From the McDonald Garden Center Blog

Our Top 10 Shady Plants in Stock

Today, we're excited to share our top 10 shady plants currently in stock at our year-round locations and garden markets. These annual and perennial plants are perfect for adding color, texture, and vibrancy to those tricky low-light areas of your garden. Plus, we’ve included some handy care tips for each one. Let's dive in!

Our Best Blooms in Stock Now

We are stocked to the max with plants now that we are in spring, which means we have blooms galore! But, which ones should you keep your eye out for this season? In this blog, we are mentioning some of our top blooming beauties from Proven Winners and how to incorporate them into your garden. 

How to Garden with Million Bells

Million bells, also known as Calibrachoa, is a vibrant annual flower that is closely related to petunias. With its small, bell-shaped blooms and cascading growth, million bells is a favorite for gardeners looking to add a burst of color to their landscapes, porches, or containers. In this blog post, we will walk you through everything you need to know to successfully garden with million bells.

The Basics & Beyond, 10 Must-Have Spring Gardening Essentials

As the frost begins to melt and the days become warmer and longer, spring fever begins to set in. It won’t be long until we’ll be able to go outside and dig in dirt once again! If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to begin thinking about and prepping for your spring garden. Whether you're interested in edible gardening, seed starting, or just love to grow flowers, we’re here to help. We've been growing Hampton Roads gardeners for 75 years and our number one goal has always been one thing -- to make you a success in the garden.

Sun-sational Celosia, Featuring Kelos® Fire Celosia

The stunning colors and striking shapes of celosia flowers offer great versatility in the garden. This tender annual remains fearless in the heat of the summer sun and produces an abundance of blooms in dazzling red, yellow, cream, orange, rose, deep magenta, and pink. It will grow in most any type of soil - even heavy clay - as long as they are in full sun. Celosia is available in three different types plumes, crests, or spikes; simply described as plumes of jewel-colored feathers, wrinkly-looking knobs, or elongated cones.


Is your garden looking a bit dull? High temperatures have taken a toll on just about everyone’s garden. But no one needs to finish out the summer with drab outdoor surroundings. There’s a wonderful group of plants that provide late summer color (and into fall) that are not only beautiful but drought tolerant too. Keep in mind when planting any perennials, trees or shrubs at this time of year, no matter how drought tolerant they may be, you’ll need to provide regular watering to get them established. After they have rooted in, you can gradually cut back on watering.