few ferns that grows well locally, this handsome selection has coppery-red new foliage that is a brighter and a significantly more dramatic red than that of other ferns. The bold leaves mature to a deeply cut dark green. Spectacular colors illuminate the autumn landscape, and the plant comes back for another showing every spring.
Grace Ward Lithodora – Iridescent blue flowers crown this tidy 6” high x12” wide perennial. It is so tough that it frequently is used as a rock garden accent. In extremely hot areas its slightly mounded form likes some shade.
Crème Brule Heuchera - A breakthrough in heuchera breeding! In both spring and fall, the chartreuse foliage has a heavy smattering of brick red coloration that radiates out from each leaf. During summer’s months the leaves lighten with a silvery overlay. Although it’s grown for its stunning foliage there are cream-colored flowers that appear in midsummer. It is one of the few evergreen perennials that survive mild mountain winters, and also loves heat.
Garden Alert – Swarms of black, one-inch-long beetles are hitting gardens in Paulden, Chino, and Prescott Valley. There are reports that ‘Blister Beetles’ have attacked potato crops, ash trees, birds of paradise, and many other landscape shrubs. My frustration with this pest led me to create a solution to combat this wretched little eating machine. Fight back by spraying this insidious insect with Watters’ “Multi-Purpose Insect Spray”. The death is immediate; you actually will see bugs dropping as they’re sprayed with it!
Until next week, I'll see you at Watters Garden Center.