What is our Zone?
We are Zone 5.
Any plant that is Zone 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 would be a perennial in our area. Anything Zone 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 would be an annual.
Annuals and Perennials vary depending on where you live. If you want a perennial, shrub or tree to survive and grow year after year, the plant must tolerate the year-round conditions in our area, such as the lowest and highest temperatures and the amount of rainfall.
Annuals live for only one season. They must be replaced every year but the blooms are bright and showy.
Perennials grow and spread for many years.
Why should you mulch?
Mulching has many benefits. The easiest reason to mulch is to cut down
on weeds. It should be at least 3" thick to help stop the weed seed from
Mulch helps to retain moisture around the plant/tree. It can be very
hot in the summer months and any extra moisture will help to promote
Mulch should be applied in the spring either before or after planting and usually needs a top dress the next year. Some will degrade and this is good for the soil but it won't require as much as the previous year.
Approximate coverage for one cubic yard of mulch:
330 square feet at 1" depth
160 square feet at 2" depth
110 square feet at 3" depth
One cubic yard of mulch is 3' x 3' x 3'. Another way of "seeing" the measurement is that one cubic yard is 2 scoops of the Bobcat bucket.
Danville Gardens Mulch
Available for pick up or delivery
For delivery we can hold up to 7 yards on our truck. Delivery fees apply.
Call 217-442-4944 today to schedule a mulch delivery.
Sun vs. Shade
A Guide to Understanding Light Levels in Your Garden
Sunlight is the most essential element all plants need to live, so it’s
important to understand it.
Basic Light Level Definitions
Full sun - 6 or more hours of direct sun per day
Part sun - 4 to 6 hours of direct sun per day, including some afternoon sun
Part shade - 4 to 6 hours of direct sun per day, mostly before midday
Full shade - less than 4 hours of direct sun per day
How Do You Know How Much Sun You Have?
To figure out how much sun the spot you want to plant in receives each day, you could use a garden light meter to measure it. You could also save that money to spend on more plants by simply observing your garden for a few days in the summer. Find the spot where you’d like to plant, then keep track on a sheet of paper whether or not that spot is receiving direct sunlight each hour of the day. Do this for a few days to find an average.
Battling deer is one of the most common issues gardeners face. Below we have a list of deer resistant plants. The ones with * indicates plants that are available at Danville Gardens
You may also try to deter deer using Deer Scram with no foul smell.
Deer Scram is all natural, biodegradable, environmentally safe and used to keep deer away from your prized gardens, shrubs and trees, while not being offensive to humans. Deer Scram won’t harm animals, the environment and most importantly you and your family. Blended from selected organic components, Deer Scram will keep deer off your plantings because it convinces deer that harm is nearby through their uncanny sense of smell. Deer Scram will change deer behavior.
Apply Deer Scram any time of year!
*Indicates Plants That Are Available At Danville Gardens
*Agapanthus -Lily Of The Nile
*Agastache -Anise Hyssop
*Alchemilla -Lady’s Mantle
*Allium -Ornamental Chives
*Asclepias -Butterfly Weed
*Aster - Autumn Asters
*Chrysanthemum (Eats Flowers)
*Cimicifuga -Bugbane Or Snakeroot
*Dicentra -Bleeding Heart
*Echinops -Globe Thistle
Epimedium -Bishop’s Hat, Goatweed, Etc.
*Eupatroium -Joe Pye Weed
*Ferns Most Varieties
*Galium -Sweet Woodruff
*Grasses -Many Varieties
*Calamagrostis -Feather Reed Grass
*Cortaderia -Pampas Grass
*Festuca Ovina -Blue Fescue
*Miscanthus -Maiden Grass
*Pennisetum -Fountain Grass
*Stipa -Mexican Feather Grass
*Helleborus -Lenton Rose, Hellebore
*Hesperaloe Parvifora -Red Yucca
*Heuchera -Coral Bells
Iris Siberica -Siberian Iris
*Iris Bearded -Iris
*Kniphofia -Red Hot Poker
*Lamium Maculatum -Dead Nettle
*Lavandula Iatifolia -English Lavender
*Monarda -Bee Balm
*Ophiopogon -Mondo Grass
*Origanum Rotundifolium -Oregano
*Papaver Orientale -Oriental Poppy
*Perovskia -Russian Sage
*Phlox Subulata -Creeping Phlox
*Stachys -Lamb’s Ears
Yucca Filamentosa -Adam’s Needle
Yucca Spp. -Yucca
· *Russian Sage
Aucuba Japonica -Gold Dust Plant
*Berberis Thunbergii -Japanese Barberry
*Buddleia -Butterfly Plant
Genista -Scotch Broom
*Hibiscus -Rose Of Sharon
*Hypericum -St. John’s Wort
*Ilex Cornuta -Chinese Holly
*Ilex Glabra -Inkberry
*Kolkwitzia Amabalis -Beauty Bush
Myrica Pennsylvania -Northern Bayberry
Nandina -Heavenly Bamboo
*Rubus -Blackberry, Raspberry
· *Thuja (Plicata)
Ground Cover & Vines
· Celastrus Scandens -American Bittersweet
· *Ophiopogon Janonica -Monkey Grass
· *Pachysandra -Spurge
· *Vinca -Major Myrtle
*Wisteria Floribunda -Wisteria
Trees That Rarely Or Seldom Suffer Damage From Deer
*Acer Griseum -Maple
*Acer Palmatum -Japanese Maple
*Acer Pennsylvanian -Striped Maple
*Acer Rubrum -Red Maple
*Acer Saccharum -Sugar Maple
*Aesculus Carnea -Red Horsechesnut
Aesculus Parviflora -Bottlebrush Buckeye
Albizia Julibrissin -Mimosa
*Amelanchier -Downey, Alleghany
Asimina Triloba -Pawpaw
Cercidiphyllum Japonicum -Katsura Tree
*Chamaecyparis Pisifera -Japanese False Cypress
*Chinese Retusus -Chinese Fringe Tree
*Cornus Kousa -Kousa Dogwood
Crataegus Laevigata -English Hawthorn
Cryptomeria Japonica -Japanese Cedar
*Fagus Sylvatica -European Beech
Fraxinus Pennsylvania -Green Ash
Fraxinus Excelsior -European Ash
*Gleditsua Tracanthos -Honey Locust
Juniperus Virginiana -Eastern Red Cedar
Koelreutaria Paniculata -Goldenrain Tree
*Liriodendron Tulipifera -Tulip Tree
*Metasequoia Glytostroboides -Dawn Redwood
Oxydendron -Arboretum Sourwood
*Picea Abies -Norway Spruce
*Picea Glauca -Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Picea Omorika -Siberian Spruce
*Picea Pungens -Colorado Blue Spruce
Pinus Densiflora -Japanese Red Pine
*Prunus Serrulata -Japanese Flowering Cherry
*Salix Matsudana Tortuosa -Corkscrew Willow
Sassafras Albidurn -Common Sassafras