Where Great Things Grow61780 SE 27th St
Bend, OR 97702
541-383-3722 541-317-8529 fax
541-948-6582 Chester's Cell
Open Daily 9am-5pm
Long harsh winters, extremely low annual precipitation, deer, rodents, pests and disease all provide ample competition against your trees and shrubs in Central Oregon. At Eastside Gardens our years of experience has allowed us to provide a wonderful selection of trees and shrubs that are guaranteed to flourish in our difficult growing area.
We carefully select trees and shrubs that can handle our cold dry winters. While this does limit our choices to around USDA Zone 4 (about -25° F) and below, we are still able to provide many of the beautiful trees and shrubs you are used to seeing around the Northwest.
Just a taste of our selections:
Every gardener appreciates the living art that annual color displays can provide. Not to mention the edible bounty and fun an herb or vegetable garden gives us. Annual color starts to arrive as soon as march with frost hardy pansies and violas. Soon after all varieties begin to show up in the greenhouse. Fall always brings your ornamental cabbages and kale that brightens in color with cooler temps. All our annual stock comes from local suppliers, helping our agricultural economy in this region. Seeds or starts, always seasonally appropriate, we have you covered!
Perennials are a great way to add a variety of colors and textures to your flower garden. Many perennials, unlike annuals, can tolerate our cold Central Oregon winters and return year after year. Most perennials are herbaceous, meaning that they die back to the ground each winter and come up from the roots each spring. Perennials generally do not bloom all season; rather, they have a bloom season - - spring, summer or, fall. So, it’s best to plant a variety of perennials so that you can have something blooming throughout the growing season.
Choose perennials that are cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (about -25° F) for best chance of winter survival. There are several microclimates around the Bend area and in many cases gardeners have success with Zone 5 plants (hardy to about -15°F). The majority of our perennials are hardy to Zone 4. If you’re not sure of a plant’s hardiness, be sure to ask us.
There are many things to consider when choosing plants such as size, color, bloom period, water needs, deer resistance, wildlife attraction, sun/shade, and water requirements. Shelmerdine Garden Center Ltd., Winnipeg, Manitoba has an easy to use, detailed, on-line plant finder containing hundreds of perennials, shrubs, and trees. It’s a great tool for getting planting ideas, allowing you to search for plants based on your specific requirements. Give it a try, then bring your plant list to Eastside Gardens.
What is our favorite perennial? That’s a tough question, but here is ONE of our favorites: Walker’s Low: The 2007 Perennial Plant of the Year. Named after a place in England, not its growth habit, Nepeta “Walker’s Low” is a non-reseeding aromatic member of the mint family. It thrives in harsh conditions and is a rugged, easy-to-grow addition to any xeriscape. An aromatic member of the mint family, “Walker’s Low” is not attractive to deer. In fact even cats are indifferent to it. However, it is a magnet for butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. “Walker’s Low” can easily reach 2 ½ to 3' tall and wide. It has attractive, crinkled blue-green foliage and deep lavender-blue flowers that bloom profusely in early summer and then sporadically throughout the growing season. If sheared back after the first flush of bloom, another significant bloom can be expected.
Perennial types we carry in throughout the season include(4" and Gallon sizes):
Every summer we stock many varieties of perennial and annual aquatic plants. The annual varieties are usually floating water lettuces or hyacinth. They do a great job of spreading across the waters surface, filtering sunlight limiting algae growth, and protecting valuable aquatic life from predators. The perennial varieties of aquatic plants we carry range from shallow water and bog species to feature plants such as lilies and cattails. All our perennials can be planted directly onto your bottom media to spread in future years, or left in submersible pots for easy movement and maintenance. Our selection is constantly changing and seasonal so come on in and see our current availability!