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Tips for Growers: Million Bells Calibrachoa

Mother’s Day is
Sunday, May 12th!

Memorial Day is
Monday, May 27th

We will be closing at 4:00 PM

Spring & Summer Hours

Mon–Fri 8:30-5:30
Sat 8:00-5:00 and Sun 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 May 2019

Add a Little Fun and Color
to the Garden

And let's not forget that Mother’s Day
is Sunday, May 12th!

Shopping for Mom will be really easy with some of the very products we have on sale. Garden flags can capture a theme and are interchangeable. A Wind Spinner will keep her mesmerized with the unique dynamics of wind and metal. Can you go wrong with a houseplant? Or, how about ANYTHING from the gift shop! (Hoping my husband is reading... Oh, and Honey, 20% OFF ALL GIFT SHOP ITEMS through May 15th)

Keep up with the garden tasks most needed this month by checking out our Garden Guide for May.


Bearded Iris

In addition to the California Native Pacific Coast Iris that we offer every year, this spring we have a limited selection of big, beautiful bearded iris available in 2-gallon containers already budded and blooming in a rainbow of colors! From pale white or yellow to deep blue-purple or burgundy, hurry in for best selection! Bearded iris are super easy to care for: after the current blooms are finished, cut the stalk back and plant the rhizome near the surface of the soil in full to a mostly sunny location (at least 6 hours of sun). Water well to get the roots to re-establish, then cut the current crop of leaves back when they wither and brown. Early next spring new leaves will start up, followed by new stalks of beautiful bearded iris.


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 all colors and designs: fish, hummingbirds, flowers or suns, even fun geometric designs. They work great in spots that you want to add a little color, especially in those places you 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 1990s and has become a top seller over the years. It covers itself with small bell-like flowers in the 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 desired. Some of our growers combine multiple colors in one pot to create beautiful color schemes that are either 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 overwinter 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

Water Saving Tips

Because warm summer weather will be here very soon, we want to encourage plant lovers to garden wisely by following a few important water conserving tips. These suggestions will help you be successful in your yard every year, wet or dry! 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 reduce water usage by 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.



Stop and smell the roses, but watch out for fungus! All this late-spring rain is resulting in fungal diseases flourishing, especially on your roses. Black Spot, Powdery Mildew and Rust are having a party! Put on your gloves and strip affected leaves, disposing of them in the trash. Do not leave them on the ground below the plant. In the evening, or when the sun is not shining on the plant, spray with Neem Oil or Serenade. It will coat the leaves and help prevent fungus from taking hold. We also carry Bayer All-in-One Rose & Flower Care as a systemic treatment for roses planted in the ground, and Safer Brand Garden Fungicide spray to help control fungal diseases.


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. A broad range of organic and conventional solutions are available, come by and see us!


Mulch. By applying a 2-inch layer of bark chips or 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 range of drip and in-ground irrigation supplies to help you get the job done.


Prune. It is time to prune and fertilize 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 enhance the health of your lawn, 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 good 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 Sustane or Gardner & 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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