Gardening Tips

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...

Spring Garden Clean Up: Tasks and Pruning Tips

Spring garden clean up season sounds pretty good right about now doesn't it? After surviving the frozen tundra, I bet most of you are chomping at the bit to get out in the garden and tidy it up. Hold on just a second. It's literally only been a week since our garden...

Are My Plants Coming Back After The Freeze?

Can you believe a couple of days ago, we were feet deep in blinding white snow? If you are taking a look at your plants today, you probably believe it. It can be disheartening when you finally begin to assess if your plants have survived the intense freeze of last...

Growing Tomatoes: Tomato Likes and Dislikes

Growing tomatoes in spring is one of our favorite gardening experiences to look forward to here in San Antonio. We thought we would offer up a quick list of what tomatoes like and dislike for you to keep in mind when growing this favorite fruit (yep, tomatoes are...

Artichokes: Delicious and Beautiful Landscape Veggies

If you’ve never tried growing artichokes, I think you have been missing out. Not only are artichokes beautiful specimens in the garden, they are also an exciting, more exotic, vegetable choice. The Green Globe artichoke, particularly, is such a beautiful plant that...

Leeks and Shallots: How to Grow and Harvest

Leeks and shallots have arrived at Rainbow Gardens and we are super excited to have these bulb vegetables available to offer you this year! Leeks and shallots are both in the allium family and they possess many of the characteristics of onions. However, both leeks and...

Starting Seeds: Steps for Successful Germination

  Germinating seeds indoors is a great way to get a jump on your gardening for the next growing season. Today’s blog is just a quick checklist for what you need, and why, to start germinating seeds indoors. The tips are highlighted and more explanation follows each...

Quick Care Tips For Poinsettias

Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are vibrantly-hued, beautiful plants with long lasting color that add instant holiday decor. It seems weird that a tropical plant is the one we choose as a symbol for our winter holidays, but this is when poinsettias choose to flash...

Happiness has a Name and it’s Cyclamen!

While begonias and impatiens may not be up to the challenge of colder temperatures, cyclamen are colorful, shade-loving annuals that are willing to take on the challenge. With bright, bold, vibrant color, cyclamen are perfect options for seasonal change in your...

The Beauty of Researching Native Plants for San Antonio

Caring for native plants in San Antonio is most definitely less work than if you choose non-native specimens. However, this doesn't mean that grabbing a native plant, shoving it willy nilly into your landscape, and leaving it to the elements is the route you should be...

Quarantine Gardening: What to do with your extra time.

Find yourself with some extra gardening time during this period of quarantine? Hopefully you are already busy tackling the  monthly gardening tips we sent out last week in the e-newsletter (sign up here if you don’t receive it yet). But if you are looking for some...

Are Chewing Insects Destroying Your Garden?

You’ll figure out if you have a chewing insects problem by being observant in your garden. Look high, look low, and leave no leaf unturned. Most insects don’t hide in plain sight. You might even have to look for them at night to catch them. Today we’re honing in on...

Successfully Growing Citrus in Containers

Citrus is a big draw here in Texas. Who doesn't enjoy a slice of lemon wedged on their refreshing glass of iced tea? Who doesn't love the unmistakeable scent of citrus bursting from orange slices after a well-played soccer game. Citrus is synonymous with fresh. It's...

Spring and Summer Vegetables: Troubleshooting Tips for Success

It's easy to get excited about spring vegetables when you visit Rainbow Gardens this time of year. A huge variety of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and more are displayed, in hopes they'll be picked and offered a home in your vegetable garden. We've offered you...

Repotting Container Plants: Bump Up For Better Performance.

March is a good time to observe which of your container plants need some maintenance and may need to be repotted. Many plants outgrow their container throughout the year and can be bumped up to a larger sized container, pruned back, and even divided or propagated to...

February Gardening Tips To Get Ready For Spring

The spring gardening season will be here before we know it, so today we’re sending out a few reminders to be prepared for it. Make sure you come to our Spring Clean Up seminars this month with David Rodriguez, Horticulturist for Texas A&M Agrilife Extension...

Spring Roses: Reminders for Success!

Roses and springtime go together like peanut butter and jelly. Our nurseries have the best rose selections of the year during spring. We also open up our event schedule in spring with seminars on roses because we know it's the time of year to get moving on important...

Weed Prevention, Control and Treatment

Weed control is usually high on the to-do list for spring gardeners here in San Antonio. While a regular schedule of fertilizing your turf can help immensely in choking out weeds, but sometimes extra help is needed for these pesky lawn invaders. Treatment for weed...

Spring Pruning for Roses: When, What, Why, How, and After

It’s rose pruning season! Our tips in today’s blog are specifically for bush/shrub type of roses that repeat bloom throughout the year. Roses that only bloom during spring (many climbers) should not be pruned until after they have finished their spring blooming...

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,...
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...

read more
Spring Garden Clean Up: Tasks and Pruning Tips

Spring Garden Clean Up: Tasks and Pruning Tips

Spring garden clean up season sounds pretty good right about now doesn't it? After surviving the frozen tundra, I bet most of you are chomping at the bit to get out in the garden and tidy it up. Hold on just a second. It's literally only been a week since our garden...

read more
Are My Plants Coming Back After The Freeze?

Are My Plants Coming Back After The Freeze?

Can you believe a couple of days ago, we were feet deep in blinding white snow? If you are taking a look at your plants today, you probably believe it. It can be disheartening when you finally begin to assess if your plants have survived the intense freeze of last...

read more
Growing Tomatoes: Tomato Likes and Dislikes

Growing Tomatoes: Tomato Likes and Dislikes

Growing tomatoes in spring is one of our favorite gardening experiences to look forward to here in San Antonio. We thought we would offer up a quick list of what tomatoes like and dislike for you to keep in mind when growing this favorite fruit (yep, tomatoes are...

read more
Artichokes: Delicious and Beautiful Landscape Veggies

Artichokes: Delicious and Beautiful Landscape Veggies

If you’ve never tried growing artichokes, I think you have been missing out. Not only are artichokes beautiful specimens in the garden, they are also an exciting, more exotic, vegetable choice. The Green Globe artichoke, particularly, is such a beautiful plant that...

read more
Leeks and Shallots: How to Grow and Harvest

Leeks and Shallots: How to Grow and Harvest

Leeks and shallots have arrived at Rainbow Gardens and we are super excited to have these bulb vegetables available to offer you this year! Leeks and shallots are both in the allium family and they possess many of the characteristics of onions. However, both leeks and...

read more
Starting Seeds: Steps for Successful Germination

Starting Seeds: Steps for Successful Germination

  Germinating seeds indoors is a great way to get a jump on your gardening for the next growing season. Today’s blog is just a quick checklist for what you need, and why, to start germinating seeds indoors. The tips are highlighted and more explanation follows each...

read more
Quick Care Tips For Poinsettias

Quick Care Tips For Poinsettias

Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are vibrantly-hued, beautiful plants with long lasting color that add instant holiday decor. It seems weird that a tropical plant is the one we choose as a symbol for our winter holidays, but this is when poinsettias choose to flash...

read more
Happiness has a Name and it’s Cyclamen!

Happiness has a Name and it’s Cyclamen!

While begonias and impatiens may not be up to the challenge of colder temperatures, cyclamen are colorful, shade-loving annuals that are willing to take on the challenge. With bright, bold, vibrant color, cyclamen are perfect options for seasonal change in your...

read more

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