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Open Labor Day!

Monday, Sept. 6

New Hours

Monday–Saturday 8:00–5:00
Sunday 9:00–5:00



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 September 2021

Now’s the Time
to Get Ready for Spring 2022!

If you want to put on a good show come spring, you’ll want to start planning and purchasing your favorite bulbs now for fall planting. We’ll be receiving spectacular assortments of bulbs all month, so be sure to check in and see what we have in stock. Make your spring garden the best ever by preparing now.

We will be open Labor Day Monday!

September 6th • 8:30 am–4:00 pm

New Longer Hours!

We will now be open year-round at 8:00 AM on Monday-Saturday, 9:00 on Sunday. Closing time will remain at 5:00 PM.

Masks/Covid Protocols

Here we go again! Following Santa Cruz County Public Health and CDC Guidelines, masks will be required while shopping indoors, REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS.

Stock Up on Seeds

Our seed racks have been re-stocked with 2022 flower, herb and vegetable seeds. Many of the Renee’s Garden Seeds and some of the Botanical Interest Seeds are currently back-ordered; we will fill those empty spots as soon as those varieties become available to order.


Two great evergreens for your landscape

Mugo Pine (Pinus mugo var. pumilio)

Dwarf conifer with dark green needles on dense branches and a lower mounding habit. Slow growing to 3-5’ tall x 6-10’ wide. Full sun, deer-resistant, occasional water once established. Looks great as a specimen in a large container or mixed with other broadleaf plantings in the landscape. We currently have a large selection of Mugo Pines in stock in 1-gallon and 5-gallon containers.

Fringe Flower (Loropetalum chinense)

So many great things to say about these evergreen shrubs! There are varieties that grow large (3-6’ tall and wide) or stay short (1’ tall x 3’ wide), some with burgundy leaves and bright magenta-pink flowers, others with green leaves, lighter new green growth and white flowers. They flower heavily in the spring and sometimes produce another bloom in the late summer or fall. They are adaptable to full sun or partial shade, can be hedge trimmed to keep them neat and tidy, or allowed to grow free for a graceful “waterfall” habit that will trail over retaining walls or the edge of a container. We currently have the larger plants, the dwarf variety, and both purple and green varieties in different container sizes available. If you need a reliable foundation plant for your landscape, this may just be the perfect fit!


Add Texture, Color, and Drama

Ornamental grasses

You see them everywhere right now, tall wispy blooms standing tall over the tops of purple pennisetum, green calamagrostis, and other golden grasses. Besides being deer resistant and somewhat drought tolerant, they are a low-maintenance way to add color and texture to your garden. Some grasses are deciduous and will need to be cut back in late winter or early spring as new growth emerges; others are tough and will remain colorful all winter long, such as Lomondra ‘Breeze’ and Carex testacea. Excellent for containers, also great in the ground, but be sure to plant in a gopher basket! We currently have a wide selection of ornamental grasses on hand in every size and texture you could wish for.


New Fall Arrivals in the Gift Shop

Check out all the NEW fall arrivals in our Gift Shop and Patio Shop! Fall-themed flags and doormats are here for the change in season. We also have soaps with 12 different scents, Takobia Jewelry, Sock Shop Brand socks with new designs in the Gift Shop, and autumn Root and Rosy Ring Candles in seasonal colors and scents (coming soon).

We have new metal wall art, colorful tiles, Talavera pots, and glazed art displayed throughout the nursery for your outdoor decorating needs.

Plan ahead for our upcoming rainy season: check out our wide variety of rain chains, perfect for improving the look of boring utilitarian rain gutters while directing the rain to a catch basin or away from your house. We now carry several new designs we haven’t had before, so you can find a style to go with your decor.


September Garden Guide


Review your tools. Fall foliage color is starting, and so is the need to start fall clean-up of your garden. Make your job easy with quality tools including rakes, pruning shears, and gloves. We stock top brands including Felco, Corona, and Fiskars pruning tools.


Re-evaluate your garden. Prepare to re-design unattractive areas with water-conserving plants, including edibles that provide you and your family with healthy fresh food. Some excellent low water choices include Persimmons, Pineapple Guavas, Apples and Pomegranates. Add California, Australian and South African natives to add color and texture to the garden. For best results, amend soil with Gardner & Bloome Organic Harvest Supreme, which has 15% chicken manure, no need to add more! Do you have a chicken coop and don’t need the extra poop? Try Gardner & Bloome Organic Planting Mix. Thanks to cooling temperatures, warm earth, and the potential for rain, FALL is the BEST time for planting!


Spread Wildflower Seeds.California Poppies, Lupines, and Toadflax are particularly successful and beautiful in our climate, as well as deer resistant! To get the best results, sow seed from mid-September to mid-October, keep the area cleared of competing weeds and water when a dry spell follows rain if they’ve started to germinate.


Divide and plant perennials so they become well rooted before spring (such as irises, daylilies, alstroemeria, vinca, dietes, and naked lady bulbs after the blooms are spent).


Don’t be tempted to severely prune ornamental grasses until February or March when new growth is visible. If the dried grass is unsightly, trim back tops to 12" above the ground; the extra protection will help in the cold winter months. Trim shorter as new growth emerges in spring.


Now is the time to start cool-season flowers and veggies from seed. Examples include spinach, kale, broccoli, lettuce, beets, carrots, peas, radish, turnips, pansies, violas, calendulas, etc. For those of us not near the cooler coast, you may want to wait till the end of the month to set out your seedling or Jumbo 6-packs starts of cool-season veggies or flowers.


Spring Blooming Bulbs arrive around the middle of this month; call for more details. Purchase your favorites early for the best selection, but wait to plant them until October through November when the weather is cooler, and we have had a little rain. Keep tulips and hyacinths refrigerated in a paper bag in an empty vegetable compartment for 4–6 weeks before planting. Bulbs should not be stored in the same space with fruits and veggies. Use Gardner& Bloome Bulb Planting Mix with Gardner & Bloome Fish Meal Fertilizer to help you succeed.

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Water-Saving Tips

With warmer temperatures, we want to encourage plant lovers to garden wisely by following a few vital water-conserving tips. These suggestions will help you be successful in your yard every year, wet or dry! For more info, visit

  1. 1. Spread 1–3 inches of mulch around all plants especially newly planted ones. For each inch of mulch, you reduce water usage up to 10%.

  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 runoff and encourage deep roots.

  4. 4. Do not over-fertilize with high nitrogen fertilizers. Nitrogen increases soft new growth which then requires more water to support the plant.

  5. 5. Reduce the size of plants by pruning excess growth.

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