Bedner's Farm & Greenhouse

Weekly News, 9.2.20

Hello friends,

The garden center is transitioning to fall and it’s a welcome change of seasons. Our staff has been busy putting out fresh plants and products daily, including mums! The store changes almost daily this month, so check back with us often for new offerings.

Whatever your garden and decorating needs are this season, and whether you want to DIY or have us do it for you, we are here to help. Our garden center staff is ready to assist you with fall planting and decorating ideas, and our landscape team is booking fall clean ups and 2021 landscape designs.

Here’s what to know this week:

  • new arrivals this week include a trio of bottled sauces from local producer, the Bearded Devil Hot Sauce Co., as well as pure maple syrup from Cedar Run Farm in WV.
  • fall vegetable garden transplants are available, including Kale ‘Toscano’, ‘Black Seeded Simpson’ Lettuce, ‘Allstar Gourmet Mix’ Lettuce, ‘Bright Lights’ Swiss Chard, ‘Ruby Red’ Swiss Chard’, Leeks, ‘Stonehead’ Cabbage, ‘Amazing’ Cauliflower’, ‘Top Bunch’ Collards, ‘Castle Dome’ Broccoli’, and ‘Bloomsdale’ Spinach. Plant now for a fall harvest!
  • We still have a nice selection of herb plants, including basil to go with your homegrown tomatoes, ‘Pineapple’ Sage, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Sweet Marjoram, Parsley, Rosemary, ‘Lemon Variegated’ Thyme, Winter Savory, 
  • our Fall and Christmas workshop series will be announced in next week’s newsletter.
  • Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Clean-Ups and Design & Install spots are filling quickly! Click here to fill out a Landscape Request Form.
  • check your Bedner Bucks balance through our mobile app. You can also follow this link and enter your email address to get your balance, however we must have your email on file for you to do so.
  • Our store hours for the months of September and October will continue to be Wednesday – Friday, 9-5pm, and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Scroll down below to see some of our new arrivals and sale items. Have a great rest of your week and Labor Day. We hope to see you soon!

Take care,

Plant Spotlight – Dwarf Mondo Grass

Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nanus’

Plant Height:  4 inches

Flower Height:  6 inches

Spacing:  6 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b


Dwarf mounds of narrow dark-green foliage; bell-shaped pale lilac to white flowers in summer followed by bright, sky-blue berries; striking when massed along borders; not actually a grass but more closely related to lilies

Ornamental Features

Dwarf Mondo Grass features dainty spikes of lilac purple bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late summer. Its attractive grassy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. It produces sky blue berries from early to mid fall.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. 

Dwarf Mondo Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Dwarf Mondo Grass will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 6 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 8 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 6 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Dwarf Mondo Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a ‘filler’ in the ‘spiller-thriller-filler’ container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Do you want to bring more enjoyment to your outdoor space? Join us to learn how to build your very own cast stone fire pit. Russ Bedner will teach you best practices and some great time saving tips.  

– Space is limited to 20 participants.
– Online registration and pre-payment is required.
– All guests receive a coupon for $10 off your next purchase.
Register Here

NewGen Boxwood ‘Independence’
Buy 2, Get 1 FREE!

NewGen Independence® was chosen based on its very high tolerance to Boxwood Blight as well as its outstanding performance in Boxwood Leafminer trials. It’s growth is similar to Buxus microphylla ‘Green Beauty’ but has much better Boxwood Leafminer resistance and the leaves are slightly more elongated. NewGen Independence® was a chance seedling found in the Williamsburg, Virginia area.

Philodendron ‘Danadu’
Buy 1, Get 1 FREE!

Beautiful, deeply cut, glossy green leaves provide lush, tropical appeal indoors, or in the landscape in frost-free regions. Lobed evergreen foliage is smaller and more profuse than other species of cut-leaf philodendron. If used indoors, accommodate with ample bright light and consistent moisture.

New Arrivals!


Upcoming Events:

Thursday, September 3 @ 6pm  
Potting with a Twist: Fall Containers

Saturday, September 5 @ 10am
DIY Fire Pit Demonstration

Saturday, September 5 @ 2pm  
Potting with a Twist: Fall Containers

Thursday, September 10 @6pm
Fall Gardening with Doug Oster
Click Here to Learn More & Register!