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February Container Gardening Recipe 2024

February Container Gardening Recipe 2024

Indoor Eden: Create a Terrarium with this Simple Recipe

Dive into the delightful world of terrariums with our February container garden recipe! A terrarium is a miniature landscape, a self-contained environment where plants thrive under glass. It’s like having a tiny forest or garden on your desk, bringing a slice of the outdoors inside. Fun fact: The first terrarium was created by botanist Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward by accident in 1842, and it’s been a charming way to connect with nature indoors ever since. Now, let’s build our terrarium layer by layer:

  1. Activated Charcoal: Begin with a base layer of charcoal to aid in drainage and prevent mildew and fungus growth.
  2. Drainage Rock: Add a layer of rocks or gravel to simulate the drainage you would find in natural soil, which is crucial for keeping roots healthy in a container without drainage holes.
  3. Potting Soil: Follow with slightly damp, fertilizer-free potting soil to cover plant roots while allowing room for growth.
  4. Top Dressing: A final touch of smaller gravel adds beauty and assists with moisture management. Embellish with decorative elements like tiny figurines or shells for personal flair.
  5. Itty Bitty Plants: Select from our range of “Itty Bitty” plants suitable for terrarium life; they’re small in stature but big on charm.

Create your own terrarium and bring the serene essence of a garden into your home.

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Services

  • Landscape Design & Installation
  • Paver Patios, Paver Walkways, Paver Driveways
  • Firepits, Retaining Walls , Seat Walls,
  • Landscape Lighting, Drainage design & Installation,
  • Lawn Care Services, Lawn Maintenance, Lawn Fertilization
  • Lawn Pest Control, Lawn Weed Control
  • Aeration and Top Dressing
  • Water Features, Koi Ponds,
  • Waterfalls, Bubbling Fountains
  • Garden Center & Pond Supply Store

General Services Areas

Jacksonville (Jax), Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Ponte Vedra, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Orange Park, St. Johns, Nocatee

Location

GARDEN CENTER
12501 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32246

LANDSCAPE OPERATIONS
(not open to the public)
St. Johns Bluff
1057 St. Johns Bluff Rd. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32225

Hours

Monday-Saturday 9-5
Sunday 10-5

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
New Year’s Day • Easter • Memorial Day
July 4th • Labor Day • Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve • Christmas Day

January Container Gardening Recipe 2024

January Container Gardening Recipe 2024

Nature’s Melody: The ‘Bitter Sweet’ Blend of Ornamental Kale and Fragrant Florals

 

 

Welcome to “Bitter Sweet,” a unique container garden recipe that harmoniously blends the unexpected and delightful elements of gardening. In this exclusive arrangement, we juxtapose the robust, bitter charm of Ornamental Kale Nagoya Rose and Nagoya White – not for the table but purely for visual pleasure – with the sweetly fragrant Nemesia Sunshine and Violet Knight Alyssum. This combination creates a sensory experience that encapsulates the essence of our cool season in Northeast Florida. The white alyssum adds a delicate touch, enhancing the overall aesthetic. “Bitter Sweet” is more than just a garden; it celebrates contrasts, where the bitter meets the sweet in a symphony of colors and scents, perfect for our unique climate.

1. Nemesia Sunshine is a stunning cool-season annual perfect for adding drama to garden containers and flower beds. With buttery yellow flowers and a sweet honey scent, it makes a beautiful thriller or filler in any container!

2.& 3. Flowering kale, known for its vibrant ruffled foliage in shades of pink, purple, and red, is a striking yet simple-to-cultivate choice for pots and garden plots. They flourish in cooler climates and remain resilient against mild frost, maintaining their beauty in winter in warmer regions.

4. Violet Knight® Alyssum is a vibrant and fragrant spiller, beautifully cascading over the edge of the pot. Traditionally a cool-weather annual, this flower has been modified to take on the heat, extending its ability to go all year long.

5. Alyssum Snow Princess is a compact, low-growing annual plant with a rounded, spreading shape. It continuously produces small, white, aromatic flowers throughout the season. This robust plant flourishes in varying temperatures and is ideal for hanging baskets due to its prolific and sweet-smelling blossoms.

yet simple-to-cultivate choice for pots and garden plots. They flourish in cooler climates and remain resilient against mild frost, maintaining their beauty in winter in warmer regions.

 
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  • Landscape Design & Installation
  • Paver Patios, Paver Walkways, Paver Driveways
  • Firepits, Retaining Walls , Seat Walls,
  • Landscape Lighting, Drainage design & Installation,
  • Lawn Care Services, Lawn Maintenance, Lawn Fertilization
  • Lawn Pest Control, Lawn Weed Control
  • Aeration and Top Dressing
  • Water Features, Koi Ponds,
  • Waterfalls, Bubbling Fountains
  • Garden Center & Pond Supply Store

General Services Areas

Jacksonville (Jax), Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Ponte Vedra, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Orange Park, St. Johns, Nocatee

Location

GARDEN CENTER
12501 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32246

LANDSCAPE OPERATIONS
(not open to the public)
St. Johns Bluff
1057 St. Johns Bluff Rd. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32225

Hours

Monday-Saturday 9-5
Sunday 10-5

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
New Year’s Day • Easter • Memorial Day
July 4th • Labor Day • Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve • Christmas Day

December Container Gardening Recipe 2023

December Container Gardening Recipe 2023

Creating a Serene Winter Wonderland with our ‘Winter Whites’ recipe!

 

Embrace the serene beauty of the season with our enchanting ‘Winter Whites’ container garden recipe. This composition features a harmonious blend of thrillers like the elegant Morning Glow Camellia and the striking Blue Flax Lily. The fillers, including Dusty Miller and Flowering Kale, add texture and depth to this winter wonderland. Watch as the graceful Licorice plant and the delicate White Vista Supertunias spill over the edges, creating a cascading, snow-like effect. Alyssum Snow Princess provides the finishing touch with its delicate blooms, making our ‘Winter Whites’ combo the perfect addition to your winter garden oasis.

  1. Morning Glow Camellia Japonica dazzles with abundant, large, formal double flowers. Its pristine white petals, slightly cupped, create a stunning display from mid-winter through spring.
  2. Variegated Flax Lily brightens the landscape with its bold, creamy stripes on broad strap leaves. This strap leaf accent plant can be used as a single specimen plant or in more extensive mass plantings.
  3. Dusty Miller, a versatile foliage plant, enhances sunny gardens, containers, and borders. Its silvery leaves contrast beautifully with darker flowers and complement shades of pink, magenta, and violet blooms.
  4. Supertunia Vista Snowdrift, a Proven Winners petunia hybrid, boasts year-round bright white blooms. Growing up to 24 inches tall with a 2-3 feet spread, it’s a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds.
  5. Alyssum Snow Princess is a compact, low-growing annual plant with a rounded, spreading shape. It continuously produces small, white, aromatic flowers throughout the season. This robust plant flourishes in varying temperatures and is ideal for hanging baskets due to its prolific and sweet-smelling blossoms.
  6. Flowering Kale, known for its vibrant ruffled foliage in shades of pink, purple, and red, is a striking yet simple-to-cultivate choice for pots and garden plots. They flourish in cooler climates and remain resilient against mild frost, maintaining their beauty in winter in warmer regions.
  7. Licorice Plant, a perennial evergreen in frost-free areas, features trailing stems with soft, round, silver-grey velvety leaves. It’s heat and drought-resistant and perfect for hanging baskets, garden beds, borders, and window boxes.
 
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Services

  • Landscape Design & Installation
  • Paver Patios, Paver Walkways, Paver Driveways
  • Firepits, Retaining Walls , Seat Walls,
  • Landscape Lighting, Drainage design & Installation,
  • Lawn Care Services, Lawn Maintenance, Lawn Fertilization
  • Lawn Pest Control, Lawn Weed Control
  • Aeration and Top Dressing
  • Water Features, Koi Ponds,
  • Waterfalls, Bubbling Fountains
  • Garden Center & Pond Supply Store

General Services Areas

Jacksonville (Jax), Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Ponte Vedra, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Orange Park, St. Johns, Nocatee

Location

GARDEN CENTER
12501 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32246

LANDSCAPE OPERATIONS
(not open to the public)
St. Johns Bluff
1057 St. Johns Bluff Rd. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32225

Hours

Monday-Saturday 9-5
Sunday 10-5

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
New Year’s Day • Easter • Memorial Day
July 4th • Labor Day • Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve • Christmas Day

November Container Gardening Recipe 2023

November Container Gardening Recipe 2023

Try this cool-weather colorful lineup in your window boxes and trough planters.

 

This box of blooms is a symphony of cool-weather flowers arranged to captivate and charm. In this design, we pair the towering elegance of snapdragons as the ‘thriller’, with the vibrant and versatile nemesia as the ‘filler’, and the cascading beauty of petunias to ‘spill’ over the edges. The centerpiece of this arrangement is the striking flowering kale, adding a unique and bold touch. Perfectly suited for Jacksonville’s climate, these plants promise to maintain their allure throughout the season, seamlessly transitioning into the early summer. This arrangement is not just a feast for the eyes and nose but a testament to the enduring beauty of cool-weather florals.

 

  1. Flowering Kale, known for its vibrant ruffled foliage in shades of pink, purple, and red, is a striking yet simple-to-cultivate choice for pots and garden plots. They flourish in cooler climates and remain resilient against mild frost, maintaining their beauty in winter in warmer regions.
  2. Nemesia offers a spectrum of colors for vibrant cool-season gardens. Ideal for adding a subtle, pleasant scent, position these plants near seating areas to enhance the sensory experience. It can last through summer with partial shade.
  3. Snapdragon’s vertical presence and palette of dazzling colors make for perfect thrillers in containers and flower beds alike. Plant them now to enjoy them from winter into the early summer!
  4. Cascadias™ Indian Summer Petunias boasts a medley of warm hues like yellow, orange, pink, and terra cotta in softly ruffled, velvety flowers. These resilient petunias are perfect for trailing from containers or as vibrant groundcovers, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies with their sweet nectar.
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Services

  • Landscape Design & Installation
  • Paver Patios, Paver Walkways, Paver Driveways
  • Firepits, Retaining Walls , Seat Walls,
  • Landscape Lighting, Drainage design & Installation,
  • Lawn Care Services, Lawn Maintenance, Lawn Fertilization
  • Lawn Pest Control, Lawn Weed Control
  • Aeration and Top Dressing
  • Water Features, Koi Ponds,
  • Waterfalls, Bubbling Fountains
  • Garden Center & Pond Supply Store

General Services Areas

Jacksonville (Jax), Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Ponte Vedra, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Orange Park, St. Johns, Nocatee

Location

GARDEN CENTER
12501 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32246

LANDSCAPE OPERATIONS
(not open to the public)
St. Johns Bluff
1057 St. Johns Bluff Rd. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32225

Hours

Monday-Saturday 9-5
Sunday 10-5

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
New Year’s Day • Easter • Memorial Day
July 4th • Labor Day • Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve • Christmas Day

October Container Gardening Recipe 2023

October Container Gardening Recipe 2023

Spice up your containers with a classic October combo of purple and orange.

 

The “Pumpkin Spice” container garden is a delightful mix of lively orange and deep purple plants. The whimsical touch of one or two pumpkins nestled within adds to its charm. This pot bursts with autumn’s warm and inviting colors, making it an excellent addition to any outdoor space or patio. The fiery hues of the Red Candles Bromeliad and Marigolds dance alongside the rich purples of Sweet Caroline Potato Vine and Alternanthera, creating a stunning contrast that evokes the essence of fall. The playful pumpkins add a seasonal flair, making “Pumpkin Spice” a joyous celebration of nature’s beauty and the cozy spirit of autumn.

  1. Bromeliad Aechmea Red Candles is a striking new cultivar known for its tall, upright growth. With adequate sunlight, it transforms into a beautiful reddish-bronze hue, making it an excellent choice for a dramatic focal point, growing up to 30 inches tall.
  2. Purple Prince Alternanthera, a vibrant heat-loving ground cover, thrives as edging in landscapes and container bases. Its striking ornamental foliage shines brightest in full sun, though it tolerates partial shade.
  3. Orange Marigolds, with frilly aromatic blossoms, add lasting beauty to gardens. They attract beneficial creatures, deter pests, and hold cultural significance in Day of the Dead ceremonies. Ideal for containers and sunny spots.
  4. Sweet Caroline Potato Vine Jet Black excels as an annual ground cover in landscapes and thrives in containers. Its adaptability suits sunny and shady conditions, with colors intensifying in full sun.
  5. Lantana Changing Times is a deep orange, red, and yellow mounding variety that, like all lantana, will bloom until a hard frost and is drought and heat-tolerant.

 

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Services

  • Landscape Design & Installation
  • Paver Patios, Paver Walkways, Paver Driveways
  • Firepits, Retaining Walls , Seat Walls,
  • Landscape Lighting, Drainage design & Installation,
  • Lawn Care Services, Lawn Maintenance, Lawn Fertilization
  • Lawn Pest Control, Lawn Weed Control
  • Aeration and Top Dressing
  • Water Features, Koi Ponds,
  • Waterfalls, Bubbling Fountains
  • Garden Center & Pond Supply Store

General Services Areas

Jacksonville (Jax), Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Ponte Vedra, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Orange Park, St. Johns, Nocatee

Location

GARDEN CENTER
12501 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32246

LANDSCAPE OPERATIONS
(not open to the public)
St. Johns Bluff
1057 St. Johns Bluff Rd. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32225

Hours

Monday-Saturday 9-5
Sunday 10-5

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
New Year’s Day • Easter • Memorial Day
July 4th • Labor Day • Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve • Christmas Day

September Container Gardening Recipe 2023

September Container Gardening Recipe 2023

Celebrate Fall the Florida way with this “Tropical Fall” container blend!

 

Why envy regions with falling leaves when your garden can radiate with these autumnal shades? The vibrant golds, oranges, reds, and purples from crotons, heliconias, and bromeliads showcase a uniquely Floridian Fall. And sure, sprinkle in some mums to infuse classic autumn charm into your display.

  1. Heliconia, also known as a false bird of paradise, enjoys full to partial sun. They rely solely on the hummingbird for pollination. They make excellent cut flowers.
  2. Croton Petra is known for its stunning foliage, which features bright, bold colors in shades of yellow, red, orange, and green. Easy care.
  3. Bromeliad is in the same family as the pineapple! They are known for their long-lasting, vibrant blooms. They make a lovely, colorful houseplant as well.
  4. Creeping Jenny Lysimachia nummularia is the perfect spiller for containers and hanging baskets. It also “creeps” and makes an excellent ground cover.

 

Fall Tropics Container Garden Recipe
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Services

  • Landscape Design & Installation
  • Paver Patios, Paver Walkways, Paver Driveways
  • Firepits, Retaining Walls , Seat Walls,
  • Landscape Lighting, Drainage design & Installation,
  • Lawn Care Services, Lawn Maintenance, Lawn Fertilization
  • Lawn Pest Control, Lawn Weed Control
  • Aeration and Top Dressing
  • Water Features, Koi Ponds,
  • Waterfalls, Bubbling Fountains
  • Garden Center & Pond Supply Store

General Services Areas

Jacksonville (Jax), Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Ponte Vedra, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Orange Park, St. Johns, Nocatee

Location

GARDEN CENTER
12501 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32246

LANDSCAPE OPERATIONS
(not open to the public)
St. Johns Bluff
1057 St. Johns Bluff Rd. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32225

Hours

Monday-Saturday 9-5
Sunday 10-5

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
New Year’s Day • Easter • Memorial Day
July 4th • Labor Day • Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve • Christmas Day

August Container Gardening Recipe 2023

August Container Gardening Recipe 2023

 

Beat the heat with a garden display full of unique sun-loving plants.

The choices are endless for these collectible plants. They are all truly thrillers! Their unique shapes, colors, and blooms make them perfect stand-alone stars.

Plant one per pot, then group them in a coordinating container series. Or combine a few of your favorites and let them do their thing.

  1. Cordyline Red Sensation Very easy to grow in virtually any location. Deep red-burgundy sword-like leaves make this an outstanding choice as a focal point.
  2. Crown of Thorns This flowering succulent loves the sun but can do great as a houseplant. Planted in the ground, it can grow quite large. Protect from a freeze.
  3. Aptenia Variegated or Baby Sun Rose is a trailing succulent perfect for spilling over the edges of your pot. They also make a great groundcover option.
  4. Stapelia Gigantica This unique succulent is known for having one of the largest flowers in the plant kingdom. Although the blooms are beautiful, their common name, “Carrion Flower,” suggests you might not want to give them a sniff.
  5. Aloe Vera is not just beautiful when it shoots up striking red spikes that are sure to thrill. Break off a leaf and use the gell-like sap to ease sunburns and insect bites!
  6. Mangave Blazing Saddles This amazing hybrid was designed to be a star in any landscape! A cross between Agave and Manfreda, the resulting spotted leaves and rosette shape make it simply gorgeous.

 

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Services

  • Landscape Design & Installation
  • Paver Patios, Paver Walkways, Paver Driveways
  • Firepits, Retaining Walls , Seat Walls,
  • Landscape Lighting, Drainage design & Installation,
  • Lawn Care Services, Lawn Maintenance, Lawn Fertilization
  • Lawn Pest Control, Lawn Weed Control
  • Aeration and Top Dressing
  • Water Features, Koi Ponds,
  • Waterfalls, Bubbling Fountains
  • Garden Center & Pond Supply Store

General Services Areas

Jacksonville (Jax), Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Ponte Vedra, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Orange Park, St. Johns, Nocatee

Location

GARDEN CENTER
12501 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32246

LANDSCAPE OPERATIONS
(not open to the public)
St. Johns Bluff
1057 St. Johns Bluff Rd. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32225

Hours

Monday-Saturday 9-5
Sunday 10-5

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
New Year’s Day • Easter • Memorial Day
July 4th • Labor Day • Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve • Christmas Day

July Container Gardening Recipe 2023

July Container Gardening Recipe 2023

You’re Sure to Fall in Love With This Heartfelt Combo.

That blooming bleeding heart vine was the eye-catching inspiration for this recipe. The white and red flowers lead to the red heart-shaped caladium and the exotica begonias’ electric red foliage. The variegated leaves of the flax lily and ajuga create a bright backdrop for all that drama. Although some of the plants in this recipe are “hot to trot,” this grouping will be happiest with a bit of morning sun, dabbled light, to shady conditions.

  1. Dianella Flax Lily is a classic thriller with thick variegated leaves. Its flirty flower spikes perfectly fit our theme. Full sun to shade makes it an easy care choice.
  2. Caladium Hot 2 Trot is one of Proven Winner’s new sun or shade-loving caladiums! As their name says, they can take the heat. With deep red heart-shaped leaves, they are drought tolerant and deer resistant too!
  3. Bleeding Heart Vine The inspiration for this combo, we are using this gardener’s heartthrob as a trailer. But she will want to climb, so she’ll be spilling and thrilling before you know it!
  4. Ajuga Burgundy Glow is most often used as a ground cover. In our recipe, its spreading nature makes it a perfect spiller.
  5. Begonia Exotica is an exciting rarity from the rain forests of New Guinea. Its large, metallic-looking leaves sport bright-pink variegation that demands attention. This prefers shade and moist soil to thrive and keep its leaves’ rich color.
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Services

  • Landscape Design & Installation
  • Paver Patios, Paver Walkways, Paver Driveways
  • Firepits, Retaining Walls , Seat Walls,
  • Landscape Lighting, Drainage design & Installation,
  • Lawn Care Services, Lawn Maintenance, Lawn Fertilization
  • Lawn Pest Control, Lawn Weed Control
  • Aeration and Top Dressing
  • Water Features, Koi Ponds,
  • Waterfalls, Bubbling Fountains
  • Garden Center & Pond Supply Store

General Services Areas

Jacksonville (Jax), Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Ponte Vedra, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Orange Park, St. Johns, Nocatee

Location

GARDEN CENTER
12501 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32246

LANDSCAPE OPERATIONS
(not open to the public)
St. Johns Bluff
1057 St. Johns Bluff Rd. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32225

Hours

Monday-Saturday 9-5
Sunday 10-5

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
New Year’s Day • Easter • Memorial Day
July 4th • Labor Day • Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve • Christmas Day

June Container Gardening Recipe 2023

June Container Gardening Recipe 2023

Don’t have much space? Put your Pollinator Garden in a pot!

 
 
Bring on the butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees with this recipe. The bees were all over this June container garden as we took the photos!
 
  1. Salvia Mystic Spires is easy to grow, low maintenance, heat tolerant, and deer resistant! The perfect thriller, perennial, and, most importantly, a bee favorite!
  2. Rudbeckia Rising Sun makes a bold statement with loads of 5″ blooms that will continue through fall! Heat and drought tolerant too!
  3. Dwarf Pentas is a Florida-friendly perennial that attracts many pollinators! It comes in a variety of colors and is an excellent ever-blooming filler.
  4. Lantana New Gold is a classic spiller with a trailing nature and continuous bloom. Along with the other flowers in its recipe, it will make this planter your Summer through Fall favorite.
 

 

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Services

  • Landscape Design & Installation
  • Paver Patios, Paver Walkways, Paver Driveways
  • Firepits, Retaining Walls , Seat Walls,
  • Landscape Lighting, Drainage design & Installation,
  • Lawn Care Services, Lawn Maintenance, Lawn Fertilization
  • Lawn Pest Control, Lawn Weed Control
  • Aeration and Top Dressing
  • Water Features, Koi Ponds,
  • Waterfalls, Bubbling Fountains
  • Garden Center & Pond Supply Store

General Services Areas

Jacksonville (Jax), Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Ponte Vedra, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Orange Park, St. Johns, Nocatee

Location

GARDEN CENTER
12501 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32246

LANDSCAPE OPERATIONS
(not open to the public)
St. Johns Bluff
1057 St. Johns Bluff Rd. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32225

Hours

Monday-Saturday 9-5
Sunday 10-5

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
New Year’s Day • Easter • Memorial Day
July 4th • Labor Day • Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve • Christmas Day

May Container Gardening Recipe 2023

May Container Gardening Recipe 2023

 
 

Bonsai: The Original Container Garden

 
Bonsai (pronounced: Bone-sigh), literally translated means tree in a tray or pot. However, it is a lot more than just that. One of the oldest forms of container gardening, Bonsai, was brought to Japan via Buddhist monks from China around the 12th century. (It is believed to have been practiced in China as early as 200 B.C.)
 
In the 1900s, the art form caught the West’s attention as Japan slowly opened to outside cultures. After the Second World War, Bonsai began to explode around the globe as Japan entered the world stage, and the small potted trees captured the hearts of the world.
 
Bonsai is a mixture of horticulture and artistic principles. Both aspects function to create aesthetically pleasing forms in trees that can survive in small shallow containers. A major misconception is that Bonsai is a type of tree. It is not. Bonsai can be any species of tree. It is the principles, techniques, training, and cultivation that are performed upon the tree that make it Bonsai.
 
A few techniques that Bonsai practitioners use to create miniature forms of trees that live in small containers are Root pruning, wiring of branches, deliberate and concise pruning, as well as horticultural practices to keep the trees healthy and vigorous. Any shrub or tree can be trained as Bonsai. Ordinary nursery stock is often the starting point of some remarkable trees. But one has to be patient. Bonsai doesn’t happen overnight.
 
Training from beginning to end can take many years. Most beginners will start with a few untrained trees to practice on and a few other trees at various stages of development. This way, an inexperienced practitioner can experiment with the untrained trees while simultaneously maintaining and developing a few already-started trees.
 
Bonsai is a lifelong journey for many people. Come check out our homegrown selection of Bonsai, pre-bonsai, and starter plants. If you have any questions while you’re in the store, ask for Matthew, he’s always ready to chat Bonsai with our guests.

 

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Services

  • Landscape Design & Installation
  • Paver Patios, Paver Walkways, Paver Driveways
  • Firepits, Retaining Walls , Seat Walls,
  • Landscape Lighting, Drainage design & Installation,
  • Lawn Care Services, Lawn Maintenance, Lawn Fertilization
  • Lawn Pest Control, Lawn Weed Control
  • Aeration and Top Dressing
  • Water Features, Koi Ponds,
  • Waterfalls, Bubbling Fountains
  • Garden Center & Pond Supply Store

General Services Areas

Jacksonville (Jax), Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Ponte Vedra, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Orange Park, St. Johns, Nocatee

Location

GARDEN CENTER
12501 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32246

LANDSCAPE OPERATIONS
(not open to the public)
St. Johns Bluff
1057 St. Johns Bluff Rd. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32225

Hours

Monday-Saturday 9-5
Sunday 10-5

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
New Year’s Day • Easter • Memorial Day
July 4th • Labor Day • Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve • Christmas Day

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