Most of us have dodged a frost and hopefully, are heading toward more forgiving gardening weather. In recent weeks, area nurseries and garden centers have blossomed with loads of flowers, shrubs, tools and products to make your time in the yard more pleasant. Here's a list, in reverse alphabetical order, of new products offered at local garden centers. You might just find some things you didn't know you were looking for.
Urban Gardener, 1901 Brighton Road, North Side. 412-323-4769. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
Trees and shrubs: 'Red Rocket' red maple (Acer rubrum); 'Hearts of Gold' Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis); Weeping Norway spruce (Picea abies 'Pendula'); 'Red Gnome' Tatarian dogwood (Cornus alba); Cutleaf buckthorn (Rhamnus frangulus'Asplenifolia').
Bamboo: Fargesia 'Scabrida'; Indocalamus tessallatus.
Vines: Clematis 'Claire de Lune' and 'Rosemoor.'
Perennials: Brunneria macrophylla 'Silver Wings'; Heuchera 'Blackout'; Rudbeckia fulgida 'Early Bird Gold.'
Ferns: Aidantum pedatum 'ImÂbricatum'; Athyrium filix-femina 'Frizelliae.'
Annuals: Coleus 'King Salmon Pink' and 'Lancelot Velvet Mocha'; 'Sweet Caroline' series sweet potato vine; Ptilotus 'Joey.'
Trax Farms, 528 Trax Road, Finleyville. 412-835-3246. Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.
Annuals: Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost'; Dichondra 'Silver Falls.'
Herbs: Basil 'Lime'; Thymus 'Spicy Orange.'
Vegetables: 'Sweet Seedless' and 'Black Krim' tomatoes; 'Crimson Red' rhubarb.
Perennials: Dianthus 'Pikes Peak' and 'Coconut Surprise'; 'Lady Orchid' and 'Pink Parfait' peonies; Dicentra 'Ivory Hearts'; Echinacea 'Summer Sky' 'Raspberry Tart' and 'Sundown.'
Roses: Knockout series 'Sunny' and 'Double Pink'; Sunblaze miniature rose series.
Shrubs: Hydrangea 'Twist-n-Shout' and 'Limelight'; Thuja 'Whipcord'; Weigela 'My Monet'; Sorbaria 'Sem.'
Indoor plants: Assorted Epecia, Hoya and silver Philodendron.
Sylvania Natives, Ira Way, Squirrel Hill. 412-596-4989. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sun., Mon., Wed. and Fri.
Native grasses: Big and little Bluestem, bottlebrush, switchgrass, Indian grass, wild rye, Northern seaoats.
Native shrubs, trees and vines: Witch hazel, winterberry holly, spicebush, elderberry, Carolina rose; trumpet honeysuckle; virgin's bower.
Wide selection of native perennials for rain gardens, butterfly-pollinator gardens, meadows and woodland areas.
Stonebridge Farm, 2 Merriman Road, Economy. 724-266-7312. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Closed Mon.
Mina lobata 'Citronella' -- vine with a spray of lemon-yellow flowers, tipped in white; Ptilotus 'Joey' -- fuzzy purple conical flowers and silver green foliage; Gomphocarpus fruiticosus -- ornamental that is green with maroon pods; Eucalyptus 'Baby Blue' like the ones used in floral arrangements; Centauria moschata 'The Bridge' -- bigger and fluffier annual resembling a cotton ball; 'Ismay', 'Heavenly Blue' and other types of morning glories; sunflowers ranging in size from 'Teddy Bear' to 'Russian Mammoth.'
Sewickley Creek Greenhouse, 2639 Big Sewickley Creek Road, Franklin Park. 724-935-8500. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
A huge inventory of annuals in all colors and varieties, large hanging baskets, perennials, herbs and vegetable plants. Also, small trees and shrubs and an expanded selection of garden ornaments, planters and outdoor furniture.
Reilly's Garden Center, 1120 Roosevelt Road, Ohio Township. 412-364-8662. Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun.
Annuals: Ptilotus 'Joey'; 'Techno Heat' lobelia; Dracaena 'Limelight'; Alocasia 'Polly.'
Shrubs: 'Endless Summer' and 'Twist-n- Shout' hydrangeas; Weigela 'Eyecatcher'; Hosta 'Earth Angel'; Hakonechloa 'Aureola.'
A large selection of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals, as well as many garden ornaments, pots and statuary.
Plumline Nursery, 4151 Logans Ferry Road, Murrysville. 724-327-6775 Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
Perennials: Geranium 'Rozanne'; Mondara 'Fireball'; Huechera 'Snow Angel'; Sedum 'Angelina'; 'Mr. Goodbud'.
Shrubs: Rhododendron 'Capistrano'; Japanese white pine 'Goldilocks'; Elderberry 'Sutherland Gold'; Kousa dogwood 'Wolf's Eye'; 'Knockout Sunny' rose.
LMS, 3311 Wagner Road, Hampton. 412-767-7020. Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Perennials: Echinacea 'All That Jazz' ; Heuchera 'Pistache' and 'Hope'; Coreopsis 'Tequila Sunrise'; Stepables Veronica 'Heavenly Blue' and 'Waterberry Blue'; Sedum 'Lyclium.'
Shrubs: Fothergilla 'Blue Shadow'; 'Twist-n-Shout' Hydrangea; Weigla 'Fine Wine' and 'My Monet'; Deutzia 'Nikko' and 'Chardonnay Pearls.'
Trees: Heptacodium; Syringa meyeri 'Palibin'; Quercus 'Regal Prince'; 'Silver King' sweet gum.
North Hills Water Gardens, 1615 Babcock Blvd., Shaler. 412-821-6525; 419 Old William Penn Highway, Monroeville. 412-666-0199. Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m Sun.
All types of aquatic plants including a white Papyrus and 'Lemon' bacopa; bullfrog tadpoles, crayfish, turtles, trap-door snails and Chinese hi-fin algea-eating pond shark; assortment of concrete benches, birdbaths and fountains from Henri and Massarelli; outdoor lighting, pond kits and pond supplies.
Kaelin Farm Market and Greenhouse, 2546 Brandt School Road, Franklin Park. 724-935-6780. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Dragon Wing begonias; Talinum 'Limon'; Hibiscus 'Haight Ashbury'; Scutelleria hybrid 'Scotter Flamingo'; 'Terra Cotta' Osteospermum; 'Potunias,' a mounding petunia; 'Lemon Coral' Sedum; 'Bonfire' Euphorbia and Hakonachloa grass.
G.W. Kleber & Sons Nursery, 690 Sandyhill Lane, Valencia. 724-443-0947. Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat., 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues and Thurs.; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun.
Selection of Japanese maples, blue spruce and Norway spruce, butterfly bushes and 'Knockout' roses.
Franklin Nursery, 2437 Rochester Road, Franklin Park. 412-366-8765. Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
'Limelight' 'Twist -n- Shout' and 'Light of Day' hydrangeas; 'Lo & Behold' butterfly bush; Copertina ninebark; 'My Monet,' 'Shining Sensation' and 'French Lace' Weigela; 'Fine Line' buckthorn; 'Dream Catcher' beautybush; Drift roses including 'Red' 'Pink' 'Coral' and 'Peach.' Knockout roses including 'Double Red,' 'White Out' and 'Yellow.' Many selections of Heuchera including 'Dales Strain,' 'Carmel,' 'Licorice,' 'Midnight Rose' and 'Silver Lode.'
Brenckles Greenhouses, 3814 Mt. Troy Road, Reserve. 412-821-2566; 543 Evans City Road., Butler. Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.
A huge selection of annuals in all colors, planters and large hanging baskets, pottery, wind chimes and garden ornaments. A large selection of vegetable plants, including herbs and heirloom tomatoes and peppers. Many perennials, shrubs, small trees and roses.
Best Feeds, 2105 Babcock Blvd., Ross. 412-822-7777; 1410 Wildwood Road, McCandless. 412-487-5802. Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
Red-Leafed banana; Pieris 'Little Heath,' a compact variety; 'Appalachian Spring' dogwood, resistant to dogwood anthracÂnose; Frontier perennial rye grass; 'Lo & Behold' butterfly bush, a dwarf cultiver topping off at 24 inches; 'Black Beauty Ultra,' insect-resistant grass seed blend; 'Slender Silhouette' sweet gum, a columnar deciduous tree that will reach 40 feet tall; 'Wineuma' and 'Black Taffeta' large-leaf begonias.
New products: Captain Jack's Dead Bug Brew, an organic compound that controls bagworms, borers, beetles, spider mites and more; Myke Tree & Shrub Transplanter contains Mycorrhizae live bacteria to enhance and establish root growth.