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1515 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth, FL--just south of West Palm Beach. (Click for Map) * info@ameliascapes.com * 561-540-6296

May 2018 Newsletter

Mother's Day
Sunday, May 13th
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Family units come in an array of special mixes. Whether mother and daughter, mother and son, sons and daughters with either two moms or two dads, join us this weekend at SmartyPlants to celebrate Mother's Day. We will honor 20% off of any one gift item purchased by the child for his/her mother. Both need to be present to receive the offer.  

SmartyPlants has been busy preparing gift ideas to suit all needs. From plants for a wildflower garden bed to colorful hanging baskets - we have them; scented plants like lavendula, gardenias, or sweet almond - we have them; unusual potted specimen plants like desert roses or Alocasia 'Tiny Dancers' - we have them; good old traditional plants like roses or African violets - we have them. For a more exotic plant enthusiast, we have mounted ferns, bromeliads, or tillandsias on unique plaques and wood pieces. And many many more ideas to complement any home or garden space - we have them!  
  
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Plants that Clean the Air
With NASA's 30th anniversary of their plants-in-space findings being adopted in the educational curriculum, we have been getting many inquiries about plants that help clean the air. Therefore, we have decided to re-write the original article that we did two years ago. 

The study was done by NASA back in 1989, aboard the Space Station. Results provided a list of the best plants for filtering the air in peoples' homes and offices. Toxic agents commonly found in these spaces include benzene, which is found in glues, paints, solvents and detergents; formaldehyde, which is found in drywall, cabinetry, and carpeting; and trichloroethylene, which is found in industrial cleaners and dry cleaning. NASA researchers suggest that efficient air cleaning is accomplished with at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space.

While chrysanthemums top the list of these fabulous air-scrubbing plants, they are not a sustainable crop in South Florida. Others that are available and grow in abundance in our climate include spider plants, Spathiphyllum or Peace Lilies, Boston ferns, Dracaenas, Chamaedorea or Bamboo Palms, Rhaphis or Lady Palms, a wide variety of sansevierias or snake plants, and Aloe Vera, frequently used for sunburn pain. Although most plants prefer to live outdoors, these listed will not mind living indoors while they beautify your space and provide air-cleaning services to boot. 
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Pesky Mosquitos
As pleasant as the ambiance here at SmartyPlants is (or so we are told), we do have cycles of high-mosquito activity, unfortunately. The pests always seem to congregate in the sunny area and especially around the checkout area. To help eradicate these little nuisances, we just purchased a high-powered made-in-USA industrial fogger that arrived today. This will help ensure that your SmartyPlants experience is all that it can be. Thank you for your endurance and patience with these buggers, but after tonight, they are as good as gone! 
 

April 2018 Newsletter

Earth Day & Trees
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Spend some time at SmartyPlants on Earth Day's 48th anniversary this weekend on Sunday the 22nd. You may consider adding bird or butterfly-friendly plants to your garden, or creating a little shade by planting trees for the hot summer days ahead. Trees are a fabulous addition to any garden or as a potted specimen. We have a nice selection of multi-stem Desert Cassias with their bright yellow flowers that delight us in the spring and fall. Additionally, this small tree/large shrub is a host plant for the Sulphur butterfly. Crape Myrtles are also coming into bloom. Choose from several sizes and colors available in multi-stemmed varieties. One new addition to our tree stock is the Caesalpinia Mexicana, also known as a Mexican Poinciana. This dwarf variety, which is coming into bloom as well with its clusters of bright yellow flowers, grows only to about twelve feet and blooms spring through summer. 

Ask us how to attract birds and butterflies to your yard and how to create some wonderful shade to cool you and your house. 

 
Those Amazing Crotons

Crotons are the most cultivated foliage plants around the world with their various leaf shapes, color combinations, and growth habits. There is a variety of croton to fit any need. Originating in Indonesia, crotons made their European debut in England in 1804, where they were used as house plants in early Victorian homes. They were offered in America for the first time in 1871, and their Florida start was in 1886 as a landscape plant. The 1920's and 30's saw a wave of new hybrids especially around the Miami area. Being able to incorporate them in landscapes in South Florida has kept the crotons' popularity alive.

With their beauty of course, can come a pest situation. A new soft scale was found in nurseries in the Keys in 2008, and by 2013, this new scale had spread to Broward, Palm Beach, Lee, and Collier counties. It is now known as Phalacrococcus howertoni or by common name, croton scale. Adult females of this scale look like small green pea halves, and they are found along the stems of new growth. Males are smaller and have a whitish, transparent appearance and normally inhabit the underside of the leaves. When noticed on your crotons, trimming off affected areas is recommended, but a systemic drench, with the ingredient imidacloprid, can also be applied.   

Add some color and texture to your garden and take advantage the rest of the month of our 20%-off sale on 7-gallon crotons grown in the sun

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April Cleaning & Refreshing

April is the ideal month traditionally for spring cleaning. This applies to your yard and gardens as well. Freshening up old planting beds or implementing new landscape designs are a great way to get started. 

April and May are usually the driest months of the year, and with the hot summer heat approaching quickly, it would be wise to check your irrigation system. Clean out sprinkler heads and trim back plantings that have grown and maybe reduced the sprinkler coverage. Trim dead wood and branches from trees and shrubs, and if you didn't fertilize in March, do so now. Fluff up mulches or pine needles with a soft rake and add new mulch. This will aid in holding moisture for the coming heat. Replace the winter annuals with tough summer survivors like vinca, purslane, bulbine, society garlic, or coreopsis to give fresh bursts of color.

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Water Gardens

A water garden can add peaceful Zen elements to any balcony, deck, or spacious garden bed. They also make an ideal first gardening effort for children. Water gardens have been recorded since ancient times by Persians and Chinese. Sometimes referred to as aquatic gardens or pond pots, all that is needed is a non-draining or non-porous pot, a few aquatic plants, and water. 

Begin with a vessel of your choice to hold the garden. The deeper and wider your pot is, the more choices you have regarding plant selection. Aquatic plants are divided into three main categories - floaters, marginal, and submerged - so the depth of your vessel in large will determine the type of aquatic plant that will live happily in your pot.  

A shallow bowl of six inches can sustain aquatic plants called 'floaters." Floaters require no planting; just simply place them in the water, and they will grow. Miniature varieties of papyrus or horsetail reeds can also survive in shallow water. Floaters can only tolerate tropical temperatures and do not do well in frost. Marginal plants have their roots in the water, but the rest of the plant is above. Good examples of marginals are irises, juncus, and canna lilies. Submerged plants are planted in their own pots that rest on the bottom of the container. Tropical water lilies are the most popular of these.  

Maintenance of a water garden is actually very minimal. Adding water to maintain the proper level is essential, and changing the water in the container is generally a monthly chore. Although this eliminates the need for aeration devices like bubblers in the containers, a bubbler can add an interesting feature. Pond clarifiers help with mosquitoes, and fertilizer tablets are suggested for plant nutritional needs. 


  

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Supermoss

We have expanded the Supermoss product line. Based out of California, Naturatica is the leading manufacturer & supplier of moss and moss decorative items for home, garden, floral, and craft markets. Of special interests is the sphere. Many of our customers buy or comment on our unique moss-wrapped plants and wish to try the technique on their own.

Supermoss supplies a seven-inch sphere that can sit or hang. Once planted, the sphere can be soaked weekly or as needed. Other new items of interest include moss wreaths, succulent frames, bark, stakes, and sconces that are in a crescent shape with a flat back that can be hung from a wall.

 
GardenStone

We are celebrating the new year with a 20% sale on our GardenStone line of concrete pottery and benches through the end of the month. This Canadian-based company is known for its exquisite handmade details, timeless designs, and fine finishes that give their items a polished-stone look. No other pottery looks like GardenStone; it is truly a "top-of-the-line" product.

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