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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.

See our bee & pollinator plant availability here.

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Summer Series

Join us for great lectures & workshops this Summer

  • Saturday, July 19 @ 10:00 am – Edible Container Gardening’ with Jessi Bautista of Buchanan’s Native Plants. Concerned about soil quality or space? Learn how to grow herbs, veggies, and even fruit trees in containers!  The class is free, but we ask that you RSVP here.

Check out our complete Summer Series Event Schedule here.

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POW! Plant of the Week

Ligularia (also known as Leopard Plant)

3 gal. Regular $ 29.99. 20% OFF

Ligularia (Leopard Plant)  is a shade loving, well adapted plant. Each plant clump has large, glossy rounded leaves that are topped with stalks of bright yellow daisy-like blooms in the fall. Perfect for a slightly moist, but well-drained site in the woodland garden. Part-shade to shade.

Sale lasts through Tuesday, July 22. While quantities last.

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Combo of the Week

A unique combo!

To celebrate edibles, we have combined a Miracle fruit into our combo selection! 

This week we have added a new twist to the combo. Miracle Fruit, Sweet Basil & Purslane combine to form a unique combination.

Miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum), also known as the miracle fruit, is a plant with a berry that has tomiraculin. So, after eating a miracle fruit berry, everything that you taste afterwards, including sour items like lemons and limes, will taste sweet.

For inspiration check out our Combo page here.

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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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New in the Bungalow!

New fashion & home décor

Check out the new merchandise that is arriving daily. Great selection of gifts, home decor, jewelry, fashion & more. 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

Check out what New in the Bungalow here.

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Summertime is for Gingers!

Gingers Galore

We have a fabulous selection of gingers, many in bloom. Choose from fragrant Hedychiums, Curcumas (including Cardamon spice) & Kaempferias (Peacock gingers).

Check our complete availability of gingers here.  

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Carnivorous Plants

A perfect pet plant!

Forever fascinating carnivores (of the plant kind), Venus Fly Trap, Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia sp.) and Nepenthes Hanging Baskets are absolutely beautiful.

Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia sp.) is native to the Southeastern United States. It is an impressive carnivorous plant of bog areas that has elegant, hollow leaves that are able to trap unsuspecting wasps, flies, beetles and many other insects. (Pictured right.)

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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. Check our current plumeria availabilty here.

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 aproximately 2-3 ft. tall, with small, minty aromatic green leaves. Blooms spring to frost. Loves sun & heat!

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Create a Screen

Need privacy?

Tired of looking at your neighbors? Or worse, them looking at you!  Create a living screen with shrubs & small trees. Our staff can help you find the perfect screening shrub.

Some of the options are bamboo, including the ‘Graceful’ Bamboo (pictured right), bottle brush, ‘Blue Point’ juniper, Red Powder Puff (Calliandra sp.), Cherry laurel, Senna, Sweet Olive, viburnum, Wax Myrtle, yaupon & more.

 

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Blooming Vines

Summer colors..

Gorgeous vines that love summer! Perfect for a trellis, fence or gazebo.

Akebia, Butterfly Pea Vine, Butterfly Vine (pictured right), Coral Honeysuckle, Coral Vine, Evergreen Wisteria, Mandevilla, Mexican Flame Vine (pictured), Pandora Vine, Passion Vine (pictured) & Rangoon Creeper.

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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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Summer Fashion

In the Bungalow…

It feels like summer in the Bungalow! We have some great new fashion perfect for hot weather & style.

  • Summer Tunics
  • Jewelry
  • Tote bags & purses
  • Fashion hats

See what else is New in the BungalowRead more about our fashion items & lines here.

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Plumbago

A perfect summer bloomer!

Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata). The perfect summer plant. Care-free, cascading shrub-like perennial with bright blue phlox-like flowers. Blooms spring to frost. Heat and drought tolerant. Cold tender. Full to partial sun.

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Summer Color

Summer flowering trees

Choose from a wonderful & diverse selection of summer flowering trees & shrubs. It’s a great way to add color to the landscape.

Choose from the intoxicatingly fragrant Almond Verbena, assorted Crepe Myrtles, Coral Bean, Desert Willow, Flowering Senna, Kidneywood, Lespedeza, Magnolia, Jacaranda,  ’Montrose Purple’ Vitex, Pride of Barbados, Retama (Jerusalem Thorn) and Texas Olive Tree.

Check out the Texas Olive trees, Retama and the Flowering Senna in our nursery gardens. They are in full bloom!

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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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Vacation Survival Plan

Planning a vacation?

Worried about your plants? Can’t find a plant-sitter? Don’t panic. We can help with some vacation survival tips, including:

  • Plant Nanny watering products help your potted plants survive by providing a steady moisture source.
  • We suggest that you mulch your outdoor garden beds & trees to keep moisture in (even if you’re not going on vacation).
  • Soil Moist products help plants survive by storing water & releasing it as plants need it.
  • Hippo bags provide slow release of water for your trees.
  • Vacation Anti-drought plant treatment puts your plant into a state of dormancy for up to two weeks or until you resume normal watering.

And, remember to enjoy that vacation!

 

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New Product! Biochar

Add carbon to your soil

Biochar is highly-absorbent carbon-rich and resistant to decomposition, improving soil quality and plant growth while sequestering carbon. It can be used as a soil amendment or supplement before planting, tilled into the soil after planting, used as a top dressing with compost and mulch, or suspended in water and applied in liquid form.

Biochar is inspired by the historical use of charcoal as a soil amendment in the South American Amazon Basin, Terra Preta (dark earth). More info in the Buchanan’s Plant Care Dept.

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Hillhouse Naturals

Fragrance Collections

Hillhouse Naturals began on a family farm in the heart of Kentucky in 1986. Boldly fragrant and beautifully packaged using recycled materials.

  • Bloom fills your home with the aroma of water lily, lotus flower, and vetiver.
  • Fresh Linen evokes the scent of clean laundry dried on the line on a spring day.
  • The Journey collection transports you to a Parisian evening with notes of wildflowers and jasmine.

See what else is New in the Bungalow!

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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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Salvia

A Butterfly & Hummingbird Favorite

Ya gotta love ‘em! So many varieties in all shapes, sizes and colors! 

  • Salvia are happy in full sun & a well drained spot.
  • Blooms from spring into fall.
  • Hummingbirds, butterflies & pollinators love it!

 

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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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Attracting Bees, Butterflies and other Pollinators to your Garden

We need them!

Pollinators are a critical part of the ecosystem. Bees, birds, butterflies, wasps, hummingbirds & even bats are known 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 pollinators to harvest a crop. You can help by creating a bee & pollinator friendly landscape. Check out our current availability of pollinator plants here. Don’t forget to check out our native bee houses in the Bungalow. Bees need homes, too! Pollinators — Blog Post

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