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Sharpening Tools — Pruners, Loppers, Shovels and More!

We will be open Labor Day Monday, September 7th 

Spring & Summer Hours

Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30
Sat 8:00-5:00
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. Visit the Patio Shop.


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.
Visit the Gift Shop.

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 2015

Customize Your Garden

This is the month to make your garden your own. Take a look at what you love and what you don't. Make a plan to replant, and replenish. Decide what you want to grow and start your seeds. Try something new, and different like the Leucadendron, a wonderful shrub that offers a lot of benefits. This is also a great time to clean up your garden and be sure to protect your garden furniture and treasures from the soon to arrive fall elements. Our Treasure Garden Furniture Covers are a great way to ensure your patio furniture will be safely protected throughout the fall and winter months. We look forward to hearing your garden plans—come in and visit us for inspiration and ideas. We're happy to help!

Invest in a Wonder Shrub, The Leucadendron!


It has been one dry summer! But don't despair, this is the perfect time to try showy, easy care shrubs to replace those garden casualties. Have you heard of Leucadendron? Also called coneflower, this sunny South African wonder thrives in our area. Evergreen, deer resistant, low water, tolerant of poor soil, and sporting strong, showy foliage that make outstanding cut flowers. We offer several varieties to choose from.  All like full sun and good drainage.  An outstanding addition to your beautiful garden.

Furniture for Year after Year Use

Furniture CoversIf you are not likely to use your outdoor furniture as cool weather sets in, it is a good idea to protect your investment by both cleaning and storing it in a dry place or, if it will be left in an exposed area, use quality patio furniture covers. We stock a large assortment of top quality Treasure Garden Furniture Covers. Made from their patented Rhinoweave, the fabric is breathable, water resistant and will not crack or peel. The cinch lock secures covers to help keep them in place all season long. Additionally, they are machine washable. With so many sizes available, they will cover almost any make and model of furniture. Table sizes are made to include chairs so when determining your dimensions for a table and chair set, measure the table with the chairs tucked in. Bring in your furniture dimensions and we gladly help you find the covers you need!

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Garden Checklist for September


Re-evaluate your garden. Prepare to re-design unattractive areas with water conserving plants, including edibles that can provide you and your family with healthy fresh food. Some excellent low water choices include persimmons, pineapple guavas, apples, and pomegranates. Plant California, Australian and South African native plants to add color and texture to your garden. For best results amend soil with Gardner & Bloome Organic Planting Mix and Gardner & Bloome Starter Fertilizer. 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 keep the area planted cleared of competing weeds, and water when the rain is followed by a dry spell if your seeds have started to germinate. Download our Guide to Success for Planting Wildflowers (pdf).


Avoid putting weeds that have seeds on them into your compost pile. Many home compost piles do not heat up enough to kill weed seeds. The results are viable weed seeds being spread throughout your garden next season when using your compost. Add Gardner & Bloome Compost Accelerator to hasten the decomposition process. Check our selection of lightweight 32 Gallon Collapsible Gardening Bags that come in a fabulous assortment of colors that will help make hauling your weeds and clippings easier.


Divide and plant perennials so they become well rooted before spring. 


Don’t be tempted to severely prune ornamental grasses until February when new growth is visible.


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 you not near the coast, you may want to wait until the end of the month to set out your seedling or Jumbo 6-packs starts. Use Gardner & Bloome Fertilizers and Gardner & Bloome Harvest Supreme for best results.


Spring Blooming Bulbs arrive this month. Purchase your favorites early for the best selection, but wait to plant them until October through November when the weather is cooler.  Keep tulips and hyacinths refrigerated in a paper bag in your vegetable compartment for 4-6 weeks prior to planting. Use Gardner & Bloome Bulb Planting Mix with Gardner & Bloome Fish Meal Fertilizer to help you succeed.


Invest in quality tools and gloves to help you get the job done more efficiently and easily. We stock some of the best brands including Felco, Corona, and Fiskars pruning tools, and Bionic, Womanswork and Bionic Gloves.

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Water Wisely

We want to encourage plant lovers to garden wisely by following a few important water conserving tips. For more info go to

1. Spread 1-3 inches of mulch around all plants especially newly planted ones. For each inch of mulch you use, you reduce water usage up to ten percent.

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. When you do water, apply it slowly and for an extended period of time. This will help reduce run off and encourage deep roots.

4. Follow your Water District Rules and Regulations for outdoor water use.

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

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

Even if you are planting less, there is always something to do in the garden…especially if it’s just simply enjoying it! To help you achieve that, you may wish to upgrade your patio furniture, or replace an old umbrella or add a fire pit so you can extend your time outdoors after sundown. We can help you get your summertime fun off to a great start!