Go See: Young's Garden Center

Tom Young is an accountant turned garden virtuoso and founder of our favourite local garden hub Young’s Garden Center. We caught up with the gracious Tom for a guided tour around the nursery and to secure a few expert tips for planting this season.

You’ll stumble on a diverse range of botanical treasures at Young’s including these dainty Lenton Roses (left) and rich succulents (right)—which we adore for their name as much as their style. Deemed “ Hens & Chicks,” these lovely low growing plants have been marked for their parent rosettes and the smaller rosettes that spring from them.

What plantings would we see at your home?
Ironically, nothing too elaborate. I spend most of my time at the shop, so tough, low maintenance trees and shrubs work best for my schedule. I have a rather simple mix of holly and fringe flowers (like Loropetalum shown below) along with a few scattered Crepe Myrtle and Japanese Maple trees.

What do we need to consider when choosing plants for our own home?

The view! How will the garden be viewed? Take a walk around the area to determine how the area will be seen-- from the home, a patio, deck or from the street.

Then determine what plants best suit the area by the amount of daily sun or shade. Also by the amount of maintenance required and if your goal is seasonal colour (perennials) or plantings that return year over year (annuals).

What are the most common mistakes?

Over-planting is very common. It’s best to allocate the recommended space between plants. Also, be sure to consider the mature size of the plant (both width and height) to ensure you keep happy once plants are fully grown. Pruning is an option for containing size, but be sure to trim only to 2/3 of the mature height to keep your shrubs healthy.

When it comes to gardening, what’s hot right now?

The biggest trend in the business right now is Fairy Gardens. Shoppers can’t get enough of these charming open terrariums filled with succulents and tiny plants embellished with miniature ornaments.

Our team had much fun taking creative liberties with these darling minis.

Container gardens are also popular as solutions for small urban spaces or to define and accent porches, patios and landscapes. The key is to mix a variety of colours and textures in your preference of pots.

Seen above Majestic Giants (seasonal flowers), Angelina Sedum (groundcover), Coral Belles (terra cotta foilage), and a small Fastigita tree (at rear).

What’s one thing you’d recommend for everyone?
Toe Ticklers. We have a delightful selection of these token groundcovers to trail along walkways, spill over pots and fill-in just about any spot.

Young’s toe-tickling varieties include Blue Star Creepers, Armeria Rubrifolia, Green-and-Gold, White Nugget Ice Plants, Blue Mazus, Creeping Jenny and much more.

Young’s is a fantastic resource for gardening inspiration and expertise and all that flowers. If you’re in the Carolinas, it’s worth dropping by, or for more information visit them at youngsgardencenter.com.

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2 comments (Add your own)

1. bengas wrote:

Tue, June 19, 2012 @ 1:49 AM

2. Pooja wrote:
I have been keeping Bettas for over 10 years and I dieragse with what you have encouraged people to do here. Bettas need a temp of 78 degrees. Room temp is not warm enough unless you keep your room at 78 degrees How do you intend on keeping that temp in this set up? Bowls for Bettas are not only a bad idea because of their stagnant water and small size but also because they cannot be heated properly. Its a pretty vase and plant but I totally dieragse with keeping a Betta in it.

Tue, June 19, 2012 @ 3:36 AM

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