Crescent Hill Nursery July E-Newsletter The CHN e-newsletter is our show of gratitude to the loyal market customers at our many events around the Cen

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Crescent Hill Nursery July E-Newsletter

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The CHN e-newsletter is our show of gratitude to the loyal market customers at our many events around the Central Coast. It will serve as a site for seasonal updates, "plant of the month" specials, the "ask a nurseryman" section, links to our partners, and a whole lot more. The e-newsletter is a way to stay connected with our thriving and knowledgeable garden community. Please send us your comments on how to make this e-newsletter more useful to all, and don't forget to pass along the link to a friend!
Happy Planting,
Nathan Krupa (owner/grower)

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MONTHLY BULLETIN

Website update complete for 2010. All our new selections can be viewed on the "plants" page, accessible from the main menu.

Please remember Crescent Hill recycles all 1,2, and 5 gallon plastic containers. Drop off available at all markets, or here at the nursery. Thanks again!!

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PLANT OF THE MONTH

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Agastache 'Pstessene'

As July generally signals the onset of heat, Crescent Hill's plant of the month also gets cooking. The drought-resistant Coranado Red Hyssop, in fact, appreciates the hot weather and here really shows its finest side. Its stunning, shiny, grey-green foliage has the benefit of releasing an aromatic essence which reminds some of a minty root beer. 'Pstessene' also tops out at a very manageable 18 inches, and thrives in both full sun and partial shade (especially in those hard to fill morning shade/afternoon sun locations). Its compact, non-aggressive form allows for use in everything from the front border to mixed container plantings. This hyssop, though, is primarily known for its drought resistance, planted in mass and filling those hot and dry locations where nothing else seems to survive. It even persists in the cold and dry mountain climates of Denver, where gardeners have suffered through winters at -20 degrees. All these benefits, and we have not yet even mentioned what really sets this plant apart from other Agastaches. The tubular crimson and maroon blooms are a distinct selection from Welby Gardens, straying far from the normal orange and yellow color palate. Set against the silver foliage, the spires of dark blooms almost appear to explode off the branches. This is apparently also attractive to hummingbirds, which seem to swarm the plants over its extended spring-fall bloom cycle. Deer and rabbit resistant, and native to the southwestern U.S, Agastache 'Pstessene' is a durable, versatile plant that warrants attention in any garden.

Special E-Newsletter Price; $5 per 1 gallon container, $12 per 3- 1 gallon containers (regular $6 each)!! Mention this review to receive discount

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ASK A NURSERYMAN

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Salvia'Hot Lips' before and after "haircut."

In this section, we will answer the question of the month. The customer chosen to ask the question of the month will receive a free one gallon sized pot of your choice!!

Last month's winner, Sarah Hill, asked a question we hear so commonly that it deserves further attention in this column. She inquired; "My Salvia 'Hot Lips' looks great, but only on the flowering tips of the branches. Why does the middle of the plant turn all brown and dead looking?" The solution to this problem is a simple "haircut." Flowering subshrubs, such as salvias and penstemons, like to be cut back hard once a year after the last fear of frost. This spring pruning encourages the plant to maintain a compact bushy form capable of supporting a heavy load of flowering branches. On most salvias, like the Hot Lips, we recommend trimming to 6-10 inches off the ground. Although this may seem like a significant haircut, the further we cut, the fuller the plant will be when it comes time to bloom. Throughout the growing cycle, this strategy can be maintained to keep the plant looking optimally at all times. A simple "round over" on the spent flowering tops yields a constantly vivacious specimen which is almost constantly in bloom. The picture to the right exemplifies this strategy on a one gallon salvia. The plant to the left has bloomed out, leaving only sporadic flowers and a brown look in the upper third. Thus it was "rounded over" and cut about six inches to the form we see on the right. In only a few weeks the hummingbird buffet of two-toned blooms will be served again!! For her participation, Sarah brought home a free Plectranthus ciliatus hanging basket.

Don't forget to email in those questions.....

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