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Spring/Summer Hours

Monday–Friday 8:30-5:30

Sat 8:00-5:00

Sun 9:00-5:00

Mother’s Day • May 8th

Memorial Day • May 30th

Open 8:30 – 3:00



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 May 2016

May Gardens
Spark Creativity and Color

A successful garden includes being mindful of the water situation. Be sure to follow our guidelines for water conservation to insure a happy, gorgeous garden.  Think about adding some beautiful color with our plant of the month, Calibrachoa. It comes in so many lovely colors, you’ll want to use it all over your garden.  And while you’re at it, movement can add visual interest and sparks of imagination to your garden and deck, so consider adding Wind Spinners or a Kinetic Art piece to your garden. With so much wind these past few months, it’s a fun way to add some color and interest.  No matter what your gardening needs are, Scarborough Gardens is here to help! Bring mom in to say hi, and while you’re here, pick up something special just for her.  She’ll love you for it!


Wind Spinners & Kinetic Art Stakes

The weather has been a little unpredictable this year, so why not make it fun and use Wind Spinners to show how variable it is? Kinetic Art is an interesting form of garden art and all you need is a light breeze to get it going. We have everything from mini 2” pinwheels to jumbo 6’ garden stakes.  They come in lots of colors and can be anything from fish, hummingbirds, flowers or suns, to fun geometric designs. They work great in spots where you just want to add a little color, especially in those places you just can’t get anything to grow. Don’t let the wind bother you this year, let it be a fun way to show off your new garden art.



This colorful plant, often referred to as Million Bells or Mini Petunias, has become a “must have” for the garden. It was introduced in the 1990’s and has become a top seller over the years. It covers itself with small bell-like flowers in spring, summer and fall. If you want to decorate your decks or garden with a specific color theme, you can find Calibrachoa in nearly every color imaginable. Some of our growers combine multiple colors in one pot to create beautiful color schemes that are bright jewel colors or soft pastels. They are perfect for hanging baskets, containers or as a border edging.

In our climate, they seem to be best used as an annual that you replace each year, though it is possible for them to over winter if it does not get too cold. They are easy to grow, and appreciate a moist but not soggy soil, regular fertilizing (especially if in a container) and a bit of shade during the heat of summer. Pinch back tips regularly to keep plants tidy and compact.


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May Garden Guide


Choose Water-Saving Plants - Succulents and cactus can add color and beauty to any garden. With so many to choose from it will be hard to decide where to use them! Think about putting them in colorful pots to create eye-catching accents around patios and entryways where you can view them close-up. Children are also fascinated by the tremendous array of textures and colors of this diverse group of plants. Additionally, there are many California Natives, South African and Australian plants that can be utilized in low water landscapes and containers.


Monitor Insects - If you find sticky substances on your foliage, it is usually a sign of aphids, scale or whitefly. Another sign of these insects is sooty black mold that grows on the sticky substance on the leaf surface. Use Monterey All Natural Mite and Insect Control which is safe and registered for organic growers (NOP) to control these pests.


Mulch - By applying a 2 inch layer of Gardner and Bloome Organic Soil Building Compost on top of your soil, you can save water, reduce weeds, and have a source of humus for planting and managing soil health while also vitalizing your veggies, flowers and the entire garden!


Check Irrigation - Tune up your irrigation system. Replace leaky valves, clogged drip lines and drippers, and broken or cracked sprinkler heads. We stock a full line of drip irrigation supplies to help you get the job done.


Prune - It is time to prune all your spring flowering plants after they have finished blooming. These include Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Weigela, Lilac, Spirea and Camellias. Wait to prune your wisteria until late July or August.


Lawn Care - To reduce water needs of existing lawns the following practices can help:

  1. 1. Aerate your lawn if the soil has become compacted. This will allow water to more efficiently permeate into the soil versus running off the surface.
  2. 2. Top dress with about a 1/4 inch of Gardner and Bloome Organic Soil Building Compost.
  3. 3. To keep it healthy and green without adding lots of new growth which requires more water, fertilize with a slow release product such as Gardner and Bloome Organic Lawn Fertilizer and repeat in 8 weeks.
  4. 4. Adjust your mower blade to mow at 2 to 2 1/2 inch height to help keep your lawn’s roots moist and cool.


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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.