How To Create a Desert Themed Container Garden

Fill your indoor spaces with low-maintenance plants and bask in the lush green hues complimented by intriguing spikes of color. An easy and trendy way to accomplish this is with your own desert themed container garden! Bring home the textures, colors, and character of the vast and hilly oasis with this easy care creation.

STEP 1: Supplies

Gather your supplies. This will vary depending on your creation, but here are the basic items you will need:

  • Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil or Black Gold® Cactus Mix
  • Succulents and Cacti
  • Calloway’s Premium Pottery
  • Pebbles
  • Decorative stones
  • Sand
  • Gardening Gloves

STEP 2: Soil and Pottery

The soil you use is very important to the health and success of your container garden.

Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil is formulated specifically for your containers. With moisture retaining minerals, Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil provides the ideal balance of air and water to foster healthy root growth for thriving plants. It is ideal for all potted plants and container gardens.

Or, you can try Black Gold® Cactus Mix! This quality blend of horticultural grade perlite, pumice, earthworm castings, compost and bark, is made specifically for cacti and succulents! It helps provide the proper soil structure and drainage that these drought tolerant plants love.

Pick out a great container to really get into the spirit! We have many to choose from in various sizes and styles. Your selection of Calloway’s Pottery or whatever container you are using must have a drain hole. If there is too much moisture, it will cause root rot and that can be easily avoided with the draining system in your pottery. Especially with these types of plants, proper drainage and moisture control is very important!

To get started, place stones in the bottom of your container to help prevent the soil from leaking out, making sure water can still flow through. Then, fill your container with Potting soil and mix together.

STEP 3: Adding Your Plants and Décor

drought tolerant

Pick your selection of succulents and cacti. Explore and experiment with the different shapes, sizes, colors, and volume. Select succulents to fill the front spaces of the container and choose tall and dynamic cacti as the focal point.

Once you select your plants, add in some large stones. Put the largest of the stones in the back of your design and the smallest towards the front. This will help keep your design well balanced and full.

Watch the video below for a quick tutorial on placement of your plants and to help you with setting up your container.

Once you have added the stones, time to add in your plants. Be sure to wear protective gloves when handling the different cactus plants. Pick up a cute pair while you are at the store if you don’t have one!

desert themed containers

Add the plants in clusters next to the rocks or along the rim of the container. Leave some natural and organic spacing around the groupings.

Top with sand and decorative stones or pebbles. Be careful when adding the sand and try to avoid the cactus plants.

Now tuck in the roots and set your creation. Simply, mist your plants at least once a week to keep them properly moist during the summer. When the weather cools for winter, a light, monthly watering should do the trick.

Give your plants proper sunlight and proudly display it on your desk, table, or whenever you need a little touch of nature in your indoor space.

Feel free to add in any extra touches of your personality to your creation and make it your own little desert oasis. Have fun and enjoy the easy care of your new container creation!

Stop by our store nearest you for all your planting needs!

 

 

 

ref: gardendesign.com

9 Tools Every Beginner Gardener Needs

Are you new to gardening? Don’t know where to start? No problem! We are here to help! Gardening is a pastime loved by many and can help ease the stress from your day. For your planting success, we created a helpful list of tools that every beginner gardener needs!

GARDEN TOOL #1: GLOVES

gloves for gardening

Gardening gloves are essential! They will protect your hands from pests, splinters, thorns, etc. Not to mention, they are super stylish and come in a variety of colors and designs! The key components to look for when glove shopping are:

  1. Durability without being too bulky
  2. Secure fit to protect your hands
  3. Breathable fabric to keep your hands cool

Select a style that fits you best and have some fun gardening with cute and quality protection.

gardening gloves

 GARDEN TOOL #2: RAKE

rake

Owning a rake makes everything easier. From spreading mulch to picking up leaves, there is something to be said about a fantastic rake. Rakes come in a variety of sizes and styles. You can use plastic or metal rakes; it all depends on your preference. Raking your yard will help protect your lawn and keep pests away, and it will also keep your landscape looking fresh and clean.

GARDEN TOOL #3: SHOVELS

shovel

A good shovel is a must. Hand shovels and digging shovels will always come in handy and will certainly be put to good use.

shovels

Perfect for creating a space to plant your flowers or shrubs, a quality shovel will get the job done.

gardening tools

Root Slayer Shovels, available at Calloway’s and Cornelius, are perfect for digging through tough roots and are highly recommended by our landscaping team. This is a great selection for planting your trees and shrubs. Can you dig it?

gardening tools

GARDEN TOOL #4: HAND TROWEL

trowel

Hand Trowels are great for planting container gardens, removing weeds, and planting in flowerbeds.

hand trowel

The long shape with jagged edges allows the trowel to cut through tough weeds and dense clay soils with ease. Durable and versatile, you will put this tool to good use!

GARDEN TOOL #5: PRUNING SHEARS

pruner

Help control your plants, remove old blooms for new growth, and keep your garden healthy and happy.  Pruning Shears are ideal for live plants and green wood as they cut like scissors and have a sharp blade passing by a flat surface.

pruning tools

This creates a clean cut and causes less injury to your plants. Pruners should fit easily in the palm of your hand.

GARDEN TOOL #6: LOPPERS

loppers

Loppers, similar to pruning shears, are ideal for trees and branches. With a longer handle, it allows for an easier reach to different areas and the leverage to properly cut thicker branches.

pruning shears

These can be a heavier tool so be careful and always know what you are cutting and how far you will need to reach the branches.

GARDEN TOOL #7: WATERING TOOLS

adjustable watering tools

All plants need water. The watering tools you choose will depend on the size and type of planting you are doing. Gardening hoses with an adjustable nozzle are extremely useful and versatile. It is important that your hose can reach and spray every part of your garden. An adjustable nozzle can help control the water pressure and spray radius.

watering cans

Watering cans are ideal for small space gardening, indoor plants, and container gardens or if you do not have the capabilities to use a watering hose. They allow you to control how much water to use and to control the flow of water.

watering tools

Watering wands give your plants a gentle rain shower. This is great for back edges of border plants, hanging baskets, and those hard to reach areas of your garden and container gardens.

GARDEN TOOL #8: GARDENING HOE

gardening hoe

Owning a proper gardening hoe will save you time and energy. The sharp edge penetrates the ground easily and cuts through weeds easily.

gardening tool ideas

The long handle, when worked in an upright position, will help ease back strain when working in your garden. The gooseneck design also helps you work around plants.

GARDEN TOOL #9: SPREADER

spreader

To keep your garden healthy, you will need to provide the proper nourishment. Feeding your lawn and large areas of your landscape is easy with a spreader. Spreaders allow you to control how much food you are using at the ideal setting. At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we offer free spreader rentals to all of our customers. Ask one of our store employees for more information.

Gardening is fun, especially with the right tools. Stop by our store nearest you for all your gardening needs! Questions? Ask our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals available at all of our store locations!

 

 

 

ref: radiusgarden.com – shop.coronatoolsusa.com

How to Create Your Fourth of July Container Garden

Let’s celebrate this Fourth of July with a fantastic container garden! Dazzle your outdoor space with fireworks of color and sun loving plants! Designing your own container garden is a great way to add color to your landscape, or even your porch or patio. The great thing about container gardening is that you do not need a yard. No matter where you live, you can create a beautiful garden. Before you get started, we would like to share a few key factors to keep in mind for your container garden’s success.

STEP 1: Supplies

Gather your supplies. This will vary depending on your creation, but here are the basic items you will need:

  • Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil
  • Sun loving color from Calloway’s or Cornelius
  • Calloway’s Premium Pottery
  • Calloway’s Natural Garden Food

STEP 2: Soil and Pottery

The soil you use is very important to the health and success of your container garden. First, never use the native soil from the ground, as it does not contain the nutrients and moisture-retaining properties of a proper potting soil.

Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil is formulated specifically for your containers. Calloway’s Potting Soil contains the perfect blend to retain moisture while allowing proper drainage. It is ideal for all potted plants and container gardens.

Pick out a great blue container to really get into the spirit! We have many to choose from in various sizes and styles. Your selection of Calloway’s Pottery or whatever container you are using must have a drain hole. If there is too much moisture, it will cause root rot and that can be easily avoided with the draining system in your pottery.

To get started, place a piece of bark or stones in the bottom of your container to help prevent the soil from leaking out, making sure water can still flow through. Then, fill your container with Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil.

STEP 3: Adding Your Plants

cora vinca

Pick your plants in shades of red and white and design a visually pleasing container garden. When it comes to the design, use the “Thriller, Filler, and Spiller” method. Choosing your plants based on “Thriller, Filler, and Spiller” selections will create an exciting creation with dimension and color.

Watch the video below for a quick tutorial on placement of your plants based on the “Thriller, Filler, and Spiller” design method for your Fourth of July container.

First, add your “Thriller” plant. Find a vibrant plant in red or white. Choose selections with big, bold blooms or gorgeous clusters of petite flowers that sparkle against the green foliage. For our creation, we selected showy white flowers with yellow eyes and fuzzy green foliage. A perfect selection for your “Thriller” plant because it resembles fireworks with its blooms.

lantana

Remember, the “Thriller” plant will be a large, dramatic, and taller option. It is the focal plant in your container. Depending on where your container will be displayed, you can either plant your “Thriller” in the center, if your container will be viewed from all sides, or in the back of the container.

 Then, add your “Filler” plant. The “Filler” plants are medium-sized plants that tend to be a more rounded plant to make the container look full. Place your “Filler” around the “Thriller” or in front of the “Thriller” plant. In our design, we selected a fantastic plant for this time of year, Cora® Vinca.

Cora® Vinca’s showy, star-shaped blooms and medium texture make a great “Filler” plant while also providing shades of red for your patriotic container. Cora® Vinca loves the heat and will thrive throughout the season.

cora vinca plant

Finally, add your “Spiller” plant. The “Spiller” plants are trailing plants that hang over the edge of the container. They should be planted close to the edge of the container, in front of, or surrounding the “Filler” plant.

dusty miller

To complete our Fourth of July Container Garden, we decided to compliment the red and white hues with elegant foliage like Dusty Miller. Choose a selection that will spill over the edge of your container with attractive leaves that compliments your creation.

fourth of july

Your container garden will shine in your outdoor space and provide a pop of beautiful, natural color.

STEP 3: Feed and Decorate

Add in your Calloway’s Natural Garden Food as directed. This will help with the health of your plant for brighter, bolder blooms.

Water in thoroughly and add more potting soil as needed.

container garden

Finally, add your festive Fourth of July décor and compliment your creation with a Sassafras® Switchmat™ collection by Evergreen®. Check out the fabulous collection of inter-changeable designs at our store nearest you!

Happy Fourth of July!

10 Watering Tips for Gardening Success

Do you know how to water your plants? We have an easy guide to help ensure your gardening success. Simply follow this guide and proper watering will quickly become a part of your gardening routine, even during the hot, Texas summer conditions.

STEP 1: Check the soil by hand

watering

Although letting the soil dry out slightly before watering promotes root growth, it is important to maintain uniform soil moisture.  The best way to tell if you need to water is to check the top 3 – 4 inches of soil.  If it is dry, water immediately.  If it is wet, check again in 6 – 12 hours.  Moisture meters can be a big help.  By regularly checking the soil, you will be able to set a watering schedule based on your soil’s unique characteristics.

STEP 2: Water infrequently but thoroughly

If watered thoroughly, your plants may only need a couple of watering sessions per week depending on how quickly your soil dries.  It is better to give your plants plenty of water intermittently than a little bit every day.

watering guide

STEP 3: Provide the right amount of water

Effective watering ensures that the roots receive enough water to be fully saturated.  Water too little and the moisture will only cover the upper inches of soil – or won’t even reach the soil at all, e.g. when there is a thick layer of mulch covering the soil and not enough water to soak through and into the soil.  For new plants, it is crucial that the entire root-ball receives sufficient moisture during each watering.

STEP 4: Provide larger amounts of water in steps

Water takes time to soak into the soil.  To prevent runoff, it’s better to water repeatedly in parts.  For extremely dry soils, water for ~5 minutes to wet the top layer, wait 30 minutes, and then water again for ~10 to 15 minutes – this will allow more of the water to soak into the soil instead of flowing away unused.

STEP 5: Provide larger amounts of water in steps

Watering cool soil decreases the amount of evaporation and allows more water to soak into the ground of your garden.  This also ensures the plants have the water they need before enduring the heat.  Of course, if the soil is dry and plants are beginning to wilt, water them immediately – no matter the time of day.

STEP 6: Keep the leaves dry

Wet leaves are more susceptible to damage and disease.  Leaf-mold can infect leaves that are left wet overnight.  During the heat of the day, water droplets can act as magnifying glasses and burn the leaves.

STEP 7: Water all around the base

how to water plants

One-sided watering can lead to one-sided root growth and poor nutrient uptake.  Always make an effort to water around the entire base of the plant to ensure the water reaches all sides of the root ball.

STEP 8: Supplement your irrigation system

Spray and drip irrigation is great for established plants, but your new plants will need additional water until their root systems develop and extend outside the original root ball.  Most irrigation systems don’t provide enough water to fully saturate the root balls and often give a false sense of security.  Keep your system on for your existing landscape, but focus your attention and hand-watering on your newly installed plants. Knowing the benefits of hoses, soakers, and sprinklers for your garden will help your landscaping thrive.

STEP 9: Avoid overwatering

Waterlogged soil lacks air pockets that roots need to live and grow.  Keep in mind that here in Texas plants are much more likely to suffer from underwatering than overwatering during the summers. Using a timer on your irrigation system will help prevent overwatering your garden.

STEP 10: Use quality soil

Soil that is rich in nutrients and minerals provides an excellent foundation for new plants to develop and establish strong root systems.  Amending native soil is critical to improve drainage and prevent waterlogging.

What about the rain we have been having?

Pick up a rain gauge at our store nearest you and keep track of how much moisture your garden is receiving each rainfall. Continue to check the soil and follow the steps above. Questions? Ask our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals available at all of our store locations!

We hope these watering tips for gardens helps your plants thrive.

2019 Gardening Trends: The Indoor Generation

Did you know about 90% of people worldwide spend up to 22 hours each day indoors? Children only spend, on average, 1 hour outside daily. As crazy as these statistics sound, think about why this has become a new normal. Over the past 200 years, as our technology has advanced and evolved, so has our time outdoors. Back then, our jobs and livelihoods involved working on the fields and farming. Now, we have offices, computers, and factories that were created to enhance our way of life and allow us to work in an efficient manner.

This is why bringing houseplants into your indoor spaces has become a blossoming 2019 Gardening Trend called the Indoor Generation. As humans, we need daylight and fresh air for our health and happiness. This Gardening Trend acclimates to our daily lives by encouraging fresh air in our indoor spaces with beautiful indoor plants. Bringing the outdoors in adds light, life, and creates a healthier space for you to spend your time.

Who is the Indoor Generation?

We all are a part of the Indoor Generation. Our generation has trended more towards urban dwelling and renting versus owning a home with a yard. This can create less opportunity to be outdoors, but only if you let it! There are many ways to become involved and reconnect with nature with indoor plants. Indoor plants clean the air, create a healthier home, and enhance the look and design of your space. In fact, Biophilic Design, which means “connecting the human world with nature”, is growing in popularity. Make your space alive with vibrant foliage, no matter how big or small!

Indoors is the New Outdoors

Indoor plants bring an organic beauty to the empty corners of our indoor spaces. Fill your office, home, and apartment with their stunning leaves, unique stems, and you can even add that something extra with some fantastic pottery. These plants can make a huge statement and bring a stylish pizzazz that everyone will love!

Indoor plants also provide these 4 health benefits:

  1. Purifying the air
  2. Relieving stress
  3. Improving focus
  4. Reducing seasonal ailments

5 Impressive Indoor Plants

There are many different sizes and styles of indoor plants. Pay attention to the light and air flow in your space as these are important factors that will help you decide what houseplants are right for you.

INDOOR PLANT 1: SANSEVIERIA

sansevieria

The unique look of the Sansevieria plant can make a strong visual statement in any space. The Sansevieria is ideal for indoor spaces as it removes allergens! The Sansevieria doesn’t produce allergens; it releases moisture in the air and lessens airborne allergens while it also avoids the collection of such allergens due to the smooth surface of its leaves.

INDOOR PLANT 2: SUCCULENTS

succulents

Succulents are a trendy way to bring personality and greenery to your home. They require little maintenance while they help improve the quality of your life. Succulents are continually producing oxygen while they clean the air, reduce humidity, and remove those nasty toxins.

INDOOR PLANT 3: BROMELIADS

bromeliad

Bromeliads add color and beauty to any interior space. They come in a variety of colors and a range of sizes that can suit anyone or any space. Bromeliads are extremely drought tolerant which allows for easy maintenance. They improve air quality, but they do most of the work at night. Studies have shown that nighttime is when bromeliads release most of their oxygen and remove air pollutants.

INDOOR PLANT 4: DRACAENA

dracaena

Dracaena is one the easiest and most common indoor plants around. Dracaena is a shrubby species with over 40 different varieties and sizes which can work with all different spaces in your home or office. Dracaena plants are considered one of the best for removing benzene chemicals from the air which can be found in everyday products like paints, cleaning products, and plastics.

INDOOR PLANT 5: ZZ PLANT

zz plant

The ZZ Plant is an extremely popular indoor plant with dark green, glossy leaves. The green coloring is an indication that this plant absorbs light from minimum sources, which makes them a great plant for the indoors. The ZZ Plant is unique and long-lasting, not to mention resistant to plant disease and insects or mites.

Check out this printable list for more information on other fantastic indoor plants. Save it to your phone, print it out, and bring it with you when you are selecting your next indoor beauty!

houseplants

Want to learn more about indoor plants? Check out our blog “The Best Indoor Plants & How To Take Care of Them”!

The Indoor Generation has it right; houseplants are a “win win” in any space. Connect with nature and take a breath of fresh air with your indoor space filled with beautiful plants! Stop by our store nearest you for all your planting needs!

2019 Gardening Trends: Composting

In this 2019 Gardening Trend, the composting movement is about making soil, not waste. According to the EPA, food is the largest waste in our landfills. Composting is an efficient way to reduce your carbon footprint and create nutrient-rich soil for healthy, happy plants!

The Benefits of Composting

Did you know landfills are the 3rd largest source of greenhouse gas methane? 1/3 of all food is wasted globally each year and each American contributes around 1,600 pounds of waste annually. You can reduce 40% of your household waste with a sustainable solution like composting.

Composting trends as the “new recycling”. It supports the earth by reducing waste and creating healthy food to enrich soils and grow vibrant plants. Composting helps break down organic matter to create nutrient-rich material ensuring your soil retains moisture longer.

composting

Composting 101

Your compost pile should contain a balanced mixture of organic materials. Try to alternate layers of different sizes of green and brown materials. This will help the process to properly break down the matter.

Brown materials are things like dead leaves, twigs, and branches. Green materials are grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps, and coffee grounds. Finally, adding the right amount of water to keep it damp will help the compost development.

carbon footprint

What to Compost and What to Avoid

Check out this helpful list of items that you can and shouldn’t use for composting. Save this, print it out, and keep it someplace you can reference easily.

composting guide

 

How to Compost

First, to compost effectively and efficiently, it is good to have a proper composting bin. At your local Calloway’s and Cornelius, you can pick up your Miracle-Gro® Tumbling Composter. Build to last, this composter is designed with an extra-strength, all season resin base and UV inhibitors. It accelerates decomposition with its over-sized, tumbling chamber. Plus, it’s easy to assemble, load, and unload.

compost bin

First, select a dry, shady or covered spot for your bin. Add your brown and green materials as they are collected. Try to chop or shred any large pieces. When the material is dark and rich in color, your compost is ready!

 

 

Stop by our store nearest you to pick up your composting supplies today. Questions? Ask one of our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals available at all of our store locations.

Happy Composting!

How to Create Your Color of the Year Container Garden

No yard? No problem! Bring to life the Pantone Color of the Year, Living Coral, in your next container garden! Designing your own container garden is a great way to add color to your landscape, or even your porch or patio. The great thing about container gardening is that you do not need a yard. No matter where you live, you can create a beautiful garden. Container gardens can be updated as frequently as you wish. You can even create fabulous seasonal designs well into the winter for the holidays. Before you get started, we would like to share a few key factors to keep in mind for your container garden’s success.

STEP 1: Supplies

Gather your supplies. This will vary depending on your creation, but here are the basic items you will need:

  • Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil
  • Fresh Plants and Color in shades of Living Coral
  • Calloway’s Premium Pottery
  • Calloway’s Professional Flower Food

STEP 2: Soil and Pottery

The soil you use is very important to the health and success of your container garden. First, never use the native soil from the ground, as it does not contain the nutrients and moisture-retaining properties of a proper potting soil.

Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil is formulated specifically for your containers. With moisture retaining minerals, Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil provides the ideal balance of air and water to foster healthy root growth for thriving plants. It is ideal for all potted plants and container gardens.

Your selection of Calloway’s Pottery or whatever container you are using must have a drain hole. If there is too much moisture, it will cause root rot and that can be easily avoided with the draining system in your pottery.

To get started, place a piece of bark or stones in the bottom of your container to help prevent the soil from leaking out, making sure water can still flow through. Then, fill your container with Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil.

STEP 3: Adding Your Plants

Pick your plants in shades of living coral and design a visually pleasing container garden. When it comes to the design, use the “Thriller, Filler, and Spiller” method. Choosing your plants based on “Thriller, Filler, and Spiller” selections will create an exciting creation with dimension and color.

Watch the video below for a quick tutorial on placement of your plants based on the “Thriller, Filler, and Spiller” design method.

First, add your “Thriller” plant. Find a vibrant plant in shades of living coral. Choose selections with big, bold blooms or gorgeous clusters of petite flowers that sparkle against the green foliage.

kalanchoe

The “Thriller” plant will be a large, dramatic, and taller option. It is the focal plant in your container. Depending on where your container will be displayed, you can either plant your “Thriller” in the center, if your container will be viewed from all sides, or in the back of the container.

color of the year container garden

Then, add your “Filler” plant. The “Filler” plants are medium-sized plants that tend to be a more rounded plant to make the container look full. Place your “Filler” around the “Thriller” or in front of the “Thriller” plant. In our design, we selected a fantastic plant for this time of year, Cora® Vinca.

Cora® Vinca’s showy, star-shaped blooms and medium texture make a great “Filler” plant while also providing a punch of color. Cora® Vinca loves the heat and will thrive throughout the season.

periwinkle

Finally, add your “Spiller” plant. The “Spiller” plants are trailing plants that hang over the edge of the container. They should be planted close to the edge of the container, in front of, or surrounding the “Filler” plant.

creeping jenny

To complete our Color of the Year Container Garden, we decided to compliment the coral colors with bright foliage. Choose a selection that will spill over the edge of your container with attractive leaves that remain vibrant in color throughout the season.

color of the year

Your container garden will shine in your outdoor space and provide a pop of beautiful, natural color.

STEP 4: Feed and Finish

Add in your Calloway’s Natural Garden Food as directed. This will help with the health of your plant for brighter, bolder blooms. Water in thoroughly and add more potting soil as needed.

Now, sit back and enjoy your Color of the Year Container Garden! Stop by our store nearest you for all your planting needs! To learn more about the 2019 Gardening Trends Color of the Year, check out this blog!

How to Repel Mosquitoes with Plants

It is that time of year for family fun, vacations, soaking up the sun, and mosquitoes. Stop the mosquito bites and start planting! Enjoy your time outdoors with natural mosquito control solutions like plants, mulch, and more.

Do plants actually repel mosquitoes?

plants that repel insects

Plants that repel mosquitoes are like a little gift from Mother Nature. Working as natural mosquito repellents, their strong fragrance and essential oils are the key to keeping these pests away.

Incorporate these plants in your flower bed or create a container garden. Container gardens with mosquito repellent plants are a great way to protect seating areas or patios where you and your family spend the most time.

Check out our video for inspiration on your next container garden, full of fragrant, repelling plants.

Pick up your Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil, a beautiful container, and your plants at our store nearest you. Choose a container that will provide proper drainage for healthy root development. If you need any tips on how to create a container garden, learn more here!

What is the best plant to keep mosquitoes away?

Luckily, there are many great and low maintenance varieties of plants to choose from. These lovely plants and their delightful scent repel mosquitoes, naturally.

Marigolds

repel mosquitoes

Marigolds bring a pop of color and delicate texture to the garden composition. They have bold, ball-shaped flowers with fragrant ferny leaves that will remain dark green in color throughout the season. These beauties need partial shade to full sun and will grow to about 12 inches tall at maturity.

Marigolds work fantastically as the thriller plant and are the perfect focal point. Paired with a neutral or contrasting color of pottery, this container garden will dazzle in your outdoor space.

marigold

Their distinct scent deters mosquitoes, and they also work as an insect repellent for many other critters. Try incorporating these into your vegetable garden for an added plant protection.

Lavender

lavender

Lavender is another great plant to prevent mosquitoes from entering your space.  Lavender needs full sun to thrive and is perfect for our Texas climate. Once established, Lavender is a tough, drought tolerant plant. This is a fantastic choice for the “Filler” plant in your container garden with its lush, silvery-green foliage and texture.

lavender plant

Does Lavender really repel mosquitoes? Lavender works as a mosquito repellent because of its vibrant fragrance which comes from the essential oils that can be found on its leaves.

Citronella Plant

mosquito plant

Citronella Plant, also known as Citronella Grass, Citrosa or the Mosquito Plant, is full of interesting, ferny, and fragrant leaves that are reminiscent of citronella. Its dense foliage and large flowing leaves make it a perfect “Spiller” plant, performing best in full sun to partial shade.

citronella plant

This lemon scented plant repels insects like mosquitoes by masking the scent of mosquito attractants.

Rosemary

rosemary

Do rosemary plants repel mosquitoes? Yes! Rosemary is a low maintenance herb with a strong scent. The woody fragrance repels insects and mosquitoes.

herbs that repel mosquitoes

Compliment your container garden with the beautiful, needle-like leaves and texture. This is another great “Filler” plant option for your container garden.

What scents keep mosquitoes away?

mosquito repellent plants

Plants like lavender, rosemary, and citrosa are beautiful and easy to grow with a strong fragrance. Another scent and natural mosquito repellent is cedar. Cedar can be added to any landscape easily and even complete the look of your garden.

Cedar Mulch

Calloway’s Cedar Mulch provides an elegant red-gold finish that is eye-catching and functional. Mulch benefits your garden by reducing water use by preventing evaporation and allowing the plants to absorb water at a steady rate. It also regulates soil temperature protecting delicate root systems and reduces weed growth. It also deters mosquitoes and other insects.

Good Natured™ Natural Cedar Warrior

Good Natured™ Natural Cedar Warrior is a safe and effective way to control insects, including mosquitoes, ants, chinch bugs, fleas, and more. Cedar Warrior is a natural alternative to safeguarding your lawn, garden, and family from pests. Safe for pets and the environment, it is easy to use with a pleasant smell!

Other Mosquito Control Solutions

mosquito control

Want even more protection? Incorporate these mosquito control solutions into your outdoor space.

The Patio Egg™

The Patio Egg™

The Patio Egg™ is an easy, safe, and effective way to help with repelling mosquitoes and other biting insects from your outdoor living areas. With its cute egg-shaped design, made of a strong ceramic, the natural fragrance derived from natural essential oils repels mosquitoes with its Deet-free scent. Great for tabletops, or hanging in areas like entryways, under table umbrellas, or patio overhangs with its stylish nest of netting. With refill solutions readily available, this effective product is safe around your pets and family.

Skeeter Screen™ Yard Sticks™

Skeeter Screen™ Yard Sticks™

Skeeter Screen™ Yard Sticks™ are made from a DEET-free formula of essential oils used to deter mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and more. They come in easy to use incense sticks that you simply light to begin up to 4 hours of continuous protection. Place into containers, buckets, outdoor vases, or stake them directly in the ground and create a safe zone from mosquitoes.

BioAdvanced® Mosquito Killer FizzTabs

BioAdvanced® Mosquito Killer FizzTabs

BioAdvanced® Mosquito Killer FizzTabs stop mosquitoes at the source. The FizzTabs can be placed in areas of standing water, bird baths, ponds, and more for effective mosquito control. Made to control mosquito larvae which potentially could transmit zika or west nile, this is the only larvicide that stops all 4 larval stages of mosquitoes! With a patented bi-layer tablet, this slow release formula dissolves over 60 days penetrating the water from the top to the bottom, for constant coverage.

DynaTrap® Insect Traps

DynaTrap® Insect Traps

DynaTrap® Insect Traps attract and stop insects without chemicals or pesticides. Engineered with 3-way protection using UV fluorescent light, DynaTrap® is odor free, all-weather durable, and involves no zapping! It traps flying insects including mosquitoes, biting flies, Asian beetles, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, moths, stink bugs, and more! Plug it in, turn it on, and maintain your outdoor space. Also available are varieties perfect for eliminating insects inside your home.

Summit Mosquito Bits®

Summit Mosquito Bits®

Summit Mosquito Bits® are easy to use and effective mosquito repellent! They provide a protective punch, turning water to a void of future mosquitoes. They also to control Fungus Gnats in plant beds or pots. Mosquito Bits can be applied to aquatic spaces and water gardens and also can either be sprinkled on the soils surface or mixed with potting soil. Use in flowerbeds, containers, or anywhere mosquito larvae might be.

Summit Mosquito & Gnat Barrier

Summit Mosquito & Gnat Barrier

Summit Mosquito & Gnat Barrier comes with a convenient hose-end sprayer for a fast and effective application. Spray your yard, patio, plants, and flowerbeds to eliminate mosquitoes and other pests. Mosquito & Gnat Barrier contains permethrin, a residual insecticide that repels a wide variety of insects including mosquitoes, ants, fleas, ticks, and more for up to four weeks.

Bug Protector®

Bug Protector®

Looking for an effective alternative to bug sprays laced with chemicals? Bug Protector® is DEET-free and contains no chemicals or synthetics. That’s the beauty of Bug Protector®! An all-natural spray that helps repel mosquitoes, gnats, and other biting insects with ingredients straight from nature; like scented geraniums, lemongrass and cinnamon. Grab one for home, for your next picnic, for your patio party, and enjoy the outdoors with your family!

 

As you can see, there are many safe and effective options to protect your home from mosquitoes. Stop by our store nearest you for all your mosquito control solutions! Now, get outdoors and enjoy the season!

 

 

 

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6 Great Gift Ideas for Dad

It’s Father’s Day! Take a moment to tell the dad or dads in your life that you care. Give him a gift that he can use all year long and create the opportunity for new memories and bonding. What better gift is there than enjoying time outdoors and supporting his hobbies, especially his yard!

Check out these 6 Great Gift Ideas* for Dad!

Gift Idea #1: Gardening Tools & Gloves

pruning

Quality tools for maintaining your garden is so important. From pruning shears to shovels and rakes, we have everything you need for your gardening success.

gardening tools shovels

Or tell dad thank you for his support with bamboo stakes for your garden. Available in different sizes and colors, gardening stakes are perfect for supporting new trees, vining vegetable plants, and more!

gardening

Don’t forget to pick up fresh gardening gloves in his favorite color! We have a wide selection of gloves in various colors, sizes, and styles.

garden gloves

Gift Idea #2: Watering Toys

soaker hose

While our watering tools may not actually be “toys”; they are just as fun! Choose from soaker hoses, regular hoses, watering cans, and more!

watering cans gardening hoses

Add a touch of character when you personalize your equipment with colorful watering spouts in long or short varieties. You will find the perfect watering device for dad and his space.

water fountain

Let dad relax and escape from the stress of the day with the soothing sounds of trickling water from a new fountain!

kids gardening tools

Get the kiddos involved with their own watering can and let them learn from dad or grandpa! They will remember that moment forever!

ups a daisy

If dad is a fan of container gardens or hanging baskets, he needs this planter insert. Not only does it help save time and money, it is perfect for maintaining the health of the soil in the container and retaining moisture.

water gauge

Water is very important to a healthy landscape. Support his garden with a new rain gauge! Cute and practical, knowing how much water his yard received each rainfall is a key for a healthy, happy lawn, and an even happier dad!

Gift Idea #3: Garden Décor and Outdoor Lighting

garden decor metal art

Garden décor can really complete the look of any landscape, not to mention add a dash of personality. From stone to metal, our selection of garden décor will add a dash of whimsy to dad’s garden getaway.

ceramic decor

Add a little Texas pride, or support his favorite team with hand-painted stones for your flowerbeds. Or make your containers extra cute with playful animals.

ceramic animals

From colorful glass to metal windmills, our selection of décor will give his garden lots of movement and personality that he can enjoy all year long!

metal decor yard decor

Light up the night and let his garden glow with outdoor lighting! Outdoor lighting can really turn Dad’s backyard into a magical oasis. From lanterns to candles and string lights, find what will compliment his space!

outdoor lighting

Gift Idea #4: Birding

bird houses

Give the gift of nature, this Father’s Day! Invite beneficial birds to his garden with quality bird seed, and adorable homes.

birding

Birds are beautiful and helpful but, just like you and me, they need a place to rest. Check out our selection and variety of homes for the vast range of birds, like hummingbirds or cardinals. Learn about their routines and mannerisms, their eating times, flight paths, and more. Educational and relaxing, inviting birds to dad’s garden will help him relax and learn while benefiting the ecosystem in his landscape.

Gift Idea #5: Pottery and Hanging Baskets

pottery

Pick the perfect pottery for dad! Teach him about the many different ways to add color and foliage to his yard, garden, or space.

container gardens hanging basket

Perfect for small spaces, apartments, or limited yards, adding container gardens and hanging baskets is easy, fun, and visually pleasing!

container garden

Containers and hanging baskets are perfect for the outdoors, but they can benefit inside your dad’s home as well! Planting indoor plants rids the air of harmful toxins and purifies the air!

Gift Idea #6: Fire Pits and Chimeneas

fire pit

Finally, add some warmth to his landscape with fire pits and chimeneas. These wonderfully charming, hand-decorated outdoor fireplaces are easy to enjoy, all year long.

chimeneas

They will bring a cozy warmth to you and your family in the cooler months while in the summer, the delicious fragrance of pinion wood will deter mosquitoes.

Still need ideas? Order a gift card online today for dad to enjoy this summer.

Stop by our store nearest you and pick up your Father’s Day gifts today! Questions? Ask our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals available at every store location!

Happy Father’s Day to all the incredible dads out there! Thank you for teaching us many important things in life, like how to ride a bike, how to drive a car, or even, how to plant a tree or mow a yard. Thank you for all that you do and thank you for being you!

 

 

*please note: items listed may not be available at all store locations.

2019 Gardening Trends: Backyard Staycation

Need a vacation? Why get away when you can make every day a vacation day in your very own backyard! In this next gardening trend, we will discuss how to create a designated spot to relax in your backyard with a few simple additions and special touches.

Step 1: Adding the element of water

water fountain

Adding water to areas of your backyard can benefit you in so many ways. This doesn’t have to mean adding a pond, a pool, or anything too complex. You can simply add a couple of features, like birdbaths and water fountains, and reap the many benefits they have to offer.

water

Birdbaths attract many of our friendly pollinating insects and birds. It’s a great addition to your landscape and it supports your local ecosystem. Not to mention, you can sit back and become entranced by the beauty of nature.

birdbaths

Add tranquility to your backyard with the peaceful sounds of trickling water. These amazing pieces of décor are available in multiple styles and sizes, including lightweight variations, to fit your porch, patio, or garden oasis. You’ll love the soothing sounds of your personal water fountain, as you relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.

fountain

Worried about mosquitoes? We have the solution for you! For areas of standing water, add BioAdvanced® Mosquito Killer FizzTabs. With a patented bi-layer tablet, this slow release formula dissolves over 60 days, providing constant coverage. Drop a FizzTab into any birdbath, pond, rain barrel, or areas where water easily collects. The formula penetrates the water from the top to the bottom!

Step 2: Adding soothing sounds

Sound is an impactful element to any vacation, or more specifically, to any form of relaxation. Bring in the soothing tones from beautifully crafted Corinthian Bells® wind chimes.

corinthian bells

Corinthian Bells® are not your ordinary wind chimes. They are the first generation of wind chimes to combine excellence in design with incredible tones and resonance. These are visually and acoustically exceptional chimes, with a classic look and a sound that is heavenly. The centrally suspended aluminum tubes, along with the high-density striker, give these chimes their outstanding tone. These wind chimes come in a variety of sizes and colors that will fit your décor.

You will fall in love with the acoustic melodies and perfectly pitched notes that you will hear time and again from any of our selections of Wind Chimes!

Step 3: Adding a glowing ambiance

string lights

Outdoor lighting can really turn your backyard into a magical oasis. We have dozens of new lighting options, available in various styles and sizes so you can find what suits your style the best!

outdoor candles

Try adding LED candles to your patio, or what about hanging string lights across your yard? This will help light up your backyard in the night with a relaxing glow.

led candles

Step 4: Adding tropical plants to your landscape

hibiscus

Adding plants to any outdoor area will brighten and beautify your space. Why not fill your outdoor space with beautiful color and tropical plants?

Tropical Hibiscus is a classic choice for creating a tropical escape in your yard. The bold colors and vibrant blooms are the essence of summer. Enjoy an island getaway in your landscape with beautiful blooms that will easily transform your garden into a tropical haven.

hanging baskets

You can also create your own hanging baskets and wall plantings with lovely metal wall planters. Add caladiums or colorful annuals and create an exciting display on your patio walls or fence.

metal planters

Want to enjoy your plants well into the evening? Create a moonstruck garden with bright and white flowers and plants that will glow in the moonlight!

Step 5: Adding style to your space

outdoor decor

Finally, to complete the look for your Backyard Staycation, add some decoration. Check out our blog that is all about garden décor for fantastic inspiration. Keep your space playful with ceramic animals, colorful spinners, garden flags, and more!

garden decor

Enjoy the soothing movements of by adding metal pendulums for an artistic touch and compliment your space with the enchanting fragrance of pinion wood and the warmth of a chimenea!

chimenea

Chimeneas are wonderfully charming, hand-decorated outdoor fireplaces that are fantastic all year. Warm up your patio during the cooler months, or use as a natural insect repellent during the spring and summer. Chimeneas are great as a garden focal point or accent piece. With delightful fragrances such as pinion wood, you can enjoy the outdoors during every season.

metal art

Needless to say, the options are endless, and your Backyard Staycation is easily within reach! Stop by our store nearest you to get started and enjoy your backyard oasis all year long!

Questions? Ask one of our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals available at all of our store locations.