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Plant for Diversity! - April 6, 2017
That seems to be the slogan we hear so often repeated in the gardening world in articles, lectures, blogs, programs on television and radio...as if this “diversity” idea was something new. The founder of our business, “Old Man Peck” (as he often called himself) used to say “Mother Nature never planted in straight lines or in just one color...so let’s mix it up for the Old Girl!” That was 40 years ago but in today’s terms, he was talking diversity. >>MORE

Pollinators - March 28, 2016
Sunlight, water, and soil are three vital ingredients to plant survival. But long term survival requires the ability to reproduce, and for that, pollinators get virtually all the credit. A plant’s ability to create seeds depends on pollination. For that to occur, primarily insects such as bees and butterflies, hummingbirds, and thousands of others must move pollen from one flower to the next for the fertilization to occur that allows the flower to produce seeds. Wind sometimes moves pollen, but the vast majority of plants rely on pollinators. >>MORE

What is Downy Mildew and the Emerald Ash Borer? - April 3, 2014
Two hot button topics that keep appearing in the gardening world are the invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer and the spread of Impatiens Downy Mildew. Though these both pose issues for the every day gardener, they should not stop you from exploring and reinventing your garden. Whether you have Ash trees that need to be replaced, or have been using impatiens to bring color to your garden for years; we are here to help you find alternatives that bring color and beauty to your landscape. >>MORE

PLANT FEVER - March 16, 2013
Each and every year at Peck’s finds our team in a fever of excitement over the new selection of plants that are offered to us by our wonderful growers. Those who are familiar with Peck’s are aware that we are known for plants...a wide variety of plants! We appreciate the “tried & true” varieties, and we are especially proud to offer so many new varieties each year. In fact, this year we have added over 90 new varieties of just perennial flowers...and that does not include the new trees, woody shrubs, or annual flowers!!! “New plant fever”...YEP, we’ve got it! >>MORE

New Gardening Ideas for 2012 - March 30, 2012
Each year brings new ideas, techniques, and challenges to our world of plants and horticulture. Sometimes old fashioned plants get a facelift and renewed interest with the introduction of new cultivars, and we will briefly mention a few of those. Sometimes world news events motivate a renewed interest in horticulture. >>MORE

New Varieties for the New Season - March 15, 2011
Trends over the past few years have been for plants with traits reflecting long lasting color, easy care, and producing healthy foods. Of the many, many new plant varieties that we are offering this year, the following are a few of the ones that really display these characteristics: >>MORE

The Newest Plant Varieties! - March 21, 2010
New plant varieties are exciting and bring new dreams each year for plant lovers. However, those new varieties also bring tough decisions as we can't have them all...and it is so hard to choose which ones are the best for us! . >>MORE

Plant Today for a Better Tomorrow...planting means a better environment & can bring you a fatter wallet! - March 21, 2009
The beauty and aesthetic value of trees, shrubs and plants are readily recognized and lauded by almost everyone. Often overlooked is the significant national and economic value of the managed landscape…the trees and plants under continual care in public, commercial and residential settings. In fact, landscaping is the only urban infrastructure that increases in value over time. Sewers, roads and water systems deteriorate while trees and plants grow to provide increased benefits each year. >>MORE

The Newest & Coolest... 2008 Plant Treasures - February 10, 2008
Is there anyone who does not know that plants are essential to life? We often think about the beauty or the aesthetic value of plants…and rarely remember the true need for plants in order to sustain life on our planet. When you visit us this season and walk through our nursery and other garden center/nurseries around the country, you will see this O2 tag on many plants as a reminder that plants are the producers of earth’s oxygen. >>MORE

Plant Treasures for 2007 - March 21, 2007
Sustainability seems to be the current buzzword in the world of horticulture. >>MORE

Plant Treasures for 2006 - March 12, 2006
Exciting new plants burst on the scene this spring at Peck's... >>MORE

2005 The Year of the Echinacea - March 8, 2005
It’s the Chinese Year of the Rooster…and it’s the Gardener’s Year of the Echinacea! The popular prairie perennial coneflower has become the focus of many plant breeders and their work is bringing us some terrific new cultivars. >>MORE

Hottest New Plant For 2004 - January 29, 2004
Wow! Endless Summer Hydrangea® is one of the best new plants to be introduced to the gardening world. You may have already heard about it or read about it in some of your gardening magazines. >>MORE

Autumn Combinations - October 15, 2003
A favorite plant combination for autumn is the bright red berries of Dwarf European Cranberry (Viburnum opulus compactum) with the airy white blooms Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis paniculata). Please notice that viburnums make great "trellises"! >>MORE

Perennial Gardening Pt. 2 - August 16, 2003
The joy of perennial gardening continues all summer and into autumn! The mad rush of spring planting and garden work is behind us, and we've given sufficient time for the soil to warm and awaken all the plants...if the plants haven't emerged by now they are in eternal rest in plant heaven! Now is the time to evaluate your perennial garden in a careful but more leisurely manner. Often larger, more mature plants are available in June and through the summer that will add a little more pizzazz to your garden. >>MORE

Japanese Beetle Info - July 24, 2003
Japanese beetles pose a threat to many plants in our landscapes. The following information about Japanese beetles may help many of you who are finding the beetles this summer. >>MORE

Perennial Gardening Pt. 1 - July 1, 2003
JUNE IS PERENNIAL GARDENING MONTH... the slogan from the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) and a statement that is very true! As a long-standing member of this association of professional growers, retailers and gardeners, Peck's actively participates in this promotion. More importantly, we participate because we know that June is a great time to put perennial gardens in order. But the joy of perennial gardening continues all summer and into autumn! >>MORE

What's New? - April 6, 2003
“What’s new?” That’s the question we hear over and over each spring as our gardening friends walk through the nursery and greenhouses. We all enjoy seeing the new varieties. Trying new plants is one of the challenges and joys of gardening. >>MORE

Planting Instructions for Trees and Shrubs - April 1, 2003
Be sure to plant your new tree or shrub in a site that will allow it to thrive. Different plants have different needs. Make sure the plant you have chosen has ample room to grow (spread & height), proper lighting, correct drainage and soil type to meet its needs. Check with your nursery professional for tips on choosing a site, planting and caring for your plant. >>MORE

Plant Combinations - October 7, 2002
A favorite plant combination for autumn is the bright red berries of Dwarf European Cranberry (Viburnum opulus compactum) with the airy white blooms of Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis paniculata). Viburnums make great “trellises”! >>MORE

Noteworthy Plants - July 21, 2002
Our feature perennial plant profile focuses in on 3 exciting new varieties of Campanula. New this year are Campanula punctata ‘Bowl of Cherries, Campanula takesimana ‘Beautiful Trust’ and Campanula trachelium ‘Bernice’. These bellflower varieties all make excellent cut flowers, as well as sporting attractive and distinctive foliage. >>MORE

Butterfly Garden - June 10, 2002
Is your yard a haven for butterflies? It’s easier than you think! A successful butterfly garden feeds caterpillars and butterflies throughout the season. More food plants for caterpillars and flowers for butterflies brings more of both to your garden spring through fall. >>MORE

Trying New Plants - December 23, 2001
The fun of gardening is trying out new plants. On our website throughout the winter months we will try to introduce some of these new varieties as well as showcase some great older varieties that are not widely known to the general gardening public. Click on "read more" to find information on a few of our featured plants! >>MORE

Trying New Plants - October 31, 2001
The fun of gardening is trying out new plants. So many new plants are coming our way from growers and breeders around the world. On our website throughout the winter months we will try to introduce some of these new varieties as well as showcase some great older varieties that are not widely known to the general gardening public. >>MORE

Striving for a Beautiful Tomorrow - October 1, 2001
Even though winter approaches, we work to plant and get the garden bedded down this fall so the plants will awaken next spring even larger, stronger and more beautiful. What a great outlook to always hope for and work towards a better, more beautiful tomorrow! >>MORE

Lazy Days of Summer Garden - July 8, 2001
We have spent the spring planting and working in our gardens and are ready to rest a little and enjoy other summer activities. So while we appreciate "lazy days" we are not happy with a "lazy" landscape or garden. We want beauty, constant bloom and easy care from our plants through the summer. Here are some suggestions to keep your plants working while you vacation from many gardening chores. >>MORE