Entries by Ashland GreenHouses

“Twas The Night Before Spring…”

Soon it will be quiet here at the greenhouses, in fact quite sleepy.  We close when we sell out of poinsettias, from the middle of December to the 2nd week of January.  The indoor growing facilities commonly referred to as our retail area will soon be swept clean, the echoes of a bustling spring faded.  […]

Poinsettia Traditions

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Oh, the traditions of the Holidays. And for many years we have played the part. Poinsettias! These splendid plants bring color to brighten up the otherwise short and sometimes dreary days of winter. Of course we often think of the traditional red when we think of poinsettias, […]

Why Not Save a Few?

If we haven’t experienced it yet, we soon will be seeing frost on the Pumpkin! Well, so much for another season of gardening, or is it? We’ve seen quite a transformation regarding the needs of our clientele on both ends of the planting spectrum. The reason? Hobby or home greenhouses, you guys want more garden […]

Packs are Back!

Pony pack flowering annuals and vegetable starts are now available! Customers have been begging for them, and now we can happily say the fall crops are available. We have some new varieties of pansy colors, along with seasonal favorites like snapdragons, dusty miller, and of course, fall vegetables. The basics to remember when planting pony […]

Low Maintenance Gardening

Low maintenance gardening is a very popular topic here at the greenhouses. There are many of us who want either an entirely low maintenance garden, or portions of it that are low maintenance. Gardening can become time consuming, and overwhelming without any maintenance plan. We want the beauty of a luscious garden without all the […]

Summer Brings the Fun

This summer we’re excited to offer some new varieties of annuals and perennials. In late spring we planted some gallon items specifically for summer that we’ve never grown before. Of the 3000 we grew, the following are a few of our favorites: Digiplexis Illumination Flame Digiplexis is a beautiful foxglove cross. It looks similar to […]

A Pinch to Grow an Inch

Now that many of us have got the majority of our planting done for the season it’s time to think about ways to keep your plants looking great all summer. An easy trick that a lot of people are sometimes afraid to do is pinch your plants. Usually people are afraid they may harm the […]

We Beg You to Try a Begonia

We are often asked many questions this time of year about the many different kinds of begonias we grow. We grow over 40,000 begonias in the spring and it can often be overwhelming to choose the one you want. A few of the best qualities about begonias are their low maintenance, durability, and drought tolerance. […]

Why Wait?

April happens fast here at the greenhouses.  We have a huge selection of spring and summer annuals available and ready to plant outside.  Each week we will continue to have more and more plants available.  The hanging baskets are also coming along nicely, and this year we have varieties of mixed baskets able to tolerate […]

7 Plants You Don’t Want to Miss

Our perennials, herbs and annuals are quickly becoming sized up and available for planting in your gardens.   A lot of customers are searching for something to plant in their beds or containers to help brighten up their homes.  A few go-to items are now ready and typically sellout fast, and for good reason – […]

From the Greenhouse – A New Year with New Plants

January always brings a feeling of excitement and anticipation here at the greenhouses.  We are quick to get to work, planting thousands of plants and baskets each week from now until mid-May. Come out to see all the tiny little starts filling up the greenhouses each week.  It is always amazing how quickly it changes. […]

Holiday Poinsettias

As December approaches we’ll finish up the final shipping out of our poinsettias.  They began showing signs of color in early October with each variety being slightly different in its timing and color.  At this point they’re all in full color and size and a spectacular sight to see.  We’ve been carefully growing the poinsettias […]

A Mild Climate = More Planting Opportunities

We get a lot of people asking us if October is “too late” to be planting anything.  Fortunately our mild climate allows us to plant almost year-round.  However, you still need to be aware of what you’re planting to make sure it will survive a frost or freeze.  It’s also best to avoid planting during […]

Time for a Fresh Look

September is the perfect month for a fresh start and look.  After a long, hot summer I’m sure there are a lot of us with a few sad looking plants.  Don’t give up on them just yet.  With shorter days and cooler nights, now is a great time to give your plants a major haircut.  […]

Fall is Coming

Believe it or not August is a great time to start thinking about replanting some of those cool season vegetable crops that you had in early spring.  Lettuces, broccoli, kale, cabbage, onions and more are often planted this time of year so that you can enjoy them in the coming months.  We typically have ours […]

At the Greenhouse

Perennials, for mid-late summer, are typically overlooked when people are choosing plants in the early spring.  Russian Sage, Coreopsis, Erysimum, Salvia, Agastache, and Rudbeckias, which we grow for our summer season, happen to be some of my favorites primarily because they are the plants I notice in my own landscape that perform beautifully all summer […]

Attracting Pollinators

Many customers continuously ask us for plants that attract bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Something many people don’t realize is that by creating a garden that not only attracts pollinators, also creates a garden of season long color. It’s a win-win. If pollinators need constant food throughout the growing season, you’re going to have to make […]

Do the Deer Munch on Your Garden?

Deer resistant plants are always the most popular topic of conversation here at Ashland Greenhouses. Gardening within an area of high deer populations can be frustrating; especially when you’ve worked so hard to make something beautiful it becomes what I call “expensive deer food.” I also have to mention that just because something worked for […]

Start with a TOUGH Plant

As we head into spring, I think it is important to go over the importance of hardening off a plant and what that entails. Hardening off is a common term we use in the nursery industry, especially from now through May. It basically means acclimating a plant to its outdoor environment and making it hardier. […]

Great Groundcovers

Here at the greenhouses we’ve been busy planting and preparing for the upcoming season.  Last month we moved out all of our perennials to unheated cold frames to harden them off so you can start planting them in your landscape.  We have many new varieties this year, along with many longstanding favorites.  I wanted to […]

Still Time for the Garden

It’s not too late and it’s not too early. Some of our most common questions are regarding whether or not it’s too early or late to plant something in the garden.  Although January can sometimes be a tricky month, depending on temperature fluctuations, we often have mild enough weather to do a lot of gardening. […]

Looking Back at 2016

As December approaches we begin the final move out of poinsettias. They are the one crop we grow for the longest period of time and then within a very short time are sold and gone. We’ll be open until December 16th so you still have time to pick some out if you haven’t already. Looking […]

Clean Up Now Means Less Later

As October sets in now is a great time to get a head start on garden clean up.  This is very important for the overall health of your yard and garden, especially if you’ve had any issues with disease.  For your vegetable garden start by writing down where you planted various plant varieties.  This is […]

Change in the Garden

This time of year we get a lot of people anxious for a change in their gardens and a fresh look.  Each year we always have our fall crop of perennials, chrysanthemums, pansies, flowering kale, winter vegetables, and more ready to change over your gardens from summer to fall.   Establishing a new crop in […]

Exceptionally Mild Summer

What an amazing difference we can have from one year to the next here in Southern Oregon.  It’s one of the many reasons why no matter what your gardening practices may be you can have completely different results each year.  It can make gardening challenging but also fun.  There’s very little reward when you don’t […]

Summer Favorites

Many of us are so excited to get out and start gardening in the spring and early summer that we tend to plant a lot of perennials and annuals that thrive during the cooler part of summer and then fade as July sets in.  Here at Ashland Greenhouses we plant a summer crop of tough […]

Watering Tips & Earwig Traps

Fluctuating temperatures can cause a lot of stress to both plants and gardeners.  It’s tough to determine exactly how much to water plants when the temperatures are in the eighties, or warmer one week and then cool and damp the next.  One of the worst things you can do during times like that is overwater. […]

Spring is Our Favorite Time of Year

April is one of our busiest months in the greenhouses.  Production and planting are at their peak and by mid-to-late April, each greenhouse is filled to max capacity.  We often tell people it is the best month of the entire year to come out and see all the color.  Almost every plant is blooming and […]

Tips for Perennials

March is one of the best months to plant perennials.  Planting in early spring allows for good root development, enabling the plant to survive the heat of summer.   Here are some tips for buying and caring for perennials to ensure gardening success: Seasonal Color: Shop the garden centers a little each month and buy what’s […]

Solve Gardening Struggles

Many gardening troubles can easily be traced back to problems with soil and water. We often see customers come in with questions about struggling plants and it’s often the soil or water.  Since we’re at the tail end of winter and starting to think about spring, now is a good time to analyze your soil […]

Backyard Greenhouse Maintenance

For those of you with a backyard greenhouse, now is a good time to take a close look at it and fix any needed repairs or areas of inefficiency before you start planting your spring seedlings. Common problems with hobby greenhouses are inefficiencies in heating, cooling, coverings, and cleanliness. This can often result in the […]

From the Greenhouse: Poinsettia Season

December is almost here and we are in the midst of a massive poinsettia move-out! This year we grew around 8000 poinsettias in fourteen different colors and varieties. We grow the poinsettias in a wide assortment of sizes, from small 4” containers perfect for table decorations, to large 10” containers holding 5 poinsettias each that […]

From The Greenhouses: Time For a Visit

There are certain times of year I like to tell people to come see the greenhouses: mid-April and mid-November. Mid-April is usually pretty obvious because it’s the time of year when the greenhouses are at max capacity and everything is blooming. Mid-November is not a time of year most people would think to be a […]

From the Greenhouse:  Are you too late?

We get a lot of people asking us if October is “too late” to be planting anything.  Fortunately, our mild climate allows us to plant almost year-round.  However, you still need to be aware of what you’re planting to make sure it will survive a frost or freeze.  It’s also best to avoid planting during […]

Are You Too Late?

We get a lot of people asking us if October is “too late” to be planting anything. Fortunately our mild climate allows us to plant almost year-round. However, you still need to be aware of what you’re planting to make sure it will survive a frost or freeze. It’s also best to avoid planting during […]

Time for an Autumn Makeover

This time of year we get a lot of people anxious for a change in their gardens and a fresh look. We’re fortunate in Southern Oregon to have a mild enough climate that allows us to have a fall and winter season for vegetable and flower gardens. Each year we always have our fall crop […]

Ornamental Grasses

By Kelly Brainard, Ashland Greenhouses Just when you think gardening couldn’t be any more challenging we were hit with what seemed to be a never ending heat wave in June and then a wave of thunderstorms in early July.  We’re all wondering what’s in store for the rest of the summer and I’d bet the […]

Don’t Water Mindlessly

I know that many of you have heard me talk about watering over and over; however watering wisely is one of the most important things you can do for your plants to ensure healthy, beautiful gardens. It is always a major topic of discussion primarily because it requires more thought than many of us realize. […]

Pinching for Bigger Fuller Plants

Now that many of us have got the majority of our planting done for the season it’s time to think about ways to keep your plants looking great all summer. An easy trick that a lot of people are sometimes afraid to do is pinch your plants. Usually people are afraid that they may harm […]