Announcing my new business name
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Announcing My New Business Name

It has been quite a soul-searching process choosing a new business name. However, I really wanted to get the container gardening business and the landscape design business “under the same roof” and allow for other services I offer including drip irrigation installation and trouble-shooting, fine garden maintenance, and small garden installations.

The Patio Plants Unlimited website is still available. At the moment, Stephanie’s Landscape Design website is down for this reconfiguration. You can still reach me at my same phone number 970-988-3808 and my email messages will automatically forward to me.

Sundrops & Starflowers offers several services to fit your needs:
  • Container Gardening. Your outdoor living space or front entryway is enhanced with pretty, healthy plants in container gardens. My real specialty is a drip irrigation system specially design to water the potted plants on your patio or deck so that you don’t have to drag the hose around every day. I also offer a spring planting service typically planting annual plants and flowers although sometimes including vegetables or succulents.
  • Landscape Design for the Do-It-Yourself Homeowner.  If you are willing to put in some sweat equity, you can have a gorgeous yard without an outrageous bill. However, choosing the wrong plants for the area or improper construction methods can be disastrous. I’ll create a landscape design and plan so you can avoid many common mistakes and frustrations.
  • Drip Irrigation Specialist. In addition to constructing drip irrigation systems for container gardens, I can help you retrofit a new shrub bed, install irrigation for a vegetable garden, or troubleshoot your existing drip irrigation zone.
  • Fine Garden Maintenance. I can tell the difference between a weed and a plant (usually) and have a good knowledge of how to care for the plants. I do not offer lawn mowing services nor tree or large shrub trimming, but I can keep your perennial flower gardens looking lovely!
  • Small Garden Installations. If you have just a small space you need planted, I’d be happy to see if I can fit you in on my calendar.
It is with some sadness that I move away from the Patio Plants Unlimited name and logo as it has served me well for over 10 years! Progress.
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The plants are whispering, and they said...   

Hungry Flowers

Sometimes it would be nice to have a plant tell you, quite clearly, what is troubling it. Unfortunately, plants don't speak English but they frequently use a botanical sign language. Be careful though, their sign language is tricky! A wilted plant may be dry or it may have too much water. If the plants could speak for themselves, here's some things they would like to tell you.
  • Annual plants in container gardens and hanging baskets are getting hungry. Now is a good time to start feeding them with fertilizer. If your irrigation system has a fertilizer unit, add 4 Tbsp. of water soluble fertilizer (such as Miracle Grow) to the canister. Otherwise, you can sprinkle in some fertilizer granules or use blood meal if you'd like to keep it organic.
  • Daylilies are starting to bloom all around town. It is true that each individual flower lasts for only one day (thus the name Daylily) yet the plant continues to send up new flowers for several weeks. Daylilies are embarrassed when there are more spent flowers than new ones; please remove the spent stalks to keep the plants looking nice.
  • Many other perennial flowers have bloomed already and would also like to have their spent flowers removed (particularly Iris). This keeps the garden looking tidy and helps prevent some plants from excessive re-seeding.
  • Lilacs and Mockorange shrubs are ready for their annual pruning. These shrubs, and other early blooming shrubs, should be pruned shortly after flowering. 
  • Turf grass which is the typical Kentucky Blue Grass will need to nap when it's hot. Yellow-brown turf grass in the middle of the growing season doesn't mean it's dead, just resting until the temperatures come back down.
  • Tomato plants are often over-achievers which produce fruit so heavy it will break their own stems. If you haven't already, put a tomato cage or other support system around your tomato plants.
  • Are your plants trying to say something but you don't understand them? Perhaps I can interpret!  Send me an email, call or text me at (970)988-3808 to chat about your plants.
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