Did you know? You can purchase with us online!

Here at Mountain Valley Farms, we put the customer first! We pride ourselves in offering the most high quality, well-grown plants, ground covers and shrubs around! We have made shopping for your ground-covers easier with our online shopping portal. Below we have included our online offering. Get shopping for fall!

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4″ Asiatic Jasmine – $2.55. Asiatic Jasmine/Trachelospermum asiaticum- dark broadleaf foliage, spreading ground cover to 3 foot, zones 7-10, suggested spacing 6″

4″ Bluestar Creeper – $2.85. Blue Star Creeper/Laurentia fluviatilis– Semi-evergreen perennial, tiny green leaves form flat carpet, prolific tiny blue/white star-shaped flowers May-Sept, sun to part shade, 2” tall, spreading/mat forming, tolerates light foot traffice, needs moist soil, zones 6-9, suggested spacing 6”.

4″ Creeping Lily-turf, Liriope – $2.55. Creeping Lily-turf/Liriope spicata– Evergreen foliage, pale lavender flower spikes, sun to shade, 10-16” tall, vigorous spreader, drought tolerant, zones 4-10, suggested spacing 12”.

4″ Dwarf Mondo – $2.55. Dwarf Mondo/Ophiopogon japonica ‘Nana’– Evergreen, short, dark green foliage, blue berries, 2-3” tall, sun to shade, spreads by stolons, drought tolerant, deer resistant, zones 7-10, suggested spacing 6.

4″ Lily Turf, Liriope “Big Blue” – $2.55. Lily-turf/Liriope muscari ‘Big Blue’– Evergreen foliage, lilac flower spikes, sun to shade, 12-15” tall, moderate spreader, drought tolerant, zones 5-10, suggested spacing 12”.

4″ Mazus reptans – $2.85. Mazus reptans– Semi-evergreen perennial, light green foliage, pale lavender flowers, sun to part shade, 3” tall, vigorous spreader, needs moist soil, zones 4-9, suggested spacing 8”.

4″ Mondo, Ophiopogon japonica – $2.55. Mondo/Ophiopogon japonica– Evergreen dark green foliage, sun to shade, 6-8” tall, spreads by stolons, drought tolerant, deer resistant, zones 7-10, suggested spacing 8”.

4″ Purple Winter Creeper – $2.55. 4″ Purple Winter Creeper, Euonymus fortunei ‘Coloratus’ Purple Wintercreeper/Euonymus fortunei ‘Coloratus’– Evergreen, green foliage, turns purple in winter, sun to shade, 8-24” tall, 6-8’ wide, drought tolerant, deer resistant, zones 4-8, suggested spacing 15”.

4″ Variegated Lily-turf, Liriope – $2.85. Variegated Lily-turf/Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’- Evergreen foliage, yellow variegation on green leaf, lavender flower spikes, sun to shade, 10-16” tall, clumping, drought tolerant, zones 5-10, suggested spacing 12”

4′” Creeping Jenny – $2.85. Creeping Jenny/Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’– Perennial, yellow-green leaves, more green in shade, sun to shade, 2”-4” tall spreading to 18-24” wide, drought tolerant, deer resistant, zones 5-8, suggested spacing 8”

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How-To: Transplanting Shrubs

We have found that a handful of our clients are looking to revamp their home and revamp their landscapes. Adding a deck, extending a driveway, getting rid of a tree, etc. With all the moving, rebuilding and updating comes changes in their current landscape. For many, they have history tied to shrubs and trees around their homes and have asked us – “If I want to move my plants without damaging the scrub, how do I do it?”. We have put together today’s blog post to help guide you in transplanting your shrubs without damaging them:

  • Pick your season: Now is the perfect time to transplant! The end of summer and beginning of fall is perfect for a transplanting plants project. Get started now!
  • Prepare the bed before transplanting the scrub. Making sure the scrub or perennial has a well soiled and prepared bed to be transplanted into is key.
  • Trim each plant back to a size that allows you to dig close to it the plant. Unfortunately, this may eliminate most of the flowers next spring but this short-term sacrifice on beauty will be well worth the long-term health of the plant.
  • Keep the roots moist! Dr. Tim Smalley, who teaches horticulture at the University of Georgia, says that “the key to any successful transplant is keeping the roots moist afterwards.”

Note: With transplanting, many times the feeder roots will be lost and will take time to regenerate. Make sure to keep the bed soaked every couple of weeks in the winter and make sure it doesn’t get dry in the summer!

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Sadie Says: Prepare for Fall!

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Hey it’s Sadie! I’m back and ready to share some great August updates with you! August is here and that means that fall is right around the corner. Even though the weather is warm, it’s not too early to start thinking about getting prepared for fall. On the Mountain Valley Farms blog we have highlighted ferns and hosta that are currently in production but preparing for fall is more than what you plant, but how you plant too! Once summer is over and the blooming of most plants has passed it’s time to start setting up for the fall and winter season.

Here are a few posts that we are going to cover over the course of the month to give you great advice, tips and guidance on what to do to prepare for fall! Coming soon:

  • Get ready to shop! Great products from Mountain Valley Farms!
  • Prepping your landscape for fall
  • Great fall and winter bloomers

See ya around!

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What plants should I buy to attract butterflies?

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A butterfly garden is simply a flower garden designed to include nectar-rich flowers that butterflies love to call home! If you create a garden that offers a wide variety of plants, grasses, and flowers you are sure to create a paradise for not only butterflies but hummingbirds and birds as well. If you design your lawn and/or garden to provide the right mix of flowers, shelter, water, and sun it is easy to create this environment. We have put together a list of plants and flowers that will help kick-start your butterfly garden.

Verbena’s: Blooms of white, purple, red, pink, yellow and blue. Plant in full sun. Add root stimulator and mulch. Will usually attract Buckeye butterflies. Offered at Mountain Valley Farms!

Petunia: Sunny spot. Well-drained soil, moist not soggy, and well fertilized. Most effective in single-color plantings. Add peat moss and compost when planting. Apply root stimulator and mulch. May start seeds indoors.

Crossvine: Full sun. Profuse bloomer. Large flowers. Drought tolerant once established. Space 3-6′ apart. Keep moist until established.

Butterfly Bush: This perennial blooms on new growth from summer through fall. It is an wonderful nectar plant for Anise Swallowtail, Cloudless Sulphur, Queen, Giant Swallowtail, Monarch, Fiery Skipper, Painted Lady, Spicebush Swallowtail, Tiger Swallowtail, Gulf Fritillary.

Lantana: Great Nectar plant for Julia, Giant Swallowtail, Tiger Swallowtail, Anise Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Buckeye, Cloudless Sulphur, Monarch, Gulf Fritillary. Supposed to be deer resistant. Offered at Mountain Valley Farms!

Phlox: Phlox are perennials and a favorite choice among wildflowers. These plants sport many star-shaped, colorful flowers when in bloom. Offered at Mountain Valley Farms!

Bee Balm: Plant in sun to dappled shade. Moist soil with afternoon shade. Watch for mildew. Space 3′ apart. Divide in Fall. Offered at Mountain Valley Farms!

Butterfly Weed: This is a milkweed. Butterflies will lay their eggs on this plant and use as larval food. Full sun. Dry, sandy soil. Drought resistant. Zones 3-9. Larval and nectar plant for Monarch butterflies.

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April Showers Brings May Flowers at Mountain Valley Farms!

We all know the saying, “April Showers Bring May Flowers” and that is the theme of today’s post today! Here at Mountain Valley Farms the blooming of our plants and flowers are at their peak. With our last few weeks of May and soon to be summer weather approaching, we had to share with you what is in bloom now because it’s not to late to get your landscape or garden in shape!

Currently blooming here at the farm:

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  • Dianthus ‘Fire Witch’: Long flowering ‘Fire Witch’ with ice blue foliage forms a tidy groundcover that stays evergreen.

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  • Gaura ‘Siskiyou Pink’: Bright pink, 4-petaled flowers. As the flowers age, they turn a deeper, rosier pink.

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  • Verbena Homestead Purple: Offers evergreen foliage and several months of bright purple blooms.

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  • Blue Moon woodland phlox: Outstanding flower color with full 5-flower petals.
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  • Stella De Ora Daylily: Daylilies are herbaceous, clump forming, perennials.

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  • Variegated Iris: This blue iris plant has a unique foliage of white and green with a bright blue flower.

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  • Ice plant: Fleshy leaves are triangular in cross sections and can have red, orange, or purple edges.
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  • Veronica GA Blue: It grows to about 9 inches high and a foot wide. It is a vigorous and easy-to-grow.
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Mazus reptans blooming at Mountain Valley Farms

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Helpful Resources to Get your Spring Gardening Project Started

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Looking to revamp your landscape or kick-start your spring garden but not sure where to start? We understand the feeling and are here to help! The Mountain Valley Farms team has put together a few helpful tips and resources to help get you started:
1. Have a plan! With a little help from our friends at the Urban AG Council we have put together a few questions to get yourself started on the planning process:

  • What are your needs?
  • What are your interests?
  • What is your lifestyle?
  • What is your personal taste?
  • How often do you entertain?
  • Do you like to do yard work?

2. Plant in odd numbers: When grouping your plants, it helps to have an odd number. Doing so will visually balance out your design.

3. Plant in large groups: When you are looking to cover a large area we recommend planting in large groups with the same plant. For example: if you like 5 different plants, plant a group of each as opposed to 1 of each in a group. This will allow each group to really POP in the landscape! It will also give your landscape a more cohesive look. In addition, if you want to have more dimension, we recommend planting groups of lower growing plants in the front and taller plants behind. This will allow you to “mix it up” but still keep the design principle of planting in larger groups.

4. Mix-up Bloom Times: Selecting plants that have different bloom times at different seasons can help keep your landscape and garden looking nice all year long!

5. Know your limitations! If a project seems to be bigger than expected try hiring a landscape contractor to make your life easier! Here is a helpful link from the Urban AG Council to help find a professional in your area!

For any additional questions or concerns connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or on our website!

Spring Gardening Solutions for Sun and Shade

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With Spring upon us, it’s time to figure out what to plant, prune, and prepare for your lawn and garden. Mountain Valley Farms offers great perennial and ground cover solutions for both sunny and shady areas. With a large offering online and available at the farm we try to make sure your needs are met with the highest quality plant solutions. We have put together a list of spring blooming perennials, ferns and much more that are suitable for specific conditions – sun or shade!

Need a plant that can stand the heat?

  • Day Lilies: Available in assorted colors: pink, red, gold, yellow and white
  • Dianthus fire witch: Bloom pink flowers on blue green foliage
  • Phlox subulata also known as creeping phlox available in pink, blue and white
  • Salvia ‘May Knight’ blooms bluish purple
  • Veronica ‘GA Blue’ is a low growing ground cover that has nice light blue flowers

Plant solutions for fully shaded and partially shaded areas!

  • Autumn Ferns are evergreen ferns that are a great foliage solution.
  • Heuchera assorted varieties: know for their foliage ‘Caramel’ is a rusty caramel color, ‘Palace Purple’ is a light purple and ‘Citronelle’ is a chartreuse/yellow color.
  • Hellebores, Lenten Rose: evergreen blooms early spring and we have multiple colors – mostly pastels with some red/purple mixed in!

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