Sunday, April 17, 2022

Shrub, Tree & Perennial Catalog's

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 Happy Easter everyone!
With all this snow I am sure everyone is dreaming of spring! Before we know it we will be out in the yard, looking for signs of growth in our gardens. If you are planning on some spring planting this year our Plant Search is the perefect way to get some ideas. Our new 2022 Catalog's are now ready! 
2022 - Shrubs & Trees
2022- Perennials
Plants will start arriving in May, once this snow is gone. Our greenhouse is filled with houseplants, tropicals, herbs and annuals.  If you have any questions just give us a call or email info@jensennursery.com.

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Saturday, June 08, 2019

Cottage Gardens

 “Cottage Garden” style is relaxed, colorful, scented, fun and almost no rules should apply, whimsy.  The best thing about cottage gardens, .. there is always room to squeeze more plants in - use hanging baskets & window boxes.
 
Tips for Creating a Cottage Garden
 
Keep it small,  lol.
You need a good mix of plants, native plants  / sturdy plants / deer & rabbit resistance.
Avoid straight lines, gardens & paths should be winding.
Start by planting large clumps of like flowers/plants.  Tulips, daisies, allium, coneflowers, sage …
Repeat both plants and colors, to create a flow and harmony.
Tall plants add archetypal (spikes); scatter liberally through the borders; hollyhock, lupins, foxglove, wisteria, catmint, delphinium, phlox, grasses. 
Invest in Good Soil
Water source via soaker hose, rain barrels, ?   

The right plant in the right place -  aka full shade .. to full sun etc.,
Select sturdy garden plants, spring-flowering bulbs, purple coneflower, Irises, wild indigo,  Stella d’oro or happy returns daylilies, asters, Russian sage, an old fashion rose climber, peonies…, for foliage interest try blue fescue, lambs ear,
Don't forget scents, honeysuckles, roses, peonies, rosemary, mock-orange  and lavender.
 Create a special place to sit and enjoy the garden.  
Need help ASK US, … 
 
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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Purple Coneflowers

  DROUGHT TOLERANT & PERENNIAL :   Purple Coneflower      
 
This coneflower is the original native form, single purple-pink petals surrounding a dark center, which has a long bloom time.
 
Coneflowers are very resilient.
 
Coneflowers now come in many different varieties (single, double, or triple types) and colours (white, raspberry, orange, red  and yellow) .
 
Coneflowers generally grow 2 to 3 feet tall with a spread of 2 feet. 
 
They bloom from early summer until fall.
 
They’re a favorite with butterflies and bees.
 
They make excellent cut flowers for indoor bouquets. 
Prefers full to part sun with average to dry, well-drained soil. 
 
The roots, leaves, and flowers are medicinal,  
 
Self sows if seed heads are left to overwinter.
 
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Growing Tip: Single-flowering forms often live longer than the double or triple types.
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Astilbes for the Shade Garden

 SHADE PLANT FEATURE:    Astible  
Astilbe is a tall, summertime bloomer that adds interest and texture to the garden even after the pink, white or red flowers have dried up and turned brown.  
 
Their leaf foliage is feathery and clumps at the base of the plant. 
 
The heights vary depending on kind,  15 inches to 30 inches.
 
Deer do not particularly like them.    
 
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Growing Tip:    Astibles benefit from a bit of protection to get them through the severe winters, a fine layer of mulch, such as chopped leaves or straw.
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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Peonies

 BEST & EASIEST PERENNIALS:
Peony  
Talk about dependable!
 
Peonies last for years with very little help from you.
 
Peonies form pretty, 3-foot tall mounds of foliage that burst into bloom in mid-spring; May to June.
 
The plants are available in single, double, or semi-double forms, and flowers range in colors and bi-colors.
 
Peony blooms can be highly fragrant and make extraordinary spring bouquets for weddings or graduations.
 
They require a sunny garden spot that’s well drained—they don’t like heavy, mucky soil.
 
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Growing Tip:    Peonies require a period of cold and darkness to bloom well.
 
 
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Long Weekend Flowers

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 Well, ..we are well under way both inside the greenhouse & outside @ Jensen’s Nursery, you can feel the excitement as many gardeners awaited their initial planting this May long weekend. Remember though it is early to plant annuals and most vegetables outside. There is still a chance of frost. Cold hardy onions, potatoes, and garlic bulbs could go in now for sure. If you a way to cover in case of frost or move containers into garages. Then plant away but watch the weather!
 
Our greenhouse is dazzling with many of our hanging baskets spilling over with colour and gardeners both new and old have been filling their shopping boxes with favourite plants.  A simple rule for planting pots is to have 3 different types of plants; the thriller being the focal or tallest plant in the container, the fillers should be of complimentary colours and shorter than the thriller, and last but not least, the spiller to add the dramatic draping of colour to your container.
 
The outside area has display tables of rows of perennials that will continue to change as they grow til  blooming and many display areas of shrubs and trees that are just now waking up as they fully leaf out.
 
Whether you have a shade spot or a sunny spot we have some great suggestions to help build your containers, gardens and landscaping.
Gardening can be a very rewarding activity. With a little time and effort, you can watch your creativity blossom and your ideal outdoor space flower.
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Monday, January 11, 2010

Tammy's First Blog!

Hi my name is Tammy , and I am attempting to write our first blog ever! After my family and staff read this it may very well be my last blog!! Jensen Nursery and Garden Center is a family owned and operated business. My dad, Kurt Jensen started the business 44 years ago out of his River Heights home. There have been many changes throughout the years, but the one thing that has never changed is our family's commitment to the business. Our customers have always been a priority to our business. Over the years, as the garden centre has expanded so has our staff. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce some of our long time staff members!

Mr. Kurt Jensen – owner of Jensen’s since 1966
Mr Jensen can be seen out in his field digging up trees, giving advice to the staff, or walking through the garden center with an eagle eye spotting the one plant that is in desperate need of water! You always know he is around when the bright yellow hydro truck is in the parking lot. He has been an inspiration to me since I was a young child following him around while he sold trees and shrubs to customers at the old lot.

Mrs Elsie Jensen – owner of Jensen’s since 1966
Mrs Jensen has worked behind the scenes for many years. She may be showing up at your door dropping off a landscape estimate, in the greenhouse planting annuals, or running out to buy lunch for Tammy and Sue because they were busy and forgot to bring a lunch!

Tammy Jensen – daughter
I have been learning about the business since I was a child, but have been here fulltime for almost 16 years. My favourite part of the business is being out in the garden center helping customers design their yard! Having a customer leaving with a positive experience is my main goal. I truly believe that customers are what makes a business. And if the customers are happy a business will be successful!

Susan Jensen Stubbe – daughter
Susan can be seen running away from the garden center.....on her way to her next estimate or landcape design appointment. She also spends time out on job sites ensuring that our work is up to our high standards at all times! If you can find her at the garden center she will be happy to pass on her enthusiasm for plants and design.

Karl – garden center staff
Karl is quite often referred to as Mr Jensen! His Danish accent, his love for plants, and dedication to Jensen’s has customers convinced he has to be Mr Jensen! I really do not know where we would be without Karl’s vast knowledge and the dedication he puts into his job.

Jennifer – garden center and gift store staff
Jennifer has helped take our garden center to the next level. She has been an amazing source of ideas and support through all our endeavours of the last few years. She gives us sisters the push we sometimes need!

Laura – garden center and gift store staff
Laura has become our resident bug terminator! She has taken it upon herself to learn every pest that can infect a plant and just how to get rid of it. She also can be seen with her nose in a book looking up information for a customer. She will not rest till she has an answer to your question!

John – garden center staff
Mr fix-it as John has become known, can be heard saying, “I think there is a better way to do this”. John has been become a regular fixture at Jensen’s, upgrading, repairing, and simplifying more items than I could possible list!

Penny – garden center and gift store staff
Penny can be seen in the outdoor display area going through all the shrubs, perennials and trees and keeping them looking their best. Penny is very meticulous with the plants and has become very valuable in keeping our garden center looking its best!

Rennae – garden center and gift store staff
Rennae is always on the move! Whether it be redoing the showroom giftware displays, or running out to help a customer. She also recently has taken a pruning course and is a wealth of information!

Chelsea – deliveries and plantings
Chelsea can be seen loading trees, soil, and stakes into the delivery truck to plant trees in a customer’s yard. If she wasn’t so good at planting trees, we would have her at the garden center fulltime singing to the plants in her beautiful voice! We look forward to having her with us throughout her university years!

*a special thanks to Mark and Luc who have worked very hard in our landscape division making customers yard’s a place to enjoy!

All of these staff have been extremely valuable to our business, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without their help and dedication. I also have to mention the great group of new staff we had this year as well. I’m hoping they will be back next year, and that I will be given an opportunity to tell you all about them in the future! There is also someone who knows who she is that has been working behind the scenes for the last year to get our website up and running. And to her a special thank you!

Now that I have spent so much time raving about all our wonderful staff I have run out of time to talk about the business. So on that note, I invite you to come to our garden center and experience it for yourself! We are truly dedicated to help each and every customer to the best of our ability. If we do not know an answer, we will not give up till we find it. We are here to help you with all your gardening choices! That is my promise! Sincerely yours, Tammy Jensen


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