Al's Perennial and Shrub grower Jason discusses why we made this beautiful double-bloom gardenia our Grower's Choice.


Corkcicle Canteen

Active moms on the go can enjoy their favorite cold or hot beverages anytime, anywhere with these stylish canteens. Featuring triple-insulated stainless steel, easy-grip flat sides, and non-slip bottoms.
Assorted colors $27.95 - $29.95

Lemon Basil Scent By Michel Design Works

This pairing of two quintessential summer aromas conjures lazy, sunny afternoons and soft magical nights. The beautiful packaging makes it great for gift giving.
Bar Soap $9.95
Foaming Shea Butter Hand Soap $11.95
Body Lotion $14.95

Kati Steeping Cup By Tea Forte

Perfect for moms who love a good cup of tea. This double-wall ceramic tumbler and integrated stainless steel infuser is a stylish way to make enjoying loose tea simple.
Assorted styles $21

Books for Mom

These sentimental celebrations of Mom are sure to warm her heart.
Assorted books $10.95 - $14.95

"Families are Forever" Candle Holder

This candle holder says it all. And its wood finish makes it look great on the table or mantle.

A group of Honeynut Squash

Al's Grower's Choice brings you select varieties of plants that have been chosen for their taste, hardiness and bloom. They are unique, hand picked plants and vegetables that our growers believe work best in our climate and terrains.

This week we feature 'Honeyhut' Squash

What Is It?

A winter squash with sweet, orange flesh similar to that of a pumpkin but with a nutty flavor

Why We Chose It:

This type of squash can be used in a wide variety of recipes, be it baked, roasted, sauteed, or pureed, and because of the hard rind, can be stored for up to 4 months after harvest. 'Honeynut' is perfect for containers because it has compact vines and produces high yields of smaller, individual-sized fruit.

How To Grow It:

Plant in full sun, in well-drained, compost rich soil, and water regularly during the growing season. Harvest by cutting the stems 1" from the fruit when the stem is starting to dry and the skin is beginning to harden, about 80 days after planting. Store squash in a cool area away from direct sunlight.

Al's Expert Aaron shows us some great tomato choices to grow in containers or smaller gardens.


Mark shares some quick planting tips to help you have success in your tomato garden.


Flowering cherry trees are the showiest way to let us know that spring is finally here! Of course, Magnolias and Red Currants can be a real eye-catcher as well. Now is the best time to shop for flowering shrubs and trees. Here are a few more of Al's favorites.

Several Flowering Cherry trees in bloom at Al's Garden & Home's storefront entranceThese beautiful Flowering Cherry trees outside of the entrance to Al's of Sherwood really do some heavy advertising for us!
A close-up of red currant king edward in bloom

Red Currant 'King Edward'

  • Clusters of vivid, crimson flowers make this a favorite variety.
  • Blue-black berries are loved by birds.
  • A compact grower; excellent as a hedge or in a mixed shrub border.
  • A Northwestern U.S. native selection.
  • Deciduous
A close-up of lilac Charles Joly in bloom

Lilac 'Charles Joly'

  • This medium sized shrub has an upright, open-branched habit and bright green foliage.
  • Gorgeous, deep-purple, double flower clusters are highly fragrant.
  • Blooms mid-season, typically in mid-May.
  • Thrives in cool summer climates.
  • A lovely spring accent, screen, or border specimen.
  • Deciduous
The blooms of a thundercloud Plum tree

'Thundercloud' Plum

  • A stunning landscape addition, with splendid coppery-purple foliage that holds its color into fall.
  • Pale pink, single blooms blanket the stems in the spring before the foliage emerges.
  • Produces small, red, edible fruit.
  • A wonderfully versatile deciduous tree, useful in all areas of landscaping.
The blooms of a royal star magnolia

'Royal Star' Magnolia

  • Early bloomer with large, fragrant, white double flowers appearing before the foliage emerges in spring.
  • Useful in areas where late freezes can occur.
  • Open-branched, multi-trunked large shrub or small tree.
  • A springtime thriller that will add a nice touch to the landscape as the seasons progress.
  • Deciduous

If you are in search of glorious spring color, these are some really great options. These small trees are perfect for containers and can help to visually anchor your outdoor area, whether it is a large porch or smaller patio.