Collier's Garden Scoop
February 2020
Valentine's Day is  only a week away!  
The greenhouse is full of long-lasting blooms your Valentine will adore.  Live plants are a refreshing alternative to cut-flowers, especially for those who enjoy gardening. If you'd like to treat your sweetheart, friend or loved one to a living display of your affection, stop by the nursery and select a pre-made arrangement or contact us to place a custom order.  
Place your order for a custom Valentine's arrangement soon!
Pick up at your convenience or
have it delivered for only $10 extra!

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 February Favorites: In Bloom @ The Nursery
(Iberis sempervirens)
Native to: southern and western Europe
Hardy in Zones: 3 -8
Light: full sun (blooming
diminished in partial sun)
Notes: Well-drained soil is a must. Shear back by 1/3rd after flowering. Will often rebloom in the fall. Generally left alone by deer and rabbits. Drought tolerant once established.
Carolina Jessamine
(Gelsemium sempervirens)
Native to: southeast US to Central America
Hardy in Zones: 7-10
Light: full or partial sun
Notes: Evergreen vine reaching 12 to 20 feet. Fragrant yellow blooms emerge in late winter. Adapts to any well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant.
Winter Daphne
(Daphne odora)
Native to: China, Japan
Hardy in Zones: 7-9
Light: morning sun or dappled shade; midday & afternoon shade required in summer
Notes: Prized for extremely fragrant flowers. Evergreen foliage. Neutral, well-drained soil required. Keep roots cool in summer with mulch & occasional water during dry spells. Deer resistant.
Enjoy these cheerful winter blooms indoors in bright light.
Blooming Bulbs
 Daffodils, hyacinth & tulips hint of spring and can be planted in the garden later.
Enjoy these lovely flowers inside and then add this shrub to your landscape.
primrose and daffodil
These cuties will only be available between now and mid-March! They can be grown indoors in bright light and will bloom for several weeks.
English Primrose
These are cold hardy like pansies & violas- perfect for adding color to the late winter garden. Plant in full or partial sun.
 Fun Find: Miniature Zen Garden
These mini zen gardens are perfectly sized for desktop or tabletop.
Adorn with moss and air plants (pictured here) or small succulents.
February Garden Task:
What to Prune Now
This is the ideal time of the year to prune non-blooming evergreens (or evergreens with insignificant blooms) such as boxwood, holly and pittosporum.
Flowering shrubs and trees that bloom after Memorial Day can also be pruned now. This includes butterfly bush, crepe myrtles, camellias (after they finish blooming), roses and summer-blooming spirea.
Evergreen ferns such as autumn, holly and tassle ferns benefit from a late-winter haircut every other year (can be cut to ground). Liriope, ornamental grasses and cast-iron plant can also be cut back now.
February is a good time to shape, limb-up and thin-out deciduous trees and shrubs, removing suckers, damaged or crossing branches and thick growth that reduces air and light circulation.
In the Know:
Winter Discoloration of Evergreen Foliage 

You may have noticed dramatic changes in the foliage color of evergreen plants in your landscape this winter. No need to be alarmed, though! This is a common and natural phenomenon that affects plants such as azaleas, boxwood, conifers, cotoneaster, Indian hawthorn, English ivy, Asiatic jasmine, wintercreeper euonymous and Confederate jasmine, among others. The discoloration is a result of increased production of anthocyanins in the leaves, and is more dramatic in foliage that is exposed to higher levels of sunlight. Anthocyanins are pigments that can appear red, purple or blue. When anthocyanin production is increased, foliage may appear red, purple, brown or orange, depending on the relative concentration of other pigments. Cold temperatures and other sources of stress can trigger increased anthocyanin production as plants attempt to cope. Exactly why this occurs in some evergreens, and not others, remains a mystery! In spring, new growth should emerge a "normal" green.
February Lawn Care 

Apply  Hi-Yield Turf & Ornamental Weed & Grass Stopper to Centipede and Saint Augustine lawns mid-month.

February Hours
Monday through Saturday 9 to 5
Closed Sunday
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Collier's Nursery 
2904 Old Rocky Ridge Road
Birmingham, AL 35243