Vermont’s Sales Tax Holiday is a great time to shop.  Come in this Saturday and enjoy 19% off in addition to the 6% savings by not paying tax.  That’s a total savings of 25% on any order totaling $100 or more.   Any already discounted items won’t be further discounted on Saturday, but they will count toward your $100 minimum purchase to get the additional 19% off.

All items at Rocky Dale are usually taxed at 6%, so on Saturday, we just don’t collect tax- it’s that simple.  Can you pick out merchandise ahead of time?  Sure- as long as we receive payment in full this Saturday.  You can pick up the merchandise anytime after it’s been paid for.

Read more about the Sales Tax Holiday here.

We also have a $5 buck hosta sale going on through the end of August- great selection and large pots.

And we still have some trees discounted 50% available too, but they’ve been moving out at a steady clip.  See the list here.

Now that the rain deluge is past and the short heatwave is past- (what?-we had summer for 4 days?) – it’s time to get back in the garden.

A few days in the mid 70’s sounds like great gardening weather to me!  We’ve had a hard time keeping up with the weeds this year, but with any luck- it will be a late summer project to clean it all up!

Hosta 'Shade Fanfare' and Lamium maculatum

what’s blooming

August 1, 2009

It’s been way too wet this summer!  There are just some days that the rain penetrates everything you have on.  It’s been good for a lot of things, but mostly it’s been a haven for slugs and powdery mildew.  We’ll get through this- and hope for a drier August.

Thalictrum rochebrunianum 'Lavender Mist'

Wet and Muddy

We’ve entered the mid-summer bloom period where daylilies steal the show.  As a garden designer, I ignored daylilies- and actually looked down at them as a rather gaudy and far-too-overplanted perennial.  Over the past 5 years or so, I’ve opened up to them.  When used in moderation, or in sequence down a garden border, they can add color that’s desirable in summer.  I’m especially fond of pale yellow daylilies like ‘Hyperion’ planted with ornamental grasses and Hydrangeas.  The “siloam” daylilies are great- small flowers with a dark eye- unusual cream and plum colors.

Hemerocallis 'Night Becon'

Hemerocallis 'Strawberry Candy'

Hemerocallis 'South Seas'

Hemerocallis cultivar unknown

Hemerocallis 'Cosmopolitan'

Hemerocallis 'Going Bananas'

Hemerocallis 'Siloam Tee Tiny'

Hemerocallis in vegetable garden- cultivar unknown

Hemerocallis 'Siloam Shocker'

Hemerocallis 'Wineberry Candy'


hemerocallis 'Siloam Doodlebug'

Hemerocallis 'Siloam Amazing Grace'

Hemerocallis 'Summer Wine'

Echinaceas also are at peak performance now.  I love the deep orange and almost taffeta patterns in the new “Big Sky” hybrids, but I also love the simple white flowers of ‘White Swan’- great with Hydrangea ‘Blue Billow’ and an ornamental grass like Panicum armarum ‘Dewey Blue’.

Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'

Echinacea purpurea 'Coconut Lime'

Echinacea 'Sunrise'

Crocosmia is in full bloom right now- intense red flowers- also great when combined with ornamental grasses.  Since it tends to reach out beyond it’s planted space- it’s good to plant this where it can mingle with other plants in the garden.  The arching branches and striking color make it very attractive- but the color is a solid red- so it’s companions must be chosen carefully.

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Phlox have been blooming for a while and they also offer a broad color palette.  I particularly like the blue variety- ‘Blue Paradise’ and the white variety-‘David’.  The problems with phlox in a wet and cool year like the one we’re experiencing is that they get an awful case of powdery mildew.  One must be proactive to prevent the onset of powdery mildew.  Read more here.

Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise' with Hemerocallis 'Rocket City'

Phlox paniculata 'Red Super'

Phlox paniuclata cultivar unknown

All sorts of lilies are blooming too- Asiatics are almost done, but oriental lilies and trumpet lilies are perfect right now- except for one thing- the lily leaf beetle.  It’s been a good year for the beetle and our lilies have succumbed to this pest this year.  We’ll have to decide if we can continue to carry lilies because of the constant vigilance it takes to keep this pest at bay.  You can learn more about controlling lily leaf beetle by visiting gardenweb or any extension service website.

Here are some images of other perennials and shrubs blooming now.

Hemerocallis 'Exotic Love' with Perovskia atriplicifolia

Liatris spicata 'Floristan White'

Lysimachia clethroides

Cimicifuga racemosa

Cimicifuga racemosa

Ligularia stenocephala 'The Rocket'

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldstrum'

Asclepeis incarnata 'Ice Ballet'


Monarda x 'Mahogany'

Persicaria amplexicaule 'Speciosum'- Firetail

Viburnum plicatum 'Shasta'

Astilbe simplicifolia 'Sprite'

Astilbe chinensis 'Pumila'

Thalictrum rochebrunianum 'Lavender Mist'

Aesculus parviflora with salix and hydrangea

Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona'

Aconitum x 'Blue Lagoon'

Primula capitata ssp mooreanna

Here are some nice photos of tropicals and annuals blooming- now that we’ve had some warm weather- they’re growing!

Brugmansia 'Pink Beauty'

Tibouchina grandiflora

Passiflora 'Lady Margaret'


Anigozanthus- Kangaroo Paws

Breynia- Hawaiian Snowbush

Melianthus- Peanut Butter Plant

Rudbeckia hirta 'Prairie Sun'

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