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Patio Shop

At Scarborough Gardens Patio Shop we have a broad range of products and prices designed to meet your needs. We have the best selection of styles in patio furniture, umbrellas, outdoor heaters, fireplaces, and other patio furnishings.
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Gift Shop Hidden Treasures Gift Shop

Hidden Treasures Gift Shop is a full-service gift store—that focuses on outdoor and indoor living. We have a wonderful selection of gifts that includes jewelry, kitchenware, small kitchen appliances, cards and artwork. Shipping, delivery and complimentary gift-wrapping is also available.
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Welcome to Scarborough Gardens

At Scarborough Gardens you’ll find three complete stores, all in one place! If you are looking for the right plant for your garden or the perfect gift for your friend you’ll find it here.

Garden Guide for October 2016

Living Art &
Ghoulish Goodies For Fall

As October rolls around and you sit sipping your Pumpkin Spice Latte and contemplating your garden, remember this is the best month for planting hardy shrubs, cool season veggies and more. Check out our October Garden Guide for great tips on how to make your garden grow!  When you’re finished planting your outdoor garden, take a look inside your house—are you missing some greenery or artwork? Consider adding Tillandsias (aka Air Plants) for a shot of color and beauty. These beauties are really “Living Art” and are easy to care for as well.  Finally, get your ghoul on with our huge collection of Halloween décor and wearables. You’ll be devilishly happy you did!  Happy Halloween!



Living Art for your Home or Patio

Over the past few years, there has been a new surge of interest in Tillandsias (aka Air Plants). It is easy to understand why since there are over 500 species that are unusual and dramatic. In their native habitats of Central and South America as well as the Southern part of the United States, they grow outdoors attached to other plants for support and get their moisture and nutrients from the air. For our climate, because they are frost sensitive, we protect them by placing them indoors, covered patios or under tree canopies where temperatures range from 50-90 degrees. They look fabulous displayed in Hanging Terrarium Globes which we stock in assorted shapes and colors. They require bright filtered light. Their water requirements vary depending on the species and the temperature they are living in. The finer leaved ones prefer more moisture than the thicker leaved ones. Generally, during the warm season, submerge them in water for 2-3 hours 1-2 times a week (preferable in the morning). Gently shake out excess moisture. Mist them occasionally with just plain water and once or twice a month add a pinch of orchid fertilizer to the water when you are misting them. In the cool season, water them once a month or as needed. These wonderful, weird plants make for great conversation pieces, and kids love them too! Collect and display them because they truly are beautiful “living art.”


Who Let the Spooks Out?

Time to get spooky! We have stocked up on a larger-than-ever selection of ghoulish products to make decorating a howling experience for everyone. We have spooky and cute or scary and gruesome décor to fit your style! This year we have added a large selection of Halloween Shelf Sitters, Salt and Pepper Shakers, Light-up Ornaments, Garden Flags and Stakes, Door Mats, and a large assortment of trick-or-treat bag stuffers., Our selection of Holiday wall décor easily transforms your surroundings. Choose from Spider Webs, Skeletons, Owls, Witches, Pumpkins and more to achieve that haunting look. Need a quick n’ easy costume? Create your own look our Halloween themed, wearable items including Skull Scarves, Headbands, Earrings, Hats and Masks. Dress for the holiday and make your house a fun and frightening place this Halloween!


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October Garden Guide


Plant hardy shrubs, trees, vines, perennials, bulbs and cool season veggies and flowers. This is a particularly good time to plant California natives. We recommend using Gardner & Bloome Starter Fertilizer (4-3-2) for natives which are sensitive to high phosphorus fertilizers. We also suggest adding Gardner & Bloome Native Plant Mix to your soil. Finish the project by putting a layer of this compost (or other mulch) on the soil surface a minimum of 6 inches away from plants’ crown to help keep the soil moist and reduce water needs.


Plant Cool Season Vegetables. Fresh, organic plant starts are arriving weekly. Some of our favorites that are particularly good to add to your healthy diet include kale or spinach or any other leafy greens. Plant other cool season favorites such as carrots, radishes and onions from seed. If you are not planting in your veggie garden until next spring, sow seed of a cover crop to help restore nutrients, organic matter, and reduce erosion of your soil. For bigger and better veggies add Gardner & Bloome Harvest Supreme and Gardener & Bloome Vegetable & Herb Fertilizer to your soil.


Slopes or recently cleared land may need a quick cover before winter rains start. We offer several types of erosion control seed for you to choose from. For highly visible areas, sow wildflower seeds that will produce a kaleidoscope of color in spring.


Select and plant your spring blooming Bulbs. Incorporate Gardner & Bloome Fish Bone Meal and Bulb Planting Mix for best results. If you are digging up your summer blooming bulbs that are finished for the year, like dahlias, gladiolus, and begonias, be sure to wash them thoroughly and rinse with them with a bleach solution of 3 tablespoons bleach per gallon of water and let dry completely. Store them in a paper bag until next spring. This will help keep them healthy and reduce fungus problems. You may want to write a description on the bag to remind you what’s stored inside.


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Water Wisely

We want to encourage plant lovers to garden wisely by following a few important water conserving tips. For more info go to

  1. 1. Spread 1-3 inches of mulch around all plants especially newly planted ones. For each inch of mulch you use, you reduce water usage up to ten percent.
  2. 2. Check your soil for moisture BEFORE watering to see if it is really necessary. Established gardens can often go for weeks without needing water depending on your soil type and the weather.
  3. 3. When you do water, apply it slowly and for an extended period of time. This will help reduce run off and encourage deep roots.
  4. 4. Follow your Water District Rules and Regulations for outdoor water use.
  5. 5. Do not over fertilize with high nitrogen fertilizers. Nitrogen increases soft new growth which then requires more water to support the plant.
  6. 6. Reduce the size of plants by pruning excess growth.