June has been tagged as Perennial Gardening Month by PPA.  The main reason behind selecting June is that June is a great month for seeing so many beautiful perennials in bloom.  Secondly, June is a great month for planting perennials.

Planting perennials this year, in June, couldn’t be better.  We have had plenty of rainfall this year that is helping to encourage vigorous growth on perennial plants.  Also, there is more publicity about planting native plants and planting pollinator plants than ever before.  Matter of fact, Virginia has designated the week of June 24 as POLLINATOR WEEK.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 24.  The Great Big Greenhouse and VDACS (Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services) have come together to host a pollinator event here on the 24th from noon to 4:00.  Local beekeepers will have observation hives.  There will be honey tasting.  You can learn how to become a beekeeper, and how to plant a pollinator’s garden using specific blooming shrubs and perennials, and more.

          We have made shopping for native perennials and pollinator plants easy for you this year.  We have a designated table that we keep full with beautiful perennials.  It has been very popular, which puts a smile on my face seeing how many customers are becoming more supportive of gardening with native plants and being so consciences of supporting our pollinators.

Here is just a quick, short list of assorted perennials that you can plant this month and help support our pollinators:

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)




Eutrochium (Joe-pye-weed)

Monarda (Beebalm)

Lobellia (Cardinal flower)

Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan)

Sisyrinchium (Blue-eyed Grass)

We bring in new stock of perennials weekly.  You need to come see our selection.  It is a beautiful sight seeing all the color this time of year.

Happy Gardening!!!!

BONNIE’S GARDEN–National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

June—fresh local strawberries are here—in your own backyard—or at a local Farmers Market.  Fresh peas, spring onions, fresh beets, the first of the summer’s cucumbers and squash—they’re all in season!  Perfect timing for National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, isn’t it? I’m a huge fan of eating fresh—whether it’s from my garden, a generous neighbor … Read more

Have You Had Enough Petrichor This Past Week?

Rainfall through a window

By the way, PETRICHOR is defined as “THE SMELL OF EARTH AFTER RAIN”. To a gardener, rain is generally a welcome blessing.  Rainfall and plants are usually a match made in heaven.  We sure have had our share of rainfall, and petrichor,  this past week in the Richmond area.  Going into this latest rainfall, we were about … Read more

Hanging Basket Care

Hanging baskets on a stoop

Over the past month, The Great Big Greenhouse and Meadows Farms Nursery have sold thousands of hanging baskets.  Blooming hanging baskets are a staple for adding color to decks, patios, porches, and balconies.  Although they are an instant way to add color to our outdoor space, they do require a bit of care to stay … Read more

Mother’s Day = Flowers

Happy Mother's Day

Spring is finally here to stay and this is such a beautiful time of year for The Great Big Greenhouse when it comes to flowering shrubs, perennials, annuals, and hanging baskets.  Our selection is almost overwhelming with all this beauty.  And, what a perfect time to have so much color especially with Mother’s Day this … Read more

Growing Pumpkins

Pumpkins laid out for sale

I’ve had several customers this week asking about growing pumpkins—and when to plant for a Halloween harvest.  So here’s some information about pumpkins… Pumpkins are members of the cucurbit family—that means they are related to squash, cucumbers, and melons. They were a food crop cultivated by Native Americans long before the European settlers ever arrived.  … Read more

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