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Monday–Friday 8:30-5:00

Sat 8:00-5:00

Sun 9:00-5:00


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New Year's Eve

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Martin Luther King's Birthday
January 16th



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 January 2017

How Will Your
Garden Grow in 2017?

Happy New Year!  As you take stock of your resolutions for the coming year, don’t forget to include your garden! What will you replant or repair—what new plant will you add? What worked and what didn’t work and most of all what action needs to be taken this month to protect and nurture your garden?  Our handy January Garden Guide can help.  When thinking about something new to include in your garden we’d love to suggest planting a Winter Daphne. Read more about them below. So, take a moment to relax with a delicious cup of “For Tea’s Sake” tea, one of our favorite Gift Shop treats, and ask yourself, what will my garden grow in 2017?


The Sweet Smell of Winter

Winter Daphne
(Daphne odora)

This old time favorite is at its peak during this time of the year. Its pink buds open white and it has a heavenly scent. It is not overpoweringly sweet, but rather has a slightly citrus-like fragrance. We recommend keeping them in a part sun location. Use Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost mixed with your soil to help create excellent drainage. We also try to keep them on the dry side in summer so they do not succumb to root rot. The average height and width is 4’x4’. Daphne is an excellent choice to place near a patio or entryway where you can enjoy its lovely fragrance. Additionally, they are frost tolerant and deer resistant!


The Right Tool for the Job

The correct pruning tools for the tasks you have are the key to efficient use of your time and the proper removal of branches. For branches up to ¾ inch, a hand pruner such as the Felco #8 is appropriate. Use loppers for branches up to 1½ inches, and a pruning saw for all larger branches.  The proper pruning tool not only makes your job easier but also preserves your pruners by not forcing them to cut limbs that are too big for the tool to handle. Visit us to find the right tool for your pruning needs.


Take Time for a Cup of Tea

For Tea’s Sake
This winter, treat yourself to some of the finest teas in the world. We stock a line of tea that is so fabulous you will want to invite friends over to share a cup or two. With 18 blends to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect one for your taste and mood. There is also an assortment 8-pack that allows you to try a variety of flavors.

Here is what the manufacturer says about their product, 

“For Tea’s Sake’s blends are globally sourced from tea farms throughout the world. To ensure nothing but the highest quality tea leaves are included with our blends we select only the top 5% of each crops’ yield. These quality teas are hand-blended with other natural ingredients such as fruits and herbs to deliver a truly satisfying and memorable tea experience.Taste the For Tea's Sake Difference Today! Our premium loose leaf teas blends come in exclusive flavors, with supreme quality and no artificial flavors.”

We also stock a wonderful assortment of related items including tea pots, tea cups, & filters.


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January Garden Guide


Cold and dry is dangerous to the health of many plants. One exception is succulents, they do better in the cold if the soil is kept relatively dry. Continue to check your other plants in areas under eaves and porches to be sure they do not dry out. Water all other plants in the landscape if rain has not fallen within a 2 week period. For added protection for the most frost tender plants, use frost blankets, frost bags or Cloud Cover Spray.


Plant cold tolerant flowers. Some of the best colorful annuals that perform beautifully during winter’s cold, freezing days include Violas, Pansies, Ornamental Kale and Dusty Miller. These selections had little to no damage in Scotts Valley where our temperatures have dropped to a low 28 Degrees. We recommend using Gardner & Bloome Organic Potting Soil for the best plant and flower development.


Sow seeds of Kale, Lettuce, and Chard to plant out in the garden in February. Use Black Gold Seed Starting Mix to ensure the best germination results, and the best root development for seedlings.


This is an ideal time to shop for winter blooming Camellias, Pieris, Correa, Grevillea, and Daphne. These shrubs are all evergreen and cold hardy. Don’t forget the hummingbirds! Keep Hummingbird Feeders clean and filled with fresh nectar. They are a great educational aid for children and are entertaining to all.


Invest in quality tools to make your pruning and other gardening tasks easier. We stock several brands including Pruners, Loppers, and Hedge Shears, by Felco, Corona and Fiskars which have been awarded Ease-of-Use Commendation by the Arthritis Foundation. Keep tools you already own tuned-up by cleaning, sharpening and oiling them.


Spray Fruit Trees, Lilacs, Dogwoods and Roses with copper sprays such as Monterey Liqui–Cop (copper ammonium complex) or organic Concern Copper Soaps (OMRI). We also suggest you add Summit Horticultural Oil Spray. The oil helps the copper stick to the plant and is effective in smothering overwintering insects such as aphids and scale.  This effective, earth-friendly prevention program will help reduce insects and diseases such as peach-leaf curl, apple scab, powdery mildew and more. Be sure peaches and nectarines are sprayed at “pink bud” stage for the best control of peach leaf curl!


Prune cold-hardy shade and fruit trees, shrubs, roses, and vines.  AVOID PRUNING spring bloomers that bloom on old wood until after they bloom, so you don’t cut off this spring’s flower buds.  (Examples include Lilacs, Flowering Plums and Crabapples, Redbuds, Magnolia soulangeana, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and Camellias). Wisterias are an exception.   Prune them in the winter and in the summer. See the video above on pruning Wisteria produced by the Royal Horticultural Society. If you need help with pruning f ruit t rees, we stock a wonderful book called How to Prune Fruit Trees and Roses, by Martin R. Sanford, which we highly recommend for all you do-it-yourselfers.


Check houseplants for insects and for repotting needs. Wash off foliage to prevent infestations. Use an appropriate product for insect problems and one that is safe to use indoors. If you need help, simply bring a sample of your plant to our nursery in a plastic bag so we can help identify the pest and guide you to the proper remedy.


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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. 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. 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 run off and encourage deep roots.
  4. 4. Follow your Water District Rules and Regulations for outdoor water use.
  5. 5. Do not over fertilize with high nitrogen fertilizers. Nitrogen increases soft new growth which then requires more water to support the plant.
  6. 6. Reduce the size of plants by pruning excess growth.