ears of grilled corn

This delicious combination of Mexican spices add a wonderful flavor to corn on the cob. While the flavor is complex, this recipe is quick and easy to create. Once the corn is grilled to perfection, you will be sure to impress your guests with this tasty summer side dish.

people enjoying a garden party

Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off to summer entertaining. Whether you are throwing a BBQ this weekend, celebrating a recent grad, or simply enjoying the sunny weather with friends, you'll want to make sure your outdoor living area is up to the task and looking great! In order to make sure your deck or patio is ready for a good time, here's a few helpful tips from Al's Experts on how to entertain like a pro!

a bright hanging basket full of blooms

We think our Grown by Al's Hanging Baskets are pretty special. Maybe it's because we grow them at The Farm in Hubbard, taking care with each step of the process. Maybe it's the thoughtful flower combinations, which we have tweaked and perfected over the years. Perhaps it's just the look on your mom's face when you arrive with a basket just for her. Regardless, there are a few things to know about our Hanging Baskets, so you can choose just the right one and ensure its success!

an array of harvested vegetables

It's planting season! Now is the time to get your vegetables planted. Here at Al's, we want to help ensure a successful harvest in the future, so here is a basic guide for what you need to know about growing the most popular veggies at home.

Walkway full of colorful annuals

Last summer, I had the pleasure of visiting the Pamplin Family Winery in Sherwood. It's an extensive property that includes the winery, but also boasts a theater, art museum, the family chapel, and even a Japanese garden. With an estate like that, you can bet they take care in their landscaping, and it really shows!


Flowering trees, stone walkways, blooming flowers and shrubs...we all remember seeing a particular property at one time or another that absolutely took our breath away. What made it so spectacular? The answer is gardening. It looks beautiful, but great results can happen even if you are a novice gardener and don’t think you have a green thumb. Here are three great reasons to take up gardening as a hobby.

Scented Geraniums in bloom

Fragrant plants help add another element to the garden experience beyond being just visually appealing, often evoking strong memories associated with each smell, and encouraging people to interact with and touch the plants. While most of us think of things like roses, honeysuckle, and jasmine as fragrant, with their heavily scented blooms, there are also many plants out there that have highly fragrant foliage instead of flowers. One such plant, an old-fashioned favorite that’s making a comeback, is the scented geranium.

People planting containers in a garden center

It's that time of year to add color to your outdoor environment by potting up your spring containers! We love the sense of satisfaction that comes once you step back and admire the combination of flowers and foliage that you have created. At Al's D.I.Y. Container Days, we make it fun and easy to create your perfect look.

garden centers

There are countless sprays, perfumes, and chemicals designed to make your home smell good. If you're looking for an all-natural alternative, why not invest in the air-purifying plants?

With spring officially here, there's no better time to invest in air-cleaning plants. In fact, almost 30% of all homes in the United States own at least one house plant, whether it's for aesthetic purposes or air-purifying benefits.

Can plants really make your home smell good? In short: yes. While they might not be strong enough to mitigate the stench coming from your trash can, countless types of house plants will help filter your home's air, thereby improving the air quality and its scent. Here are some of the top air-cleaning and fragrant house plants you can invest in from garden centers this spring.

When it comes to creating your own Outdoor Living space, knowing how you want to use the space is everything.