Fall Annuals Are Here!

With the summer coming to a close, we yearn for warm colors and rich textures around the home. Refresh your outdoors too! Update your annual beds, container gardens or window boxes with the palette of autumn. Choose from a great selection of cold-tolerant mums, cabbage, kale, grasses and premium annuals to take you through the fall season.

Now in: Perennial Hibiscus

Even if you’ve never gardened before, you’ve probably heard the name Hibiscus. It’s the iconic flower of the tropics with its image splashed across Hawaiian print shirts and beach blankets everywhere. What many people don’t realize is that the name Hibiscus is used to describe many different kinds of flowers, some of which thrive in heat of the south and others which are hardy all the way north to Minnesota. Some types are grown as houseplants, while others are hardy perennials or shrubs. In this article, let’s look at perennial Hibiscus, commonly known as Rose Mallow. Look out for varieties in our stores throughout the season like:

Proven Winners Ballet Slippers
Proven Winners Berry Awesome
Brandy Punch
Cherry Coco Latte
Cinnamon Grappa
Proven Winners Cranberry Crush
Dark Mystery
Proven Winners Evening Rose
Proven Winners Holy Grail
Luna Red
Midnight Marvel
Peppermint Schnapps
Proven Winners Perfect Storm
Pinot Grigio
Proven Winners Starry Night
Summer Carnival
Summer in Paradise
*Please note supplies and selection will vary at each location

 

Water, water and more water
The most important thing rose mallow needs to survive is water, and lots of it. Some of the native species can actually grow IN water. Plant yours in a spot that can easily be watered on a regular basis. Whether your soil consists of clay, sand or something in between, do not let this plant wilt and dry out. You’ll know it is not getting enough water if it becomes scraggly looking and drops its lower leaves and flower buds.

Give me some elbow room
Rose mallow is a large perennial that takes up a lot of room. Even varieties that are considered “dwarf” grow at least three feet tall and wide, with standard-sized rose mallow growing 4-6 feet tall and wide. Find a place in your landscape where it will not be crowded by other plants, because it will quickly outcompete your other perennials for space.

Bring on the sun
The best place to plant a rose mallow is somewhere the sun shines all day long. It loves hot, humid, sunny weather and shows its best colors in full sun. You’ll have more flowers too. If your only option is a spot in part shade, rose mallow will grow there but fewer flowers will be produced and varieties with purple foliage will appear more green.

Video Look: What’s In Store June 12, 2020

We’re entering summer mode here at Mahoney’s! Our greenhouses are replenished with lush, foliage houseplants and beautiful annual color. Our perennial yards are in bloom with summer favorites and every store has a fantastic American Beauties Native Plants display so you can shop pollinator-friendly varieties! We’ve just received a shipment of summer-blooming Volcano Phlox, and fresh trees + shrubs for the weekend!

What’s New: Foliage Houseplants

We’ve refreshed our foliage houseplant inventory for the summer! Stop in to see all that’s new in our stores to spruce up your interiors. Each week we’re loading up with tabletop and floor sizes, plus unique and fun hanging baskets! Please note, supplies and selection will vary at each Mahoney’s location.

Video Look: What’s In Store June 6, 2020

June is here and it feels like summer! We’ve received fresh flowering mandevilla and hibiscus to make your patio feel like a tropical oasis! Pair with our beautiful ceramic glazed pottery! Hydrangeas are in bud and bloom, perennials are arriving weekly and our roses look fantastic! Stop in to see all that’s new!

Uncle Mike’s Herbs & Veggies Arriving Weekly!

Our stores are loading up with our very own, locally-grown edibles! Grown in our Woburn, MA greenhouses, our Uncle Mike’s line of herbs, veggies and strawberries are made up of the best performing varieties for New England gardens. Stop in to see cool weather crops, tasty herbs and even a few warm – weather crops like tomatoes! New plants arriving weekly!

Now In: Summer Flowering Bulbs

PLANT NOW FOR SUMMER ENJOYMENT

Summer is arguably the most satisfying time of year for the gardener. Gone are the worries of an impending frost. Departed are spring’s gray skies and torrential downpours. Sunshine is plentiful, the soil is warm and everything wants to grow, grow, grow! And, this year, more than ever, bulbs are sure to be the shining star of the summer garden.

Typically, when bulbs are mentioned, many conjure up visions of spring blooming types like tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. There is, however, an amazing list of summer bloomers that provide an unmatched range of color, form and texture in the landscape, right at the height of the growing season. These beauties bloom all summer long and into the warmth of early autumn.

Most summer flowering bulbs (rhizomes, tubers, corms) are spring planted, after the last frost in our New England climate. There are a couple exceptions like Alliums, which are planted in the fall, and Hybrid Lilies, planted in either the fall or spring. Also, many but not all, summer bulbs are tender. Tender bulbs should either be dug immediately before or after the first frost and stored for the winter, or you may simply replace the following year. With a number of these bulbs being so affordable, they lend themselves to be purchased and planted anew each season.
Here are some of our favorites:
BEGONIAS Tuberous begonias add color to the shadier areas of the garden. Available in both cascading and upright forms, these beauties look fantastic in hanging baskets and in just about any type of container. Make certain, however, that your container is well drained. Begonias like their soil moist but not wet. It can take up to three months for tuberous begonias to bloom after planting.

CALADIUM Another shade loving plant, Caladium is grown primarily for its colorful foliage. Caladiums make a bright, unique and stunning addition to darker sections of the garden with their mottled, heart shaped leaves in green, pink, red and white.

DAHLIAS What can we say about Dahlias? Dahlias are the superstar of the summer garden and they never fail to steal the show. Available in oh-so-many sizes, bloom types and colors, the choice is nearly limitless. If we could grow just one type of summer flowering bulb, it would be Dahlia. Plant tubers in warm soil after all danger of frost has passed. Shorter varieties may be grown in pots. These brilliant beauties will bloom their magnificent heads off until hit with a heavy frost after which the tubers are dug and stored for the winter. Dahlias are, by far, the most diversified and colorful cut flower for summer bouquets. Check out the Dinner Plate series— with GIANT blooms that are sure to impress!

LILIES Hybrid Lilies are winter hardy and may be planted in the spring too. Some are highly fragrant and all varieties make excellent cut flowers!