Plant sale Saturday includes vines for vertical gardening

  • Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 12:50 a.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, May 3, 2013 12:55 a.m.

SALISBURY — On Saturday, from 8 a.m. until noon, browse and learn at the Rowan County Extension Master Gardeners plant sale. You will find plants propagated from those found in the landscapes of historic Salisbury and some newer varieties, as well. The sale is at the Rowan County Extension Office, 2727 Old Concord Road in Salisbury. The sale begins at 8 a.m. There will be a silent auction of gardening and landscape items from 8-11 a.m., and a plant swap beginning at 10 a.m.

Each year, a theme emerges as the plants are assembled for the sale. This year, because of the interest in creating a pollinator garden on the southwest side of the Extension Office building, vines that attract bees, butterflies and other valued pollinators have become important to the Master Gardeners. In the past, vines have been viewed as a nuisance. Today, with the focus being placed on vertical gardening, vines are finding a well-loved place in the garden. To think about a vertical garden in your landscape, think plants that go up, not out. A vertical garden is created with trellises, walls or fences. Once created, the vertical garden becomes a living wall which can be changed each year. At the plant sale you will find Confederate jasmine, coral honeysuckle, cross vine and more. Vertical gardens can give splashes of color, while pulling eyes up to the trees and sky around.

Other plants available include spring flowering shrubs. One of the most diverse varieties available is viburnum. At a recent plant sale, someone was looking for a “snowball” bush for her son’s yard. She said when he was a child, the two of them would have snowball fights with the flower clusters. We have several varieties of fragrant viburnum including Jetti, Mowhawk and Summer Snow. The viburnum produces drupes after flowering, offering a food source for birds. There are also chaste trees or vitex, azaleas, hosta, hellebores, ground covers and many flowering perennials.

To participate in the Plant Swap, bring up to five outdoor plants to swap for five plants from someone else’s landscape. Participation is $1 for the five plants. Plants must be healthy. Forms will be available for you to identify the plants you bring. Extension Master Gardeners will help you with identification if you are not sure. Please be able to tell the color of any blossoms, and whether you have been raising it in sun or shade and wet or dry conditions. Forms will be available at the Extension Office or on the webpage This event will run until all the plants are gone.

A selection of BioMarkers to mark your plants in beds will be for sale at 18 for $25 or $1.50 each. These plant markers are made from recycled products and will withstand long periods outside. If you plant perennials which go dormant during winter, these tags work well to help you remember what plants are in your garden, so that you do not destroy them during spring weeding. Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand to provide information.

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