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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 July 2021

Mask Policy Update:

We want to thank all of our customers for their patience and cooperation over the last 15+ months of mask-wearing and social distancing. Now for some good news: if you are fully vaccinated, and past the two-week wait following your final vaccine, you get to shop MASK FREE! Customers who are not vaccinated or not yet finished with the process will need to continue to wear a mask while shopping. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask while doing your shopping, you may continue to do so.


Color, Color, Color!

Salvia, Rudbeckia, and Echinacea

The perfect flowering perennials for those hot summer days! Showy and sun-loving salvias come in a rainbow of colors and are relatively drought-tolerant and deer-resistant. Deadhead and fertilize regularly to keep the flowers coming.

Rudbeckia varieties come in many shades of golden yellow, and some have unique red, maroon or brown markings on the petals. If deadheaded and protected from snails, rudbeckia will bloom continuously into the fall.

Echinacea (Coneflower) attracts butterflies and bees and comes in various colors, including white, yellow, several shades of orange and coral, and a range of pinks and magenta. Full sun, low water, and deer-resistant — the perfect summer flower!


The Perfect Plants for Drought

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Succulents and Cactus

Stop by and check out our newly expanded succulent and cactus area! You can find everything from 6-packs to 2", 4", 6" up to 5-gallon specimen plants. Succulents and cactus are the only plants that are truly IMMEDIATELY “drought-tolerant.” Even Australian or California Natives, Rosemary, Lavender, and other plants we think of as drought-tolerant need a couple of years in the ground to develop the deep root system that enables them to go longer between drinks. Cactus and succulents can be planted and will require only weekly or monthly watering, depending on the variety of plants, location, and what the weather is doing. With the water restrictions we are facing this summer, these might be the perfect solution to bring some color to your yard!

 


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July Garden Guide

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Now is the time to prune fruit trees. Pruning will help keep the trees at a manageable height, increase the sunlight to the interior portion of the tree, improve the sugar content of the developing fruit, and reduce the trees’ need for excess water. It is also important this time of the year to thin fruit. Thinning will help increase the size and quality of the fruit left on the tree and reduce the chances of limbs breaking due to the excess weight.

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Mulch with 2 inches or more of organic compost or bark mulch to help reduce watering and suppress weeds.


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Spruce up your garden by planting color spots in prominent focal areas. The use of large pots filled with fresh flowers or succulents designed to look like living bouquets is a fabulous way to brighten the garden. In addition, new potting and fertilizer will get your plants off their best start.

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Stake and feed your tomatoes and other container-raised vegetables with Gardner & Bloome Liquid Organic All Purpose Fertilizer. This fertilizer combines Fish and Kelp and can be used as a foliar spray or to feed the soil. Use tomato cages or plastic or bamboo stakes to support tomatoes and cucumbers, beans, and squash.

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Watch for plant diseases and treat them as needed. Tomatoes and roses are particularly subject to leaf blights, powdery mildew, and other fungal diseases. We offer a selection of fungicides for organic gardens to help control or suppress many common plant diseases. Unsure about what may be causing your plant’s damage? Bring in a fresh cutting in a plastic bag, or take a close-up picture of the damage on your phone. Let our experienced staff help identify the problem and find a solution!

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Your fruit trees have been working hard. Treat them to a little mid-season fertilizer to keep them happy and healthy!


Water Saving Tips

Because warm summer weather has arrived, 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 www.watersavingtips.org

  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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