Create a true backyard oasis by adding a backyard water garden to your gardens and landscape design. Our team of experts can assist in the planning and creation of elaborate backyard water fountains and a water garden, and can help you choose the right pieces for your project.
There are a variety of features that can be included in a water garden from fountains and waterfalls to elaborate lighting and rockwork. Options include a waterproof container on a patio, a half-barrel with a fountain, or an in-ground garden pond, all of which can bring the sights and sounds of lakes and streams into your own backyard.
Technology, especially with gardening equipment, has made installing a beautiful backyard water fountain a weekend job requiring a minimum of easily learned gardening skills. Jolly Lane Greenhouse has everything needed to complete this type of landscaping project.
Below are a few landscaping tips to consider before creating your water garden:
- Sunlight. Most water plants need a spot with 5 to 8 hours of sunlight. A shadier spot can be used, but it will limit the choice of plants. Ponds smaller than 100 gallons of water do better with afternoon shade.
- Drainage. If building a pond, the soil in the site should be well drained to avoid shifting or settling that can crack or break the lining. Low areas with water runoff from the surrounding landscape should be avoided.
- Trees. Locations under overhanging trees may damage the tree’s roots. Falling leaves can decay in the water, harming fish and plants and pumps and filters can get clogged.
- Water and electricity. Evaporation will require periodic refilling of the container and a garden hose should be easily accessible. If using a pump to power a fountain, waterfall or filter, a household circuit plug (110 volts, 20 amps) made for outdoor use should be near the water garden.
- Local regulations. Before installing an in-ground pond, check with your local building department for restrictions and the possible necessity of having a permit. Always consult your local utility companies for the location of underground lines before digging.
- Your water garden should be in a location where you will be able to easily enjoy it.
- The size you choose should be suited to the location in the garden where you will install it.
- Landscaping Maintenance. Although you may think of your water garden as a self-contained ecosystem, it will still require some maintenance at different times of the year. This will include clean-up in the spring, periodic removal of debris and replenishing of the water, plant care, protection from leaves in the fall and preparation for winter.
Once the water garden project has been completed you can sit back, relax and enjoy the variety of wildlife your new water garden will attract.
The Benefits of Social Distance Gardening
Social distancing may be the most used term of 2020, but another phrase may soon be part of your vocabulary - social distance gardening. With many of us spending significantly more time at home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, cabin fever has become a common issue that we’re all dealing with. However, the cure could be as simple as taking part in an activity that you already love. We’ve compiled some ways you can benefit from adding more time in your garden while you’re social distancing to help inspire you to don your garden gloves and spend some time in your yard.
Valentine's Day Plant Ideas
Win their heart this Valentine's Day by giving a gift that keeps on giving! This DIY paper sack plant idea is brilliant, and when paired with one of our choices for most romantic plants, is sure to help you win the day. In fact, you can do this for any occasion, for any special person in your life, or simply as a thank you to somebody that deserves it!
The Benefits of Houseplants
It’s certainly no secret that at Jolly Lane, we love houseplants. They’re one of the things we love most about our job here; watering, trimming, potting, you name it, and we love it. A single houseplant can add so much coziness to a room that you’ll wonder how you ever went without, and may just spark an interest that will have you stopping into our greenhouse every week to see what else you can pick up.
Holiday Plant Care
Christmas lights strung from the deck, tins of baked goodies, the smell of fresh pine throughout the home; it truly is the most wonderful time of the year! We love the holiday season, there’s so much fun involved in decorating our homes and spreading the cheer amongst our friends and family.
One of our favorite things about holiday decorating is bringing home fresh holiday plants, and decorating our meticulously chosen Christmas tree. They add so much life and color to our homes, that we’d be totally on board if it suddenly became fashionable to just have them year ‘round. Following our tips on caring for your holiday plants makes it easy to keep them thriving well past the holiday season, and maybe, with a bit of luck, that trend would catch on!
Garlic Growing Information
Check out some tips on growing, harvesting, and storing garlic in your garden!
Fall is a fantastic time for planting
In the Black Hills, fall brings with it a beautiful change in scenery. Colors turn from green, to stunning reds and yellows, while the early sunsets offer a fantastic backdrop to the changing of the season. We love turning the calendar over to fall, and welcome the laundry list of amazing interior projects we’ve been saving from Pinterest, or seen on the DIY channel. Fall has a natural nesting feel to it, and so we often get so cozy inside our homes, that we let our thoughts gravitate to those indoor projects, and forget about that beautiful outdoor space we spent all summer enjoying. But this year, why not take advantage of the fact that fall is a great time to create, supplement, or renovate exterior landscapes?
14th Annual Chili Pepper Roast
Our 14th Annual Chili Pepper Roast is right around the corner, folks! The 2019 Chili Roast will be September 13-15. Get the dirt on this year’s event here!
Mother’s Day: More than saying I love you
This Sunday, May 12th, we honor and celebrate the women who have perhaps the most difficult, yet rewarding job that life has to offer; that of being a Mother. Mother’s Day gives us a chance to show just how much we love and appreciate these wonderful women we call Mom’s. But where did this showering of appreciation all come from?
The History of Shamrocks
Spring has sprung and shamrocks are in full bloom in the Black Hills. Rapid City’s finest greenhouse has a couple of varieties of shamrocks and we are very excited to showcase them again this year. Shamrocks also have an important history and are a staple to this Irish holiday that is right around the corner, so celebrate with us by learning all there is to know about these nostalgic clovers!
Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month
It’s a great time to stock the bird feeder, fill up the bird bath with some warm water, and enjoy some hot cocoa as you watch the winter birds swoop in for a bite and a bath! If you don’t have a bird feeder, or bird house, stop in and see us. We have a great selection of feeders, houses, and bird seed.
13th Annual Birds and Blooms Event and Plant Sale
Join us January 19th on Saturday from 10am to 3 pm, for the 13th annual Birds and Blooms Event! This annual educational event is put on by both the Mt Rushmore Birds and the Black Hills Poultry Society right here in Rapid City.
Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree & Holiday Décor
It’s finally here, everyone’s favorite holiday season! That means it’s time to pick out the perfect Christmas tree and holiday decor for your family, which is always a ton of fun. We’ve got a variety of Christmas tree options in stock this year including White Pine, Scotch Pine, Balsam Fir, and Fraser Fir available in classic, flocked and colored stylings.
Winter Open House 2018
Christmas season is just around the corner! As always we’ll be having our annual holiday open house event. Stop by Jolly Lane Greenhouse this upcoming weekend for the winter open house happening on the 23rd, 24th, and 25th of November.
Stop by to enjoy our refreshments and see all the beautiful items we have available for your Christmas decorating needs.
Fall Pumpkin Festival 2018
If you anxiously wait all year to unpack your sweaters and scarves so you can relish in the crisp air and vibrant foliage of autumn, then join us at Jolly Lane Greenhouse on Saturday, October 20th to celebrate the season with our annual Fall Pumpkin Festival. Not only will you be able to stock up on pumpkins of all kinds for your seasonal decorating and baking, but we will be hosting a variety of fall activities for all ages, including wagon rides and face painting. Mark your calendars for this anticipated event where you and your family can take part in all the things that makes this time of year so enchanting!
13th Annual Chili Pepper Roast and Produce Market
Experience the taste of autumn at Jolly Lane Greenhouse’s 13th Annual Chili Pepper Roast and Produce Market! Join us on Friday, September 14th from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, September 15th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to stock up on fire-roasted chili peppers, fresh local produce and delicious canned goods that you won’t find anywhere else. And this year, you’ll even get the chance to try some of the area’s best craft brews and wines!
Emerald Ash Borer
While it’s important to take care of your flowers and garden, it’s vital to check on your trees as well. Many ash trees in North America have been affected by emerald ash borer (EAB), which is an exotic insect from Asia that attacks ash trees. There’s no known cases of EAB being in western South Dakota but it has been found in Sioux Falls. Jolly Lane Greenhouse encourages everyone to be aware of EAB and keep your eye on your ash trees. There are ways to treat and prevent emerald ash borer if or when it makes its way to this side of the state.
Keep up on your Garden Maintenance
As most of your gardens are already planted, it is important to remember you need to maintain them throughout the summer. Maintaining your garden can help it grow and stay beautiful all summer long. Here are some tips from Jolly Lane Greenhouse to keep your garden healthy and growing.
Hail Protection for Your Garden
Living in the Black Hills during the summertime brings the chance of the infamous summer hail storms. The hail, big or small, can cause damage to vehicles, gardens, and much more. The damage from hail can get costly, so hail protection is definitely important. How do you protect the beautiful garden that you have put so much work into?
Spring Landscaping and Planting Prep
Spring has officially sprung at Jolly Lane Greenhouse. The warmer weather and increase in sunshine means that it is time to start thinking about spring planting. This is the ideal time of the year for landscaping prep and planning which flowers or plants you want for your garden this year.
Tips for Springtime Outdoor Planting
With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what plants to put in your flower gardens this year. At Jolly Lane Greenhouse, we understand that it can be a process picking out the plants and figuring out where they should go. There are many factors that go into planting outdoor flowers. Here are just a few tips to help you figure out the plants you should be planting this spring to best meet your gardening needs in the long run.
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