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Gardening A-Z

Armstrong Garden Centers has advice and tips to help you garden without the guesswork!


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Agave | An All-American Outdoor Room | The Armstrong Grown Difference | Attracting Good Bugs to Your GardenAvocados B to ZBamboo: A Beginner's GuideChoosing a Garden Fountain | Christmas Tree Tips | Citrus Variety Guide | Conserving Water in Your Garden | Create a Succulent Container | Curb Appeal | Determining Your Soil Type | Fall Favorites: Mums, Pumpkins, & MoreFertilizer Basics | Five BIG Ideas for Fall Gardens | Five Good Bugs for Your Garden | Five Plants to Attract Hummingbirds & Butterflies | Fruit Tree Chill Hours | Garden Tool Basics | Gardening 101 - An Introduction to Gardening from the Experts | Garland Measurements | Get Ready for Summer | The Great American Backyard | Great Garden Color from Out-of-the-Ordinary Places | Houseplants for Healthy Living | Hydrangeas for Mom | The Making of an Armstrong-Grown Poinsettia | Mulch | Mums | New Flowers for Containers and Flowerbeds | Paperwhites: A Fragrant Holiday Classic | Pumpkins: Creative Ideas for Your Home | Rainy Day Inspiration - 7 Fun Things to Do | Save Water - Have Your Dream Garden Too! | The Secret Power of Perennials | Seven Steps to a Successful Landscape | Spend Easter Outdoors | Spring Birding Guide | Spring Has Arrived! | Thanksgiving Poinsettias | Tips for Selecting the Right Fruit Tree for Your Garden | Top 5 Fall Veggies to Plant Now | Transforming Your Outdoor Space | What is Deadheading?

  • Attracting Good Bugs to Your Garden

    “Good bugs” can be a homeowner’s best friend, while “bad bugs” can wipe out weeks of gardening in just a few days. By definition, it’s easy to know the difference: bad bugs feed on plants, sometimes causing severe damage. The notorious bad-bug gang of four: aphids, whitefly, scale and mealybugs. Good [...] Read Full Article
  • New Flowers for Containers and Flowerbeds

    What’s New? Part of the fun of nursery shopping is seeing what’s new. Each visit we hope you’ll see something that catches your eye, something we haven’t grown before. Armstrong Garden Centers’ growers and buyers are constantly searching out what’s new. We have special agreements with plant breeders to be able [...] Read Full Article
  • Low-Care, Low-Water Perennials

    Perennial plants that grow and flower in California gardens without fuss and special care are those beauties that are Mediterranean in origin or nature. These are plants that thrive in our heat, require moderate to little water once established, and will bear up during periods of drought. This list includes many [...] Read Full Article
  • 4 Ways to Create a Beautiful Shade Garden

    As our gardens mature, we find ourselves gardening in more shade. This can sometimes be discouraging as sun-loving plants fail to bloom or become leggy and sparse. When this happens our plant palettes must change. There are plenty of colorful plants that thrive in shady spots and appreciate the cooler temperatures a leafy tree canopy provides. A simple way to think of creating a shade garden is in [...] Read Full Article
  • What’s an Annual? What’s a Perennial?

    What’s an annual? The flowers that we plant for seasonal color are primarily annuals. These plants last for one season only. There’s a reason for that. Because they bloom so heavily, and give their all for a glorious, colorful show, they’re done by the end of the season. In California, the [...] Read Full Article
  • Avocados B to Z

    Only in California Growing avocados is one of the great joys of temperate-climate California gardening. Nowhere else in the continental U.S. can this be done with such success. With the variously-sized avocado trees, there’s one for every size of garden.  And by planting different varieties, you can harvest avocados almost year-round. Mexican [...] Read Full Article
  • Bamboo: A Beginner's Guide

    What’s to Like There’s a lot to like about bamboos. They’re easy to grow; they require less water than most plants; they’re fast-growing once established; and they have a graceful presence. Bamboos are evergreen and can also do a lot of screening in a narrow space. They can also be elegant [...] Read Full Article
  • Tips for Selecting the Right Fruit Tree for Your Garden

    Now’s a great time to select and order deciduous (fruit-bearing) fruit trees. Many are available only during Armstrong’s Dormant Fruit Tree PreSale. During September and October we offer our largest selection. You can order them now and they’ll be delivered in late January or early February.   Benefits of Deciduous Fruit Trees Fresh [...] Read Full Article
  • Top 5 Fall Veggies to Plant Now

    Fall is the “second season” of vegetable planting in California, and there’s a whole new group of favorites to plant. Each is easy to grow and quick to harvest. Here are Armstrong Garden Centers’ top five fall veggies.   Kale – Kale is having a moment at all the top restaurants. Perhaps [...] Read Full Article
  • Fall Favorites - Mums, Pumpkins and more

    Every season brings exciting change at Armstrong and Fall is many people's favorite! Mums, Pumpkins, Harvest & Halloween decor, Bulbs, Veggies and more transform our garden centers into a fall festival to inspire you.  Stop by your local Armstrong to pick up all your Fall Favorites and transform your home [...] Read Full Article
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