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!

All About Coneflowers: A Perennial Summer

Coneflowers are probably the most popular summer flowers there are, especially here at McDonald Garden Center. They don’t only come in a slew of colors, but are also important pollinator plants, add height to your garden, and are great cut flowers. In this blog, we’re looking into the attributes of coneflowers and how to care for them so you can add some to your garden (even if you have a few million of them already).   

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.

FALL-ing for Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses are one of the toughest, undemanding, waterwise and quite possibly one of the most practical but under-appreciated perennials in the garden. Large or small, grass brings rich texture, contrast and movement to most any space throughout all seasons. Ornamental grasses are beautiful in beds, borders, on slopes, or in containers. Unlike flowers and shrubs, perennial grasses don’t need much pampering. Once established, they are typically drought tolerant and need little to no fertilizing. In spring, cut them back, right above the root line, to encourage fresh new growth.


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.