Let’s get tropical: Say hello to hibiscus!

Let’s get tropical: Say hello to hibiscus!

Summer is just around the corner, and along with the heat we welcome hibiscus! Tropical plants are perfect for warm weather + humidity, plus these brightly colored blooms bring life to any garden—literally! Want to know more about this Hawaii state flower and how to care for it in your garden? Check out some fun facts and tips on growing your hibiscus this year!

Hummingbird haven: How to attract hummingbirds to your garden

Hummingbird haven: How to attract hummingbirds to your garden

The only thing better than having a garden thriving with colorful blooms is noticing the flutter of a hummingbird’s wings outside your window! These cheery little birds bring joy to any garden. It’s migrating season for our fluttering friends, so with spring settling in we see more of them everyday. In winter, our Eastern US Ruby-Throated hummingbirds find homes in Mexico or Central America, and can start heading back our way as early as February. So now that these sweet birds are back, how can you attract more of them to your garden this season? Check out these helpful tips!

Bring your garden to life: How to grow the perfect azaleas this spring

Bring your garden to life: How to grow the perfect azaleas this spring

Nothing makes a spring garden sweeter than pops of color from flowers or shrubs. A member of the Rhododendron genus, azaleas are the perfect plant for making your garden come to life this season. They can be found in almost any color imaginable, and make a great year-round border for your front yard. Want to make your garden stand out this spring? Check out these simple tips to grow your azaleas!

Build me up buttercup: How to grow ranunculus this spring

Build me up buttercup: How to grow ranunculus this spring

Spring has sprung, and what better way to show how HOPPY you are than by filling your garden with bright colors? The ranunculus is perfect for the job. Ranunculus is more commonly referred to as the buttercup, though with over 250 different types, there are other members as well. Their colors range from white and cream, pastel mixes of pink, salmon and rose to yellow, sunset orange and red. Want to create a colorful landscape for your garden? Check out these tips on how to grow ranunculus this spring!

Crash course: The art of Japanese maple care

Crash course: The art of Japanese maple care

Spring is in full bloom, and with it comes a warm rainbow of Japanese maples. Acer Palmatum is known in Japan as kaede, (“frog’s hands”) and momiji (“baby’s hands”) because of their foliage. Growing widely across northeast Asia, these maples are now exported to western countries as well.

Holy shiitake! Black bean & avocado quesadillas with grilled shiitake recipe

Holy shiitake! Black bean & avocado quesadillas with grilled shiitake recipe

When a certain food has been used as medicine in Japan and China for centuries, you know it must be good! Shiitake mushrooms are packed with vitamins B and D, known to improve immune function, help lower cholesterol, and fight growth of cancer cells. Want to boost your immune system? Try this quesadilla recipe to keep your body healthy and happy this spring!

Feeling lucky? Go green this spring with fresh new grass

Feeling lucky? Go green this spring with fresh new grass

Could your lawn use a little TLC after such a cold winter this year? It might be time for new grass. We typically recommend planting grass in the fall, but it isn’t too late! There’s still time to get a lush green lawn if you start planting now! Garden Supply Company has everything you need this spring to go green!

Help create communities built on hope: Get to know Roc Solid Foundation

Help create communities built on hope: Get to know Roc Solid Foundation

One of the greatest things about gardening is being able to satisfy our need to get outside and play! If you’ve ever had or known a child with cancer, you’ll understand how important it is for them to be able to do just that—play. For this reason, Roc Solid Foundation is a charity that is near and dear to our hearts at Garden Supply Company.

Spring Open House: Your chance to meet the designers

Spring Open House: Your chance to meet the designers

We're no longer counting down the days until Spring because it's already arriving at Garden Supply Company! Everyday we see a little more color around here and we couldn't be more excited to share our plants and landscaping tips with you. That's why we're hosting our big Spring party a little early this year!

Garden to table recipe: Homemade treats for your honey

Garden to table recipe: Homemade treats for your honey

Your honey might be a dirt digger but so long as he or she isn't a gold digger, we have just the homemade treat for you to make their Valentine's Day sweet! Try this recipe for Honey Chocolate-Covered Strawberries. It's easy and you can find all of the ingredients you'll need at your local grocery store. We do recommend, however, visiting us to pick up a jar of our GSCO honey–the most important ingredient!

Bring the outdoors in: 8 houseplants we love

Bring the outdoors in: 8 houseplants we love

It's raining. It's pouring. Hopefully, no one is snoring despite the fact that gardening outdoors isn't as fun during North Carolina winters as it is during warmer months. That's why we like to use the winter time to plan our landscapes for spring and once we're done digging up our master plant plans, we like to goto the nursery to bring the outdoors in.

Houseplants naturally purify the air by removing airborne pollutants and have been proven to help with health conditions such as asthma. Not only are houseplants healthy, they're also the perfect way to liven up any room. Bring the outdoors in with one or a few of these houseplants we love...

Planning to plant: How to plan your landscape

Planning to plant: How to plan your landscape

It might be a little too chilly to do much work in the yard at the moment but spring will be here before we know it. Are you ready?! We are! That's why we're busy planning for it. Want a few tips to help you prepare your own private paradise? Read up on how to plan your landscape.  

Easy peasy sssnake plant care

Easy peasy sssnake plant care

Baby, it's cold outside and that gives us all the more reason to bring the outdoors in. That's why we called on our friends in Florida and had a huge shipment of houseplants delivered. While mother nature tends to take care of your outdoor plants for you, potted plants that grow indoors can be a little tricky because with them you have to take on that role. Don't want all that hassle? We've got just the plant for you––the snake plant. 

Crash course: Cactus care

Crash course: Cactus care

What's cooler than no school on a snow day? Things that remind us of being warm! In a gardener's mind, there's no better way to do that than to bring the outdoors in with a little something from the desert. With Southwestern design coming back into play in interior design, we think it's a pretty sharp idea to add a cactus to your humble abode to remind you that warmer days will be here before you know it. 

While cacti are super trendy, they require a different type of care than you are used to for most of your indoor plants. The good thing is, cacti are even easier to care for than your average ficus tree or angel plant if you know what you're doing. Let's take a crash course on cactus care.

Garden to table recipe: Pomegranate rosemary ring-in

Garden to table recipe: Pomegranate rosemary ring-in

The countdown has begun. Not the big 10-9-8-7-6...before the ball drops. What we mean is the last few days of 2017 are here and that's got us wondering how the tail-end of it will go down. Celebrate a great year in the garden and welcome a new one with us by grabbing what ingredients you can from your garden and making a toast with this Pomegranate Rosemary Ring-In recipe we love. Can you dig it? 

Bee Merry: Meet the Bee Guy & find out how to get buzzed with us

Bee Merry: Meet the Bee Guy & find out how to get buzzed with us

Meet Jason Cirioli––otherwise known as the Bee Guy––who is our full-time bee specialist. Have you ever seen that golden honey near the register with our name on it? Yep, that's all Jason! At Garden Supply Company, Jason does everything from feeding to keeping to selling to harvesting honey and teaching everything about bees. Let's take a look and see how Jason learned his A-Bee-C's, why GSCO got involved and how you can learn to keep your own bees. 

Holiday lore and Christmas cactus care

Holiday lore and Christmas cactus care

When it comes to Christmas, the first thing that comes to mind is evergreens––Christmas trees, firs, hollies. Typically, our minds don’t think: cactus! So what’s the deal with the Christmas Cactus? How did it come to be an indoor plant we use to decorate with for the holidays? Let’s find out...

DIY Christmas: How to create your own live wreath

DIY Christmas: How to create your own live wreath

Nothing gets us into the holiday spirit like a little DIY project. While it's easy to go out and buy any and every holiday gizmo and gadget out there, we like to go out into nature and get our hands a little dirty to create our own one-of-a-kind live wreaths. Interested in creating one yourself? Give it a try!