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Local nursery owners talk plant popularity, trends
by Adam Elrod
aelrod@neighbornewspapers.com
June 26, 2013 09:15 AM | 1437 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sam Elrod, owner of Elrod’s Garden Center, stands among the colorful blooms of the flowers of his nursery.
Sam Elrod, owner of Elrod’s Garden Center, stands among the colorful blooms of the flowers of his nursery.
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Carrying flowers down his garden path, Elrod’s Garden Center owner Sam Elrod brings handfuls of flowers to the front of his store in Dallas.
Carrying flowers down his garden path, Elrod’s Garden Center owner Sam Elrod brings handfuls of flowers to the front of his store in Dallas.
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One of many colorful flowers offered at Elrod's Garden Center.
One of many colorful flowers offered at Elrod's Garden Center.
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From left, Taylor Jackson and Jordan Barnes place hanging basket and annuals in a customer’s car at Lost Mountain Nursery.
From left, Taylor Jackson and Jordan Barnes place hanging basket and annuals in a customer’s car at Lost Mountain Nursery.
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Jordan Barnes prunes hydrangeas at Lost Mountain Nursery.
Jordan Barnes prunes hydrangeas at Lost Mountain Nursery.
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June 21 was the first day of summer, and some area nursery owners spoke about the trends and popular plants they are seeing as the season unfolded last week.

Elrod’s Garden Center and Lost Mountain Nursery are two places in Dallas residents can go to get different items for their lawn or gardens.

August will be Elrod’s 25th year in Paulding. The store on Merchants Drive features flowers, shrubs, trees, fertilizers, seeds, chemicals and more.

During the summer months the plants that do best are butterfly bushes, roses and crape myrtle, said owner Sam Elrod.

“They love the heat,” he said.

The milder weather and comparatively heavy amount of rain the area has received in recent weeks has given other plants a longer planting growing season, which is normally in the spring.

“Most of your plants can handle this [weather] no problem,” Elrod said.

The rule of thumb for residents to remember is the easiest way to kill a plant is to overwater it, he said.

“Up to now there hasn’t been a need to water,” Elrod said.

The exception is plants in pots and planters still need to be watered.

He said a trend he has seen is naturally-grown foods. Customers want plants which have had no chemicals used to enhance them, he said.

An unusual item they have sold is bees. Elrod even decided to host a beekeeping school, which they plan to offer twice a year.

Lost Mountain Nursery on Poplar Springs Road has been in business for 27 years, and features residential landscaping items including flowers, exotic grasses and lawn ornaments. They also do landscape design and installation, said owner Teena Barnes.

She said she has also seen a trend in growing edible plants as well.

“We do a lot with herbs,” said Barnes. “They have a use.”

Also they have customers come to them for redoing yards with smaller plants, about three feet by three feet.

“People are looking for low maintenance,” she said.

The nursery’s top sellers have been flowering bushes, including dwarf gardenia, dwarf loropetalum bushes and abelia kaleidoscope. Drift roses also have been popular because they stay small and last through the summer months.

“We try and guide people to what is easy to plant in the summer,” Barnes said.
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