Britton Nursery

Thursday May 6, 2021

O’Toole’s always buy from local growers first. We source many of our perennials from Britton Nursery in Colorado Springs. Britton only grows perennials so they can focus on quality soil and water. Video Tour!

2019 Garden Giveaway Winners!

Wednesday August 14, 2019

Thank you so much to every one who participated in our second Garden Giveaway contest. We had such an amazing turn out – over 70 submissions. Last week, our panel of judges had a nearly impossible task – narrowing down so many beautiful gardens to just a handful of winners. But after much discussion and debate, we are so pleased …

Made in the Shade: Tips for Shade Containers

Tuesday June 4, 2019

A collection of beautiful shade containers can turn that shady corner of the garden or patio into a hidden oasis on a hot summer afternoon. Shade loving plants have a charm and personality all there own – distinct from sunny plants but just as beautiful. Here are a few ideas and tips to help you create your own shady hideaway!How …

African Violets

Wednesday November 14, 2018

African Violets are sometimes called “America’s Favorite Houseplant.” And it’s easy to see why! Their compact size makes them perfect for just about every nook and cranny in your home. Not only that, but they bloom for months and months with a cheerful array of whites, reds, purples or yellows. African Violets have a somewhat undeserved reputation for being a …

Six Unique Fall Bulbs You Should Try!

Thursday October 4, 2018

During fall bulb season, our shop is a lot like an ice cream parlor. Of course, we have everyone’s favorite flavors like grape hyacinths, bearded irisand tulips. These are the “Cookie Dough” of bulbs – always a treat! But every now and then, you might feel like a “Butter Pecan,” or heck, even a “Pistachio” for your fall garden. if …

Cut Flower Garden

Monday August 20, 2018

A bright bouquet of roses or a perfectly arranged centerpiece can completely transform a room. But don’t just settle for flowers on fancy occasions. Planting a cut flower garden is a great way to enjoy fresh cut flowers all season long! But cut flower gardening is a little bit different than growing a regular flower bed. So, here are a …

2018 OToole’s Garden Giveaway Contest Winners

Tuesday August 7, 2018

We want to give a great big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who participated in our very first O’Toole’s Garden Giveaway contest this year. We were bowled over by the response – over 200 submissions! Last week, we convened our panel of judges to decide on the winners. With so many incredible entries, it was hard to pick just a handful …

Ask A Gardener – Pumpkin Flowers

Wednesday July 11, 2018

A lot of people get nervous when they see tons of flowers on their pumpkin vines and no fruit, but rest assured you are right on schedule. Right around mid-summer, pumpkins will usually start to flower in large numbers. But this is only half of the pumpkin-making process. These early bloomers are just the pollen-producing male flowers. Male flowers tend …

Butterfly Bush

Monday July 9, 2018

Butterfly bush is one of the most versatile shrubs in the garden. Sometimes called "Summer Lilac," They’re fast growing, drought tolerant and provide beautiful color all summer long. The taller varieties make great background plantings, accent plants or even informal hedges, while the shorter varieties can fit right into your perennial beds. Their bright sprays of purple, white or pink …