December 30, 2017
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Specimen Trees

Specimen Trees Specimen Trees At Johnson’s Nursery, we describe specimen trees as large trees or evergreens that have been transplanted to grow on to a larger size because they display outstanding characteristics like phenomenal color, shape, or branching. A large shade tree brings instant maturity and gratification to the landscape, […]
December 29, 2017
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Why I Enjoy Living in Zone 5

Why I Enjoy Living in Zone 5 no-repeat;left top;;auto0px InvasivesSoutheast Wisconsin resides in Zone 5, with the northern portion in zone 5a and the southern in zone 5b. This measurement is a standard developed by the USDA that plant growers can determine which plants are likely to thrive and survive […]
December 29, 2017
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Top 10 New Plants in 2020

Top 10 New Plants in 2020 Top 10 New Plants in 2020 Another season in your landscape is on the horizon and now is a great time to preview some of the new plants we’re releasing in 2020. Wisconsin’s local propagators are making waves in landscape plant propagation – woody […]
December 29, 2017
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How to Prune Hydrangeas

How to Prune Your Hydrangeas How to Prune Your Hydrangeas How to prune your hydrangeas generally depends on which of the four groups it falls in: Smooth, Panicle, Bigleaf, and Oakleaf. We cover other pruning methods in Pruning & Your Plants; however, this specific article aims to help you identify […]
December 29, 2017
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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
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Cleft Grafting Apple Trees

Content 1 Cleft Grafting Apple Trees Do you want to grow numerous varieties of apples all on one tree? Wish you could grow apples, but your yard is too small, and you only have room for one tree (growing apples requires 2 different varieties in order to set fruit)? Or […]
December 29, 2017

Ginkgo Trees

Ginkgo Trees, Ginkgo biloba, also known as Maidenhair Trees, are a staple in any Asian or zen garden and landscape. Although very slow growing, they mature into large shade trees. You may be familiar with Ginkgo trees because of their fan-shape leaves that turn a vibrant yellow in fall as […]
December 29, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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2018 Color of the Year

2018 Color of the Year – Ultra Violet 2018 Color of the Year – Ultra Violet The
November 13, 2017
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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 […]