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Four Easy, Low-Maintenance Shrubs and Plants For Your Garden

Four Easy, Low-Maintenance Shrubs and Plants For Your Garden

Have you struggled with memorizing complex plant care routines recently? If so, consider adding these four easy, low-maintenance shrubs and plants to your garden. The following garden items will grow and thrive independently, which is great for someone who does not feel comfortable watching and maintaining plants daily. 

Special September Pansy Recipe

To celebrate a successful first week of September, we have a special pansy recipe to share with you. Pansies, popular cool-weather garden additions, keep their vibrant, smooth texture during the fall and winter seasons. If taken care of properly, pansies can thrive in cold climates and often retain their color through the end of the year. Pansies can bloom twice when treated well. Gardeners generally enjoy planting these flowers now rather than during the summer months because they have been known to stand tall when challenged by colder temperatures.  

Now, are you ready to get outside and improve the attractiveness of your garden with a perfect pack of pansies? With great pleasure, we share our signature Garden Supply Company recipe.

First, collect half a bag soil conditioner, one bag composted cow manure and one bag (4 lb.) of Plant Tone Organic Fertilizer. Once collected and layered over the ground, rake the supplies together, so the materials are evenly spread out. Next, insert the pansies, which should be placed 6" apart from one another. Finally, pack the bedding with the remaining soil conditioner. 

The planting process is that easy.  Throughout the next couple of months, you will need to thoroughly water the plants, fertilize them every week with liquid food and apply granular fertilizer once a month.

We hope you enjoy the pansy planting process as much as we do. If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to reach out to a garden specialist. We are open every day of the week.


4th of July Cocktail Recipe

4th of July Cocktail Recipe

If you plan on throwing a BBQ party for Independence Day add this tasty refreshing + delicious Spiked Triple Berry Basil Lemonade cocktail to your party.  It’s a perfect balance of sweet + tart. Smirnoff Red, White + Berry vodka mixed with tart lemonade + fresh, sweet berries are not only the ultimate summertime cocktail, but they also add fireworks to your Independence Day party.

Hybrid Tea Roses

Hybrid Tea Roses

Hybrid tea roses are the most popular roses in the world, and perhaps the most popular flowers for any occasion. They are created by cross-breeding between hybrid perpetual roses and old-fashioned tea roses. This particular roses’ beauty and fragrance boasts the most impeccable + picture-perfect form of any rose — it’s no wonder they are the most popular flower for exhibition.

Garden to (Thanksgiving) table recipe: Swiss chard casserole

Garden to (Thanksgiving) table recipe: Swiss chard casserole

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to curl up with warm foods that soothe the soul. What’s Thanksgiving Day without a casserole or two, anyway? Gather around the table with your loved ones to feast on this chard-topping recipe straight from the garden!

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!

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!

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.

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...

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…