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Fall Veggies & Companion Plants

Plant a mixed vegetable garden

Fall veggies & companion plants are here. Tomatoes (heirloom & hybrid), broccoli, peppers, Swiss chard, pumpkins & more. Companion planting is a time honored gardening tradition. Planting plants that are known to have insecticidal properties (marigolds, zinnias, etc.) will help to keep pests away from your veggies, while plants that are attractive to insects can help to serve as decoys. Large groupings of one vegetable can attract many pests, while mixed gardens are thought to minimize infestations.

A great example of the companion planting principle is the Native American “Three Sister” concept. Corn, beans & squash (pumpkins) are grown together. As the corn stalks grow, beans find support by climbing up the stalk. Beans fix nitrogen in the soil, which provides nutrients for the corn. Squash grows rapidly and the large squash leaves shade out weeds and serve as natural weed block.

Check out this great list of veggie companion plants availability here.

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Get Ready for Fall Migration!

Birdseed Sale!

Time to stock up on birdseed. This is our “Get Ready for Migration” birdseed sale! A great selection that includes both black oil sunflower seed and mixed seeds.

• $5 off 20 Lb Bags of birdseed 
• $2 off 5 Lb Bags of birdseed

This will make our bird friends happy!

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Tree & Shrub Sale

30% OFF Flowering Trees & Shrubs

Get wonderful flowering trees and/or shrubs while on sale! While quantities last. Selection includes:
  • All Crape Myrtles (wonderful assortment of sizes and varieties)
  • Vitex ‘Montrose Purple’
  • Texas Persimmon
  • ‘Little Volcano’ Lespodeza liukiuensis
  • Calliandra haematocephala ‘Red Fairy Duster-Powder Puff’
  • Pampas Grass ‘Ivory Feathers’
  • Select shrubs & more…
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POW! Plant of the Week

‘Mystic Spires’ Blue Salvia

Reg $ 8.99 – NOW $ 6.99 ($ 2.00 OFF) 

‘Mystic Spires’ Blue Salvia is a wonderful, hardy Texas Superstar (as determined by Texas A&M Agrilife Program). A compact and shorter form of the popular ‘Indigo Spires’ Salvia, it produces more blooms over the entire growing season.  The gorgeous blue flowers add considerable impact to the garden. Tolerant of heat and humidity and pests. Height 18-30″. Loves full sun.

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Combo of the Week

Blue, White, Orange & Purple!

Striking color!

‘Mystic Spires’ Blue Salvia, Orange Marigolds, ‘Buddy Purple’ Gomphrena & White Petunias

A colorful combo that features our Plant of the Week (POW), the compact and versatile ‘Mystic Spires’ Salvia that produces an abundance of blue blooms, the striking contrasting Orange Marigolds, the gorgeous tall ‘Buddy Purple’ Gomphrena & the striking White Petunias.  This is a great combination that will look even more fabulous as the plants continue to grow and bloom. Check it out!

For inspiration check out our Combo page here.

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NEW in the Bungalow!

Whimsical Animal Wall Clocks

What a fun way to check the time. These cute animal clocks are handmade using traditional techniques and recycled materials.

Check out what’s New in the Bungalow here.

 

Christmas in August?

Need an Extra Tall Christmas Tree? 

We are placing our Christmas Tree Order at the end of the month! If you would like to pre-order an Extra Large (XL) Christmas Tree, please do so by August 27th! A 50% non-refundable deposit will have to be made in order to secure an order.

The prices are:

Fraser Fir 10-11 Ft – $350.00

Fraser Fir 11-12 Ft – $450.00

Fraser Fir 12-13 Ft – $550.00

Please direct further questions to ops@buchanansplants.com.

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Lecture Series

Join us for great lectures & workshops

  • Saturday, September 6 @ 10:00 am – “Fall Vegetable Gardening” with Urban Harvest. Want to grow collards, broccoli & fall tomatoes? Learn the basics to have a bountiful Fall vegetable garden. The class is free, but we ask that you RSVP here.

Check out our complete Summer Series Event Schedule here.

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Artemesia ‘Powis Castle’

A silver-grey lacy perennial

Artemesia ‘Powis Castle’ is a beautiful silver-gray perennial that grows in billowing mounds of 2 to 3′ and 3-6′ in diameter. The leaves are finely dissected like filigreed silver lacework. It is primarily a foliage plant as it rarely flowers. ‘Powis Castle’ Artemisia has a compact habit and is supposed to be more aromatic than others. It is also known as Wormwood. 

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Here Be Dragons!

Bring a bit of whimsy to your garden

We have a wonderful selection of magical, mythical and spiritual creatures and animals to create a truly unique garden.

Choose from Saints and Crosses, Dragons, Gryphons & Gargoyles, Cats, Turtles, Frogs & more… All new statuary just in from Campania called the ‘Mythicals Collection’.

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See What’s New in
Miniature Gardening

Over a 1,000 figurines & accessories in stock!

In the Bungalow. Come on in and check out our irresistible selection of miniature gardening figures, furniture and accents! We have a newly re-designed our shelves for easy shopping.

Don’t miss the “Miniature Garden Workshop” with Austin Merrell. September 27 @ 10 am. Create your dream garden in miniature. The class is free, you will just purchase what you use in your creation. Please RSVP here,  Workshop is limited to 30.

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Pride of Barbados

A Texas Superstar®

Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) is a subtropical that loves full sun & a well drained soil. Produces fiery red and yellow blooms that are favorites of bees, butterflies & hummingbirds! Check out this link from the Texas A&M Extension Service on this wonderful, heat loving plant!

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Summer Blackout!

Dark Foliage, Contrast, High Style…

Dark foliage adds drama and style to the garden.  From mass plantings that create contrast to individual plants that provide a focal point in the landscape, nothing creates a ‘show’ like dark colored plants. We have a great selection that includes plants such as the ‘Blackie’ Sweet Potato Vine and the ‘Red Star’ Cordyline (pictured). 

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Fall Tomatoes

Heirloom and Hybrid tomatoes are here!

Our first fall shipment of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes has arrived! It’s time to get those tomato starts planted! Choose from a great selection. Check our current availability here.

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Black and Blue Salvia

Hummingbird favorite!

Black and Blue Salvia (Salvia guaranitica) offers a brilliant cobalt blue color that is simply stunning. It is sometimes called anise sage due to its scented leaves.  Blooms summer through fall.  A favorite of hummingbirds, this is an important plant to add to a butterfly and hummingbird garden.

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Bee Friendly Plants!

Help bees & other pollinators! 

Bees & pollinators are a critical part of the ecosystem. Bees, birds, butterflies, wasps, hummingbirds & even bats are pollinators — that is they are really good at spreading pollen around to help plants produce fruit.  If you have fruit trees or a vegetable garden, then you need bees & pollinators to harvest a crop. You can help by creating a bee & pollinator friendly landscape.

Planting pollen, nectar & host plants will attract a variety of butterfly species. Combining nectar & host plants is important to provide both food for adults & young. The caterpillars will munch a bit on the leaves, but it’s OK, the leaves will  grow back. Look for specially marked butterfly plants in the nursery.

We have lots of bee friendly plants, including citrus, Texas kidneywood, almond verbena, basil, salvia, zinnia & more.


Bees in the Bungalow!

Lots to keep bees happy!

Planting a bee friendly garden is the first step in helping our bees & other pollinators. But also consider giving them a home!

The Bungalow has a great selection of artificial houses that are perfect for our native mason bees.

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Hand Blown Glassware

Fluid perfection!

Gorgeous Hand Blown Glassware. Add a artistic punch to any tabletop with our variety of hand blown glassware vases and bowls. Each of these pieces is a unique work of art that would pop alone or filled with fresh flowers from your garden.

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GawdyBobbles

Unique wearable art

GawdyBobbles has blended leather, gem, and metal pieces to create beautiful jewelry that is both natural and edgy. Take the guess work out creating a stack of bracelets that make a statement.The bracelet combinations can be worn in many configurations to suit any mood and style. Pair your arm candy with any of the stunning leather necklaces for a complete look.

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Rowallan of Scotland

Handcrafted style

Rowallan of Scotland (pictured) is known for handcrafting elegant pieces designed with the Scottish philosophy that beauty and function don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Beautiful and practical, the genuine Saffiano leather ensures that these refined pieces are scratch and stain resistant. Classic hardware elements truly shine against the backdrop of each richly hued creation.

Check out what New in the Bungalow here.

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Milkweed

Butterflies need it!

Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica). Milkweed is critically important to Monarch Butterflies as both nectar & host plants. It has brilliant exotic bicolor blooms above long slender foliage. Loves full sun.

Every garden should have at least one!

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Tropical Perennials

They love the summer heat!

There are many tropical & sub-tropical perennials that are perfect for Houston.  Tropicals are a striking addition to the landscape or container garden. Some might need a bit of protection when the thermometer dips, but will come back. Choose from many favorites such as Bougainvillea, Gingers, Hibiscus, Jathropha, Plumeria, Variegated Tapioca & more. See our current selection here.

 

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Plumeria 

 A tropical favorite — in bud and bloom!

We have a great selection of Plumeria (also called Frangipani) from one of the top growers in the country. You will love this super fragrant tree-like bloomer from which Hawaiian leis are made. Choose from a great number of color varieties.

Plumerias and most other tropicals bloom and grow best with regular additions of fertilizer. Use Nutri Star Plumeria Food or water soluble BR-61 Fertilizer to keep them happy, healthy & blooming!

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Summer Herbs & Veggies

They love the warm weather!

There are many herbs & veggies that are happy in our hot summer weather. Plant an herb garden with summer loving plants such as basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, mint & more. You can also get many veggies started for summer & early fall harvest – including peppers, melons, squash & more. Also a good time to get seeds, including corn, beans & pumpkins.

Check out our veggie availability list here.

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Any Pot Can be a Fountain!

Enjoy cool, cool water …

Cool off with a NEW water feature! Create your own one-of-a-kind fountain. We have everything it takes, from a fabulous selection of pottery in akk sizes, shapes and colors, as well as the reservoirs & pumps and advice on how to build it.

For more info on ‘How to Build a Pot Fountain’.

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Autumn Sage 

Hummingbird & Butterfly Magnet!

Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) is a fabulous summer bloomer and Texas native that is loved by pollinators & hummingbirds. Hardy & drought tolerant, this perennial is approximately 2-3 ft. tall, with small, minty aromatic green leaves. Blooms spring to frost. Loves sun & heat!

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Hummingbird or Fire Bush

Hummingbird & Butterfly Magnet!

Hummingbird Bush (Hamelia patens). A hummingbird & butterfly favorite. Brilliant orange tubular blooms open to a yellow trumpet shape spring through fall. Leaves are tinged with red as the weather cools in the fall. Loves a sunny spot. Available in compact & standard sizes.

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Mosquito Control

Are you prepared for mosquito season?

We have some great products!

  • The Patio Egg is a safe & effective way to deter mosquitoes & other biting insects from your patio and other outdoor living areas. DEET free.
  • Amazon Lights is made from aromatic essential oils of Brazilian Andiroba, citronella, rosemary & thyme. Available in incense sticks, cones & candles.
  • EcoSmart Mosquito Fogger organically kills & repels mosquitoes & other flying insects.
  • Mosquito Bits & Dunks are a biological control for mosquitoes in the larval development stage. Add to ponds, standing water, pots, saucers, etc.
  • Mosquito Beater granules are nontoxic, biodegradable & pleasantly scented. Contain geranium oil, cedar oil, lemon grass oil, garlic & citronella oil.
  • Garlic Spray is considered an effective mosquito repellent.
  • Nature’s Guide Cedar granules repels mosquitoes by overloading their senses.

Find more information on mosquito control from ‘The Dirt Doctor’ Howard Garrett here.

 

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Summer Fruit

These trees are setting fruit now!

Great selection of heat loving, fruiting trees. Choose from:

  • Figs are a long-time tradition in the South. There are many varieties that are well adapted to our hot & humid Gulf coast climate. These include bountiful producers such as ‘Celeste’ (pictured), Alma, Brown Turkey, LSU Gold & LSU Purple.
  • Pomegranates are perfect to plant in the landscape & producing the anti-oxidant rich fruit. Great varieties for Texas include Garnet Sash, Kandahar Early, Red Silk & Texas Pink.
  • Papaya is a great fast-growing tropical fruit. The Red Lady Papaya is a high-producing, semi-dwarf Mexican variety.
  • Olive trees do grow here and will bear olives.  Try Arbequina & Pendolino varieties, which are self-fruiting, but two is always better than one.  
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After the rain …

Snails, slugs & …

We loved the rain! Our trees, shrubs & lawns are happy. But the rain also brought out many rain related problems for the gardener. In particular, this is the perfect environment for fungal plant problems, mosquitoes and lots of snails & slugs.

Sluggo Snail and Slug Control contains iron phosphate that breaks down into organic fertilizer and can be used in the garden and around pets and wildlife. Effective for the control of all slugs & snails.

The Dirt Doctor: Slugs & Snails: Descriptions and Organic Control

The Dirt Doctor: Slug & Snail Control

 

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Esperanza

Loves sun & heat!

Esperanza (Tecoma stans), also known as Yellow Bells is a fabulous Texas favorite. The ‘Gold Star’ Esperanza is a Texas Superstar. A spectacular heat-tolerant Texas native with striking masses of golden yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers. Highly pest resistant. Loves full sun. Blooms from early summer until frost. Height: 4′ x Width: 3′. Wonderful in containers to accent entry and patio, also in mass plantings.

 

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Star Jasmine

Fragrance for the garden! 

We love star jasmine! Fragrant blooms are simply intoxicating. This wonderful climbing evergreen vine has fragrant white star shaped flowers in the spring.

Great for a trellis or a fence. Or on an obelisk in a pot! Check out our Combo of the Week selection (below).

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Bungalow Gift Wrap Service

We make it easy

The Bungalow now offers a variety of on-site gift wrapping services to go with your perfect gift. Choose your wrap and your bow and we will make your next purchase beautiful and gift ready. 

 

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Create a Cool Water Haven

Visit the new, restocked aquatic plants department — also known as “The Pond”.

Water gardening is a wonderful way to create a relaxing spot in the garden. Adding a water feature is easy! You can create a small pond, bog or rain garden. A water garden is great for attracting wildlife, birds and butterflies. Build a full pond or use a simple water bowl to hold a few plants for a cool water feature.  If you need help – our staff will be happy to get you started with the right plants, pumps, containers and information.

Choose from a great selection including Lotus, Water Lilies, Black Madras & more. Check out our complete water gardening availabilities here.

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Pentas

A Butterfly & Hummingbird Favorite!

Every garden should have one (or more). Pentas are a favorite Houston plant. An excellent source of nectar for hummingbirds & butterflies. Available in a wide array of colors – from red to pink to purple to white. Love full sun, but can take some shade.

Choose from the taller Starcluster Pentas (18-22″) or the dwarf Graffiti Pentas (6-9″). They look the same, so be sure to check the tags!

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Insect Repelling Plants

Help Keep Mosquitoes Away!

There are many plants that have insecticidal properties that can help repel a variety of insects, including mosquitoes. Although there is some discussion as to their level of effectiveness, we think they look great in the garden.

Suggested plants include: Ageratum, Basil, Catnip, Citronella Geranium, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Marigold, Mexican Mint Marigold (pictured), Peppermint & Rosemary.

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Lantana

Loves the heat!

A Texas favorite! It is a colorful, hardy flowering perennial that loves full sun, is drought tolerant, provides brilliant color spring through fall, attracts butterflies, hummingbirds & many other pollinators, is a great source of berries for many birds.

Choose from an amazing selection! 

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Beneficial Insects

They will help you!

Beneficial insects are voracious predator bugs that can help keep the bad insect population in your garden down, preventing & minimizing plant damage. Beneficial insects do not harm people, plants, or pets. Beneficials we have in stock: Live Lady Bugs, Praying Mantis Eggs & Beneficial Nematodes in store. You can also purchase certificates at Buchanan’s for Earthworms, Mason Bees, Lacewings & Trichogramma wasps to get your insects delivered ASAP directly to you – with free shipping!

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