Sweet Peas – The Cream of the Crop

Sweet peas are deservedly popular in southern California. Our long, mild winters are perfect for their growth and flowering. Their powerful, sweet fragrance is something that stays in our minds. In fact, when I ask people why they like sweet peas, they often say something to the effect that they fondly remember […]

By | 2016-02-18T15:15:33+00:00 February 18th, 2016|Floral, Inspiration, Spring|1 Comment

Floral Design Trends for 2015 by Christopher Nichols

It’s that time of year when, after traveling the country, then researching thousands of images and ideas of floral designs from across the globe, I can share some of the emerging trends that have inspired, moved or gave me a moment of pause. In no particular order of importance, here they are… […]

By | 2015-03-18T19:00:11+00:00 March 18th, 2015|Floral, Inspiration|0 Comments

Decorating Trends for Christmas 2014 by Eric Cortina

The Holidays are upon us, and it’s time to start thinking about decorating your home for the Christmas season.  This is the most wonderful time of the year to celebrate with family and friends, and adding greenery and cherished ornaments will add to the memories created. The trends for this Christmas are not brand new, but [...]

Roses & Companion Plants by Laurie Chaffin

I love roses in mixed borders growing happily among annuals, perennials and shrubs.  Companion planting adds so much beauty to the garden and gives year round interest. Tall flower spikes and architectural foliage contrasts beautifully with roses.  I can’t imagine spring without foxgloves and delphiniums among my roses. […]

By | 2014-05-08T22:26:48+00:00 May 8th, 2014|Floral, Gardening|2 Comments

Home Décor Trends for 2014 by Eric Cortina

The beginning of every year I have the opportunity to travel to different trade shows both domestically as well as abroad in Europe.  I look forward to seeing all the new product introductions as well as seeing what the industry is predicting to be on trend for home décor.  Here are some of the top [...]

Spring Floral Palette Trends By Christopher Nichols

“Nostalgic Icon” Blush and Nude Tones: Vintage, Feminine and Soft Reminiscent of the glamorous 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s, this trend pulls from soft shades of “barely there” to “a lighter shade of pale” pinks, which are making this one the most sought after color pallets for 2014.  There is a resurgence of gold and bronze [...]

Plant Pansies Now by Lew Whitney

Now is the perfect time to plant Pansies and their smaller cousins, Violas. Pansies and I have a long history. My Mother, from whom I inherited my love for gardening, planted a long border of Pansies every year. Back in the 1950s she bought them in strawberry pots, the same container in which the berries [...]

By | 2014-02-20T18:09:16+00:00 February 20th, 2014|Floral, Gardening|0 Comments

Anemone Mona Lisa by Lew Whitney

Like many California gardeners, I planted Anemone bulbs for years and enjoyed the cut flowers they provided. At the same time I discovered in florist shops bigger, stronger and better Anemones that my garden could produce. The florist quality Anemones cost about one dollar per stem, so a decent bouquet ran at least $15.00. [...]

By | 2014-01-09T20:10:26+00:00 January 9th, 2014|Floral, Gardening, Landscaping|5 Comments

Eric Cortina’s Favorite Things by Hedda Staines

Roger’s Gardens’ Creative Director, Designer, and Buyer:  Eric Cortina loves to do it all.  His style is constantly evolving, and choosing a few items for this shortlist was a challenge.  Here he shares some of his current favorites that have made it out of the store, and into his home. […]

By | 2013-12-11T22:36:48+00:00 December 11th, 2013|Christmas, Floral, Holiday|0 Comments