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Welcome to Jolly Lane Greenhouse

We are a Rapid City nursery that provides helpful information to both green thumbs and beginning gardeners about horticulture in the Black Hills and surrounding areas. Our garden supply center houses a variety of plant selections, including shrubs, annuals, perennials, and herbs, as well as garden décor.

At Jolly Lane Greenhouse, you'll find your senses stimulated by an extensive assortment of seasonal plants, shrubs, and trees from our garden supply centers. We have a variety of fragrant and brightly-colored foliage, bushes, evergreens, perennials, vines, ornamental grasses, and rose bushes—there's something for every season!

Jolly Lane Greenhouse has everything you need to start planning and planting your flower and vegetable seedlings. You'll find a huge selection of flower and vegetable seeds, germinating soil and trays, heating mats for germinating, marking stakes and much more.

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Seasonal Plants

History of the Petunia

Petunias have been around since the mid-1700s and late 1800s after being discovered in South America. The white-flowered Petunia axillaris and purple-flowered Petunia violacea were discovered and introduced into Europe in the early 1800s. While they weren’t a favorite garden flower, breeders began to cross them in order to get bigger and more colorful flowers.

Over the past decades, changes and improvements have been made to the flower to make it fit what breeders wanted. The first red petunia was revealed in 1953 and was called Comanche, bred by PanAmerican Seed. The first yellow petunia was called Summer Sun and was introduced in 1977, bred by Claude Hope. Numerous new classes, including the floribunda which was introduced in 1983, and the miliflora in 1996 have been introduced into the market.

Petunia species are mostly annual herbs and most species are insect-pollinated. Today’s petunia is a beautiful trumpet-shaped flower that is popular in the summer and works great in flower beds and window boxes. It is most often grown as an annual and the flowers will bloom from early summer until the first frost. Shade is the enemy of this flower, while it grows well in temperate climates.

Two types of petunias are available for people to pick the best kind for their gardens. The compact erect type grows to 6-10 inches and is best for summer garden beds, while the long-stemmed balcony petunia can grow to 18 inches and is best for hanging baskets and window boxes. Colors vary from pure white to deep crimson or purple. They can often be speckled or veined in contrasting colors.

Gardening Tips

Getting your annuals, perennials and vegetable gradens through extreme heat is a challenge.

Caring for annuals and perennials in containers: 

Put containers and hanging baskets in the shade when the heat hits.  Even sun loving annuals will benefit from shade in extremely hot periods.  Almost all of the containers are not large enough to retain moisture for very long, so they will need to be watered every day and probably twice a day if temperatures are near or over 100 degrees.  Even the shade loving plants like impatiens and begonias will need watered twice a day.  After the heat of the day the plants may be wilting even if the soil is moist.  A light sprinkling of water after they are out of the sun will cool down and refresh the plants.

Caring for garden bed annuals, perennials and vegetable gardens: 

You cannot provide extra shade for your garden beds: at least make sure the soil stays moist.  Even if the surface dries out quickly in extreme heat, if you keep the soil moist at root level your plants will be fine.  Apply up to 3 inches of mulch at the first sign of prolonged heat, as that will help the soil remain moist and cool.  Water only in the morning or evening, because evaporation will quickly remove the water we are trying to provide to the plants.  The sun is intensified through water droplets on the leaves causing the leaves to burn.

To keep a good nutrient value for your plants fertilize regularly.