Platt’s Picks

Pilea pepperomoides

New, hard to find houseplant: Pilea pepperomoides (Chinese Money Plant). This plant is coveted by houseplant aficionados who wish for something rare and unique. We have them available at both stores in very limited quantities.

Fall Bulbs

perrennials, fall bulbs, springtime color

Fall is approaching and know the time is coming when summer’s flowers and vegetable gardens will be a memory. It’s never too early to plan now for future flowers. Even as far ahead as next spring. Now is a good time to start making a plan for next year, planting fall bulbs is a great place to start.

Fall Pansies

Pansy and viola

It’s time for the fall pansy planting season. Pansies bloom well into November. Fall planted pansies should over-winter in your garden beds and bloom again in the spring for you. Yay!

Roses 30% off

Roses are red…yellow, pink, white… Platt Hill Nursery has a very extensive selection of over 70 different rose varieties. Shrub roses come in many different colors and flowers including double and single blooms. Looking for something ultra-easy? Knockout Roses are virtually maintenance free and do not require dead heading. Carpet roses are low growing and are very heat tolerant.

Weigela Wine and Roses®

With its dark burgundy-purple leaves and rosy pink flowers in spring, Wine and Roses® weigela will woo and intoxicate you. The leaf color intensifies to near black in late summer and does not ever fade to green. Great as a specimen, hedge or in masses. Plant variegated or yellow foliage plants in front of these shrubs for a bright contrast. Matures to 4 to 5 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide.

To Water or To Not Water?

Q: How do I know when to water?

A: The simple answer is when Mother Nature doesn’t provide rain and/or when the ground is dry. The best way to determine ground moisture is to dig down 3” to 4” – if the soil is damp, you don’t need to water. Remember that plants in this climate are used to periods of heavy rain followed by periods of drying out.


Q: How much water should I apply?

A: The best rule is to thoroughly drench the root zone of the new plants. Heavy deep watering (interspersed with periods of drying out) will promote deep healthy roots. For all areas hand watering with a garden hose works best. For large areas that may be impractical to water by hand, we recommend soaker hoses. Light watering (i.e. sprinkling with small amounts of water) will lead to shallow roots that will suffer during drought. A thorough watering is like a 1”rain.


Q: Is it possible to over water?

A: Yes! Overwatering is defined as watering too frequently. It is essential that between watering that air be allowed to reenter the root zone (roots need oxygen to survive). Allowing the soil to dry out is also nature’s way of controlling “root rot” diseases which thrive in constantly wet or saturated soil conditions.

DO NOT WATER YOUR PLANTS EVERYDAY—the roots will drown!!

More new plants die from overwatering (watering too frequently) than die from drying out! 


Q: What should I do?

A: As a rule of thumb:

  • Plants need the most water immediately following planting
  • When it rains ½ inch or more that will replace one watering

Water thoroughly twice per week—for the first three months and then once per week for the rest of the year (usually safe to end in mid November). It is a good idea to water on the same days each week (i.e. Monday and Friday)