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If you are looking for a Mother’s Day gift that will give your mom joy, Marvin Gardens can help you and save you a little money at the same time.

Mention this blog post at checkout and receive 10% off select perennials between now and Mother’s Day!

Perennials make great gifts as they will continue to bloom year after year. They’ll even come back each spring right around Mother’s Day – it’s like the gift that keeps on giving!

If mom is in the process of planning her garden for the season, know that perennials will make an awesome addition to her outdoor space. Why?

  • There’s a wide variety of perennials out there, each of which bloom in different ways and at different times.
  • By picking perennials that flower at different times throughout the year you can give the gift of flowers all growing season.
  • Perennials such as irises grow bigger year to year, the ability to dig them up and separate them means a gift that keeps on giving.
  • Some perennials have attractive foliage so even when not fully bloomed, they’re still absolutely beautiful!
  • Mom doesn’t need a large space for a garden. Some perennials can even flourish in pots.

Come on in and visit us at our new Marvin Gardens location. We can help you pick the perfect perennial for your mom.

Mention this blog post at checkout and receive 10% off select perennials between now and Mother’s Day!

Signs to Look For That Indicate You’re Over-Watering Your Garden

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Sometimes the simple task of watering your garden can turn into a classic case of too much of a good thing. Proper garden design takes into account the critical role water plays in the survival of plants. All gardeners learn early on to be aware of the dire consequences of insufficient water. This concern with avoiding under-watering and its consequences sometimes results in a temptation to be over-attentive and water too much.

Over-watered plants are basically suffocated: excess moisture in the soil prevents the absorption of vital oxygen. Unfortunately, the early visible cues of over-watering are often very similar to the symptoms of under-watering. Over-watering can result from simply applying too much water too often, or it can be a consequence of faulty garden design that provides inadequate drainage and results in excess water retention in the soil.

Over-watering requires immediate corrective action to avoid plant death. Here are a few of the visual signs of over-watering:

  • Yellowed lower leaves on the plant.
  • A wilted or sagging appearance.
  • Stunted root growth and/or rotting roots.
  • Failure to thrive in the growing cycle.
  • New leaves turn brown quickly.
  • Algae growing in the soil causing a green appearance.

If you notice these signs in your plants, assess your watering habits to know if you need to simply water less or if you need to address an issue with your garden design.  Share your own tips for maintaining a healthy garden on our Facebook page!

New Garden Elements Arriving Daily at Marvin Gardens

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This teak driftwood rhino is a fabulous example of the specialty pieces you'll find at our shop!

You guessed it – May is one of our favorite months of the year here at Marvin Gardens! As our clients are getting their gardens primed and ready for spring blooms, we are busy making sure that our shop is stocked with one of a kind garden elements that complement those blooms like nothing else.

We already shared with you how our selection of custom cast iron urns is second to none, but we also take the same approach to the entire inventory at our shop. To create a unique garden, you need unique garden décor, so we search high and low for these one of kind pieces. We’re also thrilled to custom design and custom make pieces to suit your garden perfectly. And since new pieces are arriving daily, every time you stop in for a visit you’ll find new inspiration.

If you have an eye for outdoor style or you’d like to learn more about it, we invite you to experience Marvin Gardens this spring!

Getting Creative with Bingo and Letter Balls!

Who says that a garden should only be flowers? To us, a garden is an environment full of all your favorite things. It’s an opportunity to showoff your creativity and design a space that includes things you won’t find in any other home.

Bingo Balls

One of our favorite ways to add detail to this sort of design with our Bingo Balls and Letter Balls currently in stock at Marvin Gardens! These charming letters can be combined to spell out a favorite phrase, garden description, or even plant label. They also provide a lovely arrangement in just an antique bowl.

Bingo Balls

Can you think of any other ways to display these letter balls? With our creative readers, we’re sure you can come up with several ideas!

Bingo Balls

These little pieces of décor are a fabulous ways to add expression to your home and to make it easier for you, we’ll even ship them directly to you. To learn more about these and our others garden products, simply contact Marvin Gardens by calling 203-544-2020.

Delightful Succulent and Sedum Assortments to Boost Garden Style

In every garden there are certain plants that tend to draw all of the attention. In some areas of the garden, it could be the bright, vibrant plants. In others, it’s the plants that have a unique, intricate look. Many of these arrangements are often succulent and sedum arrangements. As you can see from the images below, the look created with these beautiful plants is a brilliant one.

Succulent and Sedum Assortment

Succulent and Sedum Assortment

Succulent and Sedum Assortment

Our newest batches of succulents are quite impressive aren’t they? When you stop by Marvin Gardens to peruse the selections, our team will even pot them for you in your favorite faux bois or iron container while you continue browsing.

We will also be making a presentation on April 18 on “Succulent Arrangements in Stone Containers” for the New Canaan Beautification League at the New Canaan Nature Center – be sure to mark your calendars to learn more about using these plants to boost your garden style.

As we get ready for a season full of gardening and planting, have you had a chance to stop by our shop yet? Our newest pieces are flawless and we look forward to sharing them with you!

Delighted to Become a Part of Hiden Galleries!

This year is all about new opportunities for our team here at Marvin Gardens! Already this year we have been delighted to continue sharing our love for bringing together distinctive and intriguing elements for home designs that transcend traditional trends. In support of our efforts to continue to expand our collections and make them available to you, you will soon find Marvin Gardens at Hiden Galleries in Stamford, Connecticut.

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Hiden Galleries offers guests a wonderful opportunity to find truly unique elements for their homes.

Within the antique district of Stamford, Hiden Galleries (47 John Street, Stamford, CT) is the premier location for lovers of all things antique and vintage. The 48,000 square foot showroom houses 275 antique and artisan dealers offering some of the finest decorative furniture, artwork, and garden pieces in the tri-state area.

Marvin Gardens has had the distinct opportunity of becoming a part of Hiden Galleries and will soon offer our products at Booth #1424. Our location will evoke the conservatory style setting with both the indoor and outdoor living pieces that we’re known for. You’ll find plenty of cast iron urns, vintage and antique garden element, as well as patio furniture!

Over the next week we will be moving into our newest location and sharing all the updates with each of you! Once we get settled in, we hope you will all join us in celebrating this exciting addition by stopping by for a visit!

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Create a Garden Defined By Your Style

gardenThere’s something to be said for the remarkable gardens that take your breath away. Have you ever experienced one? These are gardens that combine unique design attributes with a flawless choice of plants to accent the garden’s style. To create a garden of your own that resembles this deluxe level of detail, now is the time for you to begin your brainstorming! Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Begin by drawing up a site plan. This is where your brainstorming efforts are put to paper! Sketch out ideas for plant beds, borders, and any accents you might like to have.

Next, choose the right plants. First think of your favorite plants. Chances are, since your favorite plants reflect your personal style, they will probably suit your garden style well. Also consider the textures, colors, blooming periods, and shapes of these plants, ensuring that they complement each other well.

Finally, head to Marvin Gardens and choose some design elements to showcase your plants. Our urns, planters, and trellises to name a few, are an ideal way to finalize the style of your garden.

For more garden inspiration, plan a trip to Marvin Gardens early! Contact us by calling 203-544-2020 today.

Don’t Forget to Plan for the Garden Essentials!

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Do you have any ideas about what unique pieces you might like to add to your garden this year?

Have you begun planning for your spring garden yet? Though it certainly doesn’t feel like spring temperatures, the season will be here before you know it! This time of the year is always an exciting for us here at Marvin Gardens because of the upcoming garden shows as well as the approaching warmer season. For our readers, it also means that it’s time to start planning for your own spring landscape additions! Planning for you garden isn’t at all a chore, it’s something to look forward to.

First, begin with the basic garden essentials. Of course this year at Marvin Gardens, we will continue to bring you beautiful, large art forms to provide your garden with its staple elements. We will also continue to bring you our classic and traditional cast iron urns and statuary. These crucial pieces provide you with the building blocks for creating any dream garden, whether it be formal, country, eclectic, or contemporary in style.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing more with you about the unique and vintage garden accessories we’ll be bringing you soon! And as we mentioned, take this time to consider how you make your landscape more interesting and dynamic. Feel free to visit Marvin Gardens on Facebook for a little inspiration while planning!

Finalize Last Minute Gifts at Marvin Gardens!

With the holidays right around the corner, our team at Marvin Gardens has been busy bringing you the finest garden décor and modern accents available. We’ve also enjoyed being out and about in town sharing our favorite pieces with neighbors and local businesses and of course, spending time with each of you!

Hopefully you’ve finished up your holiday shopping and can take the next few days to relax. But if you still have a few last minute gifts to pick up, don’t worry – we have you covered! Our shop will be open until tomorrow, December 23rd.

We also wanted to take a moment to say “Thanks!” to our amazing clients, readers, and team members for all the support throughout the year. Working with a dedicated team and eager clients makes our job enjoyable and allows us to take our passion for design to an entirely new level.

From our team to yours, we’d like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday!

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Winter Care Tips for Your Outdoor Plants

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Caring for you plants now will ensure that during the spring season, you'll have a flourishing garden!

When the holiday season passes, get ready for the true New England winter weather to set in. While we take the steps to keep our homes well-maintained and warm this season, make sure to protect your outdoor plants as well. Last week, we shared with you how to care for your houseplants during winter, but how do you plan to care for your outdoor favorites as well? Fortunately, the process is simple. Just follow these easy winter care tips to keep your plants blooming and brilliant for next spring!

  • For shrubs or small trees that are newly planted, create a cocoon of course burlap to cover the plant from top to bottom.
  • If you’re worried about a heavy snow or ice pulling the plant over, add a few tall tomato stakes to help support the plant before wrapping it in burlap.
  • For most perennials, simply protecting the crown of the plant is sufficient. Using a glass dome accessory called a cloche can be especially helpful for this.

Then, just in time for spring, uncover your plants and ease them out into the fresh, warm air! You’ll be surprised at how impressive the blooms will be and how Old Man Winter couldn’t touch them. For more winter garden inspiration, visit Marvin Gardens on Facebook!


Source and Image via Fine Gardening