Over the last 12 years at the Garden Center, we have really built some memories and relationships that will forever be cherished in our hearts. Many of you have grown to consider the Garden Center as part of our community, allowing us to provide you with the plants and knowledge that make your yard a home. Your success has been our success, and for that, we will always be grateful. With that said, there are seasons in our lives here on this earth, and as one season comes to an end, another begins.
After much contemplating and now a heavy heart, we are announcing that Wise Nurseries will no longer operate the Garden Center in town at 23511 Northside Drive East in Statesboro. This decision did not come easy, but we feel it is time to refocus Wise Nurseries towards its original mission, which is providing landscapers, contractors, and home owners throughout Georgia and surrounding states with a premium selection of quality plants at a competitive price. The main nursery at 852 Hood Loop, Pembroke Georgia (this is in Bulloch County off of Hwy 46) is looking forward to continuing these traditions and leading the industry. At this facility, we are able to grow quality plants, provide you with a larger selection of sizes and types for the landscape, and capable of offering delivery options. The Garden Center in Statesboro will now be operated by ‘Statesboro Southernscapes’, but still under the management of Bill Renz and Adam Sturgill. We are looking forward to maintaining a healthy, productive relationship with ‘Statesboro Southernscapes’ as a provider of plants, but will not be directly affiliated with them as they start this new endeavor of operating the Garden Center. Wise Nurseries is not going anywhere; we are just changing how the company is structured to continue providing the community with quality plant material. Once again, Matthew Wise and the entire team want to thank all of you for years of support and faith in the Garden Center.
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As summer fades and leaves begin to fall, Camellia Sasanquas are known for bringing forth some beauty with their abundant blooms that greet your visitors throughout the holiday season. Sasanquas are graceful in form and vivid in color, making them one of the loveliest fall bloomers. Here at Wise Nurseries, we have many varieties of Sasanquas that range in growth habits and bloom colors. Following is a list of some of our most commonly stalked Sasanquas.
Fall is upon us and that means it's time to comb through out entire inventory at the wholesale location. Anything that does not meet our quality standards, we are shipping up to the Garden Center and putting it in the clearance section with some really low prices. We have also put most perennials on sale at the Garden Center. This helps us clear the way for new inventory and space, so we can continue meeting your expectations, providing the selection and quality you expect from Wise Nurseries. Come take advantage of some great deals, beautiful weather and the best time of year to plant.
Generally, satsuma trees should be planted somewhere that is protected from northern winter winds. Choose a site that is on the south or east end of a building. If that is not possible, plant among other trees that are blocking arctic blast coming out of the north or west.
The older and larger satsumas grow, the more cold hardy they become. We highly recommend covering young Satsuma trees when a hard freeze is expected. From our experience, 1-2 year old trees are hardy to around 28F degrees, 3-4 year old trees 23F degrees and 5+ year old, healthy trees 15F degrees. When covering, be sure to use fabric that can lock in the heat. Also, be sure it drapes all the way to the ground so the fabric can catch and trap the heat radiating up from the ground. We have also found that water buckets make cheap heaters. Take a 5gal bucket or something similar (the larger the better) and fill it with water. Then place the container beside the trunk underneath the fabric cover. During a hard freeze, only the top of the water will freeze. The unfrozen water in the bucket will radiate heat and help keep the tree from freezing. Another trick-of-the-trade is to put pipe insulation on the trunk and main branches. This is also popular for older trees that cannot be covered as easily.
Satsuma trees will not tolerate wet feet, and must be planted in well-drained soil. Do not plant too deep; you want the top of the root ball level or slightly higher than the surrounding grade. It is good to put down mulch or pine straw, but be sure NOT to pile dirt over the root ball – the roots need to breathe. Satsuma trees can take more shade than other fruit trees, but still need at least 5 hours of full sun or 8 hours of filtered sun each day. Fertilize in spring and summer with a fertilizer that has plenty of major and minor elements. Satsumas are heavy feeders but do not dump large amounts in one spot or root burn may occur. Keep soil pH between a 6 & 6.5 for optimal nutrients absorption, fruit quality and tree health. The healthier the tree, the cold hardier it will be. Never trim a citrus tree in the fall because this will stimulate new growth that will be susceptible to a freeze. The best time to prune is just after danger of frost has past. Lightly trim long runners to help them bush, but severe trimming is not necessary unless the tree is becoming too big for its space.
We currently have ‘St.Anne’, ‘Brown Select’, ‘Owari’ and ‘Arctic Frost’ in stock at the Garden Center. The ‘St. Anne’ is an early type that ripens up in October while the ‘Brown Select’, ‘Owari’ and ‘Arctic Frost’ ripen in November. ‘Arctic Frost’ are cold hardier than traditional satsumas. Mature, well established ‘Arctic Frosts’ have proven to be capable of handling temperatures as low as 10F degrees without severe damage. This makes them an ideal selection, especially if you need a tree that can be planted in a very exposed location without a frost and windbreak to the south or west. They are sweet, juicy, almost seedless and easy to peel. Fruit ripens between mid and late November in Statesboro.
Come down to the Garden Center to pick up your Satsuma tree while supplies last. Once we are sold out this year, we will not have more shipped in until next spring. We are looking forward to the fun and delicious future of this cold hardy mandarin in Statesboro and surrounding counties!
We are excited that fall is here because that means the start of planting season! Many are not aware that fall and winter are the best times of year to plant. We hope this article inspires y’all to catch “spring fever” this fall because there are many major benefits for establishing the new plants in your landscape this time of year.
When planting in spring, trees and shrubs have far less time to become well established before summer heat and drought sets in. Plants naturally flush out with new top growth in the spring, which competes with the roots for water and nutrients. This can result in the tree or shrub not having the adequate root structure to support its budding growth. When summer sets in, the plant will be more vulnerable to leaf drop, or even branch loss, because the investment in the roots below the soil is not enough to keep up with the demands of the overhead above the soil. On top of those negative outcomes, there is an increase in time spent monitoring the impacts of summer heat on the recently installed plant, as well as greater expense from the high amount of water used.
So what makes fall and winter the best time to plant? There are many reasons why it is such a beneficial season to landscape your yard. When plants are installed during fall or winter, they are able to put all of their energy into root growth because their tops are dormant. During this time the roots never shut down and will slowly grow and become established all winter because the top growth will not be competing for nutrients. By the time spring and summer arrive, the plant will have a larger root mass, making it better equipped to meet the seasonal demands. The results are incredibly beneficial and include a better spring flush that is followed by improved tolerance to summer heat and drought. Plus water demands are little to none!
Also, fall and winter bedding plants should be planted before the ground cools off. Plants like ornamental cabbage, chard, kale, and pansies like the cooler air but greatly benefit if installed while ground temperatures are still warm. The warm ground stimulates their roots which results in developing a larger root structure. This makes them more drought resistant, disease resistant, cold resistant, larger top growth, more blooms, and a more vibrant appearance.
Planting in fall and winter makes the transition so much easier for you and the plants, giving both of you a healthier start. So what will you do in your yard this fall? Take advantage of this weather and don’t put off that project any longer. Whether you are looking to install some shade trees, shrubs, fruit trees, or some fall annual color, now is the time to make it happen. Getting a plant off to a great start in your landscape is what we call “an idea that grows.” Call or come by so we can help you choose a terrific tree or shrub for your landscape!
We are constantly looking for ways to set you up for success in your yard. Hopefully this article did just that by equipping you with more knowledge to master your southern landscape. Thank you for continually allowing us to provide you with the plants and ideas that make your yard a home.
Have you ever wanted a plant that is different, a plant that will have your neighbors wondering if it’s even from this planet? Following are 3 plants that are evergreen and will brighten shadier spots with its foliage in the landscape
The ‘Florida Sun’ anise is guaranteed to brighten up the partially shaded areas of your landscape with its showy green foliage. This shade-loving evergreen will quickly reach 4-5x3 feet when given moderate water and proper nutrition. Used in borders, foundation, and even containers, the ‘Florida Sun’ will light up any landscape! Its deer resistance makes it even more irresistible. It is a truly brilliant specimen in the shade garden and we highly recommend it to anyone who needs some sparkle in the shade.
Looking to brighten up your shady areas? The lime green chartreuse color of the ‘Everillo’ carex will do just that! This relatively new plant is a magnificent evergreen that is sure to add vibrant splashes of brightness. ‘Everillo’ needs morning sun with afternoon shade or filtered sun all day. When given moderate water and the proper nutrients, it will quickly reach 1x2 feet. Its deer resistance is another reason why this selection is irresistible. Add some light to your yard with ‘Everillo’ carex!
The yaupon holly has been a classic for some time now, but why not add a twist to an old plant? ‘Eureka Gold’ is a dwarf yaupon with striking yellow-green leaves that will be sure to brighten up your landscape! This drought tolerant hardy holly does best in partial sun, reaching 4x4 feet. Spice things up and add some brightness with this spectacular selection!
Do you ever dream of a perennial that can be planted and establish itself in the landscape with almost no supplemental watering? Do you dream of a perennial that will grow in those extra dry, hot spots around the yard that everything else just seems to burn up when summer kicks in? Perhaps some of these areas are far from a water source and watering is difficult. Maybe these spots are actually decorative pots out on a hot pool deck or down the driveway. The plants burn up every summer because you miss watering these containers just one day, and its game over due to the heat. Don’t get discouraged anymore, we have solutions for that. Following are 9 perennials that not only tolerate drought, but look hot summers in the eye and say “The hotter it gets, the better I look!”
‘Lemon Ball’ sedum is sure to brighten up your yard with its bright chartreuse succulent foliage. The bright yellow blooms during late spring will add a refreshing color to the landscape making it sure to bring in the compliments. Plant in full sun and it will grow to about 2 inches tall by 2-3 feet wide. Its drought tolerance makes it a must have when in need of a plant that requires very little water.
'Autumn Joy' sedum is truly a sight to see that will have jaws dropping during its blooming season in late summer. Its drought tolerance makes it a must in our Statesboro heat and the bronze-red flower clusters compliment the green foliage beautifully. When planted in a container, it needs water 2-3 times per week during the strongest heat of the summer. Once established in the ground, natural rainfall is all this plant will need, reaching 12-18 inches tall by 12 inches wide. 'Autumn Joy' is sure to bring joy to anyone who sees it, making it a must for your yard!
'Blue Sue' setcreasea makes for an irresistible groundcover for many reasons. Its drought tolerance is vital for our summer Statesboro heat, so it's perfect for those who occasionally forget to water. What makes it really stand out is its blue-tinged foliage with a purple outline that is complimented by pink flowers from summer to fall. When planted in full to partial shade, ‘Blue Sue’ will grow 6-8 inches. This is a truly durable groundcover that's great in containers or under plantings around shrubs and roses.t a must for your yard!
Succulent deep purple leaves of the 'Purple Heart' setcreasea will be sure add a unique splash of color and texture to your landscape. This crawling groundcover has stunning pink blooms during the summer that contrast beautifully with the foliage. It is extremely drought tolerant once established and works great in a low maintenance area such as rock gardens, containers, and mixed borders. When planted in full to partial sun, 'Purple Heart' will quickly grow to 18x36 inches. It can withstand high temperatures while keeping its vibrant purple color, making it irresistible for our Statesboro area!
The ‘Tricolor’ Tradescantia plant is exceptionally easy to grow and is popular both indoors and out. The purple, white, pink, and green striped foliage work wonderfully in mixed containers, rock gardens, or as a clumping groundcover. When planted in partial sun to shade and given moderate water, this unique perennial will reach 8-12 inches.
The gorgeous purple flowers of the ‘Cooperi’ ice plant make it almost hard to believe how low-maintenance it is. Its drought tolerance makes it a perfect option for rock gardens or those spots in the landscape where watering is not as convenient. When planted in a container, it needs water 2-3 times a week during the strongest heat of the summer. When established in the ground, natural rain fall is all this plant will need. This adaptable plant thrives with little care in full sun and matures to 4 inches tall and 2-3 feet wide. Blooming from summer to fall, the succulent green leaves will compliment the flowers making it a must for your landscape!
Nothing is more beautiful and low-maintenance than ice plants. ‘Golden Wonder’ will be sure to add color and texture to your yard with its succulent green carpets of hardy foliage covered with bright, bold yellow flowers. When planted in full sun it will grow to about 4 inches tall and 2-3 feet wide. The best part about ice plants is their extreme drought tolerance. Once established natural rainfall is all this plant will need. Nothing beats such an easy plant that adds bursts of brightness across the landscape!
Fill up your hot sunny areas with vibrant colors of the ‘Orange Wonder’ ice plant! This spreading semi-evergreen is exceptionally tolerant of drought and our Statesboro heat. When planted in a container, it needs water 2-3 times a week during the strongest heat of the summer. When established in the ground, natural rain fall is all this plant will need. ‘Golden Wonder’ thrives in full sun and quickly reaches 4 inches tall and 2-3 feet wide. Add splashes of brightness with hardly any work by adding this ice plant to your yard!
‘Hallmark’ bulbine is a sight to see that produces an orange bloom complimented by stunning light green succulent leaves. This versatile dry climate gem adapts to humidity and harsh weather. Blooming spring through fall, ‘Hallmark’ will reach 12x15 inches when planted in full sun to partial shade. There isn’t a whole lot that needs to be done after getting this plant in the ground other than giving it the admiration it deserves!
Crape myrtles are originally from Asia but have been adopted by the south since the late 1700s because they thrive in our southeast climate. Crape myrtles will properly bloom in extra hot summers, putting on some stunning displays of flowers. Many cultivars have exfoliating bark as the tree matures, meaning as they age the bark will actually begin to peel, revealing a cinnamon colored trunk. They also adapt well in a diversity of soil conditions including heavy clay to sandy loam, acidic to alkaline, and lower damp sites to high and dry. Crape myrtles are pest and disease resistant too. Some cultivars are more susceptible to aphids and powdery mildew than others, but many varieties today have been selected for their resistance to these problems as well as their growth habits, color of flowers, how prolific it blooms and resistance to pest problems. Another major benefit to crape myrtles is that they are deer resistant, so they are a great selection for properties with high deer pressure. Crape myrtles are famous for their stunning display of summer color, but they also put on a big show in the fall. As temperatures drop, they can display leaf color from reds and maroons to yellows and oranges. All these characteristics combined make them an excellent selection for the southern landscape. Following is a list of more traditional, larger growing, full size cultivars we have grown fond of over the years and consider them a staple in our crape myrtle selections.
‘Tuscarora’ is a favorite of many and for obvious reasons. They have bold, almost neon, watermelon pink flowers during the summer followed by stunning red and yellow fall foliage color. A mature specimen averages 25x20ft and has good exfoliating bark characteristics.
‘Natchez’ is a popular favorite among many. They have snow white blooms during the summer followed by stunning red and yellow fall color. This cultivar is so prolific that when it blooms, it has more of a weeping structure due to flowers weighing down the canopy. A mature specimen averages 20x20ft, and is extra famous for having exceptional exfoliating bark characteristics.
‘Sioux’ is an excellent selection when looking for a vibrant pink that has a solid, upright habit. They are very prolific, yet when in full bloom during the summer, they tend to not weep as much as many other cultivars. A mature specimen will average 20ftx15ft and exfoliating bark characteristics is good.
‘Muskogee’ is a great, full size selection when looking for pinkish lavender blooms. They also have great fall color including red, orange and yellow. A mature specimen will average 20x15ft and exfoliating bark characteristics is good.
‘Dynamite’ is one of our most popular red flowering cultivars. Blooms are a true blood red and are very prolific during the summer. Fall color is stunning as well, with mostly red with some orange and yellow foliage. A mature specimen averages 15x12ft making it more of a medium size crape myrtle, with exfoliating bark characteristics average.
‘Tonto’ is a medium size crape myrtle with an average mature size of 12x10ft. Blooms are reddish-purple followed by maroon and red fall foliage color. This is an excellent medium size selection that seems to quickly jump up in size while keeping a smaller build once mature. Exfoliating bark is average.
‘Pink Velour’ is a very fitting name for this cultivar. Summer blooms are neon pink set on green with purple haze summer foliage, creating a bold color pallet followed by purplish red fall color. A mature specimen averages 12x8ft. Growth habit is not aggressive and exfoliating bark characteristics is average.
‘Red Rocket’ is currently the largest growing red blooming crape myrtle with a mature specimen reaching an average size of 20x20ft. Flowers are cherry red during the summer followed by yellow and red fall foliage color. This cultivar has average exfoliating bark color.
‘Sarah’s Favorite’ is another white flowering selection. The most noticeable difference between it and ‘Natchez’ is its more upright growth habit. It tends to not weep so much during blooming season in the summer. They are then followed by yellow with some red foliage color in the fall. A mature specimen averages 20x20ft and exfoliating bark is average.
Summer heat and deer browsing can be a huge challenge for southeast landscapes. Following are 15 heat loving perennials that not only sing and burst with color during our hot southern summers, but are deer-resistant as well.
‘Yellow’ butterflyweed is a bushy, fast-growing perennial that is prized for its brilliant flowers. They are one of the monarch’s favorite food sources that will have your yard filled with beautiful butterflies. They start blooming in late spring and continue through the entire summer. Also known as tickseed, they will thrive best in full sun and reach an average of 3x3ft.
‘Red’ butterflyweed is a deer-resistant perennial that stands out with its bright red flowers. Blooming in late spring through summer, this tickseed will have your yard fluttering with butterflies. When planted in full sun they will reach an average of 3x3ft.
‘Paprika’ yarrow is truly one of a kind! The flowers mature from red to pink creating a beautiful multi-colored effect throughout the landscape. Its deer and drought resistance make it a must for yards here in the south. When planted in full sun, ‘Paprika’ yarrow will reach 10-20 inches.
‘Cheyenne Spirit’ echinacea gives you a burst of color from summer to fall with a mix of red, pink, yellow, orange, purple, and white flowers. Its drought tolerance and deer resistance makes it an irresistible, low maintenance perennial. Plant this coneflower in full sun. Reaching about two feet, it adds height, color, spirit, and beauty to any landscape!
The ‘Pow Wow Wildberry’ echinacea is sure to add some powerful color to the landscape. Its intense rose flowers are complimented beautifully with the dark rose centers. This deer-resistant perennial will mature to about two feet and will do best when planted in full sun.
The ‘Pow Wow White’ coneflower, also known as echinacea, has eye-catching pure white flowers with yellow-gold centers. Its drought tolerance and deer-resistance makes it a perfect selection for our area. From summer to fall, this perennial will make a statement in any landscape!
The fiery orange-red flowers of the ‘Arizona Sun’ gaillardia are sure to add a burst of vibrant color to your landscape. Growing 8-10 inches tall, this deer-resistant blanket flower thrives in full to partial sun. What makes this show-stopper even better? It is drought tolerant making it a low-maintenance beauty for those who occasionally forget about watering. The hotter it is, the more it shines which makes it perfect for Statesboro summers!
The ‘Anne Marie’ lantana is an eye-catching perennial with magenta, orange, and yellow blooms from spring to fall. Its low mounding habit makes it great as a groundcover to add vibrant color to your landscape. When planted in full sun, it will grow to its potential of two feet. Its deer-resistance and drought tolerance make it a low-maintenance option that will be sure to light up your landscape!
The lavender flower clusters of the ‘Lavender Trailing’ lantana add a sense of serenity and beauty to the landscape. This drought tolerant perennial does best in full sun and quickly grows to 1x3ft. The low growing spreading habit of this lantana adds a burst of color to the yard plus they are deer resistant.
The ‘Miss Huff’ lantana adds vibrant colors from pink to orange and yellow that will light up any landscape! Blooming from spring to fall this variety is drought tolerant, deer-resistant, and cold hardy. When planted in full sun, it will quickly reach 4-5ft. The light green foliage of ‘Miss Huff’ compliments beautifully with the stunning blooms, making it an irresistible option.
Looking to brighten up your yard? The golden flower clusters of the ‘New Gold’ lantana will add striking splashes of sunshine throughout your landscape. This drought tolerant and deer-resistant perennial will do best in full sun and will quickly grow to 2x5ft, blooming from spring to fall.
‘Red Spread’ lantana produces bright flowers that open orange and then darken into a deep rich red over dark green foliage. It works wonders as a ground cover or for spreading over the edges of mixed containers. Reaching about 3x3ft, this deer-resistant perennial does best in full sun. If you are looking to add bursts of color to your landscape that is drought tolerant, ‘Red Spread’ lantana is perfect for you!
‘Purple Showers’ ruellia, also known as mexian petunia, bears the most beautiful, tubular, petunia-like purple flowers that bloom almost every day from late spring to fall. ‘Purple Showers’ is extremely easy to grown when planted in full sun with consistently moist soil, reaching 4 feet. When placed together in mass plantings, this deer-resistant perennial makes an even more eye-catching statement in the landscape.
‘Mexican Bush’ sage is another great deer-resistant option if you are looking for a perennial that attracts hummingbirds. Purple flower spikes stand out over gray-green foliage for a very complementing combination. This type of salvia sporadically blooms during the summer, ending the growing season in the fall with a giant burst of color with flowers on almost every stem. Many people love this trait because it is like a grand finally to the growing season. Once the roots have established, this plant is very drought tolerant. If planted in full to partial sun and given moderate water, it typically reaches 5 feet. ‘Mexican Bush’ sage is a show stopper that is sure to add some color to your landscape!
Growing about 24 inches tall, Society Garlic is a clump-forming perennial with narrow leaves and fragrant, violet flowers in spring and summer. As you can probably guess, this plant is known for its garlic scent, but what most people do not know is how drought tolerant it is. For those who occasionally forget to water, this plant can actually withstand it in our Statesboro heat. Another plus to the garlic aroma is that it works as a deer repellant. This is a useful and low-maintenance option that will add height and color to your landscape, while keeping those pesky deer away!
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