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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?

  • Pumpkins: Creative Ideas for your Home

    Wondering what to do with your pumpkin this year? Check out our top ten ideas for creative ways to use your pumpkin. 10. Make a Facial Mask: while this may sound a little crazy, pumpkins are rich in vitamins A, C and zinc which are great for sun damaged, dry or sensitive skin [...] Read Full Article
  • 5 BIG Ideas for Fall Gardens

    5 ideas to give the popular Fall planting season a bit of a refreshed look, but still include some always anticipated favorites! Get more ideas for Fall in our Inspiration section > Find your local Armstrong > Read Full Article
  • Mums

    Nothing epitomizes autumn like mums (chrysanthemums) with their burgundy, burnt orange or golden yellow flowers. Place large mums already in containers on the front step and pop smaller mums in any area begging for a burst of seasonal color. 1 Minute Mums If you need instant impact and only have one minute to [...] Read Full Article
  • Fruit Tree Chill Hours

    Just what are chilling hours? Chilling hours are the number of hours (non-consecutive) of temperatures below 45 degrees during the dormant period (after leaves fall) in order to initiate flowering and fruiting. Keep in mind that your garden's chilling hours can be greatly affected by prevailing winds, mountain ranges or even buildings. If [...] Read Full Article
  • Create a Succulent Container in 5 Steps

    They're traditional yet a touch of retro. They're sophisticated but not. That's the beauty of tablescapes made of succulents - you get the best of several worlds. All that and more - they need very little care. No wonder these interesting living artworks are so popular! View this article and more [...] Read Full Article
  • Agave

    An easy-care succulent Agaves store water in their thick, fleshy leaves and can live off only a few inches of water a year. Talk about a water-wise plant! Perfect for us forgetful gardeners who sometimes don’t water as often as we should. Agaves in the garden Fascinating foliage and durability makes agave perfect for use [...] Read Full Article
  • Curb Appeal

    Your landscape should appeal to the greatest number of buyers and be 'neutral' and free of extreme personal taste. Unless the yard is poorly designed or badly neglected, it's usually best not to replace the landscape. Identify particularly objectionable features and change or remove them. Shrubs In any landscape, shrubs provide the 'foundation'. Shrubs should be in scale [...] Read Full Article
  • 7 Steps to a Successful Landscape

    Follow these steps for a landscape that will look great and thrive. 1. Planning & Design Establish three water-use requirement zones. Group plants and turf with similar water needs in the same zone: Low: Requires little or no supplemental water after establishment. Moderate: Requires some supplemental water during dry periods. High: Limited areas where full [...] Read Full Article
  • Fertilizer Basics

    What is a Fertilizer? Fertilizer is a substance added to the soil to improve its fertility. Many elements contribute to a soil's fertility. There are three major elements which are needed by plants: Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K). These elements are needed in large quantities and are not readily [...] Read Full Article
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