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Your Entryway is Begging for a Beautiful, Custom-Designed Spring Container

Sometimes, we need a little expert touch to help turn so-so into something really special. Look no further than our container design guru, Lauren!  

Check out these gorgeous examples, then set up a consult so you, too, can have looks like these gracing your walkways, entryways and window boxes!

The Gardener’s Center is your year-round garden center offering a wide selection of unique and sought-after outdoor and indoor plants, designer pottery, organic gardening supplies, container design services, gifts and more.

We’re committed to providing exceptional service and horticultural expertise. We are YOUR garden gurus!

Our Garden Gurus are here to help!

Spring Pruning Hardy Perennials: Itoh Peonies & Lavender

We know you love ‘em because we sell a ton of ‘em! But do you know why you should be waiting until spring to give your Itoh Peonies and Lavender a prune?

Hardy perennials, like Itoh peonies and lavender, behave differently than most herbaceous perennials (those that die back to the ground in the winter). And because of that, they need to be given special considerations when it comes the WHEN and HOW you prune them.

Sean goes into the particulars, including a special benefit for leaving your peony stems unclipped throughout the winter. Spoiler alert… They’re a condo for beneficial insects!

Proper Spring Care for Hydrangea Macrophylla, or Mophead Hydrangea

Every year in the spring we start getting tons of inquiries regarding everyone’s favorite hydrangea, the hydrangea macrophylla, also known as mophead hydrangeas or big leaf hydrangeas. And most of those questions and inquiries are about pruning.

Sean, our horticulture guru here at The Gardener’s Center, says, “Stop! Back away from your pruners!”

Sean has solutions to make sure your hydrangea macrophylla stays healthy and producing plenty of blooms all season long. A transcript of this video is available in The Buzz Blog.

Say Howdy to Hellebores (Lenten Rose)

Sean, the horticulture guru at The Gardener’s Center discusses why you should have hellebores in your life, especially for our Zone 6/7 coastal Connecticut gardens. These beauties are shade-loving perennial with early winter to spring blooms; evergreen and live for decades; and works great as a spring container “thriller,” then into your garden for year-round interest. Watch Sean’s video for more details and learn why hellebores are a worthy investment. A transcript of this video is available in The Buzz Blog.

Identifying & Treating Houseplant Pests

Joy talks about common houseplant pests. Oftentimes these pests are so hard to see that you don’t really notice them until you see your plant looking sickly.

Joy has the deets on three common little buggers that will wreak havoc either to your plant or your sanity. She’ll tell us how to identify them and how to treat them. We are talking brown soft scale, mealy bugs and fungus gnats. Wait until you see the close-up photo of a mealybug! It looks prehistoric.

You can also read all about identifying and treating houseplant pests in The Buzz Blog. 

Outdoor gardening plants at The Gardener's Center
Outdoor Gardening

Find an ever-changing selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs, herbs and edibles. We offer a huge selection of designer pottery, garden art and statuary and a friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Find houseplants at The Gardener's Center
Indoor Gardening

Our indoor greenhouse is THE place for plant enthusiasts and new plant parents alike. Find exceptional and hard-to-find houseplants. Questions? Our expert horticulturalists are here to help.

Make your neighbors jealous wit custom container designs from The Gardener's Center.
Container Design 

Work with our designer for custom-designed containers. We build on-site with expert creativity, care and attention to detail with carefully selected plant material catered to your space and light conditions.

The Buzz Articles & Videos

The Buzz is where you’ll find expert help from our plant and garden gurus.
We’re here to help you with your outdoor and indoor gardening needs. Have questions? Just ask our experts!

Proper spring care for hydrangea macrophylla

Proper Spring Care for Your Hydrangea Macrophylla (Mophead Hydrangea)

Every year in the spring we start getting tons of inquiries regarding everyone's favorite hydrangea, the hydrangea macrophylla, also known as mophead hydrangeas or big leaf hydrangeas. And most of those questions and inquiries are about pruning this specific type of hydrangea, because everybody loves to prune their mophead hydrangeas....

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Houseplant propagation methods

Propagating Methods for Houseplants

First things first… What is propagation? Joy says it’s basically like cloning your plant. Say your pothos is getting a little too long and leggy, and you need to give it a haircut. And maybe you feel bad throwing those leggy cuttings away. Time to grab a propagation station!

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how to re-pot, or up-pot your houseplants

Re-Potting – or Up-Potting – Your Houseplants

Big question: How do you know when it’s time to re-pot (or up-pot) your plant? Joy, our houseplant guru, says there are some key signs to look for when your plant is telling you, “Now’s the time!” Then she provides a step-by-step guide for successfully up-potting

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When you have questions, we're here to help!

Guru Sean

Outdoor Gardening Expert
General Manager

Guru Joy

Indoor Gardening Expert
Greenhouse Supervisor

Guru Lauren

Floral & Container Garden Expert

It isn’t enough to just buy plants and tools and all the stuff it takes to practice the art of gardening. You need somebody to talk to, somebody in touch with the earth. At The Gardener’s Center, you’ll find such people. 

We are either trained horticulturalists or are just head-over-roots passionate about what we do. Our mission is to help your gardens grow and flourish.

And if you need more help after you get them home, we’re here to give you that, too. Our goal is simple. We want to make you so good at gardening that it becomes second nature. Then, together, we can let the good times grow.

We're getting all up in the holidays!

We’re your one-stop-seasonal-shop with our beautiful Christmas trees, unique holiday decorations, fresh greenery and wreaths, gorgeous holiday container drop-ins, gifts and more!

When you want gorgeous holiday entryways, we have options…

Our Pre-built Holiday Drop-ins

Our convenient, beautifully-arranged paper mache containers of lush, fresh-cut evergreens and holiday trimmings drop right into your existing porch, patio and landscape containers. It’s instant holiday decor and curb appeal! And they’ll continue to look great well after the holidays, too.

Our Custom-Designed Container Services

Looking to make a bigger statement with your entryway? Book your custom container design with Laura and she’ll create stunning, show-stopper looks for your holiday home.

Join us for our informative (and free) seminars with gardening & plant gurus!

Pruning in the Landscape
with Garden Guru Sean


✂️ Seminar is FREE but registration is required due to limited space

Pruning hardy landscape plants such as trees and shrubs is often one of the more challenging tasks for the home gardener, but it doesn’t have to be!

Join us for this informative get-together where Sean will explain:

  • How, and more importantly, when to prune or trim your deciduous and evergreen flowering shrubs such as roses, hydrangeas, azaleas and rhododendrons for maximum flower power and optimum shape.
  • Pruning and shaping of small trees and plants commonly used for hedging and screening will also be discussed.
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