plants and succulents

Older generations still dominate gardening participation at 35%, but younger generations are building interest at a rapid rate. One thing that's been attracting younger generations to garden centers is plant parenting. Yes, you heard us correctly, becoming plants parents.

Stop by any Al's Garden & Home to find unique gifts that are sure to delight!

Sometimes gardeners just simply forget how much beauty can be achieved in the winter garden. As annuals and deciduous plants die back, they give way to glorious conifers and other winter beauties that rely on texture and fall colors to maximize the winter interest in your garden.

Here are few of Al's favorite conifers that fill that spot in your yard:

Last July, we took a look at the wondrous tropic garden created by Al's manager Peter Eastman. If you were inspired to plant some tropical red bananas of your own, we’d like to show you how they can be overwintered and survive the cold. Believe it or not, you can store and overwinter your bananas in the protection of a cool dry basement or garage, and then bring them out and replant them the following spring.

Now that most of the leaves have fallen and the landscape turns to winter hues, it's always nice to see a little blooming color. The lovely camellia with their peony like flowers and ruffled edges, can add a welcomed pop of color to your winter garden.

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and you may be getting ready to host the big dinner. So much detail and planning can go into making sure that the turkey is cooked just right, and that you do Grandma's famous cranberry sauce justice. But the food isn't the only thing that creates the warm and inviting feel of the holiday - your table-top decor can really help your guests get into the Thanksgiving spirit!

As we quickly turn our attention towards Thanksgiving, it's never too early to count our blessings. A roof over our heads, food on the table, and a warm bed to rest on, are just some of the simple pleasures that we can perhaps overlook. Just think of what a new pair of shoes can mean to people that may need them.

Here at Al's, we're known for our beautiful hanging baskets, especially in the springtime around Mother's Day. As the winter weather sets in and the abundant spring and summer blooms have faded, we wondered what else we could create to fill that hanging spot in your outdoor entryway. Create a great holiday look with our Fir Balls!

plants

It's delightfully common for people to continue gardening through the end of summer and into autumn. That said, with winter just around the corner, there are some preparations your yard garden will need before wintertime fully begins.

yard garden

You've readied your yard garden for winter, but have you thought of your trees? Gardening doesn't stop at the backyard plants that grow in the space you designate the garden. From sapling to Sequoia (ok, maybe not that big), the trees on your property should always be counted among your yard garden flora.