We do need a little Christmas right now. We need the lights and the music, the sweet smells from the kitchen, the cozy evenings and we need to haul out the sepia-tinted memories of Christmases past. We may be rushing things, but what’s the harm if we start decking the halls now?

Sure, things are not the same this year, but not everything has changed! This year, we’re going to have a holiday season that’s a bit slower, quieter, with fewer distractions from the hustle and bustle of the season. Why not take advantage of the lack of busy-ness this year and spend some time keeping those old traditions as best as you can while we create some cherished new ones. We need Christmas now more than ever.

These frigid temps can be discouraging. If you’re mourning the end of spending time in the garden and enjoying the fruits (and blooms) of your labor, you may be pleasantly surprised at what’s in store.

Combat the heartbreak of watching your garden go into hibernation by adding color, texture, and year-round interest with a few (or many) strategically placed evergreen conifers. When compared to the other plants in the garden, you have a champion with evergreen conifers - they won’t let you down by going dormant like deciduous shrubs and trees or disappear in the winter like perennials do. So, set up something interesting in the garden that you can enjoy all year round.

It's fall! And what says fall more than pumpkins and succulents? Create a unique and beautiful centerpiece out of our Al's pumpkins and a variety of succulent and sedum trimmings. We'll walk you through the steps and provide you with tips and tricks to help extend the life of your creation. You are sure to wow your guests at any autumn gathering with this handmade piece.

An array of fall decor arranged on a table
"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers" - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Bring the beauty of autumn inside with a few easy tips and these fun and stylish pieces that will become your new favorites.

If your living space needs a seasonal refresh after months of doing all the working, living, and learning from home, try adding a few items from our indoor decor collection to create that much needed transformation into fall.

a porch decorated with many many orange pumpkins

Going Full Gourd This Year

You can feel it in the crisp autumn air. We’re all abuzz with excitement. It’s nearly Halloween and if you look around the neighborhood, read the news, or talk to your friends and family, it seems like we are all planning to bring our “A” game this year! From over-the-top yard displays to candy chutes and clothes-line trick-or-treat delivery systems, we are pushing the boundaries of our imaginations so that we can celebrate like the bunch of grown-up kids we are!

Why are we so obsessed with houseplants these days? Filling every square inch of free surface area (near bright, indirect lighting, of course), crowding them ever closer so we can fit just one more?

Us houseplant owners can tell you exactly why we need “just one more”, even though it may remain a mystery to our loved ones.

outside garden center

1. Understand Quantity and Timing

During the summer, the best time to water is early in the morning as the process of photosynthesis begins to unfold. After 10 am, the ground is hot, and water may evaporate before the flowers and shrubs can take up the moisture. The next best time is in the evening around 4 pm when the heat has subsided.

I think nature, if we really look at it, gives us hope. Deborah Blum, editor of the Houghton Mifflin series, Best American Science and Nature Writing, says nature is a great teacher of resilience.

“Here’s what I find inspiring about nature: It’s stubbornness personified,” she says.

Spending the time to really stop and look at nature, the behavior of our plants and the ecosystem in our own backyards serves as a helpful reminder to look to nature as a guide for what we can do in times of uncertainty and hopelessness.

green thumb

People around the nation are increasingly turning towards gardening as a hobby. For perspective, at least 117 million Americans participated in some form of gardening in 2017, and 18-34-year-olds now make up 29% of all gardening households.

If you intend to join this growing number, you should know that the first step to a lush garden is sourcing the right greenery to plant. Every person with a green thumb knows the excitement of a trip down to the local garden center to source new plants and succulents for their backyard.

hands planting a tree into the ground

Have you ever planted a healthy shrub and then watch it struggle to survive? So much of that pain can be avoided if we follow the “right plant, right place” philosophy. This means that you decide not to fight the shade or sun in your garden, but choose the plant that will thrive in the existing conditions. “Right plant, right place” is sound advice that, if given and heeded early enough, prevents beginners from pulling their hair out.

During this time of year, we will even add to that prudent advice: “right plant, right place…at the right time! For those of us new to the gardening game, you may not realize that fall is the absolute best time for planting.