Well, it’s summertime in Grand Rapids, MI…or sort of. We’ve been enjoying more spells of cooler weather than warm lately, but that’s actually OK with me.
For one things, it’s great planting weather for the garden. And, fall is my favorite season of the year, so a little fall in summer is not that terrible in my opinion.
In celebration of summer, we made our ritual pilgrimage to our favorite greenhouses in the area. Although, it’s after the Memorial Day Sales, there is still a fairly good selection and you certainly can’t complain about the prices when Countryside Greenhouse has a items on sale!
Our first stop is Countryside Greenhouse in Allendale, MI. It’s just a short drive out of Grand Rapids. This year, the layout looks entirely different and they’ve expanded their receiving/check-out area significantly.
Over the last several years, I’ve been focusing more on perennials as I finally realised it made little sense to continue planting the same plants year after year. So, we pick up several hydrangeas, and an assortment of other plants to fill in bare spots in the yard.
If you’re looking for some of the larger shrubs and trees, we noted some very good prices on ornamental trees. We almost picked up a Japanese Maple, but decided against it when we checked the tag which indicated it could grow as tall as 20 feet within 10 years. A little too much height for the area I was considering. Check out their website to see a complete list of what’s currently on sale.
Next stop, is Motmans Greenhouse. Large signs along the expressway beckon you to stop in and a smiling face let’s you know you’ve arrived. Motman’s also carries fresh vegetables and today, there is a sale of some very appealing looking asparagus. Several customers are bagging up larges bunches.
The selection at Motman’s is colorful and healthy. I’m here to mainly see what they have left in their larger arrangements. Motman’s also features a wide array of annuals and perennials, but the main reason I make a yearly visit to this greenhouse is because they do such a beautiful job with their arrangements.
Grand Rapids, MI has a number of greenhouses and shops which sell plants to decorate your yard this summer. These are just two of my favorites, but there are many to choose from. Invest in pampering your home this year. The simple beauty which flowers and plants share with us during this time of the year is wonderful.
Motman’s Greenhouse: O-2617 River Hill Dr Grand Rapids, MI 49534 – (616) 677-1525
Countryside Greenhouse: 7235 Pingree St, Allendale – (616) 895-5000