Gardening matters now more than ever!
Enjoy inspiration, a new FREE online event, our COVID-19 update, a gardening to-do list, and more in this info-packed newsletter.
Salsbury-Schweyer, Inc's

Yes, It's Spring

Spring is not cancelled - or postponed. Breathe it in! Have you found that nature provides a welcome respite in a world turned upside-down? He have. As we seek refuge in our own NEOhio back garden, a simple message comes to mind:
  • Create sanctuary
  • Grow food
  • Live more mindfully, ecologically, resiliently
This matters to us. How about you?

As spring unfolds in gorgeous colors, be assured that Salsbury-Schweyer, Inc is NOT closed (read our update below). We are here and ready to help. The above message closely mirrors the company vision we crafted nearly 25 years ago. Our mission to create "landscapes to heal people, places, and planet" seems more important than ever.

Sharing the joys of gardening is part of that vision. In this newsletter you'll find inspiration, timely garden tips, as well as info on the Perennial of the Year. Besides outreach to our community, we are also helping the media, offering national audiences some pertinent and practical advice on permaculture, creating backyard sanctuaries, growing food...

And we are excited to offer you FREE weekly gardening insights from Sabrena, shared LIVE via the Salsbury-Schweyer, Inc Facebook page (Thursday evenings at 7 pm; see below). Learn what we are doing in our own landscape, as well as why and how. Is there anything that you'd like to hear?

This is our passion, as well as our livelihood. We appreciate you, our clients and friends. Please stay in touch. And help connect us with others who may welcome our insights or the tranquility of a beautiful garden space. Being able to take refuge in nature is so important.

Be well and stay safe,
Sabrena & Samuel


Wishing You Calm
A Salsbury-Schweyer, Inc Update 

The global coronavirus pandemic affects all of us - our families, our businesses and our communities. During this extraordinary time, Salsbury-Schweyer, Inc. is taking a very mindful approach to the situation.

We are still open for business, so feel free to give us a call. We are scheduling and/or providing (in safe ways):

  • Education - presentations, podcasts, free Facebook Live programs...
  • Our popular 1 1/2 hour landscape consultation/visioning sessions
  • Eco-mindful landscape design and installations
  • Select landscape gardener services

Our office team is working from home. Samuel had been studying music in India, and left just before the airports closed! Following a 16 day quarantine, he's doing well and is now back to work.

Our outside team is providing what we (and the government) deem as essential services, while taking every measure to ensure the health and safety of all employees, their families, as well as our clients and community. Read details on our policy here. As always, we are committed to being your partner and are ready to help you with your needs. Nature matters now more than ever.

We want to express our gratitude to those who are keeping us safe and healthy, particularly those in healthcare who are caring for those affected. We also thank all of you for your friendship, support, and patience in this difficult time.

As conditions change, we will do our best to update you. Please contact us with any questions or needs you may have.


"Spring is the time of plans and projects." 

- Leo Tolstoy

FREE and LIVE on Facebook!
“Growing Eco-Mindful Gardeners: 
In the Garden with Sabrena"

We are happy to announce our new weekly Facebook Live Event,  "Growing Eco-Mindful Gardeners" starting this Thursday, April 16th, at 7:00 pm.

During this time, creating and growing a beautiful, purposeful garden is possibly the most positive thing we can do.  My hope is to provide inspiration, guidance, and social connection around a topic we love.

So come explore spring in my garden. You'll learn steps to become an eco-gardener, a co-creator of peace and healing in our world.  We'll explore topics such as: how/what to prune, what seeds we plant when, creating sanctuary, growing edibles, managing stormwater, my favorite plants, and much more!

DAY  Thursday evenings
TIME  7:00 pm (mark your calendars now!)

I'll see you there!  Sabrena


Your favorite posts from our Social Media Pages!

The fairy garden photo above comes from our Instagram page, where we share best pics of our gardens, our travels, and glimpses of nature's eternally inspiring beauty.  

Our Facebook page is our go-to spot for sharing, and where we post the most interesting stories we read. Here's a few our Facebook fans loved:
  Please join us on Social Media. We have a fabulous community there. Make sure that you and your friends don't miss out!  (And join Sabrena on her Instagram, too.)


Be "On Trend" with the Perennial Plant of the Year!

The Perennial Plant Association has chosen Aralia 'Sun King'as its Perennial Plant of the Year®.  No, not Louis XIV of France, rather, a fabulous high-impact perennial. Aralia 'Sun King' brings a bold pop of glowing color and texture - the perfect anchor for the shade to shade-to-part-shade border.

"Discovered" by plantsman Barry Yinger in a Japanese garden center (atop a department store), this perennial has become a beloved shade garden staple across the country. Bright yellow shoots emerge in spring, then grow up, up, up...can reach 6' tall and nearly as wide. The small, cream-colored umbels of flowers are attractive to bees and are followed by tiny dark (inedible) drupes. Despite the Sun King’s stature, it's very well behaved – little to no reseeding or suckering.
We love to incorporate this almost like a shrub in the shade garden. Dramatic enough for one plant to serve as a focal point, this aralia is beautiful planted in large drifts. Details and photo are courtesy of our friends at the Perennial Plant Association.

USDA Zones 3 to 9

Part shade to full shade. A few hours of sun brings out the yellow; tends to be more chartreuse in deeper shade.

Not picky - but can flag during dry spells, so provide additional water as necessary. 

Terrific in combination with hosta, ferns, and past PPOY stars such as Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ (2013) and Brunnnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ (2012). A knockout when placed near Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ or other maroon-leaf woody. And don’t forget containers - Sun King is bold and beautiful in a big pot!

Unique Qualities
Bold, gold, compound foliage is deer resistant. Bigger than your average perennial, Sun King is frequently described as 4’ tall and as wide, once established, but 6’ tall is not unusual for older plants. Aralia ‘Sun King’ won the International Hardy Plant Union Outstanding Plant Award in 2012. The species Aralia cordata is a member of the Araliaceae family. Native to Japan, Korea, and SE China, where the young shoots are harvested and blanched or pickled. 
Low maintenance deciduous perennial; remove dead foliage after a freeze. Supplemental water helps keep foliage from getting crispy during a dry spell. 


Early Spring Gardening Tips

Need help cleaning up your garden this spring? Call us (330.375.9600) and we'll gladly reserve a spot on our calendar for you. 


  • Prune summer-/fall-blooming trees and shrubs while still dormant.
  • Begin uncovering roses in late March and prune as needed.
  • Begin pond cleanup and care. We can help here - give us a call! 
  • Cut back dead foliage on ornamental grasses before new growth begins.
  • We start planting seeds of cold-hardy veggies and flowers
  • Remove old, dead foliage and excess mulch from perennials.
  • If needed, most perennials can be divided when they reach about 4 inches high. Wait to transplant bearded iris, oriental poppies, and peonies until August/September.
  • Remove any dead branches from subshrubs, such as lavender and Russian sage, and cut them back to between 4 and 12 inches from ground. (Old, woodier plants prefer less harsh pruning.)
  • Leave a few stalks tall (15") to help the native bee populations
  • Begin staking perennials, if needed.
  • Plant trees, shrubs, cold hardy annuals, and hardened-off perennials.
  • We do minimal fertilizing except for edibles, roses, and other heavy feeders, which should be fertilized in early April and again six weeks later.
  • Fertilize your lawn and help prevent weeds by applying corn gluten, a natural fertilizer/pre-emergent weed killer at the time when forsythia is in bloom.
  • Lightly fertilize perennial and bulb beds as growth begins by adding organic fertilizer or compost to soil. You may also wish to spray new foliage with a fast-release organic fertilizer, such as liquid fish or seaweed/kelp.
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