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Taking Care of Your Container Plants in the Summer

The rainy weather may have brought cooler temperatures this week, but make no mistake, summer is on the way! Last week’s temps should serve as a reminder for the scorching heat that North Carolina summers will bring. As you focus on staying cool and hydrated in the summer weather, don’t forget to think about your container […]

What’s All the Fuss About Basil?

The weather is heating up outside which means summer is almost here. As you look for summer herbs to spruce up your vegetable garden, look no further than basil.  This summer herb is easy to grow, loves the sunlight, and comes in multiple varieties. Basil also has many culinary uses, with the herb’s fragrance and […]

Perennials for Pollinators: Attract Bees and Butterflies to your Garden

Grow these perennial flowers to attract pollinators to your home garden! Remember, the most important step is to provide nectar-rich sources of food throughout the growing season. Make sure you include food sources for larvae if you’re attracting butterflies (name listed with a * below)   Spring Perennials for Pollinators Growing plants that bloom early in […]

The Story of a Tomato

We’re past our last frost date and it is high time for planting out tomatoes. Whether you’ve grown your own from seed or plan to buy garden-ready seedlings, selecting varieties for your garden is always fun. Many of us have favorites we’ve grown ourselves or remember from our childhood. The renewed interest in heirloom tomato […]

Hot Annuals for 2017

What annuals are you going to try this summer? Every year there are new introductions and improved varieties. We’d love to share some of our favorite Hot Annuals for 2017. Trends over recent years continue to focus on long blooming, drought tolerant flowers – which we love.    SWEET CAROLINE Bewitched after Moonlight A brand […]

Now Open: the FGS Build-Your-Own Terrarium Station

  This spring, we are excited to introduce our Build-Your-Own Terrarium Station inside the retail shop. We have everything you need to make your own glassed garden – select a vessel from our variety of glass containers or bring your own – then add air plants, cute ferns and succulents, moss, stone, and sand. There’s no […]

April in the Garden

April is around the corner and hopefully you’ve already checked everything off your March to-do list in the garden. If not, HURRY! Read last month’s tips here. Now onward to spring!  Time for Planting -plant perennials and herbs, trees and shrubs -replace cold season annuals with warm season -plant summer bulbs like Dahlia -plant out […]

Today in Bloom…

Spring has officially sprung and the garden center is looking colorful again. Get inspired by a few of our favorite perennials in bloom right now: Iberis sempervirens – Candytuft This low growing evergreen looks great all year! The leaves are evergreen and it spreads densely but not aggressively. In spring, it’s covered with white flowers. Grow it […]

Spring Container Gardens

With all the warm weather we’ve been experiencing, I’m sure you’re aching for spring flowers and color like we are. Finally, it is time to fill our shelves with bright annuals and lush perennials! Whether you have a shady porch, or sunny patio, there are annuals to brighten up your space. Containers are great because […]

Garden Chores for March

At last: spring is here! It’s time to turn some attention back to your garden. Hopefully with this recent warm weather, you’ve had the itch to get out already and start weeding your beds. If not now is high time! Besides weeding, here are some other garden chores to focus on this month:   Fertilize […]