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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 2018

Now’s the Time
to Get Ready for Spring

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!


No Blushing Necessary

Amaryllis Belladonna (Naked Lady) Bulbs

Our friend “Bill the Bulb Baron” has delivered a nice selection of Amaryllis Bella Donna (Naked Lady) bulbs, along with a few other bulb varieties including Oxblood Lily, Italian Gladiolus and three selections of Narcissus: ‘Early Cheer,’ ‘Golden Dawn’ and ‘Autumn Pearl.’ Plant the Naked Lady bulbs with their necks above ground level in well-drained soil in a sunny location. Allow plenty of room for plants to multiply, place about 8–12" apart. These bulbs can tolerate dry conditions, in fact, they are highly tolerant of drought and require little watering due to their extensive fleshy root systems and large bulbs. The leaves grow in the fall and winter and die down when spring temperatures warm up. Pull the dead leaves off after they are completely dry, then the bulb is dormant until late summer when it produces one or two “naked” stems, each of which bear a cluster of trumpet-shaped fragrant flowers, ranging from pale to deep pink. Allow 1–2 years for newly planted bulbs to mature enough to produce flowers. BONUS: Deer and gopher resistant!

Add Texture, Color, and Drama

Bonny Doon Farm Lotions and Handmade Soaps

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. 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.


In Our Gift Shop

Mrs. Meyer’s
Clean Day Hand Lotions

Introducing Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Hand Lotions in five scents: Lavender, Basil, Lemon Verbena, Geranium, and Honeysuckle. Aromatherapeutic hand lotion made with shea butter and almond oil. 12 oz. pump bottle for $5.99


Rain Chains

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.


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September Garden Guide


Check 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, as well as others.


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! You have a chicken coop and don’t need the extra poop? Try Gardner & Bloome Organic Planting Mix. Remember 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 rain is followed by a dry spell if they’ve started to germinate. Check out our Guide to Success for Planting Wildflowers.


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 coast, you may want to wait till the end of the month to set out your seedling, or Jumbo 6-packs starts.


Spring Blooming Bulbs arrive around the middle of this month, call for more details. Purchase your favorites early for 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 prior to 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.


Water Saving Tips

Because of another dry winter, 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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