In addition to the newer varieties and those one can never be without, Olney’s has also brought back a few “blasts from the past” like Charmed Wine oxalis and ornamental oregano. Oregano Kent Beauty was a softly pastel green and lavender blooming plant, perfect as an accent for hanging baskets and window boxes, with that distinctive oregano scent to the foliage. It was last offered at Olney’s a few years ago and has been unavailable since then. Now a new, non-culinary oregano, Kirigami, is in the greenhouses, with the same unusual look and scent.
Hardy perennials are also grown in the greenhouses at Olney’s and there are several newer varieties to check out this spring such as American Goldfinch Baptisia, Dalmatian Peach foxglove, Buttered Rum Heucherella, Butterfly Kisses coneflower. There are several new varieties of hardy hibiscus, including Starry Starry Night and Ballet Slippers. The gigantic 7-10 inch wide flowers in mid to late summer are an impressive sight.
Olney’s grows their own vegetable and herb starter plants, too. The selection has been expanded to include more heirloom varieties like Black Krim and Big Rainbow tomatoes as well as newer varieties like Jalafuego hot pepper and Orange Sun bell pepper. There are actually 12 new pepper varieties, five new tomato varieties, and several others in the greenhouses this spring.
The garden center also has a new stone column and pergola entryway this spring that the landscape installation crew have been working on. The new entrance leads the way to more than the greenhouses: garden gifts like wind-catchers, colorful birdbaths, solar garden stakes, and other garden art gift ideas like rain-chains and a new line of rusted and painted metal bird silhouettes.
At the flower shop on Black River Boulevard, there’s a new open-air flower cooler. This will be kept stocked with ready-made bouquets and loose stems of fresh cut flowers all year long. Look there for cash-and-carry specials on grab-and-go bouquets throughout the year.
The gift shop also has new additions this spring, including a new line of jewelry, an expanded selection of the Naked Bee brand lotions and other personal care products (all made in the U.S.), Snoozies brand slippers and socks, and a new line and an expanded selection of fairy and miniature gardening supplies from brands like Georgetown and Studio M.
Olney’s is also a local source for winter-blooming tropical houseplants like orchids, lipstick plants and goldfish plants. Non-hardy azaleas, cyclamen, kalanchoes, and african violets add an extra splash of color inside the home all winter and spring.
And the staff at Olney’s is always available to help with indoor gardening questions the whole year round.