Discover the Fun of Gardening

October 18, 2012   

Fall inspiration is on display at Kerby's.

Finally the weather forecast has some cooler mornings in store for us and some afternoons that are warm, instead of hot. Are you taking advantage of Fall in Florida? It is the perfect time to get your landscape refreshed after summer. New fall plants are filling up the displays at Kerby's to get you inspired for the Fall season. If you need a little extra pizzazz for your fall decorations, Kerby's has some beautiful pumpkins in stock now. This past week, Abby, Nathan and Tally were checking all of them out and picking out this year's jack-o-lantern. Pumpkins and beautiful flowers . . . it's easy to decorate your landscape for fall.

The future owners of Kerby's
have a board meeting in the pumpkins.

This Saturday at 10am, Kerby's is holding a workshop on growing camellias. Camellias are a beautiful landscape plant and many of the plants for sale (3 Gallon pots, just $29.99) are staring to set buds now. Read below, or come out Saturday to see how easy it is to grow one of these beautiful flowers.  

Happy Gardening,
Kim, Joey and Mark

In This Issue
Featured Plant


Upcoming Events
Workshop: Sat. Oct 20th at 10am on Growing Camellias

Fall Bulbs are In
Amaryllis and Paperwhites

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Adagio Grass
$12.99 10" Pot
 Featured Plant
Adagio Grass
Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'
Nothing says fall like the beautiful plumes of ornamental grasses. The adagio grass is a beautiful specimen, growing three to five feet tall and thriving in full sun. Ornamental grasses are drought tolerant and low maintenance. Other Kerby's favorites include red fountain grass and pink muhly grass.

Camellias: A Southern Classic

For nearly 200 years, camellias have been a fixture in southern gardens. As landscape centerpieces or foundation plantings, they pull a garden together and their blooms bring a bit of cheer during the winter, when their color is warmly received.

Varieties:Camellias come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. From formal pinks to loose, ruffled reds, there is a look and a style for everyone. There are also two main varieties of camellias: sasanquas and japonicas. The sasanqua varieties tend to bloom from late fall to early winter and are usually compact, arching bushes. Some of our favorite sasanquas are  Cotton Candy (a beautiful semi-double pink) and Stephanie Golden (a light pink single). The japonica varieties bloom in winter and early spring, and include many shapes and sizes, including Pink Perfection, a perfectly formed, formal double flower! If you have room for more than one camellia, try planting multiple varieties that bloom at different times for color from October to May.

Plant Characteristics: Camellias are slow growing, eventually reaching six to eight feet tall and four to six feet wide. They need very little pruning, but make sure they have room to grow to their full potential. If pruning is needed, do it in early fall before blooms start to set.

Location: Camellias thrive best in part shade, and in an area that has good air circulation. Four hours of morning sun is ideal. Avoid too much afternoon sun, which is intense and hot, and can cause the leaves to burn.

Soil: Camellias love a rich, well-drained acidic soil such as Kerby's Pulverized Pine Soil. The more soil you can turn into the planting hole and surrounding area, the better your camellias will grow. Camellias do not like wet soil, so make sure that the area drains well, even after heavy rains.

Planting: The ideal time to plant camellias is during the winter months, so that their roots can become established before summertime. It's also the time that many are blooming, so you'll get to enjoy some beautiful winter and spring color. For more planting and watering instructions, see Caring for New Plants.

Upcoming Events



Camellias: A Southern Tradition
Saturday, October 20th at 10am

Camellias are a classic flower of the south. Their color lights up shade gardens when they are in bloom. Camellias start blooming in the fall and continue (depending on the variety) until spring. Come out and learn all about planting and caring for camellias. 





Growing Fresh Herbs
Saturday, November 3rd at 10am

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. That means, it's the perfect time to add a little kick to all of your recipes with fresh herbs straight from your own garden. Whether you are looking to start an herb garden or just want some tips on keeping an existing garden growing, this workshop is for you.   




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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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Sunday,  11:00am - 4:00pm