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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

SMARTYPLANTS wishes you and yours a very...
  
We will be closed Thanksgiving Day
Normal schedule will resume on Friday 

  
Just in time for the holidays,   
Christmas Cacti and Poinsettias have arrived

   

November 2017 Newsletter

Annuals Have Arrived 


As cooler weather approaches, SmartyPlants has begun to receive a large assortment of cool-weather annuals to add color to your garden beds or pots that will last through winter and spring. Petunias, marigolds, angelonia, wax and "big" begonias, coleus, alyssum, sunpatiens, and geraniums are here. Herbs and vegetables starter plants are also filling our tables. Herbs, veggies, and annuals can be used with a dramatic centerpiece to create interesting combinations of texture and color for a personalized container garden. Based on your outdoor theme or d├ęcor, we can help you create a container arrangement that includes a "thriller", a "filler", and a "spiller" that will put a smile on your face all season long.  

 
If you choose to start growing herbs or vegetables from seed, our organic seed rack has been restocked for the growing season. As we mentioned in last month's newsletter, 'tis the time to sow your seeds. For areas affected by the recent hurricanes, BOTANICAL INTERESTS, our seed supplier, has packaged wildflower seed combinations to give out to our customers. This act of kindness will brighten any garden for the holidays. Pick up your free seed packet at the register.  

Poinsettias and Christmas Cacti are almost here. They are expected to arrive on the 17th, just in time for Thanksgiving.


SmartyPlants will be closed Thanksgiving Day



Unusual and Hard To Find 


We enjoy bringing you unusual and hard-to-find plants. Two interesting beauties take center stage today:

Cornutia grandiflora or Tropical Lilac - its common name comes not from the flowers, but from the scent of its aromatic, velvety leaves, which delights us when crushed or brushed. A native to Costa Rica, tropical lilacs can reach a height of 12 feet by 6 feet wide. Their bright blue-to-lavender flowers, a favorite of butterflies and bees, appear as upright torches in early spring, summer, and into the fall. True blue is hard to find as a landscape color, so plant tropical lilac to add this unusual color to your landscape.
   

Portlandia coccinea - is also known as Pink Bell Flower or Tree Lily. This Jamaican native was first written about in 1788. It thrives in South Florida as a medium-size shrub or small tree. The trumpet shaped flowers, which range from dark pink to deep crimson, appear twice a year - in spring and fall. After flowering, the woody capsules that appear contain seeds, which are a favorite of migrating hummingbirds.  

  

Olive Trees On Sale


Our olive tree selection is looking wonderful, and we invite you to take advantage of the great selection currently on the ground. We carry these hard-to-find beautiful trees in 3- & 7-gallon sizes. The silvery foliage and upright growth habit make it an interesting specimen in the ground or in a pot. As it is a slow grower, it can be used as the "thriller" in an elegant Greek urn for example surrounded by smaller plants with contrasting colors and textures. Take one home at 20%off until the end of the month! 

October 2017 Newsletter

Good time to fertilize

Since we all felt nature's wrath from hurricane Irma on September 10th, we have been trimming, pruning, removing, raking, and sweating, all the while wondering what the rest of the storm season would bring. Hopefully, we can put Irma behind us and move with the gardening chores that October has for us.

Foremost is your fall fertilizing. Everything in your yard could use a boost. While Irma's strong winds dried out leaves on some plants like bougainvillea on the day of the storm, other plants are just now showing the effects. A good feeding will hasten new leaf growth and help your plants recover from hurricane stress. Remember the good rule of thumb of one pound of fertilizer for every three feet of height for palms and trees. One half that amount is applicable for the average shrub. Pulling away mulch when applying feed is recommended as mulches absorb nitrogen from your fertilizer taking it away from the plants that need it. Replace the mulch and water in the fertilizer. 

Herbs & Vegetables 

Growing vegetables and herbs is also on the fall schedule. Whether starting from seeds or juvenile plants, October is the month to start your winter crops. Our new supply of organic seeds has arrived including herbs, vegetables, fruits, sprouts, and flowers. SmartyPlants can get you started with the right growing media as we have non-peat cups and trays to start your seeds. We also have the excellent seed-starting soil mix from Organic Mechanics, and our organic fertilizers include fish emulsion, seaweed extract, worm castings, and the Dr. Earth line of organic feeds. Many herbs and vegetable starter plants have also arrived. We have patio tomatoes, jalapeno and habanero peppers, Brussel sprouts, eggplant, collards, okra, zucchini, squash, cabbage and an assortment of herbs in 4 ½-inch and 1-gallon pots.

Interesting Specimens

If your yard needs some replacements or additions, think about some uncommon palms. A Florida-native, the Buccaneer or Sargent's palm (Pseudophoenix sargentii), is a palm for the extremes as it is drought and salt tolerant. A slow grower, it general reaches only 15 feet in height, and its swollen trunk base and silvery gray fronds makes it a striking specimen. These are available in 15-gallon pots.

  
   
The red Latania (Latania lontaroides) has sometimes been called a dwarf Bismarkia, but they are not related. Besides its show-stopping red petioles, the Latania silver fan-shaped leaves have 'fur' on them, making them even more unusual and striking. Reaching a height of twenty-five feet and a spread of fifteen feet, the red Latania is drought and salt tolerant. We have these beauties in 7-gallon pots.

  

Wild Lime

For the butterfly enthusiast, the wild lime (Zanthoxylum fagara), native to South Florida and the Caribbean, is a must. It is a host plant for the giant Swallowtail butterfly. A very thorny plant, it is sometimes planted as a protective barrier. Since it can be a menace as a bush, we only offer it in a standard or small-tree form with a single trunk. This makes it much easier to keep shaped plus your swallowtails will be at eye-level for viewing! SmartyPlants has 3-, 7-, and 15-gallon sizes available.   

WILD LIME TREES
15% OFF
THROUGH NEXT SUNDAY
(October 8th)

   

Melaleuca Mulch

If you are re-mulching your beds, this is a good time to try melaleuca mulch. We offer this product as an environmentally prudent alternative to cypress mulch. Melaleuca is made from an invasive tree species that is native to Australia, and it has become increasingly invasive to many wetlands and uplands, including the Florida Everglades. It was also known as the mulch that settles (diminishes) the least in a 2-year period.

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