Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. * Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. * Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.* Closed on Mondays

1515 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth, FL--just south of West Palm Beach. (Click for Map) * info@ameliascapes.com * 561-540-6296

Weekend & Holiday 
Red-White-&-Blue Sale
Saturday, July 30th thru Wednesday, July 4th
 
 20% OFF
    Red Pentas 1g  
  White Select Matri Pots 
  Blue Daze 1g
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Eco-bamboo pots are also on SALE 
Fluted 7" are $1
Standard 5" are $0.50 
  
Have a happy and safe Independence Day

Please take a moment to think about our troops who are not able to be home on this holiday
 
HOLIDAY SCHEDULE 
Open normal hours Saturday and Sunday
Closed on Monday as always  
Open 9-3 on Wednesday July 4th

June, 2018 Newsletter

The Versatility of Coleus

As the summer heat, humidity, and rains become a constant factor, many gardeners add coleus to their pots and landscape beds for bursts of colors and easy maintenance. Originally from Malaysia and southern Asia, many of the new varieties available can thrive in our South Florida climate. Generally thought of as an annual planting, coleus can become a two-to-four year perennial by keeping the blue flower spikes pinched out. They take the normal amount of water, and they are a wonderful "wilter" to let you know when they want to be watered. Coleus will average two-to-three feet in height. They are members of the mint family and have the same characteristic square stems. SmartyPlants currently has many varieties with different leaf shapes, sizes, and colors ranging from lime green to burgundy, yellow to red, or several mottled varieties of mixed colors. Coleus are very versatile - use in potted arrangements as either the thriller, filler, or spiller; plant in hanging baskets; use sparingly or heavily in planting beds to add color and texture; and even use in full shade or part sun. If you haven't grown coleus before, now is the time to give them a try. We have 1 and 3 gallon plants available.

Friendly Reminder

June marks the start of hurricane season. Don't be caught off guard by yard chores that can be done now in preparation. Prune back trees and shrubs as necessary. Remove dead stems and branches from all plants. Clean out old fronds from palms. Make sure that any supports or stakes are secured, especially on new trees and larger shrubs. Use, discard, or secure any leftover pesticides, fertilizers or soils. Clean out storage bins or sheds. Doing this now will ease the panic should a storm have South Florida on its path.

May 2018 Newsletter

Mother's Day
Sunday, May 13th
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Family units come in an array of special mixes. Whether mother and daughter, mother and son, sons and daughters with either two moms or two dads, join us this weekend at SmartyPlants to celebrate Mother's Day. We will honor 20% off of any one gift item purchased by the child for his/her mother. Both need to be present to receive the offer.  
SmartyPlants has been busy preparing gift ideas to suit all needs. From plants for a wildflower garden bed to colorful hanging baskets - we have them; scented plants like lavendula, gardenias, or sweet almond - we have them; unusual potted specimen plants like desert roses or Alocasia 'Tiny Dancers' - we have them; good old traditional plants like roses or African violets - we have them. For a more exotic plant enthusiast, we have mounted ferns, bromeliads, or tillandsias on unique plaques and wood pieces. And many many more ideas to complement any home or garden space - we have them! 

  
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Plants that Clean the Air
With NASA's 30th anniversary of their plants-in-space findings being adopted in the educational curriculum, we have been getting many inquiries about plants that help clean the air. Therefore, we have decided to re-write the original article that we did two years ago. 

The study was done by NASA back in 1989, aboard the Space Station. Results provided a list of the best plants for filtering the air in peoples' homes and offices. Toxic agents commonly found in these spaces include benzene, which is found in glues, paints, solvents and detergents; formaldehyde, which is found in drywall, cabinetry, and carpeting; and trichloroethylene, which is found in industrial cleaners and dry cleaning. NASA researchers suggest that efficient air cleaning is accomplished with at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space.

While chrysanthemums top the list of these fabulous air-scrubbing plants, they are not a sustainable crop in South Florida. Others that are available and grow in abundance in our climate include spider plants, Spathiphyllum or Peace Lilies, Boston ferns, Dracaenas, Chamaedorea or Bamboo Palms, Rhaphis or Lady Palms, a wide variety of sansevierias or snake plants, and Aloe Vera, frequently used for sunburn pain. Although most plants prefer to live outdoors, these listed will not mind living indoors while they beautify your space and provide air-cleaning services to boot. 
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Pesky Mosquitos

As pleasant as the ambiance here at SmartyPlants is (or so we are told), we do have cycles of high-mosquito activity, unfortunately. The pests always seem to congregate in the sunny area and especially around the checkout area. To help eradicate these little nuisances, we just purchased a high-powered made-in-USA industrial fogger that arrived today. This will help ensure that your SmartyPlants experience is all that it can be. Thank you for your endurance and patience with these buggers, but after tonight, they are as good as gone! 
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