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It’s not often we get asked to do something as interesting as graft the clone of the original Charter Oak for the City of Hartford. Chuck, owner and founder of Planters’ Choice is here taking scionwood. We will be grafting these next week and are excited to watch them grow!...
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Use your winter down-time and take advantage of our January Learn & Earn sessions in Newtown! Don’t miss out, mark your calendars now and RSVP as space is limited. All classes start promptly at 10 am and last for 2 hours. Coffee/tea and goodies provided! 1.       January 8 – Lawn Care  Read more
The Deer Fern (Blechnum spicant) just came down from Watertown to the Newtown sales yard looking like they love this wet weather! The vibrant green fronds are clean and fresh next to the Black Mondo Grass. A native fern in Europe and parts of Asia, they are usually found streamside,  Read more
It’s hard not to write about Purple Beautyberry this time of year. It’s done flowering and the berries are now set – lime green and turning a beautiful lilac purple all clustered up along the branches. Of all the Callicarpa species, this one has a more refined habit. The native  Read more
Ginkgos have been around for a long time. They are technically a conifer and one of the only surviving species of gymnosperms that grew back in the age of the dinosaurs – over 65 million years ago. The variety ‘Fastigiata’ seen here, is a narrow growing, male variety that will  Read more
Being a plant geek and the perennial grower at Planters’ Choice, I see many different plants around the nursery. We grow so many due to customer demands, and being plantsmen and women, we all request our own favorites because we really love them. For me, that’s Chelone (Turtlehead), one of my favorite  Read more
It’s easy to sell the idea of colorful flowers to homeowners, less so on the idea of leaves… or better said, fronds. Though ferns lack a true flower show, they do provide us instead with cool fiddleheads early spring and awesome season-long texture. Plus, they have a pretty long history –  Read more
We are currently growing two species of Asclepias – Swamp Milkweed (A. incarnata) and Butterfly Weed (A. tuberosa).  A. incarnata ‘Ice Ballet‘ is a beautiful variety of the Swamp Milkweed that is also attractive to the pollinators like the rosy-pink species seen here, but with clusters of pure white flowers  Read more
Looking for a long-blooming star for the back of the border? Check out Persicaria polymorpha – the Giant Fleece Flower! When people hear ‘Persicaria’ many shudder expecting an aggressive grower ready for invasion, like some of the other Knotweeds (Persicaria, Polygonum and Fallopia), but not this one! True, it is  Read more