All the Colors of Spring Blooming at Local Garden Shops

by Lee Rennick

No matter what that cute little ground hog, Punxsutawney Phil, pronounces upon viewing or not viewing his shadow, the true sign of spring is when local home improvement and garden stores are ripe with a sea of flowers. Because, as Lady Bird Johnson once said, “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” And spring is about hope and new beginnings. In this case we mean for your yard and garden, currently brown and tattered from the machinations of winter.

Murfreesboro offers a plethora of places to purchase flowers, grass seed, and other lawn and garden maintenance supplies. Each business has something unique to offer the gardener, be they professional, amateur, or neophyte.

When you mention buying flowers to most people in Murfreesboro, the first place they think of is Martin’s Home and Garden on Northwest Broad Street. Martin’s is a family business that has been serving the area for over 30 years. They especially like to hire young people who have an interest in plants and flowers.

Sarah Pitts is a young woman who works with the perennials at Martins. She knows her flowers and keeps up on current industry trends.

“We are seeing a growing interest in herbs and edible landscapes,” Pitts said. “More young people are taking an interest in culinary and medicinal herbs. And parents are teaching their children about them.”

Strolling through Martin’s one can’t help noticing the number of container gardens filled with herbs and edible flowers. Container gardens are another growing trend in the industry. The grounds are filled with reasonable prices, brightly colored planters of all sizes and shapes. Those new to gardening can experiment with a few different types of plants – annuals and perennials – to discover what they like to work with most in a few container gardens.

“Perennials take more planning,” Pitts notes. “You can have blooming flowers in your yard all summer, but you have to do a little research on blooming periods and plant an assortment with different and overlapping bloom times. Annuals, if taken care of properly, will bloom all summer. However, as their name implies, they have to be replaced every year.”

Southbranch Nursery on Church Street not only offers a wide variety of annual and perennial flowers, shrubs, and trees, but they will design your garden for you and do all of the planting. What makes them different is that they hire plant science majors to work for them, like Eliot James. James has a degree in plant science and soils from Middle Tennessee State University and a true love of all things green and brown. He and his teammates want to make sure that you not only get the plants you want, but that you know how to take care of them to insure they perform well over the long haul, including proper soil.

“We want to make sure that you get the plants you need for your yard and garden,” said James, “and that you get correct information on both performance of the plant and correct care instructions. For example, we will have a customer who purchased a shrub somewhere else and they were told it will only get six feet tall, but that particular variety is known to top out at fifteen feet. They have come to us because it is too tall for their needs.”

The manager at Southbranch Nursery also happens to be the president of Murfreesboro Master Gardeners Society. He emphasizes to his staff the need for public education.

James explains how public education is important when creating a privacy screen from shrubs, another hot gardening trend. “Many places suggest a Leyland Cypress as the shrub of choice for this purpose because of their beauty and easy care, however they can grow to be 100 feet tall. Most people don’t want shrubs this tall. And the heat we have here opens them to destructive pests. A better choice would be what is called a Green Giant. They top out at 30 feet and are more immune to pests.”

Privacy fences made of shrubs are less expensive than wood fences, and they enhance the value of your home, as does the planting of a good shade tree. James says that a slow growing Japanese Maple tree adds the most value, followed by Red Maples, Willows, and Cherry trees.

Just down Church Street from Soutbranch Nursery, as you head toward downtown Murfreesboro is the Rutherford Co-op Home Lawn and Garden Center. Located on Middle Tennessee Boulevard, it is a true destination location with a loyal following.

Not only do their greenhouses overflow with a variety of plants in the spring and summer, but they will also test your soil to let you know what you need to do to make it more productive.

Middle Tennessee has some of the worst soil in the country, and they can help you find the appropriate minerals and fertilizers to enhance nutritional values. Gypsum, bone meal, lime, and Epsom salts are all naturally occurring soil enhancers available to make yards and gardens more fruitful.

The Co-op Home Lawn and Garden Center is also a great place to pick up a new sun hat, gloves, or gardening clogs. They have all kinds of supplies to make your time in the garden more comfortable, like knee pads, or whimsical, like fairy balls.

No matter your gardening desires, Murfreesboro has a business that offers the plants, equipment, supplies, or decor you need for your garden. All you have to supply is the green thumb.

Garden Centers, Nurseries,
and Home Improvement Stores
in Murfreesboro

Southbranch Nursery
2991 South Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
(615) 893-4030

Martins Home and Garden
1020 NW Broad Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 867-7121

Valley Growers
1825 Lascassas Pike
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 295-2065

Rutherford Co-op Home Lawn & Garden Center
985 Middle Tennessee Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 893-6212

MidTn Hydroponics & Gardening
1370 Clark Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 900-3781

Valley Growers Too
985 Middle Tennessee Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 890-9960

Holden Hardware
108 South Maple
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 893-1122

Tractor Supply Company
2310 Mercury Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 849-1974

Home Depot
1750 Old Fort Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 895-9210

Lowes Home Improvement
1825 Old Fort Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 896-2882

Old Time Pottery
480 River Rock Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
(615) 890-6060

Colorburst Plant Farm
7633 Manchester Pike
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
(615) 895-5990

Evans Plant Farm
7633 Manchester Pike
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
(615) 895-5990

Middle Tennessee Bamboo Farm
118 Lauren Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 406-8049

SiteOne Landscape Supply
9216 Franklin Road
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
(615) 907-5700