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Celebrate the earth!

Friday, April 18 – Tuesday, April 22

Do something good for the earth! Plant a tree, recycle & save water.

  • Free tree seedling with purchase! Seedlings are in 4″ deep pots. Selection includes Pawpaw, Redbud, Red Maple, Pin Oak & Bald Cypress. (Available while supplies last.)
  • Save 20% on Rain Barrels and Composters.


A Springtime Classic

Hydrangeas are great for a shady spot in the garden. Give them morning sun, afternoon shade in well-draining, acidic soil and they will be happy. Choose from our native oakleaf hydrangeas (pictured), and many more, including: Endless Summer, Blushing Bride, Nikko Blue, Penny Mac, Geoffrey Chadbund, Silver Blue, ‘Ellen Huff’ Oakleaf and Oakleaf Hydrangeas.

We also have lovely, giftable, florist-quality hydrangeas for the home in bloom in the greenhouse.



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, Black Majic Colocasia, Blue Moneywort, Cyperus, Giant Papyrus, Hornwort, Horsetail Reed, Mare’s Tail, Miniature Cattail, Ogon Sweet Flag, Red Stem Lizard’s Tail, Star Grass, Yerba Mansa & Zebra Rush.

Plant Of the Week: Pentas

A Butterfly & Hummingbird Favorite — save $2

Regular Price $8.99 – ON SALE – $6.99

Pentas is this week’s Plant of the Week (POW).

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!



Saturday, April 19, 8:30am

Open to children 6 and under!

Great fun for all!


Combo of the Week

Butterflies & Hummingbirds will love this combination!

Our Combo of the Week features Black and Blue Salvia, Pentas, Moss Verbena, Vinca & Calibrachoa. This is a vibrant combination of blooming plants that will provide constant color through the summer & into fall. The Black & Blue Salvia adds height & an abundance of blooms, while the Pentas have a full, star shaped & more compact form. The Moss Verbena provides additional color & a lighter, airy texture in both blooms & leaves. The Vincas & the Callibrachoa accent the other plants, creating a mix of pink, blue & purple colors.

For additional inspiration, check out our Combo of the Week page.


New in the Bungalow!

Spartina Handbags & Scarves

Inspiration for Spartina handbags and scarves began at a seaside cottage on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. Spartina is named after the native marsh grass that graces the shores of this majestic lush island. Each Spartina handbag features genuine leather and their signature blend of luxurious French linen, a perfect canvas for vibrant color and unique patterns. The richly hued scarves are bamboo woven creating a light-weight fabric that is both sustainable and summer ready. Fall in love with the luxury of Spartina today.

See what’s New in the Bungalow!


Gardener’s Reward Special

April 16 to April 22, 2014

Our Gardener’s Reward Special: Buy a hummingbird feeder, get 1 FREE box of Hummingbird Nectar Mix (value $3.50).

Planting hummingbird friendly nectar plants & setting out hummingbird feeders helps migrating & our resident hummingbirds! The Bungalow is stocked with a great selection of feeders, nectar & books. The nursery is filled with hummingbird nectar plants.

Keep our hummers happy!



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All About Birds!

It’s Springtime & Birds Abound…

The Bungalow is stocked with everything you need to keep your backyard birds happy.

We have a great selection of nestboxes, books, premier bird seed mixes, nectar, bird feeders, nectar feeders & more. Don’t forget to add bird baths & fountains that provide much needed water for birds, butterflies & other wildlife. Plant lots of bird friendly plants & they will come. For more information about birding & our local birds, check out the Houston Audubon Society.


Plants for Birds (& other wildlife)

Create a backyard habitat

Create your own backyard wildlife bird habitat by providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young. For more information on how to create a wildlife habitat, check out this link from the National Wildlife Federation. For a list of our wildlife habitat plants availability, check this link.

It’s spring, so this is the time when baby birds are found on the ground. What to do? Usually all it takes is to provide them with a safe (predator-free) area to let the parents take care of them. Here’s a chart to help you decide.


Coralberry – A Bird Favorite!

Mosquito Control

Are you prepared for Mosquito Season?

It is that time of the year! Here are some products that can help you keep them away:

  • The Patio Egg is a safe & effective way to help deter mosquitoes and other biting insects from your patio and other outdoor living areas. DEET free, it is derived from natural essential oils. It is safe for pets & humans. Deters insects from coming into the area. Perfect for gatherings.
  • Amazon Lights is another mosquito repellent made from the aromatic essential oils of Brazilian Andiroba combined with citronella, rosemary & thyme. Available in incense sticks, cones & candles. Made from sustainably harvested Andiroba seeds from the Amazon rainforest, supporting community trade practices.
  • EcoSmart Products include an organic yard fogger, hose-end mosquito & tick control sprayer & personal repellent spray.
  • Mosquito Bits & Dunks are a biological control for mosquitoes in the larval development stage. Added to ponds & areas of standing water, pots, saucers, etc.
  • Mosquito Beater granules are nontoxic, biodegradable & pleasantly scented. Contain: Geranium oil, cedar oil, lemon grass oil, garlic and citronella oil. (Also available as a spray.)

If you want to institute the ultimate mosquito control, then install a bat house. One bat can eat 2,000 to 6,000 insects in a single night!

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



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.


POW!: Lantana

Plant of the Week

Regular Price $8.99 – ON SALE – $6.99

A Texas favorite! Lantana is this week’s Plant of the Week (POW). 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 including: Dallas Red, Irene, New Gold, Purple Trailing, Salsa, South Beach (Coconut, Coral), Yellow Variegated. Also available in compact varieties including Bandana (Cherry Sunrise, Lemon Zest, Rose), Little Lucky (Hot Pink, Pot of Gold, Red) & Red Flame.


New in the Bungalow!

Michel Design Works

Lush Botanicals! Introducing the Michel Designs bath and body collections! Relax with the the lush aromas of Lemon Basil, the soothing scents of Olive Grove, and the fresh clean notes in Green Meadow. Each collection feature candles, soaps, and lotions made from natural skin soothing botanicals directly from the garden. Lovely for a gift to loved ones or yourself, Michel Designs items are beautifully packaged in keepsake gift boxes with gold foil accents.

See what’s New in the Bungalow!


Empress of the Garden

By Michael Shoup

The “Empress of the Garden” is simply a fabulous rose book. Mike Shoup’s knowledge and storytelling ability, as well as the glorious photographs combine to produce a wonderful book that anyone who appreciates beauty & nature will enjoy.

“Growing roses as landscape plants in Southern gardens for 30 years has given me more insight into their value–and magic–than I could have imagined… They can enhance the garden in many ways, posing as party girls spinning on a dance floor or playing the voluptuous drama queens as they flirt from arbors.”—G. Michael Shoup


Made in the Shade

We have the perfect plants…

Shade gardening is not difficult – as long as you plant the right plants for your light & moisture conditions. We have a great selection of shade-loving plants. Create your own woodland garden by combining different plants for a variety of shade & textures, as well as color. Check out this week’s shade plant availability here.


Blooming Tropicals!

Time to warm up your landscape

Tropicals are hot! Our first tropical shipment is here. Just gorgeous Ixora, Mandevilla, Jatropha, Hibiscus (pictured), Hamelia (Hummingbird Bush), and Bougainvillea are here.

Plumerias are here!  Also called Frangipani, it is the super fragrant tree-like blooming plant from which Hawaiian leis are made.


Vines & Trellises

Go vertical in your garden

Expand your gardening space by going up! Use your existing fence or create a vertical space for the plants with trellises, arbors & obelisks.

New shipments of wonderful vines to plant now. Choose from flowering, butterfly & hummingbird friendly vines such as the bleeding heart vine (pictured), coral honeysuckle, Incense passion vine, Mexican Butterfly vine, Rangoon creeper, Star jasmine & many more. Check our full vine availability here.



Now is the time to fertilize

Feed your plants & watch them grow!

It has been a long, cold winter and your plants are ready to take off. We love to recommend MicroLife 6-2-4 as it is an excellent multi purpose organic fertilizer. It can be safely used on lawns, grass, beds, trees, vegetables & containers. Available in 40 lb bags and 7 lb jugs. MicroLife jugs are also available in Citrus & Fruit, Azalea & Ultra (for Blooming plants and vegetables). Check out the MicroLife Fertilizer Schedule.

Nutri Star Fertilizers are specifically formulated time-release pellets. Available for Hibiscus, Plumeria, Bougainvillea, Crape Myrtles & vegetables.


A Garden Menagerie …

Roosters, hens, chicks …

If you would like to have your own garden menagerie, but live in the city… create your own metal flock. Whimsical & wonderful sculptures of our favorite barnyard animals – from colorful roosters to hens & their chicks. Add a gaggle of geese, some sheep & rabbits, a colorful turkey & more. Check out our new Menagerie in the Garden video here.


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!


Butterfly Gardening

Plant host, nectar & pollinator plants

No matter the size of your garden, you can create a nature-friendly environment. Planting pollen, nectar & host plants will attract a variety of butterfly species such as the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (pictured). Hint: They love passion flowers. 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.  Check out our current availability of pollinator plants here.


Tropical Fruits

Spring Shipment has arrived!

Avocados, mangoes, bananas, papaya, dragon fruit, guava, miracle fruit, lychee, passion fruit and coffee. Houstonians love these exotic fruits because our climate is conducive to tropical plants of all kinds. Some winter protection may be required.  Just find a sunny, protected area. Can be grown in pots or in the ground.  Check out our complete selection of fruiting plants here.


New! Metal Vases

Fluid, natural shapes

Just in! Metal vases, bowls & tea lights. Gold tones on the inside and jet black on the outside, these vases make quite a visual impact. Perfect in a grouping or as a stand alone accent piece. The fluid shape is inspired by nature – think hot volcanic lava flows… Just gorgeous! In the Bungalow.


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


New! Garden Torches

Perfect for a garden party

Just in! These are just beautiful, bright & colorful metal garden torches. Rust resistant, 100% powder coated. Refillable torch canisters will burn 4-6 hours. Brighten up your evening! In the Bungalow!



We Love Natives!

Plant for happy birds & butterflies

Natives are our roots. This is what we love and what we are about! Spring is a great time to get so many plants into the ground, particularly perennial natives. These are the plants that make a difference, they support our native pollinators, birds and so much more.  Choose from a wonderful selection including Giant Coneflower, Gregg’s Mist Flower, Black-eyed Susan, Blackfoot Daisy (pictured) and more.  Check out our complete native plant availability list here.