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!

Red, white + watermelon: Cilantro, lime, watermelon + feta salad recipe

Red, white + watermelon: Cilantro, lime, watermelon + feta salad recipe

Fourth of July is right around the corner and summer weather is heating up! What better way to celebrate outdoors than with a fresh salad to keep you cool? Check out this sweet and juicy cilantro, lime + watermelon salad topped with feta!

For the love of lantana: How to grow your lantana this season

For the love of lantana: How to grow your lantana this season

It is HOT this summer, but luckily lantana knows how to handle the heat! If there are areas of your garden that get unyielding sun, lantana could be just what you need. Springtime plants are in full bloom now, and you can expect bright, colorful flowers throughout the summer. With both annual and perennial varieties of lantana, there’s certainly something that will fit your garden’s needs. Keep reading to learn more about lantana and how to grow it this season!

Lime, thyme + blueberry smash: The perfect summer cocktail

Lime, thyme + blueberry smash: The perfect summer cocktail

Summer weather is heating up, and there’s no better way to keep cool than with a refreshing cocktail using ingredients straight from your garden! This is the perfect cocktail recipe to use your fresh blueberries for this season. Keep reading to find out how easy it is to make!

Gardeners’ guide to growing blueberries: How + where to plant

Gardeners’ guide to growing blueberries: How + where to plant

There’s nothing quite as delicious as juicy, fresh fruit from the garden in the heat of summer. Blueberry bushes are the perfect way to keep your garden colorful and your meals fresh all season long. These bushes are perennial shrubs as well, so you can expect white blossoms each spring and fresh blueberries each summer without having to replant! Keep reading to learn more about how + where to plant your blueberries this year!

When life gives you lemons say, “thank you”: 8 fun facts about adding lemon to your diet

When life gives you lemons say, “thank you”: 8 fun facts about adding lemon to your diet

A powerful little citrus fruit, lemon can compliment almost anything in the kitchen. Not only are there endless options for how to incorporate lemon into your meals, but there are also countless benefits. Check out these 8 fun facts about adding lemon to your diet!

Sunshine + citrus: How to care for your lemon tree

Sunshine + citrus: How to care for your lemon tree

There’s nothing quite like enjoying fresh fruit in the heat of the summer, and when the fruit is straight from your garden it tastes that much better! Lemon trees are the perfect plant for brightening up your garden and bearing delicious goodies that can be added to almost any dish. So what are the secrets to care for your lemon tree?

Coneflower power: What you need to know about coneflower care

Coneflower power: What you need to know about coneflower care

A North American native, the coneflower or Echinacea is a must-have for your summer garden. These daisy-like flowers can be found in an endless array of colors—various shades of purple and pink, green, yellow, orange, and white. These colorful flowers are the perfect perennials to brighten up your garden. They are also fantastic pollinators, attracting hummingbirds and bees all summer long. Here’s what you need to know about coneflower care in your garden!

Captivating coral: 7 Coral Bell varieties to add color to your garden

Captivating coral: 7 Coral Bell varieties to add color to your garden

Summer is right around the corner, and since we'll be seeing the sun more often, we might forget about those nice shaded spots in our gardens. Coral Bells are the perfect perennial to give your garden's cool, shaded areas the love they deserve with bright, flourishing colors! Check out these 7 varieties of Coral Bells that are sure to bring fresh life to your garden this summer!