Ron Wilson

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Plant of the Week - Derby Day!

It’s the running of the Kentucky Derby today, one of my favorite sporting events to watch, so this week we’ll have to pick 2 plants…yes, having something to do with the Derby. 

First pick: Kentucky Colonel Spearmint – Over 4,000 pounds of the Colonel will be used to make mint juleps this weekend.  And of all the mints, Kentucky Colonel has the best foliage and as far as I’m concerned, the best flavor. 18-24 inches tall, white flowers and the pollinators love them, deer, and rabbit resistant, and yes, very aggressive. Grow the Colonel in a container.  

Second pick: Easy Does It Rose – This floribunda rose is like a fruit salad for the landscape; fragrant clusters of swirling shades of mango-orange, peach-pink and honey-apricot form blooms that are scalloped, ruffled, and classically spiraled, rounded, bushy plants with super glossy green leaves, proven disease resistance, vigor, and flower power. 

As far as my favorite picks for the Derby, still undecided currently, but it doesn’t matter. Pretty rare that I ever pick the winner!  But one thing for sure; our plant picks are definite winners in the garden.   

AND THEY’RE OFF!!!!!!!!

Kentucky Colonel Spearmint

Easy Does It Rose


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