Let's get tropical: Hibiscus how to

Let's get tropical: Hibiscus how to

We can't all afford to fly to Hawaii this summer for a tropical vacation but it's safe to say a tropical plant purchase could fit in your budget. So let's bring the tropics home for a nice little stay-cation! Want to know how to best keep Hawaii's state flower blooming and healthy through the summer? Read our hibiscus how to. 

Oh, (Gerbera) Baby! All about one of our favorite daisies

If you know much about flowers, you know we're not talking about baby food. When we say "Oh, (Gerbera) Baby!" we're referring to some of our favorite daisies. Just take a look at the pretty faces on these babies! 

Gerbera daisies aren't just some of our faves. They're incredibly popular in the florist world. They're ranked the number five most used cut flower in the world just behind the rose, carnation, chrysanthemum and tulip. They're a gorgeous way to add pops of color to your landscape and always have the option of picking them for a beautiful arrangement to bring the outdoors in too. 

Gerbera daisies are said to be native to the tropical areas of Africa, South America and Asia. But thanks to Traugott Gerber, a well-traveled German botanist and doctor who was friends with Carl Linnaeus, we've got plenty of these annual beauties to go around here in North America these days.  

Gerbera flower heads range from 7cm all the way up to 12cm. Color is no object when it comes to these annuals. Choose from thousands of cultivars (we're not exaggerating!). Just about every color of the rainbow is hit when it comes to these beauts––from white to yellow to pink and orange and red and every color in-between. Some even have a bit of an ombre look with multiple shades on each petal and others have more than one tier of petals if you're into additional texture. So grab yours today as a gift to yourself and the family. We're sure they'll make you smile. 

Need help selecting your own Gerbera daisies or another plant for your yard? Visit us a Garden Supply Company and speak with one of our gardeners!

If moms were flowers I'd pick you: Peonies are for picking

If moms were flowers I'd pick you: Peonies are for picking

You can make her breakfast in bed, but you know what goes best with a cup of morning Joe and a stack of flapjacks? That's right! Fresh cut flowers. So this Mother's Day (it's this Sunday, y'all!), why not get mom a gift that keeps on giving and buy her a shrub for the garden and one that you can pick gigantic, gorgeous flowers off of most of Spring?

Garden to Table Recipe: Cinco de Cilantro-Cumber Margarita

Garden to Table Recipe: Cinco de Cilantro-Cumber Margarita

Who's ready for a fiesta?! We are! Gear up for Cinco de Mayo by grabbing some grub from your garden (cilantro and cucumbers to be specific) to hand-craft your own garden to table cocktail. We know you'll love this Cinco de Cilantro-Cumber Margarita just as much as we do!

In living color: Changing the hue of your hydrangeas

In living color: Changing the hue of your hydrangeas

They say not to play with nature but when it comes to hydrangeas, we have a pretty fun experiment you can try out in your own yard. It’s a great way to give the kids a little science project and a lesson on pH too!

Ready to change the color of your Springtime shrubs? Here’s how…

Ride the wave: Best practices for petunia hanging baskets

Ride the wave: Best practices for petunia hanging baskets

Anyone can buy a colorful hanging basket but it takes a little know-how to keep them full of color all summer long. Take the following steps to ensure your hanging basket of petunias stays bountiful and blooming throughout the dog days of summer.

An eggs-ellent DIY adventure for little gardeners

An eggs-ellent DIY adventure for little gardeners

If you're looking for an over-easy DIY project for the kiddos over the Easter holiday, this is an eggs-ellent adventure for the little ones. Just follow these seven steps and they'll be well on their way to planting their first flower garden. 

Garden to Table Recipe: Pickled Snap Peas

Garden to Table Recipe: Pickled Snap Peas

If you've already started your vegetable garden, you probably have snap pea vines that are beginning to trail along the topsoil or up a lattice. Come early May, these babies will be producing more snap peas than you can eat in one sitting. If you're looking for a super simple way to prepare your fresh pickings, try this Pickled Snap Pea recipe! They make great snacks, apps and go perfectly atop a fresh salad! You'll have your family saying: "Pretty peas! Can we have some more!"

Three easy steps to grow your own lettuce container garden

Three easy steps to grow your own lettuce container garden

Lettuce be grateful for the bounties of the earth by growing our own veggies this Spring. Garden to table salads couldn't be an easier way to begin. Looking for a place to start? Take these three steps and you'll be on your way to growing your own nutritional salad base in just a few hours. 

Flower Power: Fresh Floral Finds

Flower Power: Fresh Floral Finds

It's time to put the petal to the metal. By that, we mean get out your trowel because it's high time to add some color to your life by adding flowers to your landscape in celebration of the arrival of Spring. We have some amazing new arrivals for you to check out. Ready? Set. Grow! 

Pot O' Gold: Five tricks of the container gardening trade

Pot O' Gold: Five tricks of the container gardening trade

At the end of every rainbow, there’s a pot of gold and by that we mean a pot full of fragrant flowers and foliage. Container gardens are easy to maintain. They’re practically in the palm or your hand and, oftentimes, moveable so who doesn’t want to garden in pretty pots? Whether they’re for show on your front porch or for the veggies that you’re hoping to start early in the back, take a look at these five easy tricks of the trade to be sure you say no to pot rot and yes to a pot of gold...

Azaleas: Tips to Grow a True Southern Belle

Azaleas: Tips to Grow a True Southern Belle

If you're from the South, your yard has to have at least one azalea but chances are you've got them everywhere. When these evergreen shrubs begin to light up our landscapes with pops of color, this is how we know that Spring has sprung! 

If you're anything like us, you've already got Spring fever. This weather has us putting on our gardening gloves and ready to play in the dirt. If you're looking to add color to your yard this time of year, try planting a row of azaleas. They come in hundreds of shades ranging from deep magentas to pure white. Take a look at our tips to be sure you maximize your ROI (return on investment)...

Houseplants we love: These are a few of our favorite green things

Houseplants we love: These are a few of our favorite green things

It's not official yet but spring is certainly in the air! If you're like us, you'll do anything to get it to come a little closer, baby. So let's start inside, where it's always warm. Bring spring indoors with a little greenery from nature. Try one or a few of our favorite green things (houseplants we love) below to adorn your house or office with new life...

For the love of birds: How to attract birds to your backyard

For the love of birds: How to attract birds to your backyard

Waking up with nature is the best way to begin the day. Who needs the nagging sound of an alarm clock when you could wake with the song of birds foraging in the backyard instead? It doesn't take much to fly these beautiful winged creatures to the yard and if done right, you could attract up to 50 different species for your viewing pleasure. Here's how...

Garden to Table: Just beet it detox smoothie recipe

Garden to Table: Just beet it detox smoothie recipe

Our winter blues melted away when our truck full of late winter greens, herbs and other veggies stopped by to take a load off earlier this week. So grab your veggies and let's tell winter to just beet it with this garden to table detox recipe that uses ingredients straight from the ground!

Crushing on camellias

Crushing on camellias

During the winter months, we're all looking for ways to add pops of color to our North Carolina landscapes. That's why we're crushing on camellias (of the Japonica variety to be specific). These evergreen shrubs make excellent borders in landscapes, keep green foliage year-round, provide large, stunning blossoms in thousands of shades from whites to pinks to deep reds and even candy-cane stripes during this time of year and they're perfect for cut flower arrangements during the winter and spring months too. 

There are two types of camellias–Japonica and Sasanqua. Japonica camellias bloom during the winter and spring while the Sasanqua camellias bloom in the fall. 

Looking to add a little color to your garden this winter? Here's what you need to know about Japonica camellias...

New year, new yard: How to plan for paradise

New year, new yard: How to plan for paradise

Landscaping can be like learning a second language if you’re not a pro. But it’s also a pretty fun way to spend time outdoors creating your own private paradise. Follow these steps to help start your new year with a new yard...

How to grow radiant orchids

How to grow radiant orchids

Radiant Orchid was deemed Pantone's Color of the Year back in 2014 and that name describes this type of houseplant perfectly. Orchids really are radiant if cared for properly. Follow these easy steps to keep your orchid growing year after year...