Bugs & Insects

Herbs: Plant an Herb to Eat and to Give a Treat!

Herbs: Plant an Herb to Eat and to Give a Treat!

Herbs are a must for any type of gardener! Whether you prefer container gardening, veggie gardening, landscape gardening, or even indoor gardening, herbs can be included in all of these and are sure to enhance them as well. As a matter of fact, you might find yourself...

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Native Plants to Ease the Work Load of Landscaping

Native Plants to Ease the Work Load of Landscaping

The reasons we love native plants at Rainbow Gardens are numerous, but one of the main reasons we encourage purchases of native plants is because doing so lines up with the main philosophy of our business, gardening success! We want nothing more than for you to be...

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Texas Native Wildflowers for San Antonio and Hill Country

Texas Native Wildflowers for San Antonio and Hill Country

We are going absolutely wild for wildflowers this fall by bringing you two great products for upcoming wildflower planting season. Our Texas Native Wildflowers Seed Mix is full of native wildflower seeds that intend to bring you gorgeous native blooms year after year....

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Wildflowers for San Antonio and Hill Country: Part 4

Wildflowers for San Antonio and Hill Country: Part 4

Here it is! Our last installment detailing the amazing wildflower seeds that you will get in our Hill country Pollinator mix for 2020. October - November is the time to get these seeds planted (September, in the Hill Country). Our mix this year has twice the varieties...

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Trying Native Plants In Your San Antonio Landscape

Trying Native Plants In Your San Antonio Landscape

Including native plants in your San Antonio landscape can open up a whole new world of gardening. You'll find that the addition of native plants allows you more time in the long run to actually enjoy your garden, to bring species of native pollinators to your...

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Agastache: Bountiful Blooms Through Summer

Agastache: Bountiful Blooms Through Summer

Agastache, also known as hummingbird mint, horsemint, and hyssop, is a wonderful perennial to include in your San Antonio pollinator gardens or potted patio gardens. When agastache is flowering it becomes a workhorse, producing long lasting blooms and bringing in the...

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Salvia: A Tried and True San Antonio Landscape Favorite

Salvia: A Tried and True San Antonio Landscape Favorite

Look around landscapes in San Antonio, both residential and commercial, and you will most likely see some variety of salvia thriving there. It's no wonder that salvia fits perfectly into our garden designs. Salvia is a heat tolerant, drought resistant, native, San...

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Pests

Weather and Pest Series: Slugs and Snails

Weather and Pest Series: Slugs and Snails

Weather has a big impact on what pest issues you may experience in your landscape. Extended periods of rain for instance, can bring out the snails and slugs at levels some may consider apocalyptic; hosta lovers, am I right? On the other hand, when the skies dry up and...

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Powdery Mildew: There’s a Fungus Among Us

Powdery Mildew: There’s a Fungus Among Us

While most of us appreciate free water, a.k.a. rain, we also frown when a fungus arrives due to the cloudy days that accompany it, and having too much of a good thing! When we experience heavy periods of rain, plus humidity and lots of cloudy days, fungus issues are...

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Solarization: Use the Sun to Battle Soil Disease

Solarization: Use the Sun to Battle Soil Disease

Have you had problems with soil disease in your vegetable gardens? Have you spent more time pulling weeds in the soil than you have pulling veggies off the vine? For some of you out there, battling issues with your soil can sure take the fun out of gardening real...

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Early Leaf Blight: A Quick Spreading Tomato Disease

Early Leaf Blight: A Quick Spreading Tomato Disease

Early leaf blight can quickly turn the dream of growing a tomato plant into a nightmare. One day you are enjoying the progress in the growth of your tomato plant and the next you are watching it being taken over by this gnarly disease. Early detection is key to this...

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Cankerworms: A Temporary Spring Nuisance

Cankerworms: A Temporary Spring Nuisance

Has anyone else recently found themselves going outside alone only to come back in with multiple "visitors" attached to their hair, clothing, or anything else that comes in contact with the multitudes of cankerworms dangling from silken threads in our trees?...

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Deer Resistant Plants, NOT Deer Proof!

Deer Resistant Plants, NOT Deer Proof!

There is no such thing as a "deer-proof" plant. There, I said it. It's a tough pill to swallow, but unless you are interested in plastic plants or plants made from fabric, you will be hard-pressed to find a true "deer-proof" plant. However, there is no reason to lose...

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Fall Webworms: Pest Control and Prevention

Fall Webworms: Pest Control and Prevention

Fall webworms love nothing more than to swoop in on your pecan trees and chomp away the foliage. Besides pecan trees, fall webworms also get interested in walnuts, persimmons, and some shade trees. Early detection of fall webworms is best as it is the easiest time to...

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Squash Blossom End Rot Is Not The End!

Squash Blossom End Rot Is Not The End!

Squash blossom end rot is one of those disorders that kind of slaps you in the face. It hurts! One day you are thrilled with the sight of a new squash growing on your plant and the next day you're greeted with a shriveled, rotted, squishy, squash. I don't know about...

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Green Lacewings, a beneficial insect that devours aphids

Green Lacewings, a beneficial insect that devours aphids

Most gardeners have heard of using ladybugs to fight off aphids, but not everyone knows about lacewings. These two beneficial insects are powerhouses when it comes to battling aphids. It’s just a fact that milkweed and aphids go hand in hand. Aphids love to congregate...

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