July - August 2004 North Haven Gardens Newsletter
The Beauty of Water Gardens
By Chuck Goecke
Want something that adds both filtering microscopic animals that
tranquility and pizzazz to you attach to the sides and detritus on the
landscape, with the added bottom help clean the water. These
bonus of Wildlife critters establish quickly
enhancement? when adding lots of
Water garden features plants; submerged,
Plant: Tomatoes early in July for are a lot less floating, and emerging
fall production. Heat loving annuals investment and effort bog and water lilies,
such as firebush, lantanas, purslane, than you might guess. which fill the water gar-
portulaca and esperanza. Plant beans, Fountains or other den with life and take
squash, cucumbers in early August; moving water up the excess nutrients
broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower features are helpful and light. Then to keep
about mid-August. Plant wildflower but not necessary to the water nice and clear,
seeds in late August to allow for have clear water. do not be too fastidious
germination and growth prior to What’s needed is about
winter. well-aged water that cleaning it. The “gunk”
has lots of plantings at the bottom actually
Fertilize: Feed your lawn every and life in it. The cleans the water. Use
8-10 weeks through the summer cause of chlorine remover every
months. Feed container plants and unpleasant water, planktonic and fila- time you add tap
hanging baskets regularly with a water mentous green algae are in water that’s water to protect these filtering organ-
soluble fertilizer such as Carl Pool very new, with too many isms. North Haven has lots of choice
BR-61 or Miracle Gro plant food. nutrients, and too much sun. Small
Fertilize your roses monthly using rose
specific fertilizers such as Carl Pool
Rose food or Nutri-Star Rose food. Repel Insects by Attracting Birds
Water: Learn your city’s water One of the best ways to repel insects is to and wild bird blend.
regulations. Water deeply when you attract an army of birds to eat them! One In our Book Nook we have a nice
water your lawn. Water container chickadee can eat 10,000 insects a
plants as needed; use ‘Soil Moist’ to season. In fact, all birds eat insects at selection of bird books. Hummingbird
retain water in the soil for container one time or another — even a Garden is a guide to attracting and
plants. And mulch, mulch, mulch your hummingbird’s diet is 10 identifying Hummingbird visitors. The
planting beds to retain moisture. percent insects. Bribe the Birds of Texas is a
birds into your yard with wonderful book that
Pest control: Use BT for birdseed, and they will makes finding and
caterpillars. Use Sunspray or release consume lots of insect pests identifying birds easy for
ladybugs to help control aphids. Spray while there. the beginner and helps
horticultural oil or orange oil for spider At North Haven Gardens identify the nearly 600
mites, lace bugs, thrips, and scale. we have a lot of different bird species that live in
Bird Houses, Feeders, Bird Texas. We can’t go
Disease control: Control black Baths and Bird Seed to without mentioning The
spot, powdery mildew and other fungal keep your yard full of Birds Bird Garden, which is a great guide to
diseases on roses and crepe myrtles all summer long. We have Hanging Suet
using Neem oil, Funginex or attract birds to your yard throughout the
baskets and suet cakes, Bird Feeders that year.
potassium bicarbonate. attract small Songbirds, Hummingbird Stop by North Haven Gardens to get
Feeders and several types of birdseeds everything you need to start your insect
like; crimson clover seed, sunflower seed repelling season today.
Every Blooming Thing July - August
Calendar of Events Cool off with Cut Flowers
Lectures and Meetings are in our Conference Room
By Caryn Maqueira
Well, bring some color inside this summer, come by and order
July 4th Sale yourself or a friend a beautiful flower arrangement from North
July 2nd - 8th Haven Gardens Floral Department. We can make you an
1/4th off regular price of in-stock items. Trees & Shrubs,
Herbs, Annuals, Perennials, Roses and House Plants. arrangement with stargazer lilies, stock, freesia, tuberoses and
See store for details. our large selection of cut roses that will add a lovely fragrance
Sat July 10 —1:30pm
to your room. For your summer pool parties we can make a
free lecture tropical arrangement with Ginger, Bird of Paradise and
Ornamental Grasses, by Chuck Goecke Anthrium for that Hawaiian Flair. We also have a huge variety
Create the botanical garden look in your yard with the of vases to choose from for any type of party or when you just
textural elements that grasses bring to the landscape.
need to brighten your day. You can also bring some of your own
Sat July 17 —1:30pm garden flowers inside to enhance your décor; you might try
Purple Cone Flowers, Black Eyed Susan, Roses, Lamb’s Ear,
Native Plants & Water Conservation, by
Charlene Rowell Heard Museum, Presented by First Lavender or Rosemary. All of these flowers are perennials that
Men’s Garden Club. Native Texas plants that are both you can plant in your garden and they will give you years of
beautiful and water conservative.
enjoyment. Next time you visit our garden center a sales person
Sat July 24 -1:30pm will be glad to assist you in your gardening needs.
Texas Smartscape, by Leslie Calderon,
Environment & Development Planner, NCTCOG
(North Central Texas Council of Governments)
Plant Natives now for
Sat July 31 - 9am-12noon
Iris Sale Spectacular Fall Color
Iris Society of Dallas By Matt Kolodzie
Yep, it sure is hot! As we start has a naturally
Sat August 7 - 1:30pm mounding habit to
looking forward to cooler
weather in the fall, we can look about 2 feet tall,
Plants That Attract Hummingbirds and and gets covered
forward to a time in our gardens with bright yellow
Butterflies by Chuck Goecke when plants look fresher and
Bring these garden jewels into your landscape with blooms. The
these easy care perennials and shrubs. start a new round of color. leaves smell and
Although we are not blessed taste like licorice,
Sat August 14 —1:30pm with the Aspens of the Rockies, and can be used as
free lecture or the Sugar Maples of New a substitute for French Tarragon in
Water Gardens, by Jody Spence Creative Water England, we have several native cooking.
Gardens Presented By First Men’s Garden Club perennials that provide Liatris, or Gayfeather, is a tough little
Care and maintenance of your garden pond. How plant that has whorls of purple blooms
to keep your water lilies, lotus and bog plants abundant fall color for North
blooming and vigorous.
along a 2-foot tall stem. This plant is
Texas. Texas Aster gives a long lived, and gets better each year,
show-stopping lavender bloom, producing more stalks as it ages.
and each plant will be almost In addition to these fall blooming
Sat August 21 – 1:30pm covered with of daisy-like perennials, we can get dependable red
blooms for several weeks. and orange fall color from Prairie
Fragrance In Your Garden With Herbs Copper Canyon Daisy, Flameleaf Sumac, an ornamental
by Bob McLauglin - North Haven Rosarian - has fragrant foli- tree that can grow in full sun or
Add fragrance to the relaxation of your garden using
herbs. age, grows to 3-4 as an understory plant.
feet tall and wide, Planting these drought tolerant,
and is also a good sun-loving natives now will
Sat August 28 — 10:00am butterfly plant. provide you with beautiful
free lecture Blooms are an color as we start our second
Tinctures 101, by Bill Meyers, Presented intense golden season of gardening. Visit North
By Herb Society of America, yellow. Haven soon to see these and many
Dallas Chapter Mexican Mint Marigold other fall-blooming
Every Blooming Thing July - August
Shady Characters for Containers
214-363-5316 By Tamara Pickard
Meet the third Thursday 7:00 PM
Wait, wait…..don’t tell me, and you have an unusual
Daylily Growers of Dallas caladiums and impatiens in your container that last well into the
972-684-4760 shady containers again? Say it fall. Also, remember the easy
Meet the third Saturday 10:00 AM
isn’t so! Get some great new care philodendrons for
ideas for sizzling summer color interesting foliage. Such
Southwestern Fern Society in North Haven’s Tropical varieties as ‘Xanadu’, with its
972-241-6480 greenhouse. The hot plants this deeply lobed leaves and
Meet the second Thursday 7:30 PM
summer for the tropical look in ‘Moonlight’, a new lime green
containers are anthuriums and variety, will add sizzle to your
Organic Garden Club crotons. shady spot. So remember, the
214-350-3427 Anthuriums, or flamingo sky’s the limit when it comes to
Meet the fourth Thursday 7:00 PM
flowers, have colorful spath-like creating colorful containers.
flowers in shades of red, pink, Stop in our greenhouse today to
Feng Shui Guild orange and purple. They mix add some new shady characters
214-880-0851 very well with ferns, caladiums to your garden!
Meet the second Sunday 3:00 to 5:00pm and impatiens.
Crotons are colorful foliage
First Men’s Garden Club of Dallas plants in hues of red, orange,
Meet the third Tuesday at 7:00pm yellow and green. Mix them
with a lemon lollipop (for
Bromeliad Society summer hummers) and some ivy
Meet the fourth Saturday 1:00 pm
Tough, Heat Loving Perennials
By Bob McLaughlin
Water bills keep going up for your evergreen foliage becomes covered with has lovely pink flowers all summer.
landscape plus, there is the specter of small pink snapdragon-like flowers Pavonia brazilienses - Brazilian
summer water rationing. One of the from spring into fall in sun or part Rock Rose - loves the sun growing to
answers to a beautiful landscape as well shade. 4ft. It has pretty light pink flowers with
as saving water is drought tolerant a maroon center.
perennials. We can still have nice Wedelia hispida -
gardens, full of flowering plants and Zexmenia - is long blooming starting in
not be tempted to sneak out in the early May. Its yellow daisy flowers
middle of the night to water them. brighten sunny or shady areas.
Below are ten great perennials for your Lantana camara - grows to be 4ft
consideration: tall. Its clusters of pink and yellow
Anisacanthus - Flame Acanthus - flowers attract both
3’ tall, blooms all summer with orange butterflies and hummingbirds to the
to pumpkin yellow bloom…. garden.
hummingbirds love it. Salvia leucantha - Mexican Bush
Buddleia - Butterfly Bush - 3’-5’ Sage - grows to be 3ft tall. It has
tall, butterflies swarm to it. Colors are purple flowers in the fall.
purple, pink, white and violet. Visit www.nhg.com for our complete
Salvia greggii - Autumn Sage - 2’- perennial list. You will find these and
3’ tall, bloom spring to fall, red, white, many other summer tough perennials
coral or pink flowers. available throughout the spring and
Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly summer at North Haven Gardens.
Weed - 1’-2’ tall, orange color, early
summer bloomer, a butterfly magnet. Pavonia lasiopetala - Rock Rose - is
Scutellaria suffrutescens - a nice plant for either sun or part shade.
Skullcap - grows to 8-10in tall. The It grows to the height of 3ft. Rock Rose
7700 Northaven Rd.
Dallas, TX 75230
Wednesday July 21
Birdhouses and other Fun Accents
in the Garden Savings Throughout the Store
by Judy Fender
Cost is $15.00 with Grow Card $10.00
Wednesday August 18
1/4th off the regular price
Monarch and Butterfly Gardens on all Trees, Shrubs, Herbs, Annuals,
by Judy Fender
Cost $15.00 with Grow Card $10.00 Perennials, Roses and Tropical Houseplants
Reserve your place today for this popular Discount off regular price of any in-stock items. Not good
North Haven event. Reservations accepted with any other discounts.
in the store or by phone.
Water Wisely This Summer
By Marcus Rodriguez
Summer is here, and by remembering a few of water, are secured to the tree, and then release the
watering tips you can keep your landscape water slowly to the root ball over the course of 15-20
looking its best. hours. Schultz Moisture Plus Potting Soil is
specially formulated with Moisture Plus Watering
The first thing to remember is you should Crystals that store over 200 times it weight in water
water early in the morning when evaporation rates and slowly releases it to the plant as needed. Finally,
are at their lowest, never during the heat of the day. applying a two-inch layer of mulch around shrubs,
Water deeply when the soil is dry and a good trees, annuals and even in containers will help to
drenching once or twice a week is better than daily keep the soil cooler, and prevent moisture loss from
light sprinklings. the soil.
Don't forget that newly planted flowers, trees Knowing how and when to water during the
and shrubs have different watering needs than summer months is the most important thing you can
established plants. A Soaker Hose applied at the do for your landscape.
base of shrubs slowly releases water to the soil and
roots rather than the leaves. Gator Bags can be used Don't forget to check for lawn and landscape
to water newly planted trees during the hot and dry watering restrictions in your city.
summer months. These bags hold up to 20 gallons