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Welcome to the 2020 Gardening Season

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.

Abby Lapides Sugar Creek Gardens

 

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!

Abby Lapides


 

 

Perennial Plants for St Louis Sun Gardens

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.

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  • 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.

     See more Perennials for St Louis Gardens here >>>

    Perennial Plants for St Louis Missouri Shade Gardens

    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.

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  • 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.

     See more Perennials for St Louis Shade Gardens here >>>

    Best Shrubs For St. Louis Missouri Area Gardens

    With the vast amounts of shrubs available, making selections can be daunting. We’ve done your homework for you. Over the years we have grown and observed thousands of shrubs here at our St. Louis nursery, and believe these shrubs are some of the best shrubs for St. Louis. The shrubs 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.

    Some of these shrubs make spectacular displays as single, specimen plants and work well alone in flower beds and containers. Some of these top shrubs have incredible blooming ability, they work fantastic planted in mass, replacing annuals in large beds.

    Use these top shrubs in flower beds, as edgers, in containers, and cutting and pollinator gardens. They have proven themselves in the landscape and in test gardens across the county, and most importantly, here in the St. Louis area. This is just a sampling of the many outstanding shrubs available, we’d be delighted to share more with you, please ask. Read on to see a few of the best shrubs for St. Louis area gardens.

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  • 2020 Native Plant Of The Year Slender Mountain Mint

    Native Plant of the Year 2020 Slender Mountain Mint

    A Pollinator Powerhouse

    A profuse blooming Missouri native perennial, Slender Mountain Mint, Pycnanthemum tenuifolium, explodes with multitudes of white flower clusters in mid to late summer and early fall. Its 2-3′ stems are covered with extremely narrow, almost needle-like leaves. A strong mint-like scent perfumes the air when any part of the plant is crushed. Makes a wonderful, fragrant cut flower. Attractive to butterflies, bees, birds and other pollinators. For a natural mosquito repellent, rub the leaves on your skin. Easy to grow in sunny locations.

     

    Callirhoe invoculata wincups native plant of the year