Mother’s Day Gift Ideas From The Garden

Mother’s Day is around the corner and sometimes it can be a challenge to find the perfect gift for the special mom in your life!  Here are a few ideas to help you decide!

For the Foodie Mom: Get her some wonderful extracts from Meso Nutso Pantry

For the Bird Loving Mom: Get her a beautiful bird feeder

For the Sentimental Mom: If your mom appreciates a thoughtful gift that brings back memories of past times, finding a rose with a special name can be very meaningful.

For the Mom who wants your time:   If this is your mom, a Johnson Brother’s Gift Card is the best gift you can give her! Include a note that lets her know you will be taking her on a trip to Johnson Brothers to pick out exactly what she wants.

For the Mom who is a bee lover: Give her some local honey from The Queen’s Bounty.

For the Mom who appreciates art: If this is your mom, give her a print of a flower from Lisa Livoni Art.

For the Mom who loves a cocktail: Give her a cocktail infusion kit from Rokz.

For the Mom who loves to clean: Give her an assortment of Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Products!

If you still can’t decide after seeing these ideas, a Johnson Brothers home-grown hanging basket is always a good choice!

Come by and we can help you pick out the perfect gift for the perfect mom in your life.

Lady Bugs & Praying Mantids Are Here!

Releasing live lady bugs in your garden is a wonderful way to naturally guard against pests that will ruin your vegetables and flowers.  Lady bugs will eat dozens of pests per day.  The adults will lay eggs throughout the gardening season.  Lady bugs will protect your garden from Aphids, Spider Mites, Thrips, Mealy-bugs, Scales, White fly eggs and more!

Besides all of these benefits to releasing lady bugs in your garden, kids LOVE them! It is a fun way to get your kids outside and helping in the garden too!

Hanging Basket Release~ April 22nd!

Join us as we release our 2017 collection of famous hanging baskets! Here is a look at some of our 2016 baskets.   We grow over 7,500 hanging baskets right here at Johnson Brothers!

Whether you need a sun basket or a shade basket, we have a basket for you! Join our hanging basket care class on Saturday, April 22nd from 12-1 to learn tips on how to keep your baskets looking beautiful all summer long!

Pinwheel Class- In case you missed it!

This last Saturday we had a fun class on making Paper Pinwheels! Our guest teacher Kathy from Art-sy did a wonderful job!

Here are some pics and easy instructions in case you missed the class!

Here are a few examples of the finished product to give you inspiration!  These are so fun to place in a plant as a gift or use a cake topper! Below is a pictures of the items needed to create these cute little decorations:

2 sided paper (can be scrapbook paper or you can get creative and use old maps!

Straws (we used thick paper straws)

Paper piercing tool


Coated wire to attach buttons




Here are some steps to create paper pinwheels:

  1. Start by drawing an “x” on your paper from corners to corners.
  2. Then, use your scissors to cut the “x” but leave about a half inch from the center.  The middle spot needs a small hole punched (use the paper piercing tool). 
  3. Take your paper piercing tool and make 4 holes in the left hand corners of each section.
  4. Now take a button and thread it with some coated wire
  5.  Thread the button through one of the holes in the left hand corner of the sections.  Now repeat this for each of the corners.  Once all of the corners are through the wire, pull the wire through the center hole.
  6. Now pierce a hole through your straw about a half and inch from the top.  You will now take your pinwheel and thread it through the hole of the straw and wrap around.
  7. There you have it! I hope you enjoy making your own!

Take a look at what’s new!

I love this time of year because the store changes daily. We have so many beautiful plants coming up from the back growing greenhouses.  You never know what treasures you will find when you stop by.  Here is a sampling of what you can find this week at Johnson Brothers!

So, come and wander to see what treasure you will find!


Winterizing Class Series

Upcoming Classes ~ Winterizing Series 
All classes are free!
Winterizing Your Cane Fruits and Berries ~
November 5th from 12-1
Winterizing Your Roses ~
November 12th from 12-1
Winterizing Your Containers ~ How to refresh your containers for winter interest! ~ November 19th from 12-1
Winterizing Your Fruit Trees & Other tips for fruit tree success ~
December 10th from 12-1

Yearly Cart Run ~ Thursday Spots Still Open!

2016 cart run

*We still have spots in Thursday’s Cart Run (Thursday, August 18th 6-7pm) Sign up here

For those of you who haven’t participated in one of our Cart Runs, here is a little information.  It is similar to Super Market Sweep, but instead of at grocery store, it’s at Johnson Brothers!  Check-in starts at 5:45 and the doors open for shopping promptly at 6:00 pm.  You have one hour to load your cart with as many plant items as you can.  You must be in line for checkout no later than 7:00 sharp.  These best part is that you then receive 50% off all of the plants on your cart!

The event is FREE, but you must give a $5 deposit to hold your spot.  The $5 will then be deducted from your total when you checkout at the event.  Here are a few tips for success:

  1. Come out a day before the event to scout out plants.  Since the shopping time allotted is only one hour, it will go fast.
  2. Create a list of what you want so you don’t forget anything.
  3. Plan your route before hand.  You can get a map of the store before hand and map out your shopping in order so you can make the most of your time.

Sign up for Thursday, August 18th!

Taking care of Clematis

If you are looking for a tropical looking vine with beautiful colored blooms then a Clematis may be just what you are looking for! Clematis roots  are long and deep as they prefer cool and moist conditions, but not soggy or waterlogged. Now is a perfect time to plant as the soil in the Willamette Valley is moist and cool in the beginning of spring.  when planting, we recommend a fertilizer called ” Bud & Bloom” from G&B Organics which contains Soil microbes and Mycorrhizae that will help with the perfect blooms of your Clematis! Depending on variety, Clematis can grow in any light condition, but like to have their roots cool so make sure to have to have ground cover or low-growing shrubs around the base of the Clematis. Your Clematis should be well watered and not dried out as they like moist soil for their roots, and as the plant matures you should soak it in water once a week during dry weather. As always we recommend our Johnson’s Max fertilizer which is a slow release granular that helps for full growth and beautiful blooms in which you can put around the soil of your plant 3 times a year.



Strawberries are quite easy to grow.  They are perennial, winter hardy, and will thrive in full sunshine & fertile, well-drained soil. Healthy plants will produce an abundance of berries for three to four years, after which they should be replaced.

There are two basic categories of strawberries, June-bearing & Everbearing.  June-bearing produce one large crop from early June into July.  This type of berry is used for jams or freezing, and tend to be the better quality berries.  Everbearing produce in June and in late summer.  These types are suited to jams, freezing or fresh eating. Growing different varieties of strawberries will enable you to have fruit throughout the growing season.  When the patch needs redoing, in about three years, try some others.

Planting:  Plant strawberries in early spring, as soon as you can prepare the soil. Dig a hole for each plant large enough to place the roots straight downward but somewhat spread. The midpoint of the crown should be level or slightly above the soil surface; the topmost root should be just below the soil surface. Fertilizing should wait for growth to start so the roots won’t burn. Without a soil test, we recommend a good balanced blend of nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur, such as 10-10-10 or 14-14-14. The same fertilizer that works well in your vegetable garden will give excellent results on strawberries. Water the fertilizer in well. Do not over-fertilize or you will mainly get leaves and few fruit.  The plants should be fed again at mid-season.  Mulch well to prevent weeds and to conserve moisture. Strawberries require regular water for the best flavor and fruit production. All strawberries need good drainage.

Spring Crop (June-bearing) Strawberries are usually grown in a raised row.  Rows should be set 3-4’ apart.  Set the plants 18” to 24” apart within the row.  When the first runners are produced they should be about 6 inches away form the original plant.  Allow the runners that are produced from the ‘mother’ plants to develop and root.  Only allow a few runners per plant (5), after which additional starts need to be cut off. Keep the remaining 18” to 30” between rows clear by making sure the runners being formed are growing in the row.  Any runners produced late in the year or grow where not desired should be removed. The first year you plant, remove all flower clusters on the June bearers before fruit is formed. If you try to produce strawberries the first year, you’ll stress the young plant. This limits crown and leaf growth, which decreases the following seasons’ yield.

Ever-bearing Strawberries do not produce as many runners as Spring Crop (June-bearers), so using a hill system for planting is preferred. Make the hills about 15” high. Remove all runners that develop throughout the growing season before they root.  Ever-bearers should not be allowed to produce runners until the mother plant is depleted and you wish to create plants for future use. Remove only the first flowers, allowing flowers developed after July l to fruit. This allows plants to get well established before fruiting.  Plants will flower and fruit the rest of the summer and fall until frost. The original mother plants should be dug out after the second or third year.

Disease Control: Plants purchased at a reputable nursery are virus free. Aphids, though, do spread viruses among strawberries. Rigid insect control is necessary to avoid this problem. Control aphids with chemical or manual methods.