Gardening Basics

Look to Your Leaves for Troubleshooting Clues!

There's a valid reason we tend to stress observing leaves as one of your most powerful gardening tools. Things can change in a day or overnight in the gardening world. Have you ever noticed one or two holes in the leaf of a broccoli plant and thought, "hmmm......

What You Need To Do Now For The Fall Garden Season

What do you need to be ready for the fall garden season? A little prep and some forethought could be all it takes. The following article addresses a few timely gardening tasks in the landscape and in your vegetable gardens that will have you ready and raring to go for...

Impatiens: Colorful Annual Options For Shade

There's no real mystery why we love when the weather warms up enough to plant impatiens. Impatiens deliver on providing quick, impactful color, and they offer it in the shade! Yes, you can have flowering color in your shade garden and impatiens are a fast way to do...

Go Organic to Feed and Improve Soil

We’ve spread the word for years that the foundation of gardening success begins with your soil. When you’re at Rainbow Gardens, it’s really hard to think about soil when there are so many beautiful, colorful plants surrounding you. However, I promise that if you put...

How To Care For Perennial Mums Through Winter and Next Spring

Mums create a gorgeous fall display in your gardens and on your porches when their blooms are in their prime. But what do you do once the blooms on your mums begin to fade? Although cyclamen and pansies may be catching your eye for winter color, remember that mums are...

Rainbow Gardens Favorite Woody Perennial Vines

There are multiple reasons to add vines to a San Antonio landscape. Vines can provide privacy, block strong winds, provide shade, absorb noise, and offer seasonal color. There are a multitude of gorgeous vines to choose from at Rainbow Gardens, but today we are honing...

Propagating Succulents by Leaf Cuttings

Propagating succulents is a great way to have more of what you love. Maybe you need to propagate succulents because your plants have gotten leggy and somewhat unattractive; or maybe you are looking to share succulents with friends. Whatever your reasons, we've got a...

Sansevieria/Snake Plant: A Mean, Green, Air Purifying Machine

When the summer heat starts blazing, you can cool off with some indoor gardening when you choose to incorporate houseplants into your living spaces. Houseplants add instant interest to any room and many houseplants act like mean, green, air purifying machines. Take a...

Chill Hours and Growing Fruit Trees in San Antonio

Have you wondered what the term "chill hours" or "chilling hours" means in conjunction with fruit trees and their growing requirements? I admit when I first started work at Rainbow Gardens San Antonio, I was tasked with placing the informative plant signs in different...

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...

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...

Plumbago: A Winning Plant for all San Antonio Gardens

If every San Antonio landscape had plumbago planted, I would be a very Happy Gardener indeed! This amazing, native perennial offers big, bold, blooming beauty with the easiest of care. Plumbagos are one of our most sought after perennials at our San Antonio Rainbow...

Lavender: A Favorite San Antonio Herb

Lavender is a wonderful choice for an herb to grow in San Antonio because it's drought tolerant nature makes it a perfect fit for our city. Lavendula angustifolia. There are about 27 species of the lavender plant, with the most popular varieties being English (Vera,...

Tips for Growing Tomatoes in San Antonio, Texas

When February rolls around in San Antonio, the tomato-crazed gardeners come out of the woodwork, and we're right there with them! As a matter of fact, many of us here at Rainbow Gardens have already started our tomatoes indoors to get a jump on the season. Today,...

Starting Seeds Part 3: Hardening Off Transplants

The third blog in our Starting Seeds series focuses on what you should be doing when your indoor seeded transplants have grown big enough and are ready for the garden. If you've followed the tips in Part 1 and Part 2 of our Starting Seeds blog series, it's just a...

Starting Seeds Part 2: Seed Prep, Germination, Maintenance

Welcome to the second installment in our Seed Starting blog series. Today we’ll be discussing how to put those seed starting supplies to use. If you need a list of the supplies, see Part 1: Seed Starting blog here. Starting seeds indoors is a fun and rewarding...

Starting Seeds Part 1: Supplies for Indoor Seed Starts

Today’s blog is the first of 3 in our Starting Seeds series and is all about the supplies you need to start seeds germinating inside. By starting seeds indoors now, you create transplants that will be sturdy enough to plant in your garden once the danger of frost is...

Gardening Resolutions for Successful Spring Gardens

Our New Year’s gardening resolutions just might help to make your 2020 spring gardens the most successful yet. While gardening slows down somewhat during the winter months, it in no way stops. There is plenty to do to keep up with your plants and even more to do to...

Raised Bed Gardens: Time to Grow Up, San Antonio!

Raised bed gardens are not only aesthetically pleasing in the landscape, they also combat some common gardening problems that many face when grwoing straight into the ground (Shovel hit limestone much?). Check out today's blog for some of our reasons we think raised...

Basic Watering Tips

One of the biggest questions customers have when are purchasing plants is, “How do I water them?” The answer is complicatedly simple. You water plants when they need it. No more and no less. See? Simple but complicated. The thing is, there is no true formula for...
Look to Your Leaves for Troubleshooting Clues!

Look to Your Leaves for Troubleshooting Clues!

There's a valid reason we tend to stress observing leaves as one of your most powerful gardening tools. Things can change in a day or overnight in the gardening world. Have you ever noticed one or two holes in the leaf of a broccoli plant and thought, "hmmm......

read more
What You Need To Do Now For The Fall Garden Season

What You Need To Do Now For The Fall Garden Season

What do you need to be ready for the fall garden season? A little prep and some forethought could be all it takes. The following article addresses a few timely gardening tasks in the landscape and in your vegetable gardens that will have you ready and raring to go for...

read more
Impatiens: Colorful Annual Options For Shade

Impatiens: Colorful Annual Options For Shade

There's no real mystery why we love when the weather warms up enough to plant impatiens. Impatiens deliver on providing quick, impactful color, and they offer it in the shade! Yes, you can have flowering color in your shade garden and impatiens are a fast way to do...

read more
Go Organic to Feed and Improve Soil

Go Organic to Feed and Improve Soil

We’ve spread the word for years that the foundation of gardening success begins with your soil. When you’re at Rainbow Gardens, it’s really hard to think about soil when there are so many beautiful, colorful plants surrounding you. However, I promise that if you put...

read more
Rainbow Gardens Favorite Woody Perennial Vines

Rainbow Gardens Favorite Woody Perennial Vines

There are multiple reasons to add vines to a San Antonio landscape. Vines can provide privacy, block strong winds, provide shade, absorb noise, and offer seasonal color. There are a multitude of gorgeous vines to choose from at Rainbow Gardens, but today we are honing...

read more
Propagating Succulents by Leaf Cuttings

Propagating Succulents by Leaf Cuttings

Propagating succulents is a great way to have more of what you love. Maybe you need to propagate succulents because your plants have gotten leggy and somewhat unattractive; or maybe you are looking to share succulents with friends. Whatever your reasons, we've got a...

read more
Chill Hours and Growing Fruit Trees in San Antonio

Chill Hours and Growing Fruit Trees in San Antonio

Have you wondered what the term "chill hours" or "chilling hours" means in conjunction with fruit trees and their growing requirements? I admit when I first started work at Rainbow Gardens San Antonio, I was tasked with placing the informative plant signs in different...

read more

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