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Search Johnson's Nursery plants or plant matters.

December 31, 2017
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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
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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 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
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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 […]
November 13, 2017
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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, […]
October 11, 2017
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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 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
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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 […]
July 13, 2017
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Crazy Common Caterpillars

Crazy Common Caterpillars My son, Jack, loves books. He is almost one year old and loves to grab them, throw them, chew on them. He also adores books being read aloud to him. The other night I was reading him “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle and it occurred […]
June 17, 2017
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Naughty Natives pt 2: Shrubs

Naughty Natives – Part 2: Shrubs Naughty Natives – Part 2: Shrubs If you missed Part 1 of the “Naughty Natives” series, we highlighted trees. And here in Part 2, we’re discussing shrubs. This “Naught Native” series aims to highlight the Wisconsin native plants that have a bad reputation as […]
June 11, 2017
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Choosing Natives

Choosing Natives You may ask yourself, what is a native plant? Well, simply said (or not so simply) a native plant is one that has occurred naturally, without human help, in a particular place since before European settlements. These plants have existed and evolved over thousands of years in a […]
May 7, 2017
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Summer Bird Gardening

Summer Bird Gardening Your favorite bird or flock of birds are returning from their annual migrations and Mother Nature is providing a welcome home feast for them. Learn how to invite them to the yard and create a “birdscape”! You can still have feeders with seeds, nuts, and fruit to […]
May 2, 2017
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Nativars In Landscaping

What is a nativar? In the last few months I have had numerous people ask me what I thought about nativars and their appropriateness for native landscaping. Here are my thoughts. Allan Armitage, a horticulture professor at the University of Georgia, likely created the term nativar to mean a cultivar […]
April 1, 2017
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Naughty Natives pt 1: Trees

Naughty Natives – Part 1: Trees Naughty Natives – Part 1: Trees Explaining why native plants are great could fill an entire library, trust me. However, sometimes people think that because a plant is native that must mean it is perfect, and all native plants are well-behaved and interact nicely […]
February 20, 2017
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Wisconsin’s Native Oaks

No group of trees symbolize strength and longevity more than Wisconsin’s native oaks. They has been revered by people all over the world for thousands of years. The Druids would not meet for ritual without having an oak tree present. The masts of the sailing ships that brought the pilgrims from […]
February 20, 2017
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Wisconsin’s Native Oaks – Red Oaks

Red Oak Group Red Oaks Northern Pin Oak, Hill’s Oak, or Scrub Oak Quercus ellipsoidalis 60’ tall by 45’ wide Northern Pin Oak or Scrub Oak as it is often called in the sand country of Central Wisconsin is a really tough, small scale species in the Red Oak group […]
February 20, 2017
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Wisconsin’s Native Oaks – White Oaks

White Oaks White Oaks White Oak Quercus alba 50-80’ tall by 50-80’ wide White Oak, along with Red Oak, is perhaps the most important Oak species in our Southern Wisconsin forests. The White Oak is common in our pre-settlement woodlands and can be easily distinguished from other oaks by its […]
February 20, 2017
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Wisconsin’s Native Oaks – Pests

Native Oak Pests & Diseases Two-lined Chestnut borer “The most important insect cause of oak mortality is the two-lined chestnut borer (Agrilus bilineatus).” This statement by Phil Pellitteri, a former professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is one all who plant native oaks in Wisconsin should be aware of. These […]
January 4, 2017
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Getting Wild

Getting Wild Getting wild with native plants gains popularity as each year passes. I remember when I first started working at the nursery in 1980. Native Oaks were hard to come by. Few nurseries carried them. Musclewood was a cool little plant that grew down in the woods at the […]
September 14, 2016
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Planting Container Trees in Fall

Planting Container Trees in Fall Planting Container Trees in Fall How timing and plant selection can decrease stress on plant and person alike. Fall is a great time for planting trees. It’s a total win-win. Trees don’t like to be moved, it stresses them out. Planting container trees in fall […]
June 8, 2016
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Gnarly Natives

Gnarly Natives Gnarly: “difficult, dangerous or challenging.” Slang: difficult, hairy, bad, nasty, cool, good. I don’t even really know what that word means, how can something be good and bad all at once? All I can imagine is surfing…some guy saying “Gnarly!” when a big bad wave comes along and […]
April 20, 2015
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Homegrown—It’s Good Stuff

Homegrown—It’s Good Stuff!!! Back in the 70’s, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, when my hair was halfway down my back, when Robin Yount was truly ‘the kid’, when Pink Floyd was on tour, and when a “google” was a drunk giggle,– ‘homegrown’ had a different meaning for some of us […]
February 7, 2014
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Tree Cycles

Tree Cycles at Johnson’s Nursery The Stages of Production of Seedling B&B Trees Remember way back when, before you even had training wheels, when you had a tricycle. I do. I still have mine! In this Plant Talk, I’m going to talk about another kind of cycle–a tree cycle, that […]
October 30, 2012
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A Tree For Me, Hickory

A Tree For Me, Hickory If I were to be so fortunate as to someday be interviewed by Barbara Walters, I would be ready to answer her famous question, “If you could be a twee, what kind of twee would you want to be?” (“twee”, meaning “tree” in Barbara Walter-eese). […]