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Archive for month: July, 2011

Make Your Summer Garden Exquisite

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer

Plumeria (above) sizzle with vibrant color and help turn summer gardens into fabulous places to spend time, throw parties, entertain. This tropical gem comes in pink, yellow, red and white. Pair them with white Agapanthus (above and below) for a refreshing summer scene.

Ask Darla, Steve, Roger or CJ for advice on how to give your plants the best start possible. We have the soil amendments that will make your garden grow!

Get acquainted with our Meditating Animals (below) collection. It’s been so popular that we’ve had to increase our inventory.

All Meditating Animals are created with Chinese characters etched into the back of their robe. The character is symbolic of the animals primary characteristic. The dog’s is Loyalty.

Each Meditating Animal comes with a tag that explains their character, such as this one for dogs: “Those who connect with this Zen Creation are Compassionate, Friendly and Protective in Spirit … or they just love dogs. Keep this sculpture near as a lasting reminder of all which is good in you.”

Find the Meditating Animal (above) that best fits your friends, children or family. Kids and adults have a lot of fun with these intriguing creatures. They are great to give as gifts and love finding their way into nice homes and yards.

This Little Piggy went to … ! Well, you can fill in the blank … and maybe you’ll want to take these cute pigs (below) home. They are sure to put a smile on the faces of visitors. Let them weave their magic in your home or garden.

The Marina Garden Center receives shipments of the best merchandise, from plants to statuary to fountains to benches to containers and more every week. (Below) A delivery of indoor plants arrives from one of our top quality growers.

Stop in to see our large selection of outdoor fountains (below). We’re sure to have just what you’re looking for. And if you don’t know what you’re looking for, we’re bound to have the stock to launch your imagination and help you select that perfect piece.

Campania fountains (below) are some of the best around, offered in a variety of shapes, sizes and finishes. We’ve just received a new shipment of these contemporary fountains.

Love a certain breed of dog? Want a Dachshund? How about a frog or rabbit? Put your whimsical side in your garden or remember a beloved pet. Our animal statuary (below) has been warming hearts around gardens and homes for many a year. Stop in to see all of our latest critters.

Bird baths (below) are another great way to bring wildlife to your garden while sprucing up your yard. Stop in today to see what’s new in bird baths from Campania.

The Glory and Beauty of Waterwise Succulents

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer

The Marina Garden Center’s succulent selection is expansive and you’re sure to find the plants you’re looking for and probably some you didn’t know you were looking for. That’s how captivating succulents are! It’s easy to be taken in by these unusual plants that have become quite popular in recent years thanks to their minimal water requirements.

Some succulents have large thick leaves (above) while others have variegated foliage (below), that adds to their appeal.

Certainly, nearly every public shopping or downtown area has a beautiful garden full of succulents and other waterwise plants. Homeowners, too, have planted some spectacular waterwise gardens using succulents for dynamic effect. The bottomline: succulents (above and below) create beauty and intrigue while requiring less water than other plants.

Succulents (above and below) come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, growth habits, textures. You can plant succulent landscapes that are beautiful to the eye and in harmony with nature due to their conservative water use.

You might not think that succulents flower (above), but some do produce gorgeous, striking or unusual looking flowers.

(Below) We’ve just received a shipment of the hard-to-find Blue Glow Agave.

Succulent gardens can also be designed to keep people and critters out and perhaps away from a building next to it.

(Below) Ask Darla, Steve, Roger or CJ for help finding the succulents you want for your home and garden. We can custom plant small containers and much larger ones, too, and have a selection of low round bowls and other containers that work well for planting succulents, so just ask. We’e happy to point these products out and to explain how to properly plant in them. Our custom succulent planters create a stunning visual wherever you place them.

New Fountains Have Arrived, Bird Baths, Too!

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer

Get into the spirit of summer with the soothing sound of water. (Above and below) These fountains are self-contained, pump included, and can easily be moved from one place to another in your garden or on your patio.

Fountains can be used indoors and out to create just the mood and look you want to have.

Our most recent deliveries have brought to us new bird baths, fountains and lots of intriguing containers. We have a vessel that is perfect for planting succulents and pots that are contemporary, with an architectural feel, and those that are more classic and regal.

Gardening is an art, and a labor of love. Creating a beautiful vista in your yard is something that can be enjoyed year-round and for years to come.

Garden accents and the shape, size and color of containers, benches, pottery and fountains do much to add to its lasting appeal and value.

Succulents have become amazingly popular thanks to their drought-tolerant, waterwise nature. They come in unusual shapes and their foliage can be contrasted for even greater impact. Our selection includes two-inch to 15-gallon specimens. Take a walk through our extensive succulent areas to see what you can find.

If you don’t have room in the ground, create a succulent collection in a container.

Gardens frequently ask us to sit and enjoy them, to notice every little bit of new growth or colorful new bloom.

We take great pride in constantly bringing you the best in the gardening world–best plants, best fountains, best, best containers, best bird baths… and a wealth of diversity to select from!

Our garden center is large and filled with everything you need for gardening/landscaping. Quick color, bedding plants, roses, herbs, vegetables, citrus, fruit, shrubs, trees, perennials… we have all of that and more, so be sure to ask Darla, Roger, Steve and CJ for help finding everything you need.