Your favorite local garden center, Millcreek Gardens, has a wide selection of beautiful hanging baskets that can bring color and life to your northern Utah landscape. But, you can also create your own, featuring your favorite flowers and outdoor plants.

Hanging baskets can be a little tricky, but our friendly staff is always happy to offer advice. Follow the tips below, and you’ll have lush, eye-catching containers hanging in your garden all season long.

Garden center in Salt Lake City

Choose the Right Planter

Want hanging baskets with cascading flowers? Purchase regular hanging pots at your local garden center. Rather have awe-inspiring living flower globes? You’ll need wire planters with fiber liners or containers made specifically for this particular purpose.

Select Suitable Plants

When designing hanging flower baskets, you need to think about placement. Certain plants thrive only in full sun, while others can grow beautifully in shadier spots. As you choose your plants, consider different textures, heights and bloom shapes for added visual interest. And don’t forget color – bold shades will draw the eye.

Use High-Quality Soil

For healthy, gorgeous hanging flower baskets, a high-quality potting mix is absolutely essential. Look for a lightweight soil, preferably one with water-holding polymer crystals. Or, simply ask the staff at your local garden center what potting soil they recommend.

Pack in the Plants

If you want full, lush-looking flower baskets, a few plants won’t suffice. You’ll need to pack quite a lot of plants into the container – more than you would probably think. They have a relatively short amount of time to grow, after all, so starting with more plants is the best way to get great results.

Feed and Water Properly

Water quickly drains from hanging baskets, and with several flowers and plants in the same container, the many roots end up competing for a drink. Watering regularly, keeping the soil moist, should help keep your baskets looking their best. In addition, consider using a liquid fertilizer, available at your local garden center, about once every week.

Remember Regular Maintenance

Every few days or so, inspect your hanging baskets and remove any fading or dead flowers and any brown, wilted leaves. If any parts of the plants look damaged, cut them back. Regular deadheading and pruning encourages new growth and better blooming.

Have questions? Or are you ready to create your own hanging baskets? Either way, make Millcreek Gardens your first stop. Our garden center is stocked with fabulous flowers, picturesque plants and everything else you need. And our friendly staff is always ready to offer assistance and advice to our fellow northern Utah gardeners.

To chat with the Millcreek Gardens staff about designing your own hanging baskets – and to shop for all your must-have flowers, plants and gardening supplies – head to our Salt Lake City garden center today.

 

A lattice outdoor plant hanger, mounted on a sunny garden or patio wall, adds a charming touch – and it makes for a great place to grow herbs, succulents or annual flowers.

Creating an eye-catching lattice hanger for outdoor plants is a simple garden project. All you need is a few inexpensive supplies and a couple of hours, and you can transform a blank wall into a work of living art. Here’s how.

How to use lattice for outdoor plants

Gather the Supplies

First, make sure you have the necessary tools for the garden project. You’ll need a measuring tape, a jigsaw, medium-grit sandpaper, a metal file, a hammer and a level. If you don’t have those on hand, pick them up when you visit a local hardware store. You’ll need to go there to purchase the project supplies. These include:

  • Two 1 inch x 2 inch x 8 foot wood boards
  • One 4 foot x 8 foot wood lattice panel
  • Wood glue
  • 2-inch finishing nails
  • Wall screws
  • Wood stain or paint
  • Nine 24-inch zip ties

Next, stop by Millcreek Gardens for the remainder of the supplies. You’ll need to purchase the following:

  • Nine 6-inch plastic garden pots
  • Nine outdoor plants to place in the pots
  • High-quality potting soil

Prepare the Lattice

Lay the garden pots on top of the lattice panel in three rows of three, spacing the rows at least six inches apart to allow room for your outdoor plants to grow. Once you have them how you like, cut the lattice down to size – about four feet by three feet works well, but go with what you like. After you make the cuts, use the sandpaper and file to smooth the surfaces.

Build the Lattice Frame

Measure the top edge of your lattice and, using the wood boards, cut four sections of equal length. Smooth the edges, then sandwich the top and bottom edges between two wood sections. Glue in place, then add nails for additional support. After that, apply stain or paint the wood.

Attach the Garden Pots

Now, lay out the garden pots on the lattice as before. Loop a zip tie around the lattice at each spot, adjusting it to securely hold the pot. Don’t tighten the ties too much, however, as you’ll need to be able to remove the pots in order to add the outdoor plants – which you won’t do until after you mount the lattice hanger on the wall.

Hang the Lattice

Hold up the empty lattice hanger to your garden or patio wall and mark where you’d like it to go. Using the wall screws, attach the frame to the wall. Place the level on the top edge and make any necessary adjustments. Add potting soil and an outdoor plant to each pot, slide them into the zip tie loops and your garden project is complete.

Are you ready to get started? The friendly staff at Millcreek Gardens, northern Utah’s favorite garden center since 1955, can point you toward the supplies you need. We can also recommend outdoor plant varieties that are ideal for a lattice hanger.

For more garden project ideas, or to shop our extensive selection of gardening supplies and outdoor plants, visit Millcreek Gardens in Salt Lake City, Utah, today.

If you’re ready to buy new indoor or outdoor plants, head to a local garden center.

Sure, you can get plants from a big box store – and going that route might save you a few bucks. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. And quite often, people who purchase plants from a local superstore end up wishing they visited a local garden center instead.

Benefits of shopping at your local garden center

Healthy, High-Quality Plants

In many cases, the day a plant is shipped to a big box store is the last day it remains in good condition. The staff simply doesn’t provide the right level of care – and the lack of attention makes a big difference in the quality of the plants.

At the garden center, the plant-loving staff is careful with watering and feeding, which ensures large, full growth. Their hard work results in healthy plants that will thrive when you get them back home.

Wide Range of Options

Big box retailers have a limited selection of plants – typically, they offer only the most common and popular varieties. If you’re looking for options, you’d be much better off visiting a garden center.

At a garden center like Millcreek Gardens, you’ll find a diverse range of beautiful plants. You can also purchase rare varieties and plants that are native to Utah. What gardener doesn’t like the sound of that?

Local Gardening Expertise

Knowledge is power – and let’s just say that the gardening staff at big box stores isn’t very powerful. They probably won’t be able to give you much information about the specimens they have for sale, other than pointing you toward the care labels.

The staff at your local gardening center has extensive expertise and can provide precise details on the plants in their care. You can get friendly advice on local soil conditions, insects common in the region and answers to all of your gardening questions.

If you live in northern Utah and are looking for the best place to buy plants, visit Millcreek Gardens. As the leading local garden center since 1955, we offer a vast range of healthy, high-quality indoor and outdoor plants. Our staff is passionate about gardening – we’re happy to offer advice and tips for proper plant care.

Plus, when you shop at Millcreek Gardens, you’re supporting the northern Utah economy. We’re a locally-owned business, and buying from us means your dollars stay in the state – and it helps us serve gardeners in the greater Salt Lake City area for years to come.

Shopping at your favorite local garden center, Millcreek Gardens, simply makes sense. Stop by and find your perfect plants today!

The Utah plant nursery professionals here at Millcreek Gardens love the Pantone Color of the Year for 2019 — Living Coral.

The Pantone Color Institute describes the shade as life-affirming and nurturing, and they say that Living Coral “encourages lighthearted activity” and “embodies our desire for playful expression.” To us, that sounds like they’re talking about gardening!

This spring, why not incorporate Living Coral into your northern Utah landscape? Here are some amazing options available at our Salt Lake City plant nursery.

Adding Pantone’s Living Coral into your Utah landscape

Hemerocallis ‘South Seas’

A dazzling variety of daylily, this perennial has grassy green foliage and gorgeous ruffled blooms in a coral-pink shade. Hemerocallis is a drought-tolerant, hardy outdoor plant that offers vigorous growth – expect several weeks of profuse blooming.

Papaver Orientale ‘Prince of Orange’

With large, cup-shaped blooms that feature a velvety-black center surrounded by vibrant tangerine petals, Papaver Orientale brings eye-catching beauty to any northern Utah garden. This easy-care poppy blooms from late spring to early summer, year after year.

Echinacea ‘Colorburst Orange’

This hybrid coneflower is multi-stemmed, with large, fragrant double flowers that attract butterflies. The petals, which are an orange-coral hue, open around a brilliant lime-green center.

Echinacea ‘Sombrero Hot Coral’

Another impressive coneflower that’s ideal for northern Utah, this variety offers prolific flowering over the spring and summer months. As the name suggests, the blooms are a striking shade of coral – and the hint of orange-red gives the petals a fiery appearance.

Heuchera ‘Peach Crisp’

This perennial stunner has tightly-packed, heavily-ruffled leaves that hold their amber-peach color all season long. Small ivory flowers pop out in late spring, adding charm and highlighting the foliage beautifully.

Rosa ‘Tropicana’

A showy hybrid tea rose that blooms profusely from spring to fall, this plant nursery pick offers coral-orange blossoms set against a backdrop of dark, semi-glossy green leaves. The flowers are intensely fragrant as well, a feature many gardeners appreciate.

Tulip ‘Apricot Emperor’

With coral-apricot petals that develop more intense color as the blooms mature, this mid-season tulip is a head-turner at the plant nursery. Placed in container gardens or planted in a large grouping on your northern Utah property, the bulbs will produce a spectacular display for several years.

Are you ready to shop for outdoor plants in Living Coral? You can find all of these options – and more – at Millcreek Gardens. Our plant nursery is also stocked with all of the gardening supplies you need to take your northern Utah landscape to the next level.

If you have questions or need some expert advice about gardening, the friendly Millcreek Gardens team is always happy to help our fellow northern Utah gardeners! To browse our vast selection of beautiful, healthy outdoor plants – and to learn our best gardening tips and tricks — stop by our Salt Lake City plant nursery today.

Did this year’s winter weather can leave you in need of a major spring garden cleanup session?

Once the ground has thawed and temperatures are consistently warm, it’s time to tidy up your yard and prepare for planting. If you’re not sure where to start, the following spring garden cleanup checklist should help.
Spring garden cleanup checklist

Step 1: Pruning

Weatherworn landscaping trees, shrubs and hedges often need pruning. Use a hand pruner, lopping shears or a pole pruner to cut back dead and damaged branches to live stems. For evergreens, prune back to branches growing in the direction you prefer. If you have spring-blooming shrubs, put off pruning until after they flower.

Step 2: Perennials

Cut back flowering perennials to a height of about 4 or 5 inches to allow for new growth. For winter-damaged rose canes, prune back to an inch below the dark area. If you have climbing roses, remove their older woody canes and tip the buds of young green canes downward. You can also dig up and divide perennials to create new plantings for sparse yard areas.

Step 3: Garden Beds

Next up is to clean around the plants in your garden beds. Pull up the spent annuals and rake out any dead leaves and foliage. Tamp down heaved outdoor plants, if necessary, and remove the existing layer of mulch to be prepared for spring planting.

Step 4: Compost

All the debris you removed from your garden beds? Dump it into your compost pile. Shred large leaves and chip down large branches for faster decomposition, or pick up a bagged compost starter from your local garden center. Remember to keep the compost moist and aerate the pile every two weeks.

Step 5: Garden Soil

Before you add new spring garden plantings, you should test your soil to ensure it’s primed for robust growth. Depending upon the results, you may want to work in some compost or a slow release organic fertilizer before you put any new outdoor plants in the ground.

Step 6: Garden Paths

Your hardscape surfaces may need a bit of neatening up now, too. Rake any escaped stones back into your gravel paths and add more if you notice any large depressions. If you have pavers that have heaved out of place, put them back to rights. Finally, use a pressure washer or hose to remove stains and algae growth.

Ready to get started with this year’s garden cleanup? For expert advice and all of the gardening supplies you need to spruce up your northern Utah landscape, head to Millcreek Gardens.

The leading Salt Lake City area garden center since 1955, Millcreek Gardens is happy to help you create a landscape you’ll love. To chat with our friendly and knowledgeable staff about spring garden cleanup, stop by today.

Having the right gardening supplies on hand makes it much easier to care for your outdoor plants.

You may love spending time out in the garden, putting new plants in the ground and giving them the TLC they need to thrive. But you have to admit – keeping your outdoor plants at their best can be hard work.

If you don’t already own the following gardening supplies, or if yours aren’t in such great shape, go to your local garden center and make a purchase. You’ll be glad you did, as these tools and gear make for easier plant care.
the right gardening supplies can make tasks easier

Protective Gear

When you’re gardening, you’re using sharp tools and sitting or kneeling on rough surfaces. Plus, you’re often out in the sun. Protecting yourself from harm is essential, and the right gear also helps make gardening more comfortable and enjoyable. To that end, plant care professionals recommend investing in:

  • Flexible leather or cotton stretch gardening gloves with padded palms and elastic cuffs
  • A padded kneeler seat, preferably a fold-flat model with wheels for easy transportation
  • Spray-on, full-spectrum sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat for sun protection

Planting Tools

Putting new outdoor plants in the soil and giving them proper care can be hard work, no matter how you slice it. However, the following gardening supplies can make these tasks at least a little less taxing:

  • A classic garden rake to clear away spent annuals and plant bed debris
  • A pitchfork to easily remove rocks and large obstructions from the soil
  • A spade or garden shovel to make digging tasks much easier
  • A user-friendly trowel and cultivator for planting seeds and aerating compacted soil
  • Ergonomic hand pruners, lopping shears and a pole pruner to cut back outdoor plants

Watering Supplies

Outdoor plants need a drink of water now and then to survive – every gardener knows that. For an easier time handling all of the watering, pick up these gardening supplies at your local garden center:

  • A soaker hose, or alternatively, a solid rubber hose that’s long enough to reach your garden beds, with an ergonomic spray nozzle
  • An automatic rewind garden hose reel for easy control and convenient storage
  • A water wand with a telescoping handle for hard-to-reach plants
  • A weather-resistant watering can for delicate outdoor plants

Transporting Tools

Often, when you’re out working in the garden, you need to transport heavy gardening supplies – like mulch, soil, fertilizer and flats of plants — from one area to another. As this can be back-breaking labor, plant care professionals advise investing in:

  • A rolling garden seat that features ample storage for carrying supplies
  • A lightweight, easy-to-maneuver garden wheelbarrow with heavy-duty wheels
  • A potting bench to store supplies in a convenient space, putting everything you need to care for outdoor plants in easier reach

You can find all of these gardening supplies – and many more – at Millcreek Gardens. And, since our friendly staff loves to share their expertise, you can also find answers to all of your questions about caring for outdoor plants.

Want to make beautifying your northern Utah property as easy as possible? Stop by and see us in Salt Lake City today, and our plant care professionals will guide you toward the best outdoor plants and gardening supplies to make that happen.

You can find an array of gorgeous annual flowers and perennial flowers at your local garden center. But how do these two types of plants differ?

If you’re not quite sure, you’re not alone. Here at Millcreek Gardens, we get this question often – and we’re always happy to provide an answer. To satisfy your curiosity about the difference between annuals and perennials, read on.

What Are Annual Flowers?

Annual flowers have a life cycle that lasts for a single growing season. The blooms don’t return year after year – the plants die in the winter or at the first hard frost.

So, if you plant annual flowers this spring, you’ll need to plant more next year. But, your gardens will produce a glorious color show, as most annuals bloom profusely. And, you can count on season-long beauty, as annuals usually bloom for longer than perennial flowers.

What Are Perennial Flowers?

Perennial flowers live through multiple growing seasons, popping back up every spring until the plants reach maturity. Most continue to grow and produce blooms for several years, and some varieties last for decades.

If you plant perennials this spring, you won’t have to worry about replanting for at least a few years. However, your gardens may not come as alive with color, as perennials only bloom for a few weeks. You can find ever-blooming perennials at your local garden center, but even these varieties don’t produce as many flowers or bloom for as long as annuals.

Should You Plant Annuals or Perennials?

Some gardeners appreciate the advantages of annual flowers, while others prefer to plant perennials. And really, there are good reasons to go with either option.

The benefits of planting annuals include:

  • Profuse blooming
  • Several months of flowering
  • Lower cost

Plus, annuals produce their own seeds. Start them indoors in the winter, and you’ll have new flowering plants for next spring.

Perennial flowers, on the other hand, generally require less maintenance than annuals. For gardeners who are pressed for time or want an easy-care garden, they can be a solid choice.

Other reasons to plant perennial flowers include:

  • Blooming season after season
  • Tolerance of extreme weather
  • New plantings created by dividing large perennials

The truth is, both annual flowers and perennial flowers can boost the beauty of your landscape. And, in many cases, using a mixture of both is the ideal solution. Different varieties of annuals and perennials flower at different times, and strategic planning can ensure your gardens are always full of eye-catching blooms.

The plant experts at Millcreek Gardens would be happy to help you get the look you want for your northern Utah landscape. Our garden center has a vast range of delightful annuals and perennials ready for spring planting, along with all of the gardening supplies you need to create an impressive display.

If you’re ready to start shopping for annual flowers and perennial flowers, visit the friendly, helpful team at Millcreek Gardens in Salt Lake City, Utah, today.

At your local garden center, you can find everything you need to help your spring plantings flourish – and that includes expert advice on soil maintenance.

If garden growth and plant health have been problems in the past, the quality of your soil could be to blame. In that case, improving it is the key to achieving a bountiful, beautiful landscape full of thriving plants.

Fortunately, shaping up your soil doesn’t take a lot of time and effort. Follow these easy steps to soil maintenance, and you’ll be on your way to gardening success.
Garden center guide to spring soil mix

Remove Rocks

Rocky soil can be a definite hindrance to garden growth. When too many rocks are present, plants have difficulty putting down roots and in getting the water and nutrients they need to flourish.

Before planting this spring, use a rake or soil sifter – available at your local garden center – to remove rocks from the top few inches of your garden beds. Doing so can have a dramatic impact on plant health.

Aerate the Soil

Aeration is the next step to soil maintenance. Soil that is heavily compacted or has a high clay content is detrimental to plant growth, as it has poor drainage.

To aerate your soil, stop by your local garden center and pick up a spike or plug aerator tool. Use it throughout your planting sites, and you’ll notice an improvement in the health and beauty of your outdoor plants.

Add Organic Material

Just about any garden can benefit from the addition of organic matter. As it breaks down, the soil will absorb the nutrients and pass them along to your plants.

Working compost into the first several inches of your garden beds before planting this spring can provide you with greater gardening success. If you don’t have a compost bin, you can purchase the organic material at your local garden center.

Test the Soil

When you visit the garden center, make sure to pick up a soil test kit. Follow the instructions, and you’ll know right away where yours stands in terms of nutrient content and pH level.

For more accurate results that allow you to identify specific amendments for soil maintenance, you can purchase a kit designed to send samples out to a lab for analysis.

Amend the Soil

Depending upon your test results, you may need to adjust the pH balance of your soil. If yours is too acidic, adding ground limestone can resolve the problem. If the garden bed is too alkaline, you may need to add sulfur.

In addition, ask the plant experts at your local garden center about ongoing soil maintenance. As your plants grow and use up the available nutrients, you may need to consider fertilization – and you’ll need a product that is formulated to meet your particular plant needs.

Do you have questions about how to achieve gardening success this spring? If you live in northern Utah, the friendly and knowledgeable plant professionals at Millcreek Gardens are happy to share their expertise. For help with soil maintenance, or to shop for the gardening supplies you need to grow healthy, beautiful plants, visit our Salt Lake City garden center today.

A climbing rose bush, with trails of beautiful blooms, makes for a stunning garden focal point.

Getting to that point, however, doesn’t come without some effort on your part. Left to their own devices, climbing roses will still bloom — but they won’t climb. Instead, they tend to become awkward-looking shrubs.

Fortunately, training a climbing rose bush isn’t all that difficult. Follow these steps, and you’ll have the dramatic display of roses you desire.
How to train a climbing rose bush

Choose a Planting Site

As with any other outdoor plant, climbing roses need the right growing conditions to thrive. Choose a site with plenty of sunshine – most varieties need at least six hours of direct sunlight per day.

Install a Support Structure

Roses won’t climb unless they have a structure for vertical support. Their long structural canes need to be attached to or woven into some sort of framework, such as a trellis, arbor or fence. Choose a structure that’s strong enough to handle the weight of a mature plant, and make sure it’s firmly anchored in the ground.

Plant the Climbing Rose

Amend the soil, if necessary, and dig a hole for planting in the center of the support structure. The hole should be about two feet deep and twice as wide as the roots of the rose bush. Place the plant, add more soil and water deeply. To finish, spread compost and add a layer of mulch.

Attach the Canes to the Structure

Find the sturdiest structural canes and loosely attach them to the support structure. Use flexible ties, such as strips of pantyhose or stretchy cloth, as ridged ties could cut into the canes as they grow.

Maintain the Rose Bush

After the first year, begin training the structural canes to grow horizontally – this encourages the development of more side shoots, which leads to more blooms. As the canes become longer, use more ties to provide support and guide their growth. Once the climbing rose is about three years old, start pruning each spring.

Are you ready to beautify your landscape with a climbing rose bush? The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Millcreek Gardens can recommend rose varieties suited to the growing conditions in your part of northern Utah.

Along with an array of gorgeous and healthy plants, Millcreek Gardens has all of the gardening supplies you need – and we’re always happy to offer tips and advice to our fellow Salt Lake City area gardeners.

For more information on how to train a climbing rose bush, or to shop for the must-have gardening supplies, stop by Millcreek Gardens today.

Who doesn’t love browsing the local plant nursery and having gorgeous, bountiful home gardens? Unfortunately, doing the work to create a lush landscape can sometimes seem like a chore.

Take heart, however, because easier gardening is in reach. Use these tips from the plant nursery professionals at Millcreek Gardens, and you can enjoy a beautiful landscape without investing a ton of time and effort into the cause.
Plant nursery gardening tips

No 1: Start with Quality Garden Soil

The better the soil, the healthier the plants – and healthy plants require less attention. Test your soil, and if it’s less than optimal, visit the local plant nursery for advice on amendments.

No. 2: Choose Low-Maintenance Perennials

Before buying any plants, read their tags. For easier gardening, look for perennials – or, ask the plant nursery staff to recommend low-maintenance options.

No. 3: Group Plants with Matching Needs

If you have plants with different care needs scattered all around the yard, it will take more of an effort to keep them healthy. Group like with like for easier gardening.

No. 4: Add a Layer of Garden Mulch

Mulch makes for easier gardening, as it retains moisture and, therefore, allows you to water less often. Plus, it enriches the soil and works to help keep weeds in check.

No. 5: Pull Up Weeds When They’re Young

Speaking of weeds, pull them as soon as you see them. The younger they are, the easier the gardening task is – and, pulling weeds prevents them from reproducing.

No. 6: Take Time to Deadhead

Spend a few moments deadheading self-seeding perennials, and you’ll spend less time dividing out-of-control plants later on. If you’re not sure how, ask the local plant nursery staff.

No. 7: Use the Right Plant Fertilizer

When it comes time to feed your plants, choose an organic fertilizer from your local plant nursery. Synthetic fertilizers are more of a short-term fix, so they require more frequent application.

No. 8: Consider Raised Bed Gardens

When a garden has definite boundaries, it’s much easier to care for. Planting in raised beds also means saving your back from the strain of constant bending.

No. 9: Invest in Efficient Gardening Tools

Repetitive motions stress the joints and using some gardening tools can be painful. Ergonomic tools designed for comfortable use make for much easier gardening.

No. 10: Keep Your Garden Design Simple

When deciding on your garden design, don’t go overboard. Plan for easier gardening by keeping it simple — only use as many outdoor plants as you can truly maintain.

If you live in northern Utah and are looking for ways to make gardening easier, stop by Millcreek Gardens. Our plant nursery is stocked with plenty of delightful low-maintenance perennials, and we carry an extensive range of ergonomic, easy-to-use gardening tools.

The friendly and knowledgeable Millcreek Gardens staff is always happy to share their expertise. For more advice on easier gardening, visit our Salt Lake City plant nursery today.