Waterwise Gardening- Lawn Replacement Incentive

on Thursday, 11 September 2014. Posted in Drought tolerant, Classes

City of Ashland Lawn Replacement Program

ornamental grasses

City of Ashland utility customers!  If you haven't seen this offer you are missing out.  Especially if you were wanting to create a more waterwise garden anyways.  The City of Ashland has a lawn replacement program to encourage utility customers to use less water.  They have rebates based on the square footage of living lawn you plan to take out.  Details are available on their website.

drought-tolerant-class-rudbeckia-prairie-sunSince we always love to support a more sustainable landscape and drought tolerant plants, we are offering a $25 coupon towards the purchase of plants used to replace your lawn.   Just bring in proof of your rebate from the City of Ashland and you will receive your $25 coupon that can be used on the many drought tolerant trees, shrubs, perennials, and ornamental grasses that we have in stock.   To learn more about your options for drought tolerant plants, register for one of our classes on the topic this fall!

Cold damaged plants

on Tuesday, 21 January 2014. Posted in Deer resistant, Landscape architect, Landscape contractor, Classes, New Plants

Assessing winter damage

Escallonia damage


Does your Escallonia look like this?



rosemary damage


Or your Rosemary like this?


The record cold spell we had this winter really made us realize what is truly hardy here.  We don't know about you, but we got to one degree a couple nights in a row.  That is cold.  That is the coldest we have ever been since we moved here in 2004. That is cold that may be here more regularly as global warming has its effect of erratic weather.  The cold we had was also fairly dry and long lasting which caused even more damage since the plant basically becomes dessicated.  So we are not USDA Zone 8; even Zone 7 seems a stretch these days.  But we are here to help!  

There are still alternatives that can be cold hardy and even deer resistant.  We will be answering questions I'm sure all spring about what plants need to come out and what their replacements can be.  We will be covering them in many of our upcoming spring classes.   Such as 'I Just Moved Here- What do I Plant?' and 'Deer Resistant Plants for the Rogue Valley'.


But here are a few quick suggestion I came up with while working with Bill Bumgardner of Bumgardner's Landscape . Thanks for the photos Bill!

The Escallonia's definitely got hit the hardest. There is not much hope of any of them coming back.  Same with the Viburnum 'Spring Bouquet' and Choisya ternata.  Time will tell on some others like English Laurel and Privet.  They can drop leaves and push new ones in spring.  So scratch a twig and if there is green underneath that stem is still viable.  But there are alternatives; here is a quick list, and I know there will be more to offer as the season progresses, so come visit regularly!  Check in with the deer resistant list for reference as well.  What did you have success or failures with?  We'd love to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Shooting Star Nursery's cold hardy recommendations for evergreens for sun:

Arbutus unedo 'Compacta' (most of these have had superficial damage, although if they went through zero degrees they did not make it)

Prunus 'Otto Luyken'

Choisya 'Aztec Pearl' (came through beautifully)

Ilex 'Blue Girl'

Elaeagnus 'Gilt Edge', seemed to do better than plain silver

Mahonia repens

Pinus mugo pumilo

Evergreen Berberis varieties (may show some damage but should leaf out)

Osmanthus h. Rotundifolius (looks great)

Arctostaphylos 'Howard Mcminn'- seems to have the least damage out of the hybrid Manzanitas

Prunus lusitanica- Portugeuse Laurel

Prunus lauro. 'Skip'- Skip Laurel- did better than straight English Laurel


Shooting Star Nursery's cold hardy recommendations for evergreens for shade:


Rhododendron (most varieties)


Ilex 'Blue Girl'

Mahonia aquifolium

Sarcococca ruscifolia

Arbutus unedo 'Compacta' (part shade)

Choisya 'Aztec Pearl' (part shade)

Osmanthus h. Rotundifolius (part shade)




Tree shortage

on Tuesday, 21 January 2014. Posted in Landscape architect, Landscape contractor, New Plants

Get ready to be flexible on your tree choices

fall trees

So there is talk in the nursery trade of tree shortages.  This is because with the downswing in the economy, many nurseries closed, went bankrupt or severly cut down their production.  Trees are not like many other commodities.  You can't just call up the factory and tell them to ramp up production and make more trees, like it's a flat screen TV, because demand is up.  Trees are on a long term cycle.  You have to produce a large tree from a smaller one so there are many stages to go through before you can have the quantities that you are in need of.  It seems as if we may not be back to normal for at least 5 years.  


So what does that mean for you as a landscape contractor, designer, or consumer?  It means that you need to get your orders in early, be prepared to not always get the size or variety you have specified, be flexible on possible subs, and work with your local nursery.   We are ordering more trees than usual and growing more than ever so that we can supply the rising demand for trees, shrubs, and perennials.   We are making sure to get in the varieties early that seem like they are going to be harder to get later in the season, like dogwoods and Zelkovas.  We are growing as much as we can ourselves so we are not dependent on what is going on in other growing areas. 


This also means that we are your nursery resource.  We are well versed in what is available, what is a totally appropriate sub if needed, and are happy to help all of our customers make the best choices.  


We think the tide has turned and landscaping needs are increasing again.  So this tree shortage is a good sign in some ways!  But it just means we all need to work together.   Our availablity is always on our website and may not show everything that is on its way but please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need anything reserved or have questions.  Wholesale customers may use our retail or wholesale list.


Or come to our Landscape Professional Open House to preview the great selections we will have this year!  There is one in March and one in May.  Be sure to stop by and join us for drinks and dinner as well!