Winter Blooms

The holidays are now officially behind us, and the chill drear of winter has set in. Although it’s been a fairly mild season so far, this past week has really taken a turn for the cold. With peek planting time still a few months away, it seems like spring, and all the flowers and new growth that comes with it, is a long ways away. If you’re craving some color to chase away the winter blues, never fear. We have lots of gorgeous plants that are in bloom now that will provide some much-needed cheer all winter long.

Garden Supply Co.- Cary, NC
Hellebore (Lenten Rose)

Hellebores are perennial and largely evergreen. Their flowers provide color and interest in the shade garden when other plants are dormant. In addition, their leaf structure is interesting enough to make them a foundation of the shade garden year-round, even when their flowers are spent. Hellebores are also deer resistant and somewhat drought tolerant. We have several beautiful varieties to choose from.

Of course one of our favorite plants for winter color is the pansy. Pansies come is a wide variety of colors, sizes, and shapes and work well in beds, borders, and container gardens. We have several carts full of the 4″ pots.

If you’re looking to add color, flowers, and fragrance to your winter landscape, try the Winter Daphne.

Winter Daphne has rosy-pink flower buds that open to white with fragrant flowers that bloom in winter and early spring. Reaching 4 feet tall and wide, Winter Daphne is beautiful against a wall or near a patio or deck where its fragrance can be appreciated.

For blooms indoors, we also have many options to choose from, including these gorgeous Paperwhites.

For those DIY folks, we have plenty of bulbs for planting or forcing indoors. Or for instant gratification, choose from our pre-planted selections. These make a great gift when paired with one of our many decorative plant stakes or garden art.

Or add a few African Violets to your kitchen windowsill for an instant burst of brightness.

And we have tons of stunning plants to choose from in our indoor garden, including some really incredible orchids.

As always, we are here seven days a week for all your gardening needs. Stop by and see us today!

Fall Vegetables Garden to Table Workshops

This week, we are excited to offer two dates for the next in our series of Garden to Table Workshops. This time, we’ll be focusing on fall vegetables. Come learn what to grow and enjoy now in your edible gardens. In this workshop, we’ll tell you all you need to know in order to plant and harvest a bountiful garden this fall.

Fall Vegetables Table to Garden Workshop Dates

Wednesday September 5 from 6-8 pm

Saturday September 8 from 10am- 12pm


Registration of $20 includes 5 vegetable plants, light refreshments, and plenty of time to answer all your questions.

If you took our spring class and have an “Earth-Box”, join us for FREE!

Call us at 919-460-7747 or stop by the store to get registered.


Farm Fresh Perennial Sale

The trucks have been rolling in this week with shipments of fresh plants, straight from the farm. And we’re super excited to be able to offer special savings on select perennials all this weekend at Garden Supply Co.

Now through Monday, select perennial favorites are on sale for $6.95. Favorites such as drought-tolerant iceplant, an excellent ground cover for hot, dry areas.

Foxgloves, perfect for adding height with their elongated stems.

Deer-resistant Lamb’s Ears

Homestead Purple Verbena, a perennial favorite for continual color and heat-tolerant blossoms all summer long.

Give your garden four seasons of interest with low-maintenance  ornamental grasses.

Easy-to-care-for and heat tolerant coneflowers

And daylilies, another easy-to-grow perennial favorite perfect for naturalized areas.

Farm Fresh Perennial Sale, this weekend at Garden Supply Co.

Summer Savings Spectacular

Summer is in full swing and we’re celebrating with HUGE savings on plants and home & gift decor throughout the garden center. This is one giant sale that you won’t want to miss!

Everything Edible Sale

For those of you interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, now is the time to stock up and save.  EVERYTHING EDIBLE is now BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE, while supplies last. Our fruit trees are loaded with fruit and if you enjoy blueberries, this prolific plant adds interest year-round to your landscape. Tomato plants, vegetables, you name it…..anything edible is now on sale.

Caladium Sale

Also on sale right now is our entire stock of Caladium plants. Add these tropical beauties to your borders, beds, and container plantings for an instant burst of color.

Caladiums are tropical plants that are grown for their spectacularly colorful foliage. Although tropical, they grow fast enough to be enjoyed during the summer in our area and all year long as houseplants. Shade and humidity lovers, Caladiums dazzle in shade gardens with their large, pointed arrow-shaped leaves splashed with shades of green, white, cream, pink and red.

Caladium Sale:

4″ pots- 5 plants for $10

6″ pots- 5 plants for $20

Purple Fountain Grasses & Sweet Potato Vine Sale

Next on our sale list are annual purple fountain grasses and sweet potato vines, now 50% off.

Purple Fountain Grass is a popular, drought tolerant grass that forms neat clumps of purplish maroon blades. Topped by rose red flower spikes summer through fall. Beautiful as landscape specimen or planted in groups. Provides quick annual color in any climate.

Among the most popular container-garden plants, sweet potato vine is a vigorous grower that you can count on to make a big impact. Its colorful foliage, in shades of chartreuse or purple, accents just about any other plant. Grow a few together in a large pot, and they make a big impact all on their own.

Gift & Home Decor Sale

Our summer savings spectacular also includes home and gift decor from the greenhouse. This weekend is the last chance to buy any gift and home decor at 35% off.

Recycled Indoor/Outdoor Garden Rugs Sale

All our remaining inventory of recycled plastic mats are now 50% off.

These amazing recycled plastic rugs can be used inside or outside in covered and uncovered spaces. With their unique tubular fibers, these rugs don’t absorb dirt or stains.

Leaves, debris, and food stains are easily rinsed away, plus they resist mildew because they don’t absorb moisture.

We have lots of sizes and patterns to choose from, so come take a peek!

Hope to see you all in the garden center soon!


Gloomy Scale

Cary, NC – Gloomy Scale – (photo credit)

Our friends at Leapfrog Landcare recently shared an interesting article about Gloomy Scale that is valuable information to share here with our Garden Supply Co. readers, too.  Gloomy Scale is a tiny bug that infects the healthy tissue of maple trees, especially the soft maples such as boxelder, red maple and silver maple. Grape, soapberry, native hollies, mulberry, sweetgum, and buckthorn may also be infested. And if left untreated, these little buggers can cause all sorts of havoc.

Seems that Gloomy Scale insects have been spending the winter snuggled up in their arboreal homes, and are about ready to resume development next month with their first offspring crawlers showing up in May. Crawlers are produced until the middle of August at which time practically every stage of development can be found. Males emerge in August and September and mate with new females. There is one generation per year.

Gloomy Scale detail- (photo credit)

Here’s what Greg, of Leapfrog Landcare shared.

“Gloomy Scale is a parasite that sucks the sugar out of the sap of Maple trees and when they multiply each female can reproduce up to 500 more!!! If a tree has only 50 females of this tiny bug and each of them reproduce 500 more, then that tree now has 25,000 or more Gloomy Scale that are all drinking from the tree. They keep populating the tree until it is just covered one scale on top of the other and it makes the tree trunk and limbs turn black and eventually as the infestation turns severe the tree can’t force enough sap past them to get all the way out to the ends of the limbs. So, at that point the tree starts dying from the ends of the limbs back causing a slow, ugly death.”

If left untreated, your maple trees can suffer severe damage from limb die-back or even death. But there is treatment. A horticultural oil as a dormant application is probably the most effective chemical treatment for gloomy scale control. However, sometimes trees are so large that thorough coverage is difficult. That’s when it is a good idea to call in the experts, like Greg. But hurry, you’ll need to treat your trees before their leaves come out this spring.

For more information on Gloomy Scale and it’s treatment, come talk to our friendly experts at Garden Supply Co. or look up Greg at Leapfrog Landcare. They offer full tree and shrub treatment plans as well as organic lawncare services for all your home garden maintenance needs.

Annual Spring Garden Party

Cary, NC

Mark your calendars for this Saturday, March 10th for our Annual Spring Garden Party, and join us as we celebrate the start of our favorite season here at the garden center, spring! Come stroll through the gardens and browse the hundreds of beautiful plants that have been pouring in as we prepare for peak-season planting. We’ve been busy getting ready and are so excited to show you all the glorious plants we’ve collected and to unveil our new entry renovation, too. It’s going to be a fabulous day at Garden Supply Co.!

Spring Garden Party

Saturday, March 10th 9am-4pm

We’ll have hot dogs and drinks available most of the day, as well as fresh pizza from our pizza oven in the afternoon.

If you’re interested in trying your hand at Corn Hole, we’ll have our board set up outside for any and all players.

We’re also pleased to welcome back our friends at Great Harvest Bread Co. who will be on hand from 9am-noon selling their fresh-from-the-oven baked goods.

Hope to see you all Saturday!