New Plant Introductions for 2020!
Top recommendations for high performing plants that thrive during the hot, humid Iowa summers!
Super Blue English Lavender
Fragrant gray-green foliage and rich, deep-blue flower spikes on short stems
10 Flat $50.00
Soil Conditions: Dry
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Time: May, June, July
Dilly Cucumber Bites
Ingredients: 4 large cucumbers 2 - 3 medium plum tomatoes 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature 5.3 oz plain Greek yogurt 3 T fresh dill, minced 1 T powdered Ranch dressing mix Instructions: Wash and partially peel cucumbers for striped look. Slice into rounds about 1/2 " thick. Remove seed from tomatoes & slice into small bites. In a bowl, combine cream cheese, yogurt, dill and Ranch powder and mix thoroughly. Transfer cheese mixture into piping bag (or use a large baggie with a corner snipped off). Pipe the cheese mixture onto the cucumber rounds, then top with the tomato bites. Enjoy this cool, healthy appetizer!
Plant Life Designs’ Moon Garden Kit
The name of July’s Full Buck Moon comes from the Native Americans who honor this time of year when deer begin to grow their antlers. Just as deer typically forage between dusk and dawn, it is most desirable for the ‘human’ garden lovers to be outdoors under the summer moonlight as well. Plant Life Designs’ Moon Garden Kit offers plants that are deer resistant, easy to grow in the sun and lovely to enjoy under the moon!
The name of July’s Full Buck Moon comes from the Native Americans who honor this time of year when deer begin to grow their antlers. Just as deer typically forage between dusk and dawn, it is most desirable for the ‘human’ garden lovers to be outdoors under the summer moonlight as well.
Celebrate the full moon this month by adding a moon garden to your landscape!
Plant Life Designs’ Moon Garden Kit will offer a mosaic of white blossoms, fragrant leaves of sage and cat mint, fern-like foliage of yarrow and the soft texture of lamb’s ear. A beautiful, crescent shaped garden bed with blue trap rock provides the perfect setting for white blooming and silver leaved plants. The assorted perennials in this plan are hardy to our zone and deer resistant!
Light your lantern and live among your plants under the midsummer moon!
All plants are 1 gallon size.
Qty 3 ‘Big Ears’ Lamb’s Ear
Velvety silver foliage like a lamb’s ear, soft pink flowers
H 12-18″ W 24-36″
Qty 6 ‘Little Spire’ Russian Sage
More upright, less flopping, aromatic foliage, purple flowers
H 24-36″ W 18-24″
Qty 8 ‘Kit Kat’ Catmint
Mounds of fragrant foliage, spikes of blue-purple flowers
H 8-12″ W 8-12″
Qty 3 ‘Floristan White’ Gayfeather
Multiple wands of creamy-white flowers open from top to bottom
H 24-36″ W 18-24″
Qty 3 ‘Virgin’ Coneflower
Large, pure white flowers with green cones
H 18-24″ W 12-18″
Qty 6 ‘New Vintage White’ Yarrow
Pure white flower clusters over compact ferny foliage
H 8-12″ W 8-12″
Complete Moon Garden Kit ~ $350.00
For individual plant groupings, please call us @ 515.996.8888
A Cardinal Drink on the 4th of July
Makes one drink Need: Light bodied red wine, lightly chilled Ice 1 Tablespoon crème de cassis Blueberries (for holiday color) Slice of lime or sprig of crushed basil Pour the red wine over ice and blueberries. Top with the crème de cassis. Garnish with a slice of lime or sprig of crushed basil. Enjoy!
Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Viette’s Little Suzy’
1 gallon size
Celebrate the Summer Solstice by adding perennial sunshine to your landscape! This compact and free-flowering Black Eyed Susan, Viette’s Little Suzy, produces an abundance of golden-yellow, dark eyed daisies from summer through fall. It is an easy choice for the front of the garden as well as in containers. The blooms attract pollinators and seed heads provide food for songbirds in winter.
Height: 12 – 18″; Width: 18 – 24″. Prefers full sun to partial shade and moist, well drained soil.
Strawberry Shortcake Fool
For this cross between a tart, a trifle and a fool, the baked pastry is broken into shards and layered with the whipped cream and the strawberries in coupes. Extra pastry can be frozen in individual balls for later use or rolled out to make cookies. Serves Two Pate Sablee ~ 1 c unsalted butter 3/4 c confectioners' sugar 2 egg yolks 1 drop vanilla extract 2 c flour a little salt Allow butter to soften in large bowl. Work in the sugar then stir in yolks and vanilla. Add a little salt. Gradually add flour until you have a ball of pastry. Divide in quarters, wrap in parchment paper. Refrigerate the amount you are using for one hour. Freeze the rest. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out pastry on lightly floured surface until it is about 1/16" thick. Press out several 3" discs with a pastry cutter. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake until the pastry is golden, about 8 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Strawberries ~ Rinse, hull and gently dry 1 cup strawberries. Mash 1/2 the berries with 1 tablespoon of sugar and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Cut the rest of berries in half and add them to the sauce. Chill for an hour or two. Whipped Cream ~ Whip 2/3 cup whipping cream with 2 teaspoons of superfine sugar. Just before serving, break 3 of the pastry cookies gently into large-ish pieces. In coupes, layer the cookies with the whipped cream and strawberries. Serve at once.
Chopped chives are a mandatory garnish for this
6 to 8 leeks
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 Medium potatoes, peeled, sliced thin
4 Cups hot vegetable or chicken broth
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
2/3 Cup cream
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Prepare the leeks by cutting the tops off
where they begin to turn green. Slit each
down the middle from the cut end to just
above the root end. Wash in cold water,
rinse and dry. Slice the leeks crosswise
In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium
heat. Add the sliced leeks. Cover and let
the leeks sweat over gentle heat for 5 minutes.
Uncover and cook 5 minutes longer until the
leeks are softened. Add the potato slices and
stock. Bring to a simmer. Cook until the
potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Add salt
and pepper as needed. Cool the soup a little
then blend in batches until very fine. Strain
into a deep bowl. Add the cream, stir very
well and add the lemon juice.
Chill to serve cold or re-heat to serve hot.
Top with freshly chopped chives.