Wisconsin Gardener’s Tips for July

We all realize that it’s almost hard to believe it’s already July. Hasn’t felt quite like summer until the last few days.  

But it’s here… and with all the rain.. man, our gardens are growing! (As well as our lawns!) 😎 

Here are some helpful tips to stay on top of your gardens and plants to keep them looking their best!  

This is a great time to get some fertilizer on all your perennials!  Feeding them with a slow release fertilizer like 10-10-10 or Osmocote will do wonders.  Now that things are starting to bloom, stay ahead of the deadheading (removing) spent flowers.  Cut flower heads off the bulbs if they are done so they can send the energy back into the bulb for next year.

Flowering shrubs such as Lilacs or Viburnum should be pruned once they have finished flowering.  This will allow for more and bigger flowers next year.  Prune down to the first or second set of leaves.

This is the time to start watching for any problems such as disease or insects.  BE PRO-ACTIVE!  Many common problems can be cured before they do serious damage.  If you see a problem and can’t figure out what it is, prune off the affected area and bring it in to us for help in diagnosing the problem.  We will do our best to help you cure it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to come in or call! We are here to help you!

May Garden Tips for Wisconsin Gardeners

May and Early Spring Garden & Yard Tips

This is the perfect time to identify the plants that didn’t make it through the winter, you’ll know the ones! Remove what may remain, discard, and come for a visit to our garden center.  We will do our best to get you back on track and give you the color you want.


Now is the time to cut down all the old or dead growth.  Try not to damage the new growth that is already coming up.  In some cases, new shoots are further up the stem so you want to cut the stem down to right above the new buds.  For grasses, give them a buzz cut down to 3-4” above the ground then rub the center with your hand to break off dead stems.


This is a great time to see the structure of the shrubs.  Anything that is dead, rubbing, or crossing should be taken out.  Make your pruning cuts as far down the stem as possible.  For Spirea, cut the entire shrub down to 4” above ground.  Break off any of the dead wood than is inside.  Flowering shrubs such as Lilac should not be pruned until after they flower.


If you have small trees, check the branching habit.  If there is something growing at a 90 degree angle, prune it out.  Always look for dead, rubbing and crossing branches.  If any are present, prune them off.  Look for any damage to the trunk.  Critters sometimes like to strip or chew the bark off.


If you have any questions, concerns, or “just don’t know”, we are here to help!  Stop in and we will do our very best to give you answers!  Also, be sure to check back for our Monthly Tips, Weekly Spotlight Plant, and soon to be available “How To” videos to help you LOVE YOUR LANDSCAPE!!!!

Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.


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Seasonal Tips for late Autumn Planting of Perennials in Wisconsin

Peonies – and Perennials to Plant in Fall! 

As we move into fall, and we’re still enjoying some warm days, but cooler nights. So now is the time to consider adding perennials and flowering shrubs that will add color and beauty to your landscaping.

Planting in fall, is, most often a perfect time to plant and allow the plant to become established for next the next year’s growing season.  In general, plants with shallow, fibrous root systems can be planted more easily in the fall than those with fewer, larger roots.  

These include perennials and shrubs & trees such as: 

This upcoming month of October Heritage Hill is offering 50% off of all Perennials, so it’s a really perfect time to consider planting! 

Last week and still showing in the spotlight is the Sunsparkler® Firecracker Sedum, a perennial you may want to consider!

A few weeks back, we featured the beautiful Sara Bernhardt Peony on our Spotlight Page.The peony is, without a doubt one of the most favored beautiful plants in Wisconsin. We recommend the below article for great planting advice for peonies from Farmer’s almanac! 

Courtesy Farmer’s Almanac Planting Peonies

Remember if you have any questions, contact our knowledgeable horticulturist & owner, Jason. He’ll help you make good decisions on what will work best and how to properly tend to your new plantings. Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.


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October Special Deals! 

October in Wisconsin is spectacular. Moderate temperatures, cool evenings, colors bursting.  It is a glorious time to be outdoors! 

Which of course offers us the opportunity to spruce up our flower beds and landscaping.  

One of the most beautiful of the late summer flowering perennials is the Sunsparkler® Firecracker Sedum, one of the highlighted features last month on our Spotlight page. Rich, deep, autumn burgundy with contrasting pink flowers blooms in late summer into fall. This is just one example of our perennial specials. There are surely many other options to choose from. 

Additionally, throughout October, all balled and burlap trees are also a whopping 50% off!  Recently, on our seasonal tips, we offered ideas about fall planting  that includes helpful info when you are ready to do your October garden work and start planning for next year.  

If your not quite sure about what to plant, talk to our experienced horticulturist & owner, Jason. He will be happy to advise you and provide suggestions. 

Better yet, perhaps you are ready to consider a revamp of your landscaping, or you just need to freshen it up.  Consider Heritage Hill to design and implement a landscape / hardscape project!  

Be sure to check our Seasonal Tips blog for all kinds of helpful information to keep your yard and garden looking simply beautiful!

Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.


Wow! 50% off Perennials 

Trees- spring dug, balled and burlap, all varieties 50% off
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Planting Before the First Frost in Wisconsin

In our neck of the woods, Southeastern Wisconsin, fall planting for perennials, flowers and trees is really perfect.  

On average the first frost runs sometime between September 30 to October 30. Fall offers many benefits for planting, not the least of which is the warm soil under the surface to allows root structures to flourish, whereas with spring planing, only a few inches deep the ground may still be quite cool and even still retain a frost line. 

Plus fall weather often offers fewer rainy, soggy days;  (although we have had our share this year!), but generally adequate rainfall; the garden pests are reduced; and you should have no need of fertilizer – wait until spring to fertilize. As with any new planting, if the rain is not there, then, make sure to water your new growth so it receives at least an inch of water every week before the colds sets in. 

A double whammy is that here at Heritage Hill we have our end of the season special discounts. Right now buy 4 potted trees and get the 5th absolutely free. Come October, we’ll be offering another planting opportunity.. visit us then as well, to see what you may want to add to your fall planting plans! 


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Caring for Roses in the Fall

This week’s spotlight is the Mystic Fairy Shrub Rose.  So we putting out info courtesy of Heirloom Roses, on how to keep your rose bush healthy as we move into winter.

High temperatures may have induced a brief period of summer dormancy, especially in hotter parts of the country, but once the weather starts to cool, many roses put on a fantastic show well into fall. The change in weather often brings wind and rainy conditions; the reappearance of diseases like black spot and powdery mildew provide a reminder that next year’s success depends on putting the roses to bed for the winter.


10 Steps for a Healthier Spring


  1. Stop deadheading 8 to 10 weeks before the first frost. This will harden off roses, allowing tender new growth time to toughen prior to potentially damaging cold weather. If your roses have hips, allow them to develop naturally. You’ll be rewarded with seasonal interest.
  2. Stop transplanting and fertilizing prior to the onset of cold weather to prevent the rose from pushing new growth. No-nitrogen fertilizers intended to promote root development, such as super phosphates, are an exception to this rule and can be applied in fall and winter.
  3. Rake up and destroy all leaves at the base of roses. Do not compost, as this could spread pathogens. Many fungal diseases that affect roses overwinter on the rose or as litter on the ground. Removing this material will reduce problems the following spring.
  4. Clip off diseased leaves from the bush. Pulling leaves off can create small tears along the stem and provide an entry point for disease.
  5. Prune off failed buds (called balling) that did not open due to rainy conditions. This will help to prevent botrytis dieback.


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Easy Elegance® Mystic Fairy® Rose