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Monday, Sept. 5

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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 September 2022

Stock Up on Seeds!

Our seed racks will soon be re-stocked with new 2023 flower, herb, and vegetable seeds. Until then, take advantage of deep discounts on the 2022 seeds that are still here, including vegetables, herbs, and flower seeds from both Botanical Interests and Renee’s Garden.

Fall Planting: Why now?

There are a few reasons why we recommend planting as we head into fall. The soil is still warm to stimulate root growth, and the days will get cooler as the nights get longer. We will start to get our fall and winter rains (if everyone is doing their Rain Dance correctly), so you won’t have to water nearly as often as in summer heat. California Natives especially prefer to get settled into their new locations in the fall. Many plants will be dormant in the winter, so planting in the fall allows them to concentrate energy into establishing an extensive root system before supporting a lot of top growth (or flower/fruit production) next spring and summer.

In addition to perennials, California Native plants and fruit trees, fall is also time to plant spring-blooming bulbs and cool season vegetables such as lettuce, kale and other greens, broccoli and cauliflower, peas, and root veggies like radish, carrots and beets.

We will be open Labor Day Monday!

September 5th • 8:00 am–4:00 pm


A Great Addition to Your Landscape

Mugo Pine (Pinus mugo var. pumilio)

Dwarf evergreen 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.

Add Texture, Color, and Drama

Ornamental grasses

We currently have a wide selection of ornamental grasses in every size and texture you wish for! You see them everywhere, 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 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!


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 door mats are here for the change in season. We also have soaps that offer various scents, Takobia Jewelry, and more Sock Shop Brand socks with new designs in the Gift Shop, along with the autumn Root and Rosy Ring Candles in seasonal colors and scents (arriving soon). For your outdoor decorating needs, we have new metal wall art, colorful tiles, Talavera pots, and glazed art displayed throughout the nursery.

Plan 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. There is 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 and are deer resistant! To get the best results, sow seeds 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. 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. Examples include spinach, kale, broccoli, lettuce, beets, carrots, peas, radish, turnips, pansies, violas, calendulas, etc.


Spring Blooming Bulbs arrive around the middle of this month. Call to confirm as freight and shipping issues sometimes delay the arrivals of our orders. 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 as fruits and veggies. We offer a variety of products to help you succeed in creating a beautiful spring display, including Gardner & Bloome Bone Meal, Espoma Bulb Tone, and EB Stone or Dr. Earth Bulb Food.

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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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