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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

September 2018 Newsletter

What's New?    

    
SmartyPlants owners Paul and Marta recently attended a trade show for a chance to see new items by current suppliers and a chance to add new vendors with unique and unusual home and garden d├ęcor. It was a very successful buying spree and some of their finds are already arriving at SmartyPlants!

   Our line of gorgeous teak planters are here. These one-of-a-kind pieces are shaped from teak roots. In several shapes and sizes, these planters hold many cracks and crevasses that are suitable for growing ferns, foliage plants, tillandsias, or bromeliads. Stunning on their own too, they can be left bare to create a simple yet elegant showpiece. Since they are made from teak, they can withstand our Florida climate whether used outdoor or indoor.

   
Two new product lines that will be arriving in a few weeks include a high-end line of hand-woven baskets. These will be a great alternative to indoor ceramic pots for displaying interior foliage plants. The second is a line of Chinese porcelains that will include pots, bowls, garden seats, and chargers. This porcelain is the real deal. It is produced using the centuries-old techniques including foot stomping. Each piece is painstakingly hand painted and handcrafted, producing flawless pieces that can be passed on from generation to generation. Look for more about these items in upcoming newsletters. 


Plant of the Month
    
 Native to Sri Lanka, Wrightia antidysenterica or 'Arctic Snow' has become one of SmartyPlants signature landscape plants. This plant can be used as a specimen, hedgerow, accent plant or a container thriller. With its dark green foliage and star-shaped white blossoms, it is a visual stunner. On its own, it will grow to 5 to 6 feet tall. Minimal trimming once a year can produce a nice shrub of 3 to 4 feet. It requires full sun and only moderate watering once established. Its major benefit is its profusion of white 'snowflake' flowers that cover the shrub at least 10 months of the year. No significant pests bother it either, but temperatures below 60°F will make it slightly unhappy. If you are looking for a white accent shrub for pots or landscape beds, Wrightia 'Arctic Snow' could definitely fit the bill. Smartyplants has it in both 1-gallon and 3-gallon pots.   


 Getting Ready for Season
     
For our customers who like to raise their own herbs, fruits, and vegetables now is the time to prep your growing beds or pots. After weeding and removing remnants of last year's crop, apply a fresh layer of organic material, like composted cow manure or mushroom compost, and work it into the existing soil. This will supply non-burning nitrogen and other beneficial nutrients to your soil. It will also help to hold moisture in your soil. Other organic fertilizers like hen manure or seaweed extract, can be added when starter plants or seeds are added to your beds. Our organic seeds and small pots of herbs and vegetables have begun to arrive. SmartyPlants is also carrying a new organic weed killer that is citric-acid based. WeedKleen, which is produced locally, will allow you to keep your growing beds weed free without the use of synthetic chemicals. It is available now in 32-ounce spray bottles.

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