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


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?

  • Hydroponics

    Harvest Veggies & Herbs from Your Kitchen Grow your own fresh veggies, herbs and more right in your kitchen! Choose from a hydroponics growing kit or indoor gardening station.   Getting Started Ready to grow indoors? Take time to consider where in your home you’d like to setup the garden, how big is that [...] Read Full Article
  • Life-Like Christmas Tree Tips from the Experts

    Life-like Christmas Trees offer the beauty of real trees, but with a care-free convenience and easy assembly that enables them to last season after season. The Christmas tree is the center of the festivities so it should be perfect. Here are tips on setting up your artificial Christmas tree. Start by [...] Read Full Article
  • Which bulbs do I need to chill?

    Some flowering bulbs need winter chilling in order to bloom in spring. Bulbs native to tropical or Mediterranean climates do not. What is “chilling”? In mild, temperate climates, gardeners who wish to grow bulbs needing a period of cold temperatures need to simulate a cold, dormant period. We do that by “chilling” [...] Read Full Article
  • A Grass that Drinks Responsibly - UC Verde Buffalograss

    UC Verde Buffalograss Save up to 75% on water consumption with UC Verde Buffalograss. This low-care, no-care grass option is the only buffalograss bred in California that requires little water while giving you a lush, green lawn.   Save Water Native to the United States, buffalograss has a deep root system that grows several [...] Read Full Article
  • Texas Ranger Comes to the Rescue of Waterwise Gardeners

    California gardeners looking for waterwise, heat-tolerant plants need not despair. Texas Rangers (Leucophyllum species) will come to your garden’s rescue. When it comes to reliable, waterwise shrubs, true to their namesakes, these Lone Star natives come through in a blaze of glory. These tough guys have beautiful exteriors – lush foliage [...] Read Full Article
  • Homegrown Tomatoes – Juicy “Insider Information”

    Tomatoes are, by far, the most popular home-grown “vegetable.” (Although it’s really a fruit.) Their ubiquity’s not surprising for obvious reasons: they’re very easy to grow and the flavor of a backyard tomato is sensationally better than store-bought. Whether you’re a tomato newbie or a hardcore tomatomaniac, there’s always a new [...] Read Full Article
  • 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
  • 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
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