Gardening Tips

The HG’s Favorite Bang For Your Buck Fall Flowering Plants

Morning is my favorite time to walk through the nurseries at Rainbow Gardens. The gorgeous sunshine (not yet hot) streams through the plants and creates an ethereal atmosphere. In the pleasing morning weather, I can forget about the heat and drought of summer and be...

Prepare Now for Fall Migrating Pollinators!

Fall is the most active time for all butterflies in our city. This is one of the reasons it is important to stay on task with your timing for preparing your landscape to be a nectar haven for these hungry pollinators. Taking action now, will ensure that you have...

Drought Rescue Water: RX for Trees, Shrubs and Woody Perennials

“Rain, rain, come and play, keep coming back for many a day!” We all need to be shouting this and dancing as many rain dances as we can. This dry heat has been brutal on us AND all of our plants! Hopefully many of you have chosen to plant native plants or plants that...

July in the San Antonio Vegetable Garden

Mid July is a good time to think about a few change outs for your gardens, especially vegetable gardens. Soil preparation for the upcoming fall veggie season is also important. Keep in mind that much of your work in the garden during this time is best done in the...

Buy, Bump, Plant and Protect Method for Fall or Spring Tomatoes

July brings the fall tomatoes into Rainbow Gardens. Really? Yes, really. Trust us, there is method to the madness. Following our “Buy, Bump, Plant and Protect” method will have you enjoying fresh tomatoes in both fall and spring. But you gotta do things early when it...

July: Garden Maintenance and Summer Plantings for San Antonio

Thank you June 2022 for doling out a dose of much needed rain during the last couple of days of your month. July, can you please, pretty please, top June? We typically think of July as a garden maintenance month, where we are not doing much planting but rather...

Pavonia Rock Rose: Blooms That Make Summer Bearable

Every summer, the blooms of Pavonia Rock Rose seem to surprise me. While they bloom spring through fall here in San Antonio, I’m always amazed that the plants are still blooming beautifully through the San Antonio summer heat. The candy-pink flowers of Pavonia Rock...

Lantana: Long-Flowering, Heat Tolerant Perennials

When you walk through the perennials at Rainbow Gardens, you are bound to see a flurry of butterfly action in the lantana section. Profuse, vibrant blooms on a nectar rich plant leaves no doubt as to why the pollinators make lantana a favorite stop for a sip. Today we...

From Nursery to Home: Keeping Your Plants Healthy

I thought it might be a good time for a PSA about how to keep your plants healthy on the way home from the nursery and once they get there. It might seem simple, but believe me, it warrants a reminder. Plants are tended with great care at Rainbow Gardens and from the...

Hot, Dry, Weather Brings Pests Like Lace Bugs Into The Garden

The heat has arrived extra early this year and while most of us are none too happy about that, there’s one group that is plenty happy. Pests! This type of weather makes plants prime real estate for pests like lace bugs. When the weather revs up, and plants start to...

The Blog You Need To Read About Mulch!

Another blog about mulch? Yep, that’s right. Why? Because we care about you and we care about the plants you take home from Rainbow Gardens. It is our desire to continue to offer you gardening tips that only increase your chances of success. Mulch is one of those...

Dallas Red Lantana: Fiery Red Blooms Face Off the Heat.

As our San Antonio summer scoots along and the heat shuts down many flowering plants, the sight of something red in the garden is a delightful sight for a hummingbird, which will zoom in for an expected meal. Lantana does extremely well in our Texas climate. You can...

Favorite Annuals by Blooming Season

The lifecycle of annuals is generally completed in one season. They develop from seed, flower, die, and then need to be planted again each season either by seed or transplant. While they may not last long, there is no easier way to color your world than adding annuals...

Calathea: Many Varieties of the Perfect Indoor Plant

If you are looking for a great houseplant in low light areas, you might want to consider a calathea. Calathea, also known as ‘Prayer Plants’, come in many variations ranging in color and striking patterns. Rainbow Gardens generally carries many different types of...

Confetti Lantana: A Party in the Landscape

Confetti lantana has always been a favorite of many of our customers, and the colors of this lantana live up to its name. These flowers look like a party! A pleasing combination of yellow, pink and magenta make a nice pop of color in the garden, but still maintain a...

Hardy Hibiscus for the San Antonio Win!

Hardy Hibiscus just may be the answer for those of you who love hibiscus but get frustrated at how susceptible they are to cold temperatures. With some winter protection, the hardy variety of hibiscus can survive our winters and greet you again each year. Sound good?...

End of Spring & Early Summer Lawn Care Tips

The end of spring has come and summer is blazing in. Time to take a good look at your lawn and complete last minute turf tasks and possibly offer some extra care to help see you through this next upcoming season. 4 Tips for Spring and Summer Lawn CareTop dressing your...

Here Comes The Sun: Summer Gardening Tips

How’d you feel about the sun recently pushing our temperatures up into the upper 90’s? We had a big string of cloudy weather (and not enough rain), and now that the sun has finally arrived, it blazed in like a furnace! We need the sun to rosy up our tomatoes, but not...

4 Heat Warrior Perennials for San Antonio Summers

Most people know to look for perennial plants that are cold hardy in their region, but here in Texas it’s about as important to look for perennial plants that can withstand our Texas heat. If you’ve ever planted something in spring just to watch it wither and die...

St. John’s Wort: A Low-Growing Landscape and Container Option

This week, the St. John’s Wort we have at Rainbow Gardens is bursting into bloom and the display is spectacular! Sunshine-yellow flowers with fiber optic centers appear in profuse numbers as if to greet the arrival of summer and stay long enough to greet fall. Blooms...
Prepare Now for Fall Migrating Pollinators!

Prepare Now for Fall Migrating Pollinators!

Fall is the most active time for all butterflies in our city. This is one of the reasons it is important to stay on task with your timing for preparing your landscape to be a nectar haven for these hungry pollinators. Taking action now, will ensure that you have...

read more
July in the San Antonio Vegetable Garden

July in the San Antonio Vegetable Garden

Mid July is a good time to think about a few change outs for your gardens, especially vegetable gardens. Soil preparation for the upcoming fall veggie season is also important. Keep in mind that much of your work in the garden during this time is best done in the...

read more
Pavonia Rock Rose: Blooms That Make Summer Bearable

Pavonia Rock Rose: Blooms That Make Summer Bearable

Every summer, the blooms of Pavonia Rock Rose seem to surprise me. While they bloom spring through fall here in San Antonio, I’m always amazed that the plants are still blooming beautifully through the San Antonio summer heat. The candy-pink flowers of Pavonia Rock...

read more
Lantana: Long-Flowering, Heat Tolerant Perennials

Lantana: Long-Flowering, Heat Tolerant Perennials

When you walk through the perennials at Rainbow Gardens, you are bound to see a flurry of butterfly action in the lantana section. Profuse, vibrant blooms on a nectar rich plant leaves no doubt as to why the pollinators make lantana a favorite stop for a sip. Today we...

read more
From Nursery to Home: Keeping Your Plants Healthy

From Nursery to Home: Keeping Your Plants Healthy

I thought it might be a good time for a PSA about how to keep your plants healthy on the way home from the nursery and once they get there. It might seem simple, but believe me, it warrants a reminder. Plants are tended with great care at Rainbow Gardens and from the...

read more

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