Deck the halls (with DIY decor): Workshops to give your home some holiday cheer

Deck the halls (with DIY decor): Workshops to give your home some holiday cheer

There’s something about creating your own holiday decorations that can make the season feel even merrier. The holidays are all about the experience, so we love to think of DIY projects as the perfect way to spend quality time with loved ones. What are some of our favorite ways to customize our holiday decor?

‘Tis the Season! Holiday Decorating Tips for Your Home

‘Tis the Season! Holiday Decorating Tips for Your Home

Halloween is over which means it’s finally time to start thinking about Thanksgiving + all of those fantastic December holidays! As we say goodbye to pumpkins, bats + spider webs, we can welcome in lush garland, ornaments + tons of holiday cheer. Want to deck the halls the right way this year? Check out these tips for decorating your home this holiday season.

Spooky sangria: Blood red wine, brandy, honey + spice recipe

Spooky sangria: Blood red wine, brandy, honey + spice recipe

Halloween is just a day away, and if the thought of trick or treating all night with the kids is starting to sink in, you might want to hear this recipe for the adults! Filled with blood red wine, brandy, honey + spice + everything nice, this spooky sangria is perfect for any Halloween party!

Oh my gourd! History of the Jack-o-lantern on Halloween

Oh my gourd! History of the Jack-o-lantern on Halloween

The season for tricks + treats is upon us! Kids of all ages can’t wait for candy and costumes. Pumpkins, spider webs and ghosts adorn front porches everywhere; and haunted houses and scary movies are the preferred form of entertainment for many this month. But why exactly do we have these traditions?

You had me at ‘aloe’: How to care for your aloe vera plant

You had me at ‘aloe’: How to care for your aloe vera plant

Aloe vera is one of the most useful plants, and many of us can probably remember our parents having one in their kitchen when we were younger—just in case. These plants are so helpful for healing burns, cuts, scratches, and even scars. With antioxidant and antibacterial properties, the benefits of aloe vera are practically endless.

Monkey business: How to grow your monkey grass this season

Monkey business: How to grow your monkey grass this season

Cool weather is creeping in, and now is the perfect time to consider some new additions to your garden. Monkey grass is a great, low-maintenance form of ground cover. It’s also perfect for bordering flowerbeds or the walkway to your front door. Monkey grass also provides color through the winter, ranging from deep greens to lighter shades of green.

Pumpkin cheesecake bars recipe: Orange you glad it’s October?

Pumpkin cheesecake bars recipe: Orange you glad it’s October?

It might still be hot outside here in the Southeast, but fall has officially arrived! That crisp autumn air will be here before we know it. Now is the perfect time to start baking delicious holiday treats! Check out this pumpkin cheesecake bars recipe that will leave even your Jack-O-Lantern drooling!

Pansies vs. violas: What’s the difference + which is better for you?

Pansies vs. violas: What’s the difference + which is better for you?

As we head into the fall season, our outdoor gardens have to shift and transform with the weather. Summer blooms are beginning to fade, and the time has come to bring in some cool weather flowers! Pansies + violas are some of the toughest cool season annuals. If they’re planted in the early fall, they’ll begin blooming that season, through the winter and into the spring. So what are the differences between pansies + violas, and which will work best in your garden?

Mum’s the word: How to care for your chrysanthemums this season

Mum’s the word: How to care for your chrysanthemums this season

As summer comes to a close we’ll start to lose our bright warm weather blooms, but that doesn’t have to mean the color party is over! Mum’s the word! You heard right—chrysanthemums are the perfect plant for adding color back into your home or garden that can last late into the fall! So what are the best ways to ensure your mums thrive this season? Check out these tips for taking care of your chrysanthemums.

Bring the jungle inside: How to care for your African violet

Bring the jungle inside: How to care for your African violet

Summer is winding down, and that means it’s time to bring your outdoor jungle inside! Native to tropical climates, African violets make perfect houseplants. These violets can be found in colors ranging from white, pink and mauve to blue, lavender and deep violet. With slightly furry, deep green leaves and brightly colored blooms, these small plants will look great in any windowsill!

Ultimate care guide: Fiddle leaf fig tree

Ultimate care guide: Fiddle leaf fig tree

Summer will be cooling off soon so it’s the perfect time to bring your outdoor jungle indoors. If you’re looking for a large, luscious, bright green tree to invite a modern yet bohemian touch into your home, the fiddle leaf fig tree is the perfect houseplant for you! The Ficus lyrata is incredibly popular in interior design and for good reason! This big-leaved beauty will bring lots of life to your home. Check out the best ways to care for your fiddle leaf fig tree this season.

Teacher’s pet: Why air plants make the best gift

Teacher’s pet: Why air plants make the best gift

Those sweet summer nights are coming to a close, and school is back in session! Do you have kids who’ve just gone back to school for the year? If so, you might consider getting a little back-to-school gift for their new teacher… for all he or she is about to endure with a class full of kids this year! We think air plants make such great gifts for anyone—green thumb or not! These beauties are so unique and nearly impossible to kill. You can’t go wrong!

Planting ahead: Tips for cool season vegetable gardening

Planting ahead: Tips for cool season vegetable gardening

With summer heat still in full effect, it’s hard to believe temperatures will be winding down soon for the fall! Cooler weather is on the horizon! So what can you do to get ready for the change? Plan + plant ahead, and get your cool season veggies in the ground! Fresh from the garden broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, radishes + other fall favorites will be on your table + in your belly before you know it!

Butterflies, hummingbirds + bees, oh my! How to care for bee balm

Butterflies, hummingbirds + bees, oh my! How to care for bee balm

A native to North America, bee balm is a favorite flower for many gardeners. This cheery little plant is perfect for brightening up any garden + attracting the sweetest little critters! Found in shades of red, pink, purple, and white, this perennial is sure to fit right in with the rest of your flowerbed. Check out these tips on planting + caring for bee balm in your garden this season!

Garden fresh recipe: Tomato, basil + chickpea salad

Garden fresh recipe: Tomato, basil + chickpea salad

Summer heat is in full effect, and it’s the perfect time to indulge in cold foods that will keep you feeling refreshed! Nothing tastes quite as delicious as fresh ingredients straight from your garden. Check out this tomato, basil + chickpea salad recipe that will satisfy your taste buds and help keep you cool!

Slow growing sago: How to care for your sago palm

Happy August to all of our GSCO plant-lovers! Even though summer is still in full swing, it’s never too early to start thinking about putting your plant-babies in containers to bring indoors as the weather cools off. The sago palm is a great option for container planting. This way, you can start it off on your porch and bring it inside when temperatures drop.

How to handle the heat: Vinca care this summer

How to handle the heat: Vinca care this summer

When summer hits hard and we start to feel like the heat is unbearable, imagine how our plants feel! Summer heat—particularly in the South—can be tough on so many plants. Not to fear, though! Because vincas are native to Madagascar, they thrive even on summer’s hottest days!

Bring the outdoors in: Cactus care + other houseplant beauties

Bring the outdoors in: Cactus care + other houseplant beauties

Summer heat can be pretty sweltering, especially in the southern part of the US. This can mean many outdoor plants won’t survive the drought. So why not bring the outdoors in? Check out these tips on cactus care + houseplants that will be a perfect fit for your indoor jungle!

Vibrant verbena: How to grow + care for your verbena this season

Vibrant verbena: How to grow + care for your verbena this season

If your garden is filled with tall flowers, verbena is the perfect perennial to compliment their height. There are many different varieties of verbena, but the most commonly seen are low to the ground. They’re great for cascading over rock walls, trailing out of large containers or being used as ground cover. They’re drought tolerant, making them an ideal plant for summer. You can also expect to see beautiful blooms all season long! Keep reading to find out how to grow and care for your verbena this season!

When in drought: Succulent care

When in drought: Succulent care

Summer weather can make it tough for some plants to stay hydrated and thrive, so it’s important to choose plants that can really take the heat. Native to areas prone to drought, succulents require very little maintenance. If you’re on the hunt for a low-effort plant, succulents are the way to go! Whether you’re still working on your green thumb or you just love the modern, southwest vibe that succulents create, these plants are perfect for making any space look a little more like home. Keep reading to check out tips on how to care for your succulents!