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Patio Shop

At Scarborough Gardens Patio Shop we have a broad range of products and prices designed to meet your needs. We have the best selection of styles in patio furniture, umbrellas, outdoor heaters, fireplaces, and other patio furnishings.
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Gift Shop Hidden Treasures Gift Shop

Hidden Treasures Gift Shop is a full-service gift store—that focuses on outdoor and indoor living. We have a wonderful selection of gifts that includes jewelry, kitchenware, small kitchen appliances, cards and artwork. Shipping, delivery and complimentary gift-wrapping is also available.
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Welcome to Scarborough Gardens

At Scarborough Gardens you’ll find three complete stores, all in one place! If you are looking for the right plant for your garden or the perfect gift for your friend you’ll find it here.

Garden Guide for August 2016

Use Your Staycation
to Primp Your Garden

If you are one of the lucky ones to enjoy a staycation—don’t despair! Spend time in your garden and reap the benefits this fall. Our handy garden guide will tell you how to keep your garden fresh and colorful. Our featured plant will take you away to the tropics, and our delightful Bonny Doon Farms soaps and lotions will keep you clean and heavenly scented.  What more could you want from a staycation?


Island Beauties for Your Paradise

Tropicana Cannas

This easy to grow plant will be the highlight of your summer garden. The exotic, colorful, large leaves and the HOT orange, red or yellow colors of the flowers will brighten your landscape from summer to fall. It grows best in sun or part sun. It tolerates poor draining, moist soils. Cannas are very cold hardy and can be cut back to 4 inches in late fall when they are finished blooming and the foliage starts to decline. The underground roots will colonize increasing the size of the clump year after year. This enables you to divide and replant it in other parts of your garden. They grow quickly 4 to 6 feet tall. Use them in large containers or in mass in the landscape. Great for near pools, ponds, or in any landscape where you may want an exotic and tropical-appearing accent!


Hidden Treasures Gift Shop Featured Product

Bonny Doon Farm Lotions and Handmade Soaps

This fabulous locally owned company was started in 1972 in in the Santa Cruz Mountains by Diane and Gary Meehan. We have proudly stocked many of their products for nearly 15 years and continue to do so because of the tremendous popularity of this quality product. They specialize in Lotions and Handmade Soaps in various scents that are fresh and calming. One of the most popular scents is Lavender which comes from plants they grow on their own property. Another very popular scent that appeals to all and particularly to men, is Bay Rhum. Two new scents we added to our inventory include Rosemary and Cuore De La Fattoria an Italian Olive Oil Soap Bar. If you are not sure which scent to choose for either yourself or for a gift, a new 3-pack sampler provides the convenience of having a popular assortment to try!


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August Garden Guide


Feed Azaleas, Camellias, Rhododendrons and other acid loving plants this month, or mid-September at the latest, for the last time this year. For best results use Gardner & Bloome Rhododendron, Azalea, and Camellia food. It is also beneficial to put a 1-2 inch layer of Gardner & Bloome Acid Planting Mix over the roots to keep them cool and moist throughout the rest of summer.


Add fresh summer color to take you through the next few months until frost hits. Some low water use perennial plants include Sages, Kangaroo Paws, Rudbeckia, Yarrow, Erigeron, and Lantana. Exceptional annuals that take the heat of summer include Marigolds, Zinnias and Portulaca.


Sow seeds for cool-season veggies near the end of the month. Good choices include radishes, beets, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, kale, and spinach.


Sow Sweet Pea seeds at the end of the month for early winter blooms.


Do your part to keep your garden cleared of dead debris and thick undergrowth of weeds and brush that can be dangerous during the height of fire season. Download our Fire Safety in the Garden Guide which includes a Fire-wise Plant List, as well as other useful tips.


Check plants for insects, and if needed, spray with safe pesticides such as Summit Horticultural Oil, Monterey Neem Oil or herbal-based oils such as Monterey All Natural Mite and Insect Control made from cinnamon, rosemary, mint and sesame oils.


Control slugs and snails to prevent them from laying eggs that hatch in winter. Use Gro Power Pure and Natural Slug and Snail Away Spray made from herbal oils that kill the pests on contact and that has a residue that burns their undersides as they slither over it. For best results, it should be reapplied on a weekly basis for at least three applications.


Divide and replant perennials like as Irises and Daylilies that have finished blooming. Reasons for dividing them include: they’ve have grown too large for their location, or they have had a reduction of blooms this past year.


Cut back leggy petunias by about 1/3 to ½ and then fertilize them with Gardner and Bloome Bud and Bloom fertilizer to help them remain beautiful for several more months.


Chrysanthemums can be cut back to about 12 inches this month to keep them compact and still able to set bud before their bloom time in October. Propagate them by using the cuttings to make more plants for your garden or share them with a friend!


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Water Wisely

We want to encourage plant lovers to garden wisely by following a few important water conserving tips. For more info go to

  1. 1. Spread 1-3 inches of mulch around all plants especially newly planted ones. For each inch of mulch you use, you reduce water usage up to ten percent.
  2. 2. Check your soil for moisture BEFORE watering to see if it is really necessary. Established gardens can often go for weeks without needing water depending on your soil type and the weather.
  3. 3. When you do water, apply it slowly and for an extended period of time. This will help reduce run off and encourage deep roots.
  4. 4. Follow your Water District Rules and Regulations for outdoor water use.
  5. 5. Do not over fertilize with high nitrogen fertilizers. Nitrogen increases soft new growth which then requires more water to support the plant.
  6. 6. Reduce the size of plants by pruning excess growth.