SuperSecretSale! Kousa, Stewartia, Maple


Stewartia – Japanese Maple – Kousa Dogwood

We are offering the favorites of our nursery stock at a deep discount (up to 40% off!) with our SuperSecretSale! Each of these trees grow great in our area and bring stunning foliage, blooms, color, texture and interest to your garden.


Stewartia or False Camilla is happy in sun or shade and sports a very interesting peeling bark. The foliage starts out a  bronzey purple in spring, dark green in summer and orange or red in the fall. Mid-summer blooming results in large camilla like blooms.

Stewartia – False Camilla

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maples are particularly suitable for borders and ornamental paths because the root systems are compact and not invasive. Many varieties of Japanese Maple are successfully grown in containers.  Hand shaped leaves in a variety of colors are sure to make an impact in your space. Preffering part shade, especially in hotter climates, almost all are adaptable and blend well with companion plants.

Japanese Maple
Japanese Maple

Kousa Dogwood

While known for their delicate beauty,  the Kousa Dogwood adds a toughness that makes this species an excellent choice for home landscapes. The Kousa blooms profusely in spring and offers a wonderful shade canopy during  the summer months. In autumn, the leaves turn a vibrant red.


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Cool New Surprises!

The hope of cool days, crisp nights and the harvest of our fall crops. The Plymouth shop has some great surprises ahead and here’s what happening today:

The aroma of pumpkin spice coffee has filled the shop…

 cool pumpkin and cinnamon
cool pumpkin and cinnamon – Thanks to BBC News

Deb and Bridget are working on refinishing this beautiful hutch…

Great Hutch!
Great Hutch!

New surprises headed our way to make this season our most exciting yet!

Honey comb – Thanks to

We have so much planned for the coming season. We invite you to join us in Plymouth for a sip of something warm , a nice chat and a few surprises!

Fall, Garden Spaces, Perennials

Fall Plants

Just because the summer is winding down, it doesn’t mean we have to give up enjoying our garden spaces. Sure, our summer annuals may be wrapping up their time here on earth, but there are good plants that offer the same things our summer plants do, just in the fall. I love these plants because they thrive in the cooler temperatures of late summer and fall. They have no problem with chilly nights and they will take a light frost! And they can help us transition from summer to winter by easing us into the new season with fabulous colors and textures.

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Color and Texture

Color, Texture and Space

When planning a garden, we consider the garden space as our artists palette. Using plants, we paint our space. We choose vivid colors that catch our eye, add intensity and speak to us in an emotional way. Texture and height add dimension, depth and draw the eye to the different elements of our garden spaces. These concepts are true in  every season. A garden in winter may only seem to contain a few evergreen shrubs, but those shrubs save our place and remind us spring is on the way. Spring, summer and fall gardens all have their own looks and feels, each one a new palette for us to paint!


Fall is for Perennials

While we can plant a perennial at any time the ground is warm and can be worked, fall is a super time to plant a perennial. Night temperatures are cooler, giving plants the opportunity to settle in nicely and establish themselves before the frost. Planted in the cooler temps of late summer and fall, our perennials get a great start at showing off in the coming spring and summer. Different perennials bloom at different times during the warm weather, so a perennial garden can provide a different bloom for months to come.

Decorative Kale - Fall
Decorative Kale


SuperSecret Sale! 25% OFF!

We have a plethora of fabulous hanging baskets…

All on sale for 25%
Stop in and check out our SuperSecret Sale!

Sale in effect until Thursday July 7, 2016

sale hanging baskets
25% off all hanging baskets!

Plants for full sun, part sun or shade, we have it all! Petunias, Begonias, Calibrachoa and Impatiens, we have something for everyone! All colors, shapes, sizes, textures and habits! 25% of All hanging baskets in the place!

SunPatiens BOGO!

BOGO! SunPatiens! Buy One Get One Free this week!
(While supplies last!)


Gardens have never been more beautiful with easy-to-grow SunPatiens. These super plants tolerate high heat and humidity, responding with vigorous growth and they absolutely LOVE the sun. But they do offer full-sun to part-shade versatility!


So easy to grow, these showstoppers get three feet high and three feet across! They bloom nonstop, spring through frost, in vibrant colors! Pink, orange, white, magenta, pick your favorite!
This superfun plant will thrive in your garden!


SunPatiens are downy mildew resistant and offer exceptional outdoor performance that has been proven time and again!

Here’s a cool idea for a tiered vertical planter!

VOTE! Magical Mystical Fairy Garden!

We’ve collected all the entries for our Magical Mystical Fairy Garden Contest! Thanks so much to all everyone who created a Fairy Garden and entered our contest!

You can vote for your favorite Fairy Garden by clicking the link below. Here are photos of all the contest entries!

Now, on with the show!

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 Your favorite Fairy Garden!























Click  to vote:

Your favorite KIDS Fairy Garden!

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Magical Mystical Fairy Garden Photo Contest

Magical Mystical Fairy Garden Photo Contest!

Submit a photo to our Magical Mystical Fairy Garden Photo Contest for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Crystal Lake Garden Shops!

At Crystal Lake Garden Shop, we love Fairy Gardens and we’d like to urge you to participate in our Magical Mystical Fairy Garden Photo Contest! We’re looking for the most Magical Mystical Fairy Garden we can find! We’ve planted a fairy garden or two in each shop that you can use for inspiration. We invite everyone to enter, young and old, short and sweet, tall or small. Plant a Fairy Garden, it can be simple or complex, fancy or plain and you can use anything you think will entice a fairy to move in to your garden. Miniature plants, tiny fairy figures or fanciful decorations, the sky’s the limit! Then take a picture and submit it for a chance to win the Fairy Garden Photo Contest!

Magical Mystaical Fairy Garden Photo Contest
Ocean themed miniature garden

A prize will be awarded in two categories: Fairy Gardeners 16 and under and Fairy Gardeners 16 and older.

After you’ve planted your Fairy Garden, click here to submit a photo of your mystical creation.  You can enter the contest between Sunday, May 15, 2016 and Sunday June 12, 2016. Then, all our Crystal Lake friends will vote to pick the most Magical Mystical Fairy Garden. Voting will begin on Monday, June 13, 2016 and end on Sunday, June 19, 2016. The prizes will be awarded on June 20, 2016.

Magical Mystaical Fairy Garden Photo Contest
Fairy House

For both categories, a $50 gift certificate to Crystal Lake Garden Shop will be awarded to owner of the Fairy Garden photo that receives the most votes. Folks, we hope you have as much fun with your Fairy Garden as we have with ours, so get out there and make some magic!

Magical Mystaical Fairy Garden Photo Contest
Fairy Garden

Lettuce Bowls – BOGO!

The leafy, green vegetable that’s easy to grow!

Especially if you try one of our Lettuce Bowls!

I’ve been craving crisp, crunchy texture in my meals for awhile now. I’m not satisfied with what I can get from the grocery.  Last week I took home one of Mike’s  leafy bowls and fresh lettuce sure does hit the spot! I love that I can just grab a leaf or two on the fly, and not have to mess with a whole head. A quick rinse and I’m off to the sandwich board.

Sooo, Mike planted a ton of these bowls but they came in a little late. I don’t know how that’s a bad thing because I think they’re fabulous. The lush, leafy, abundant containers are ready for your sandwich or salad. But lettuce isn’t just for a salad or a sandwich anymore.  I tried this little gem of a recipe and thought I’d pass it on.

BLT stuffed Tomatoes –

bacon lettuce and cheese stuffed tomato
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Did you know that Thomas Jefferson had 19 different varieties growing in his garden at Monticello? It’s also the second most popular fresh vegetable in the US.  (#1 is the potato.)

crisp and crunchy, lettuce saves the day!


This week, stop in and check out our superfun lettuce bowls. They are BUY ONE GET ONE FREE from Friday May 20, 2016 until they’re gone!

Folks, don’t forget what Uncle Mike always says, “If I can grow it, you can too!”

Click here to check out our Facebook page and see Mike in action!

Fairy Gardens – Miniature Fun!

A Fairy? Really?

Fairies love mushrooms…

I think there may be a fairy looking to take up residence in my yard. In the last few days, I’ve noticed little things that are odd, but not out of the ordinary. A small, sunny spot weeded, a broken ceramic pot moved and what looks like a tiny bench and campfire. The idea that a mystical being might want to live in my yard is exciting. I’ve decided I’m going to try to welcome her.

How to make a  Garden attractive to a fairy

Fairy in her garden

Size matters!  I hear that a fairy will take over an attractive space and make it her own.  Fairies, like humans, love warmth, comfort, quiet and feeling safe. With that in mind, one could create a magical space that would seem like home to a little sprite. Add tiny plants that will grow and flourish, but make sure to space  them out a bit to give them room to grow. Anything colorful will delight a fairy and entice her to move in!

Choose a good spot

A container or a garden in a sunny spot is a great choice for a fairy garden. A good spot also needs access to water. A little water now and then is important. You don’t want your fairy to have to carry water to her garden, right? Make sure you can help the garden along with regular watering. A dry spot is all right, provided you can add water easily. Choose a spot that is out of the way of running dogs or kids, lawnmowers or curious kittens. Your new neighbor wants to feel safe, remember? Pick a good spot out of the way, but close enough for you to keep a good eye out.

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Add things that will help a fairy

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Fairies are industrious little creatures who want to help. A happy fairy will keep watch over all of your other gardens if  her garden is comfortable and feels like home. A house to shield her from the rain, a table to sit at and munch her lunch or a few tiny garden tools will go along way to help a fairy. Beautiful flowers,wonderful greenery and tiny statues are important too. Choose things you like, if you’re happy about your garden, a fairy will be too!

Help take care of the garden

All gardens need your attention. Yours is no different. Regular watering and feeding is important. Take care to see that weeds don’t invade your tiny fairy home. Keep your little neighbor safe by making sure her house is safe and secure. But most of all, love your garden and it will bring you immeasurable joy! Enchantment awaits!

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Ipomea – Sweet Potato Vine – Propagation


Ipomea – Sweet Potato Vine


Today we are going to learn about the Art of Propagation!

When we propagate Ipomea,we take cuttings and quickly plant them into a tray with tiny cells of soil. From there the trays go onto the propagation bench, which keeps the trays warm from below as well as above. this promotes good root formation. The propagated trays stay on the warm bench for about three weeks. they will then be transplanted in to 4″ pots and be ready for sale around Mothers Day.

We begin with a tray of plants and take small cuttings.

We start with a tray of plants

The cuttings are the growing tip of the plant. IMG_0504

Each one has a couple breaks and some new growth.


Then we poke a hole in each cell so that the cutting has a little breathing room and space for a root to develop.


Then we stick the cut end of the cutting into the growing media.


Each tray has 105 cells, so we can expect at least 100 plants from a tray. A few may die, but only a few.  in a month or so, we’ll transplant each little cell into a 4″ pot to finish them. These Ipomea or Sweet Potao Vine will be ready around Mothers Day.