Monday, December 28, 2015

Coming Up Roses!

Most people that don't already grow the flowering shrubs are surprised to learn that roses do really well in our climate. They are drought tolerant when established and are a rewarding way to add bold color to your landscape.

Ketchup & Mustard Rose

With the hundreds of varieties available to plant, it can be overwhelming to pick the right ones.
Here's a basic breakdown of five of the most common categories of roses that you'll find while shopping. Knowing how a rose is going to mature will help you put the right plant in the right place. 

Opening Night Rose
Hybrid Tea

Hybrid Tea are the world's most popular roses. They grow to 4-6 feet in height with a 2-4 foot spread and produce large well formed blooms atop long straight upright stems. They are excellent for cutting and arrangements.

Chicago Peace Rose
Hybrid Tea

Grandiflora, Latin for "large-flowered", are the largest of the shrubs getting up to 8-10 feet in height.
The blooms cluster in threes or fives and are also featured on long stems.

Dick Clark Rose

Floribunda, Latin for "many-flowering", is a cross between polyanthas and hybrid tea to produce a large number of high quality blooms. This bush stays in the 3-4 foot range in height with a 2-4 foot span. The flowers are typically smaller than a hybrid tea, but bloom in larger clusters. The Iceberg roses are also in this group and are very prolific bloomers.

Coral Dawn Beauty 
Climbing Rose

Climbing roses grow very long (15-30 feet with a 10-15 foot spread) with more flexible canes than the shrub or bush varieties.
These are not to be confused with vines that can cling to walls or trellises by themselves, climbing roses need to be trained on to support structures.
The blooms are varying forms of small and large flowers and some can be repeat bloomers.

Don Juan
Climbing Rose

Miniature Roses are dwarf mutations of other shrub varieties. They stay relatively small growing only 6 inches to 2 feet in height with a span of about 2-4 feet. This makes them excellent for growing in containers or also in a bright spot indoors as houseplants.

Miniature Roses

All roses grown in our desert climate require some hard pruning in the dormant season (winter) to thrive. There is an art to pruning so don't miss our Seminar this Saturday at all Star Nursery Locations at 10am and 2pm!
Pruning is well worth the time and you'll see the flowers of your labor in the spring, possibly all summer, and again in the fall.

Knowing the growing habit of a rose makes it easier to plan for its place in your garden whether you're looking for a more formal rose garden or just looking to add some color to your already drought tolerant landscape.

Check out our Star Notes on Rose Selection, Care, and Planting!

Friday, December 18, 2015

We're So Proud To Partner With Walker Furniture To Spread Some Holiday Cheer In Our Community!

Our First Christmas Tree Deliveries To The 22nd Annual Walker Furniture Home For The Holidays Recipients! Thank you to...
Posted by Star Nursery on Friday, December 18, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Why Cool Season Vegetable Gardens are, Well, Just Plain Cool!

Black Seed Simpson Lettuce

Fall, just like Spring, can be a tricky time of year for veggie gardeners here in the desert. Either it stays cool too long in the Spring and heats up quickly leaving a short window for things to mature before summer, or the opposite happens in the Fall. 
This year our summer seemed endless and it was tough to get seeds to germinate and for plants to get nice and sturdy in the heat. 

Mustard Greens

Then the cold came in fast and hard. Dipping down in to the low 40 degrees immediately after record breaking high temperatures. 
Strange as it's been, the cool season vegetables are luckily pretty hardy as long as you've gotten some substantial growth on your seedlings.
As long as you've plated the season's appropriate edibles, you should have a pretty worry free cold season.

Dino Kale

This includes your leafy greens such as lettuces, kale, mustard, collards or chard.
Veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and root vegetables like carrots, parsnips or turnips will all do well this time of year.
Peas are another hardy cool season favorite and are a great addition to help add nitrogen into your soil naturally.


If you have young seedlings or tender greens like lettuce, it may do you some good to cover up those baby plants when our temperatures hover around freezing.
Burlap is a great insulator for these chilly nights.
Don't forget  to stake or anchor the burlap so that the wind doesn't carry it into your neighbor's yard.
Be sure to uncover the plants after the temperatures rise the next morning so that your veggies can gather as much sunlight as they can.


It's also a good idea to give your garden a nice long drink of water before a frost hits. 
Although it seems contrary to preventing plants from freezing up, watering your plants before it's supposed to freeze is the very thing that will keep them from freezing.
The amount of energy that is generated while the plant is actively taking up water is just enough to keep them warm for the night.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Changing lives with the Seeds of Change Garden!

Posted by Star Nursery on Monday, November 9, 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

This Saturday! Seminar - Colorful Fall Plants!

Come find out the best plants to get the most fall color out of your landscape. 
All Star Nursery Locations @ 10am and 2pm.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Another School Garden is Now Growing!

We're look forward to a long partnership with this inspiring school! We couldn't be happier to lend our support.

Posted by Star Nursery on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Gordon McCaw Elementary School

We're so pround to be a supporter of this school garden!

Posted by Star Nursery on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015

We're Having A Garden Party!

Join us for a Garden Party!
Saturday October 24th 11am-2pm.
We'll have Raffles, Food and Fun for the whole Family!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

We're Going To Get Outdoors Nevada Day!

Join us this Saturday, October 24th at the beautiful Sunset Park for Get Outdoors Nevada Day!
Come learn all the ways you can explore the great outdoors in our exciting state.
Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

We Love the Lil' Roots Garden Club

Another successful Lil' Roots Gardening Class! Star Nursery came out to teach our lil' ones about fall veggies, what it...

Posted by Vegas Roots Community Garden on Monday, October 19, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

We Love KNPR! Join us in Support of the News and Information that keeps us all Connected!

On September 19 at Star Nursery on Tropicana, horticulturist and KNPR's "Desert Bloom" commentator Norm Schilling dished...
Posted by Desert Companion on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

This Saturday, October 17th!

Looking for some cool weather color options to last you into winter?
Join us this Saturday at all Star Nursery Locations 
at 10am or 2pm!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Out with the Old and in with the Cool...

Fall is more than just an excuse to eat pumpkin spice flavored everything.
Take advantage of sweater weather to refresh your garden beds with some flowers that have cool season staying power.


Mums, or Chrysanthemums, are the quintessential fall flower and they
 come in lots of rich colors.
From deep reds to golden yellow, you're sure to find something
 to spice up your tired pottery or front entryway.


Marigolds are such a cheery way to liven up your end-of-summer-stressed-out-beds.
Layer in rows of yellow, orange and even white to create your own candy corn
walkways or paths.


Pansies are a staple of cooler weather flowers and are so versatile thanks to their many colors and painted faces. They are low growing and can even take a shadier spot in your garden.


So roll up those recently donned long sleeves and hit that seasonal reset button!

For more cool weather color options, visit your local Star Nursery today!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

This Saturday, October 10th!

Join us this Saturday at all
Star Nursery Locations  at 2pm for our monthly 
Kids Garden Club 
where we always have something fun, educational and garden related to make!
See you there!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Boys & Girls Club of Kingman gets a Desert Garden

We had a great planting day over at The Boys & Girls Club of Kingman last week!

The club, although occupying a beautiful historic building, was surrounded by concrete and bare dirt. They were really in need of a green space and an opportunity for the children to enjoy a little bit of nature while visiting after school and over the summer.

We started by covering the beds with clear plastic sheeting and solarizing the soil to rid the beds of weeds and pests.

After about a month we were ready to get our shovels into the soil and prepare the                                                beds for a variety of desert shrubs, trees and flowers.

The marketing team here at Star Nursery made fast work of digging holes for the new garden.

Once all the larger plants were in he ground we invited the kids to come out and get their hands dirty. 
They each were able to plant their very own addition to the garden; a red salvia.

Pristine Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Papilio polyxenes

It didn't take long to see that our efforts had paid off. We had visitors from nature as soon as we had put the last plant in place.

Star Nursery Dr Q Fruit and Shade Tree Planting

Join us for a seminar this Saturday, Sept. 3rd at 10am and 2pm.
Learn how and why to plant shade and fruit trees in the fall.
All Star Nursery Locations!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Pahrump Fall Festival

Join us for a weekend of fun at the Pahrump Fall Festival!
There's going to be lots to see and do, including:
Pet Contest  
Noon Kids’ “Barrel Racing”  
Pictures in the Park  Princess, Super Heroes, Ninja Turtles
 Pie Eating Contest Come hungry for this one! 
 Noon Kids and Adults Talent Show 
 Horseshoe Tournament 
And so much more!

Don't forget to stop by the Star nursery Booth!
150 NV-160, Pahrump, NV 89060

Monday, September 14, 2015

This Saturday, Sept 19th!

Join us for a lively Q & A session about fall gardening with desert plant guru, Norm Schilling.
Saturday, Sept 19th at 9:30 am
 9480 W. Tropicana Ave Las Vegas NV 89147

Friday, September 11, 2015

What's your Super Power?

Join us Tomorrow September 12th for the 5k walk to support The Candelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation!
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

This Saturday, August 29th!

If you've ever taken a shovel to our desert earth, you will appreciate this seminar. 
Join us this Saturday at 10 am or 2pm!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

This Saturday, August 8th!

Join us this Saturday for a project focusing on harvesting and using rainwater!
@ 2pm