Discover the Fun of Gardening

March 1, 2012   

K is for Kerby's created with African Daisies, Kalanchoe and Mystic Spires Salvia

It's the time of year where every Seffner, Brandon and Valrico gardener anxiously watches the weather report. Will it get cold again? It looks like we are in the clear. The strawberry festival opens today and while urban legend says it always gets cold during the strawberry festival, the forecast only shows a drop to comfortable temperatures for the weekend, so don't be afraid . . . get planting. It is also time to start pruning the shrubs in your landscape to get them ready for a spring flush of growth. This Saturday, come out to Kerby's for the Cold Hardy Landscaping workshop. We'll highlight plants that can take the cold (and our summer heat) and that will make your landscape low-maintenance. Plus thousands of colorful plants have arrived and are just waiting to make your gardens beautiful.   

Plant veggies now and you'll be harvesting in no time.
Plenty of new veggies arrived this week, including warm-season favorites okra, eggplant, cantaloupe and watermelon. There is no reason to wait any longer, it's time to get your veggie gardens planted. If you have compact or limited space, think about trying an Earthbox. Veggies are easy to take care of in an Earthbox and produce amazing harvests. We've heard stories of 8 foot tall tomato plants . . . that's a lot of tomatoes! Earthbox kits in green or terracotta are now just $59.99. 


Happy Gardening,
Kim, Joey and Mark

In This Issue

Cold Hardy Landscaping

Upcoming Events

Vegetables are in
4" Pots or 4-packs


New Shipment of
Beautiful Roses
Double Delight, Don Juan & More
3 Gallon - $29.99


Beautiful Knockout Roses
10" Pot - $19.99


Cold Hardy Landscaping

How do you create a colorful landscape without using plants that are tropical? It's easy! Check out the hardy plants below that we've discovered. You'll find that with a little creativity, you can turn your yard into a colorful paradise, without even having to cover it in the winter. Don't miss this weekend's workshop  on all of these cool plants, and check out the We Plan, You Plant service for anyone that wants a little design help with their garden.

Loropetalum - always makes the favorites list, and this season, you'll find new varieties in different sizes and colors, including the Ever Red Sunset with beautiful red flowers, Emerald Snow, a white-flowering, tall growing variety, and the tried and true Plum Delight, which maintains nice color and a compact size. This plant is heat and drought tolerant and cold-hardy for this area. It should be your first choice for sunny areas.

Color - Who says flowering plants can't be cold hardy. Gaillardia or blanket flower(pictured) is one bright flower that survived well in our gardens through the winter and summer. Dianthus, bulbine, lily of the nile, and african daisy are also great plants for adding delightful, hardy color.     

The Knockout Rose - A tried and true rose for our area, with great disease resistance. It is also drought tolerant and cold hardy. It makes a beautiful, bright landscape centerpiece with deep pink blooms covering the shrub almost all year long. It is easily maintained at 3' x 3'. 

Palms - Nothing says tropical like a stately palm tree, but many of the popular varieties have not done well in recent years because they are not tolerant of frost and freeze. That doesn't mean palms are out! There are some great palms that are making a comeback because they are low maintenance and cold hardy. For a large space, try queen, pindo, windmill or Chinese fan palm. For a small space or pool area, try a European fan or the extremely hardy silver saw palmetto. A little cold can't scare tropical away.

This list doesn't come close to mentioning all of the cool new hardy plants that have arrived at the nursery. Come on out and let us show how strong and beautiful your garden can be.


Upcoming Events

Kerby's has lots of fun planned for the garden in 2012, including workshop favorites on vegetables, herbs and roses, as well as some new workshops on bulbs and trees. There has never been a better time to Discover the Fun of Gardening.


Workshop: Cold Hardy Landscaping
Saturday, March 3rd at 10:00 am

Tough plants for Florida Gardens are the feature in this workshop. You'll see some amazing plants that are great at taking whatever mother nature throws at them. We'll also teach you some tricks for creating a beautiful landscape. Featuring our We Plan You Plant service, for anyone wanting a jumpstart on a gorgeous landscape.



Spring Fling
Saturday, March 10 10am - 4pm

Bring on the color! You won't be able to resist all the amazing flowers we've found for this year. Come out on Saturday and enjoy some fresh-popped popcorn and lemonade and take a stroll around the boardwalk to see all of this season's new arrivals.  There will also be a fun activity for the kids!


Workshop: Planting and Caring for Trees
Saturday, March 17th at 10:00 am

Do you want a wonderful shade canopy that adds value to your house? Or a spring-flowering tree that lights up your landscape? Then you need a tree! This workshop will teach you all about planting and caring for new trees and give you all the tricks we use to make sure a tree gets off to a good start. We'll also talk about caring for trees as they grow to maximize growth and beauty.





Workshop: Growing Delicious Herbs
Saturday, March 24 at 10am

We all love food. And we love food even more when it's cooked with tasty herbs.  Growing your own herb garden is easy and it is a great way to always have fresh herbs for all of your favorite recipes. Come to this workshop to learn all about growing herbs and what herbs can be used for.





Workshop: Fruit Trees for Small Spaces
Saturday, March 31st at 10:00 am

Juicy and delicious, there is nothing like picking fruit from a tree you've grown and eating it on the spot. But not everyone has a huge yard with room for an orchard. At this fruit tree workshop we'll focus on some new dwarf varieties of fruit trees that are great for your yard, and talk about how to keep trees smaller when space is limited.




3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 7th at 10am SHARP!
Please note the Easter egg hunt is on Saturday

Bring your Easter basket and get ready for a whole lot of fun . . . it's the 3rd annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kerby's. Starting right at 10:00am, be ready to hunt and see how many Easter Eggs you can find hidden among the beautiful flowers.



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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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