World's best mum: Tips for beautiful and bountiful blooms

World's best mum: Tips for beautiful and bountiful blooms

Mum's the word around here. Fall has made a landing at our place and nothing says Autumn like mums, pansies and pumpkins, right? While many of our tropicals are beginning to fade, we like to keep our gardens bright and cheery with mounds of mums that provide our landscapes with bountiful blooms throughout early Fall. Want to grow the world's best mums? Follow these few easy tips...

Prepping your landscape for Irma: 10 things to remember

Prepping your landscape for Irma: 10 things to remember

Whether Hurricane Irma makes landfall in our area or not, hurricane season will stay hot and heavy through November 30 so it's a good idea to know what to do around your home to be sure you're safe. Either way, it looks as though the Triangle will still see quite a bit of rain and damaging winds so let's play it safe and prep your home and landscape for Irma. Here are 10 things to remember while preparing your landscape for Irma...

Fir babies: Eight fir trees & other evergreens to plant for winter cuttings

Fir babies: Eight fir trees & other evergreens to plant for winter cuttings

International Dog Day came along this week and photos of man and their best friends spread on social media like wildfire. We love dogs (and cats) but we're all about our fir babies (not our fur babies) right now. Why? For one, the fall is the best time of year to plant trees and shrubs to promote healthy root growth during milder temperatures. So give us a minute and let us to do a little show and tell before winter is among us and you're out in your yard with the scissors looking for trees and shrubs to trim for arrangements and wreaths. Check out the slideshow below to see eight fir trees and other evergreens we think make great choices to plant for both landscapes and winter cuttings. 

Garden to table recipe: Just peachy salsa

Garden to table recipe: Just peachy salsa

Did you miss Taco Tuesday? We did too. But that's okay! If you're like us, you might be planning to mix it up a little bit this week anyway. Us gardeners plan on taking a twist on our ritualistic tacos this week because we have a special summer delivery on its way to Garden Supply Company this Saturday (August 12). With the Carolina Peach Truck on it's way, we've got a tasty garden to table recipe to brighten your summer which calls for many ingredients you can pick straight from your own veggie garden. Try our Just Peachy Salsa recipe with fresh peaches after picking up your peach basket this Saturday from 2:30-4pm! 

Planting for the future: Cool season vegetable gardening

Planting for the future: Cool season vegetable gardening

What's cool to plant while you're hot? Cool season vegetables. That's what! Although the dog days of summer make it tough to think about milder days, they are coming and fall will be here before we know it. That means it's time to start planning and planting your cool season vegetable garden so that soon enough you'll be feasting on garden-to-table meals using your own fresh broccoli, cauliflower, beets, swiss chard, lettuce, kale, cabbage, radishes and your other favorite fall veggies.

Easy does it: Air plant care

Easy does it: Air plant care

The dog days are here. In this heat, gardening is hard work at this point in the year. Trust us, we know it! So how about we talk about something stress-free and easy-going? Let's beat the heat, go inside and talk about easy care for a second. 

When it comes to indoor plants, air plants are some of the easiest to care for out of the many houseplants we carry. So how do we care for them? It's simple!

Garden to table recipe: Peach chia seed pudding

Garden to table recipe: Peach chia seed pudding

What's sweet as pie but healthy as a peach? Peach chia seed pudding. That's what! Yeah, yeah. Sounds kind of strange and not as good as pie but don't knock it until you've tried it. We guarantee you're going to love this healthy and energizing treat! 

Garden to Table Recipe: A Twist on the Tomato Sandwich

Garden to Table Recipe: A Twist on the Tomato Sandwich

No matter how you pronounce it––tuh-MAY-toh or tuh-MAH-toh––a tomato is a tomato. What matters is how they taste and everyone knows those tomatoes that we pick fresh from our veggie gardens are 500 times better than anything you could ever buy at the store. 

While all of us green thumbs tend to enjoy eating our tomatoes right there in the garden, fresh off of the vine, there are plenty of other ways to serve up the fruits of our labor. And when it comes to tomatoes, there's nothing like a good old tomato sandwich--Duke's mayonnaise, white bread and sliced tomato. It's that easy! But today, we'll share with you a twist on the tomato sandwich to add a little flare to your tradition. Give it a try...

Red, white and other hues: Celebrating your freedom to choose

Red, white and other hues: Celebrating your freedom to choose

We're all dressed in stars and stripes and we're all celebrating freedom. So why not dig down deep and celebrate on your own American turf by choosing to plant flowers bursting with color. Here are a few of our favorite reds, whites and other hues...

Milkweed for Mondays: Attracting monarchs to your yard

Milkweed for Mondays: Attracting monarchs to your yard

Lay off the coffee. We know. Monday came all to soon. Feels like just yesterday and here she comes again. But while you're in the kitchen prepping dinner asking the kids if they've Got Milk? The butterflies are floating around the 'hood asking if you've Got Milkweed? 

Dads and their Dramms: Gardening gift ideas for Father's Day

Dads and their Dramms: Gardening gift ideas for Father's Day

If your dad is like most guys, he's got a collection of tools that fill the garage so full there isn't much room to pull in the old SUV. It takes a real macho man to play with flowers because a true man knows a little dirt don't hurt the soul. So why not pair the two and grab dad a last minute garden gadget for his tool toy chest and make gardening half the hassle and a little more fun. 

Garden to Table Recipe: Cool as a Cucumber Sandwich

Garden to Table Recipe: Cool as a Cucumber Sandwich

Summer might as well be here. It’s hot! Want to know how we stay so cool at Garden Supply Company? Try this cucumber sandwich recipe (a twist on your average cuke sandwich) to stay cool as a cucumber using as many fresh ingredients from your own garden as you can!

The ultimate vacation plant: Summertime succulents

The ultimate vacation plant: Summertime succulents

Some like it hot and succulents are some of those plants. Most succulents are native to dry desert areas which means they do well in the heat of the summer around here. 

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. 

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?