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From all of us at Sugar Creek: We wish you a happy and healthy gardening season and hope to see you in the future.
Greetings. While working in my garden I was struck by the indescribable magic some plants possess. These plants enchant our flower beds, turning ordinary gardens into awe-inspiring sanctuaries. I’m excited to share a few of these magnificent wonders with you. Read on to see a few of these beauties.
Gardening Friends, you may notice a few changes here at Sugar Creek. In our commitment to be good stewards to the Earth we are working on ways to promote a healthy environment. Certain pesticides have proven to be extremely harmful, disrupting the all important food chain. While we’ve always limited our use of insecticides in the nursery, we’ve gone a step further–we’ve made a commitment through the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s Grow Native program not to sell or use these products. So no big guns here, but you’ll find other alternatives to combat pests, please ask.
To help ease the single use plastic problem we’ve changed our trunk liners from plastic to paper. They’ll keep your trunk clean, and can be recycled or composted. Either place in your recycle or compost bin, or even better, you can use them as an organic weed barrier and soil builder. Just place where you don’t want weeds and top with a bit of mulch or compost. They will naturally break down, enriching your soil. We’d be thrilled to hear what you think about these.
For those of you just meeting us, we are a St. Louis plant nursery. Over the years we have received multiple recognitions, including being voted the Best Garden Center in St. Louis and being named one of St. Louis Top Garden Centers. We specialize in the best perennials, shrubs, annuals and Missouri native plants for St. Louis. But we adore all plants, and carry as many varieties as can fit in the nursery. Explore this website to learn more about these wonderful plants and how to care for them.
I wish you a bountiful and joyful gardening season!
Hello Garden Friends,
Spring is walking up the front path and will be knocking at our doors in the coming week. My Hyacinths, Crocus and Daffodils are showing color and a few perennials are waking up in my own garden. Walking my neighborhood I saw Magnolias and Crabapples starting their spring show. While we are all working hard to social distance from each other, remember you don’t need to stay away from your plants.
We offer delivery and curbside pick up on orders taken over the phone. Also something new we’re going to try out is a drive through menu with plant displays. You will be able to browse and purchase plants without having to leave your car. This should be available in the coming week. See below for some of the beautiful offerings we have right now at the nursery. All pictures were taken in the last few days at Sugar Creek.
‘Paris in Pink’ Lenten Rose. A vigorous pink flowering Lenten Rose. I highly recommend Lenten Roses for planting for around trees. They take some time to get established, but are worth the wait. Once they settle in each plant will give you hundreds of blooms. One of the first plants to bloom, their flowers come in a wide array of colors which bees adore. Deer and bunnies usually leave their evergreen foliage alone. What more can you ask for in a shade plant? Perennial.
‘Romantic Getaway’ Lenten Rose. Like ‘Paris in Pink’ part of the exceptional HONEYMOON series of Lenten Rose. I love how happy these red and white picotee flowers are. Shade perennial.
If you don’t want to get up close and personal with loved ones give them a ‘French Kiss’ Lenten Rose. I swear I will mention other plants besides Lenten Roses, but I had to put in this gorgeous double flower. Shade perennial.
An in-demand plant indeed! Dwarf Fothergilla shrub offers multi seasonal interest. Bristly white flowers bloom in spring followed by minty green textured leaves that turn a beautiful medley of yellow, orange and red in fall. They grow best in sun to part shade and grow to about 2-3′ tall and 3-4′ wide. Hardy shrub.
‘Chardonnay Pearls’ Deutzia. This petite shrub grows about 2-3′ tall and wide and features gorgeous chartreuse to yellow foliage that’s electric (boogie woogie woogie woogie…anyone?). Creamy white pearl-like buds open to white star shaped fragrant flowers in spring. Grows in sun to part shade, gets the best color in full sun, but needs some afternoon protection if it’s in a drier location. Hardy shrub. Read more here>>
We just received some interesting evergreen shrubs and I want to highlight one that I particularly love: ‘Dwarf Pagoda’ Japanese Holly. Teeny tiny round leaves cover this small Holly. Having a naturally interesting form without pruning, this is an excellent choice as a specimen or used in bonsai. Grows to about 3′ tall, adding an inch or two of growth in a year. Requires full sun and well drained soil. Plant in a place where it will be protected from winter winds. Shrub.
‘Princess Nadia’ Ajuga is a giver. A repeat blooming Ajuga, see small purple-blue spikes in spring and again in summer. What’s really special about this plant, though is its highly variegated vigorous leaves. These beautiful multi colored leaves emerge pink in spring before tuning into a tricolor of green white and pink. Forming into a dense weed smothering mat, Ajuga is a perfect groundcover for a part to full shade spot. Perennial.
Look at these beautiful Virginia Bluebells – need I say more? Okay, okay. Virginia Bluebells are one of the most delightful Missouri native plants available. These happy pink and blue flowers are one of the first native perennials to bloom. They grow best under deciduous trees where, if they’re happy, will grow into large patches. They do go dormant in summer so be sure to plant with other perennials like Hostas which will cover up the bare spots in summer. Read more here>>
Slender Mountain Mint is a pollinator magnet. If you’re concerned about helping the insects, which we all should be, consider planting a pollinator garden. The latest studies say that if the rate of insect decline stays steady all insects could be extinct in a century. This is partially due to habitat loss. Adding even a small pollinator garden in your yard can help to make a difference. What I love about Slender Mountain Mint aside from its pretty white pollinator friendly blooms is its small lacy foliage. I think it looks like the annual asparagus fern, but unlike the annual fern this will easily comes back in the sunny garden. Don’t be scared by the word “mint” in its name- this plant won’t run all over your garden. Missouri native sun perennial. Read more here >>
Maybe I’m just a garden addict, but one of my favorite things about gardening is watching the plants wake up. Here’s a picture of a new Sedum we’re growing called ‘Boogie Woogie’ (Maybe that’s why the ‘Electric Slide’ has been playing over and over again in my mind). I’m loving the way the foliage wakes up all white and pink before turning to its green white variegation. Sun perennial.
The holy grail of Oakleaf Hydrangeas, we got are hands on some ‘Little Honey’. The honey yellow oak-leaf shaped leaves glow in the shady garden. In fall leaves turn flaming red. Limited numbers available-if you want one come in soon.
Our ‘The Rising Sun’ Redbuds are beginning to flower. One of the prettiest trees available, once the leaves emerge the real show begins. Leaves are a gradient of lime to green to yellow to orange all season long. If you’re ever in the south city area, Ascension Lutheran Church has a mature specimen along Francis Park that is breathtaking. It’s one of my favorite parts of my (semi) daily (monthly) morning run. Read more here >>
Speaking of trees, we have a bunch of unusual Japanese Maples in stock at the moment. We have a couple that have pink to purple foliage, some with interesting stem colors on top of their unique foliage. The one pictured is name ‘Kiyohime’, which I particularly love for its photogenic qualities.
We have lots of herbs and veggies available including lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, kale, chives, mint and many more. A couple of my favorites for this time of year are the ‘Red Russian Kale’ and ‘Bright Lights’ Swiss Chard. They both can be harvested well into the summer, I’ve even harvest into fall on some of them. Swiss Chard is an under appreciated home grown veggie. It’s tough and beautiful – I personally think it deserves a place in the ornamental garden in addition to the veggie garden. And if you’re feeling motivated look up a recipe to make Swiss Chard ravioli. You won’t be disappointed. To learn more about spring vegetable gardening read more here. >>
We have many more items available right now including Pansies, our much-loved Ruffled Pansies Rannuculus, and other cool weather annuals to make some creative containers . If you’re curious about something give us a call. We are happy to chat plants. We are currently open 10-4 Monday through Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday. These hours may change, so please call or check our website before coming in.
Hope to see you!
There are perennial plants for every garden situation. Perennials often require less maintenance and watering than annual plants. Many have few pest problems and are easy to grow. A well thought-out perennial garden can provide many years of beauty and enjoyment. By carefully selecting your plants, you will have a garden full of color from spring through fall. Here we have listed a few of our favorite, easiest to care for sun loving perennials.
Over the years we have grown and observed thousands of perennials here at our St. Louis nursery, and believe these are some of the best perennials for St. Louis. The perennials listed her all possess exceptional qualities, have proven to thrive in the St. Louis area, and come highly recommended. They are easy to grow and make a good start for beginning gardeners. Read on to see some of the best sun perennials for St. Louis.
The perennials listed here prefer full sun to part shade. Adding a shovelful or two of compost when planting these beauties will encourage good root growth and more flowering.
The ‘New Vintage’ Yarrow series brings colorful blossoms that are great cut. Prune ‘New Vintage’ Yarrow after flowering to encourage more blossoms. An important plant for butterflies and other pollinators, Butterfly Milkweed is a host plant for Monarch Butterflies. ‘Caramia’ Salvia works well as an edger for perennial beds, walkways, or anywhere a neat and tidy look is wanted. ‘American Gold Rush’ Black Eyed Susan and ‘Sombrero Baja Burgundy’ have won the top honors from All American Selections for their beautiful flowers and exceptional habit. Their outstanding blooming power almost rivals many annuals. Use them where you don’t want to replant year after year.
‘Holy Grail’ Hibiscus makes a spectacular specimen or showy hedge. For a strong color contrast set its deep red with the bright yellows of ‘Super Star’ Tickseed, or the beloved Missouri native Missouri Evening Primrose.
For blue to purple blossoms from spring until frost plant ‘Rozanne’ Geranium which begins blooming in spring, ‘Peachie’s Pick’ Cornflower Aster for summer blooms, and ‘Purple Dome’ Aster, a later bloomer whose perfect mound shaped foliage is completely covered with blossoms.
Although many of these plants are drought tolerant, for best flowering give good soakings during dry spells. Most of these plants will continue to bloom without deadheading, but for maximum blooming clip off spent blossoms before the plants start to go to seed. You’ll want all the plants’ energy to go to making more flowers.
There are perennial plants for every garden situation. Perennials often require less maintenance and watering than annual plants. Many have few pest problems and are easy to grow. A well thought-out perennial garden can provide many years of beauty and enjoyment. By carefully selecting your plants, you will have a garden full of color from spring through fall.
Over the years we have grown and observed thousands of perennials here at our St. Louis nursery, and believe these are some of the best perennials for St. Louis. The perennials listed her all possess exceptional qualities, have proven to thrive in the St. Louis area, and come highly recommended. They are easy to grow and make a good start for beginning gardeners. Read on to see some of the best shade perennials for St. Louis.
The perennials listed here prefer shade to part shade, each plant having their own light requirements. Adding a shovelful or two of compost when planting these beauties will encourage good root growth and more flowering.
Planting these perennials will give you color in your shade garden spring through fall. First, in early spring the enchanting ‘Valentine’ Bleeding Heart and Wild Sweet William begin to bloom followed by the stately Solomon’s Seal. As the season progresses the airy plumes of Goat’s Beard and the delightful dangling jewels of Columbine appear. In summer you’ll have the jewel-toned Astilbe and bright red Indian Pink. Corydalis looks fantastic all season with its waves of flowers from early spring through fall, its amazing foliage adds another fascinating element. The colorful foliage of Lilyturf, Coral Bell, Hosta, and Solomon’s Seal rivals many plants’ flowers and adds strong interest all year. The season ends with a blooming bonanza of Anemone, Hosta, and Liriope.
A few other favorite perennials for shade include: ‘Chocolate Chip’ Ajuga, Red Cardinal Flower, Lobelia, Foxglove Digitalis, and the list goes on and on. Visit our Reference Guide for more suggestions.
Although many of these plants once established are tolerant of days of low moisture, for best flowering give good soakings during dry spells, and even better, keep consistently moist. Some of these plants will continue to bloom without deadheading, but for maximum blooming clip off spent blossoms before the plants start to go to seed. You’ll want all the plants’ energy to go to making more flowers.