Knowledgebase

Search Johnson's Nursery plants or plant matters.

Knowledgebase

Search Johnson's Nursery plants or plant matters.

December 31, 2017
water plants watering plants ftimg

Water Your Plants

Water Your Plants Water Your Plants Don’t forget to water your plants! Proper watering of a newly installed plant is critical to its establishment and future growth. Though watering may seem like a simple task, proper watering is a complex subject that does not easily offer a one-size-fits-all guideline for […]
December 31, 2017
wisconsin-native-plant-guide

Wisconsin Native Plant Guide

** While browsing the Wisconsin Native Plant Guide, double click on the page to zoom in/out. ** *Hardcopies are available for purchase in-store. Wisconsin Native Plants The use of native plants in the landscape is more than a trend. It is an awakening to the need to preserve our native […]
December 31, 2017
planting trees johnsons nursery ftimg

Planting Trees, Evergreens & Shrubs

Planting Trees, Evergreens & Shrubs Properly planting trees is one of the best investments you can make for your landscape. When done properly, your plants will flourish. Your hard work labor will be forgotten and replaced with an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction. The suggestions below are collected from our professional […]
December 31, 2017
plant-reference-guide

Plant Reference Guide

Plant Reference Guide **While browsing the Plant Reference Guide, double click on the page to zoom in/out.** *Hardcopies are available for purchase in-store. Plant Reference Guide The Plant Reference Guide is the hardcopy catalog of commonly grown and stocked plants at Johnson’s Nursery in Menomonee Falls. The guidebook is divided […]
December 31, 2017
pruning your plants haircut heading thinning rejuvenative hedging shearing shrubs evergreens

Pruning & Your Plants

Pruning & Your Plants Pruning & Your Plants There are a few different methods of pruning shrubs and evergreens. Pruning Saw Loppers
December 30, 2017
we plan you plant johnson's nursery gardens landscape design diy ftimg

We Plan-You Plant

WPYP Content We Plan – You Plant Start planning your DIY landscape projects today. Lots of people have the desire to renovate a section of their yard themselves, but may not know the correct plants or proper design aesthetic for certain areas. Allow the experts at Johnson’s Nursery and Johnson’s […]
December 30, 2017
johnsons-nursery-introductions-ftimg

Introductions & Originations

Introductions & Originations Johnson’s Nursery Originals; J.N. Plant Selections Introductions Johnson’s Nursery is proud to have numerous nationally recognized plants that originated in our fields. You may be familiar with trees and shrubs touting the cultivar names of ‘J.N. Select’, ‘J.N. Upright’, or ‘J.N. Select A’. These are plants that […]
December 30, 2017
container grown trees ftimg

Container Grown Trees

Container Grown Trees Container Grown Trees Johnson’s Nursery grows a variety of container trees, adding to the diversity of our growing operations and range of plants available to our wholesale clients. We appreciate the opportunity to serve and provide you with quality nursery stock. Contact your wholesale salesperson for availability […]
December 29, 2017

Native Plant Sale

Native Plant Sale Native Plant Sale June is Wisconsin native plant appreciation month at Johnson’s Nursery. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Wild Ones to offer native plants enthusiasts an opportunity to save big on investing in native plants. During the month of June, all active Wild Ones members […]
December 29, 2017
grow agreements ftimg

Grow Agreements

Grow Agreements Grow Agreements Simplify Logistics Why A Grow Agreement? If you’ve ever been excited about a big project only to discover your initial vision and goals were diluted because your preferred plant material was not available in the quantities or sizes you wanted. If you’ve ever had to answer […]
December 29, 2017
cedar apple rust gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae ftimg

Preventing Cedar Apple Rust

Preventing Cedar Apple Rust Preventing Cedar Apple Rust Cedar-apple rust is an interesting and complex disease involving alternating hosts to complete its lifecycle. This disease is caused by the fungus (Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae). Now that is a mouthful to pronounce and something great to discuss with guests while at a party […]
December 29, 2017
chickens eat japanese beetles ftimg

Chickens & Japanese Beetles

Chickens & Japanese Beetles Chickens & Japanese Beetles This is Effie. Effie is a chicken. She belongs to a boy named Ethan, whose mom works at Johnson’s Nursery, and they often shares Effie’s eggs with the staff. But besides laying delicious, organic, protein-rich eggs, Effie and her friends provide another […]
December 29, 2017
monarda fistulosa wild bergamot dufourea monardae ftimg

Leaf Lore: Wild Bergamot

Leaf Lore: Yarrow Leaf Lore: Wild Bergamot June through August, Wild Bergamot (aka Wisconsin’s native bee balm) is covered with lavender-pink flowers that attract butterflies and bees alike. One bee in particular, is very fond of this minty plant, Dufourea monardae. The Dufourea monardae prefers the nectar of our native […]
December 29, 2017
yarrow lore achillea greek achilles herbal garrw tea guide ftimg

Leaf Lore: Yarrow

Leaf Lore: Yarrow Leaf Lore: Yarrow The 1986 edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac featured the article “How to Find the Perfect Mate”. They listed several superstitious acts to perform if you want your true love to appear, beginning the list with “Pluck a stalk of yarrow and stick it […]
December 29, 2017
plant size investment mature plants height big trees specimen thuja occidenalis pyramidalis ftimg

Plant Size & Investments

Plant Size & Investments Plant Size & Investments There is an old grower’s adage about plant size — “If it’s not growing, it’s dead”. Aware of this truism, Johnson’s Nursery provides a range of mature heights and spreads for shrubs, trees, and evergreens. A plant’s mature size and how well […]
December 29, 2017
spring post mortem 2018 ftimg

Spring Post-Mortem 2018

Spring Post-Mortem Spring Post-Mortem 2018 What a journey it has been to warm spring days. No “April showers bring May flowers” for us this year. Instead we experienced late April blizzards that brought cold and rain in May. So. Much. Rain. Then suddenly, the clouds cleared. Heat, humidity, and mosquitoes […]
December 29, 2017
2018 spring training johnson's nursery menomonee falls wisconsin ftimg

2018 Spring Training Plants

2018 Spring Training 2018 Spring Training While the Milwaukee Brewers are practicing and building their team, so are we here at Johnson’s Nursery. Our team of plants is made up of veterans and rookies. Some of the all-star veterans of our team include our J.N Strain Musclewood, oaks of all […]
December 29, 2017
2018 fruit list johnson's nursery menomonee falls grower grow fruits orchard apple tree pear peach plum currant cherry ftimg

2018 Fruit Tree List

2018 Fruit Tree List 2018 Fruit Tree List The 2018 fruit tree list at Johnson’s Nursery includes an assortment of traditional favorite apple trees, cherry trees, peach trees, pear trees, plum trees, and currant shrubs. Also returning are two of the very popular Urban Apple® columnar apple trees for patio […]
December 29, 2017
garden goals johnson's nursery menomonee falls landscaping ftimg

Garden Goals

Garden Goals Months of monochrome landscape dormancy caused by low light and cold will soon give way to swelling buds, warming winds, muddy boots, greening grass, and ever-increasing birdsong. Oh, the anticipation! What will my garden be like this year? What to grow? What to change? What should remain? The […]
December 29, 2017
2018 color of the year pantone institute ftimg1

2018 Color of the Year

2018 Color of the Year – Ultra Violet 2018 Color of the Year – Ultra Violet The
November 13, 2017
red maple acer rubrum freeman maple crimson king maple royal red maple

What’s A Red Maple, Anyway?

What’s A Red Maple, Anyway? I am often asked if we carry Red Maples at Johnson’s Nursery. My reply is, what do you mean by “red maple”? In this article I break down what is and isn’t a red maple, and why it matters to you. Red Maple The true […]
November 13, 2017
wisconsin natives native categories johnson's nursery ftimg

Wisconsin Natives

Wisconsin Natives At Johnson’s Nursery, we love our native plants. They fill unique roles in our landscapes, are adapted to our soils and climate, and have co-evolved with our other Wisconsin native species to create the mosaic of diversity that is Wisconsin. In addition to their special use by wildlife, […]
November 13, 2017
urban approved johnson's nursery wisconsin plants quercus schuettei hybrid swamp white bur oak ftimg

Urban Approved

Urban Approved Featured Image: Quercus x schuettei, Hybrid Swamp x Bur Oak The goal of the Urban Approved standard is to be the starting point when selecting plants for difficult sites in built-up areas. Decisions regarding the Urban Approved title are made conservatively, and we will not grant the title […]
October 26, 2017
fall-harvest

Fall Harvest

Fall Harvest Fall harvest at Johnson’s Nursery, and autumn in Wisconsin, is a special time. Roadsides are painted in orange, red, and yellow. The air smells crisp and it’s time to get out the sweaters. The cooler temperatures invite most people to slow down from our busy summer schedules in […]
October 16, 2017
seasonal needle drop ftimg

Seasonal Needle Drop

Seasonal Needle Drop The cooler temperatures of autumn are approaching and while humans are putting on extra layers of clothes, evergreens are shedding their old needles. This annual occurrence is called “Seasonal Needle Drop” and is completely normal. Think of it like people shedding their hairs. So don’t panic when […]
October 14, 2017
johnsons-nursery-recycling-recycle-ftimg

Landscape Container Recycling

Landscape Plastics Recycling Drop off your used or discarded landscape plastic containers at Johnson’s Nursery, anytime during business hours. Plastics from the nursery industry are coded 2, 5 or 6. Before You Arrive: Separate according to plastic type (#2, #5, #6) regardless of size, style or color. Remove all loose […]
October 11, 2017
native junipers mike ftimg

Native Junipers You Should Know

Native Junipers You Should Know Juniperus virginiana and Juniperus communis – we have a boatload of these plants and they are really nice! I remember growing Juniperus virginiana and Juniperus communis years ago and they didn’t look as good as they do today. The bottom needles would turn brown and […]
October 10, 2017

Urban Trees: Narrow Space Savers

Urban Trees: Narrow Space Savers | Small – UNDER 15’ TALL Urban Trees: Narrow Space Savers A common theme we see in landscapes today are small spaces in need of vertical accents and urban trees. Whether you have a limiting lot size or an existing bed with a hole you […]
October 9, 2017
perennial mums chrystanthemum mammoth ftimg

Perennial Mums vs. Annual Mums

Perennial Mums vs. Hardy Mums When the morning temperatures turn chilly and the air smells of dried leaves, I get the overwhelming urge to buy chrysanthemums. The summer annuals on the porch are running out of steam and being threatened by the first frosts anyway. Luckily, garden centers, like Johnson’s […]
October 6, 2017
crabapples for birds mike ftimg

Crabapples for Birds

Crabapples for Birds I’m sure there are some of you out there that are thinking, “Yeah crabapples are for the birds, and not for me. They have disease problems (scab) that knock the leaves off the trees by August and the big, stinking fruit that drops all over the sidewalk […]
October 4, 2017
allelopathy juglans nigra black walnut fruit ftimg

Allelopathy

Allelopathy Competition for light, water, nutrients and space can drive plants to extreme measures. Since they don’t really have the option to act as animals do, like eating one another or running away, they must resort to more subtle techniques. Some plants grow fast, relying on speed to get ahead […]
October 2, 2017

Naughty Natives pt 3: Perennials

Naughty Natives – Part 3: Perennials Naughty Natives – Part 3: Perennials If you remember from Part 1: Trees and Part 2: Shrubs, we’re highlighting Wisconsin native plants that have a bad reputation as “weed plants” or that they are aggressive. Sometimes the aggressive nature, or undesirable traits, can be […]
October 2, 2017
native-pollinators

Native Pollinators

Native Pollinators Did you know the phrase “the bee’s knees” originally described something tiny and insignificant?  Since then it has evolved to mean something outstanding. And in August, I find nothing more outstanding than the sight of native pollinators in the landscape. One of the basics of plant life is […]
September 25, 2017
fungus-among-us-apple-scab-ftimg

Fungus Among Us

Fungus Among Us There is more going on with autumn leaves besides the color changes of yellow, orange, and red – fungus. September is when fungal spotting has reached its peak, causing many of your favorite plants to defoliate or go dormant early. See, in spring, fungal spores are everywhere, […]
August 12, 2017
battling buckthorn ftimg

Battling Buckthorn

Battling Buckthorn Battling Buckthorn Wisconsin gardening comes with many obstacles: rabbits, deer, cold winters, and invasive non-native plant species. In the war against invasive plants, one of the worst enemies is Buckthorn, specifically Rhamnus cathartica (Common Buckthorn) and Rhamnus frangula (Glossy Buckthorn). Many times I’ll be at a customer’s site […]