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How to tell the difference and when to plant

Are you looking for something to fill your mixed containers and summer window boxes or just need a little extra visual interest in your landscape? Look no further than Oxalis, commonly known as Shamrock Plant, which produces lush foliage mounds of clover like leaves and dainty flowers that add even more beauty to the display. However, Oxalis can sometimes be confused for clover or shamrock. What is the difference between clover, shamrocks, and Oxalis? Which plant is used in the garden and which is a houseplant? Which is considered lucky? We’re here to explain away the mystery. 

  • Clover is the common name for a ground cover plant often found in lawns and fields. It’s a member of the species in the Trifolium genus, with the word Trifolium meaning “having three leaves.” It will thrive in areas that are poorly drained or too shady for a conventional lawn. Clover is not always considered a weed. As a matter of fact, today, it seems clover is returning as an eco-friendlier lawn alternative. Since it is nitrogen fixating, it can supply its own nutrients to poor soil. The most popular is the white clover (Trifolium repens) because it is relatively low growing, tolerates close mowing, and outcompetes weeds.
  • A shamrock is the symbol we associate with St. Patrick’s Day. Traditionally, “shamrock” refers to a three-leaf clover. Why three leaves? According to legend, St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the holy trinity with each leaf representing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The word shamrock itself comes from the Irish word Seamrog meaning ‘little clover’ or ‘young clover’.
  • Oxalis, which are often sold as “shamrocks,” is a genus of plants that are native to most regions of the world, though they’re most numerous in the tropics. The whole plant is photophilic, meaning the leaves and flowers close at night and open wide again in the morning. Oxalis can be grown outdoors in the spring and summer, but they also make for great houseplants all year round. They like bright, indirect light and tend to bloom in fall, winter, or spring.

Now that you know the difference you can add some luck to your landscape and plant low maintenance Oxalis in your garden.

Here’s a few tips and tricks from our experts on caring for your Oxalis:

  • You can grow it both indoors and outdoors! Makes a great landscape plant or houseplant.
  • Let it dry out completely between watering.
  • It will go dormant for a few weeks at a time and may look dead. Stop watering for a few weeks and begin again and it will grow back fuller every time this happens. The bulbs are restoring their energy.

Oxalis can’t be beat for its incredible foliage and easy-care habit. Their incredible ornamental appeal makes them the perfect plant for your rock gardens, borders, containers, or even as a houseplant. Check out the incredible varieties that our experts have sourced. Still have questions? Contact our horticulturalists.

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You’ve invested a lot of time, money, and energy in your garden, and the result is a gorgeous landscape you’re extremely proud of! Yet, you and your neighbors aren’t the only ones admiring your hard work; nighttime marauders are treating your prized plants like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Sound familiar? Time to flip the script on these devastating deer!

Well, there is a solution: Wayside’s deer-resistant plants and all-natural deterrents discourage grazing, with unpleasant tastes, smells or textures, leaving your garden intact and thriving despite after-hour visits from unwanted guests. The key is to keep changing your approach so the deer don’t get used to whatever technique you’re using at the time.

Here are some of our best tips for keeping deer out of your garden.

1. Grow Deer-Resistant Plants.

Basically, make your neighbor’s garden slightly more appealing than your own. Plant strongly perfumed flowers and strongly fragrant trees, things deer will find repulsive. If you’re careful, you can even sneak some of your favorite deer prone plants into the mix as long as you weave plenty of the undesirable plants with them to hide their tasty scent. You can find plenty of great options right here.

2. Use Repellents

Besides using physical fencing, scent is another effective barrier between these skittish creatures. We highly suggest using powerful yet natural chemical deterrents which will keep nosy nibblers at bay.  Aside from these effective formulas there are some other tried and true remedies for deer. For example, many local gardeners scatter their hair and their pets sheddings in the soil or among the foliage of their most vulnerable plants to add the scent of human and predators to deter Bambi and company

3. Build a Fence (or Grow One!)

Deer can jump really high, but don’t make it easy for them. 6 feet is a deterrent, and 8 feet is a solution. You can also grow your own organic fence using tall landscaping trees like Thuja or big prickly bushes like holly also make a great deterrent.

4. Lights, Alarms, and Sprinklers

If you want to explore more high tech solutions we suggest investing in some gadgets that could make your life a lot easier.  Motion sensors sprinklers, flashing light and loud sounds are all things that will disturb even the most bold deer. Use deer’s natural startle instinct against them and let your garden grow in peace.

5. Own a Dog.

Talking with the master gardeners and horticulturists on staff, the consensus is that a dog is the best deer repellent you can buy, especially if it is a big dog that mostly stays outside. But even the scent of a little dog in your yard will keep away most grazers.

There is no surefire way to keep deer away, they are resilient survivalists. However, using these tips will definitely help keep them out of your beloved garden!

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Flowering vines can be a stunning way to add visual interest to both your garden and home. Many vines attract hummingbirds and butterflies and can be fragrant and colorful. Too often we think of our gardens as a horizontal landscape when the possibilities for vertical gardening are just as important. Here are four amazing climbing vines to bring vertical interest to your garden!  

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Why Wayside Gardens?

Why Wayside Gardens?


Posted on Sep 27, 2019 | 0 comments

Have you ever wondered where Wayside Gardens comes from? Well, in 1920, Jan Jacob Grullemans, marketer and plantsman, and nurseryman Elmer Schultz, pooled their talents and European horticultural backgrounds to found Wayside Gardens. Their vision was to grow and market exciting, unusual, and garden-worthy plants of the highest quality — and they succeeded.

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