Uncle Mike’s Top 5 Cold Crop Veggies

Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’ :  So good looking you won’t want to eat Bright Lights. This chard mix has stems in gold, pink and crimson. Harvest young for a sweeter taste, great for salads.


Collard Greens ‘Georgia’: A great performing collard green with a sweet, cabbage-like flavor. Leaves are ruffled and blue-green and taste best when young.


Broccoli ‘Pacman’: The home gardener favorite. Produces large 8″ heads and continues to yield loads of smaller, tender heads on side shoots. Sautee in olive oil and garlic!


Kale ‘Toscano’: A Lacinato or “dinosaur” type kale. The extra large and dark green leaves are savoyed (blistered) and have a more tender taste than regular curly-leaved kales.


Lettuce ‘Mesclun Mix’: The French approach to salad greens–“mesclun” means “mixture.” Early sweet lettuces and tangy, tender greens are pre-mixed to grow together for easy cutting.

Celebrate Earth Day!

earthday-1While Earth day is April 22, everyday is Earth Day at Mahoney’s. Our commitment to finding you the best products to beautify and sustain our earth has been our passion for over 50 years. From organic lawn-care programs to locally-grown plants, tasty edibles, natives and so much more, here are a few tips and ideas to celebrate earth day right at home.

1. Grow your Own

What’s better than picking fresh veggies and herbs from the garden? Grown locally in our Woburn greenhouses, our house brand of Uncle Mike’s herbs and veggies are grown specifically for the best performance in our Boston area climate. We’ve selected the best varieties for top-performance. Non-GMO and grown with Integrated Pest Management (the good bugs eat the bad bugs) so you can feel good about growing organically at home.

2. Clean the Air

Airborne toxins such as formaldehyde, TCE and benzene are present in every home and office. That’s because these compounds are found in many products that we use everyday: paints, varnishes, plastics, rubber, insulation and particleboard. These all contribute to the quality of the air you breath. Houseplants like bamboo palm, ficus trees, and Chinese evergreens fight air pollution by absorbing these harmful contaminants. NASA researchers discovered that certain houseplants can reduce indoor pollutants by 87 percent in 24 hours! So, why not add several plants to your home and office? You’ll love the look and breathe easier too.

3. Feed organically

From lawn-care to plant care, we’ve been sourcing fertilizers and soil amendments before “organic” was even a thing. We pride ourselves in stocking the most contemporary chemistry out there in our lawn and garden products. From seaweed-based Neptune’s Harvest fertilizers to organic 4-step lawn programs, lobster compost soil amendments and chicken manure- our buyers are always focused on bringing you the best in organic garden care.

4. Plant a tree

Trees help purify the air, give wildlife a home, and could save big on energy costs. Large deciduous trees planted on the east and west sides of your home create shade from the hot sun and reduce summer air conditioning costs.

5. Bee Friendly

Plant pollinator friendly annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs to create a haven for pollination in your yard. Flat or shallow blossoms such as daisies, sunflowers, alyssum, zinnias, asters, petunias, echinacea, butterfly bush and verbena will attract the largest variety of pollinators because the nectar is easily accessible. Bumblebees are also attracted to flowers with hidden nectar spurs such as larkspur, monkshood, monarda, columbine, and snapdragons.

6. Go Native

By planting native trees, shrubs, and perennials you are restoring part of the natural ecology that is a haven to wildlife and pollinators. Aside from regular watering during their first season, most native plants require little maintenance.

7. Don’t forget to Mulch!

Usually we mulch our gardens each year because it polishes up the appearance of your yard. Did you know? Mulching helps conserve water resources. Mulch insulates the soil, maintaining soil moisture and preventing rapid evaporation from the hot sun so your plants are healthier and you water more efficiently.



Early Blooming Spring Perennials

Who isn’t excited by the first green shoots brave enough to poke their snouts out of the soil at winter’s end? Nothing lifts our spirits like the first blooms of spring. Imagine flowers in March, April and May while you wait for the glory of summer to come. Here are some easy care early bloomers that once planted, will delight you every spring for years to come. In addition to their flowers, these plants offer interesting foliage, bringing texture and color to the garden throughout the growing season. Get a jump start on the flowering season in your garden!

Helleborus (Hellebore)

Hellebores thrive in rich, well-drained soil in part-sun or dappled shade. The species Helleborus niger (also known as the Christmas rose) is the earliest to bloom, with flowers appearing as early as February/March. The species Helleborus orientalis, or Lenten Rose, has been used in breeding efforts, resulting in the beautiful hybrids we know today. Plants are clump forming with thick evergreen hand-shaped leaves. In late winter the flower spike tops the leaves, branching out to produce a cluster of silver-dollar sized flowers. Each flower remains in bloom for 3 months or more. We use the term “flower” loosely as the flower is actually a modified calyx and it is this feature that accounts for such a long period of bloom. But putting the botanical nomenclature to the side, it is the flower colors of the Helleborus hybrids that enthrall. They range from black-purple to red-purple, to pink, to white and even yellow. Many have speckles of different colors in the center and at the edge of the flowers. Varieties such as ‘Pink Frost’ and ‘Love Bug’ are just a few of the many choices you will find. While hellebore foliage remains evergreen, some leaves may be damaged by harsh winter conditions. We suggest waiting to remove the old foliage until just before the flowers emerge. As you are enjoying the long blooming period, the plant will push new foliage with warming temperatures. Hellebores have the added benefit of being deer resistant.

Pulmonaria (Lungwart)

Pulmonarias are a wonder in the woodland garden and can be counted on to bloom soon after the Hellebores. Flowers appear in profuse clusters that can be blue, pink or white, and frequently two or more colors will be found on a single plant. The flowers often start out one color and fade into another color as the flower ages. The whole effect is lovely. A distinctive feature of Pulmonaria is its foliage: rich green with silver spots. Recent introductions have predominantly silver leaves that shimmer in a shady setting. Plants grow approximately 9 to 12 inches tall and will spread to two feet. They perform best in shady, moist soil that is rich in organic matter. ‘Raspberry Splash’, ‘Mrs. Moon’ and ‘Trevi Fountain’ are just three varieties of this charming and hardy plant. And like the Hellebores, Pulmonarias are deer resistant.


Brunnera macrophylla

Brunnera is considered by many plant aficionados to be one of the most attractive plants for the shade garden. A clump forming plant, its foliage has a rich green base overlaid with a silver crackle finish. The baby blue flowers appear in early to mid-spring and resemble forget-me-nots.

Brunnera prefers moist conditions and soil that is rich in organic matter. A mature plant reaches 12 to 18 inches in height and up to 2 feet in width. Wonderful new varieties have become available in the last few years. ‘Jack Frost’ was named Perennial Plant of the Year in 2012. The leaves of ‘Looking Glass’ are almost solid silver. ‘Silver Heart’ forms a clump of very thick, heart-shaped leaves that are a shimmery silver with green edging and veining. No matter the variety, people never fail to stop and ask about Brunnera when they see it in a garden.


Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

Truly a classic, old fashioned Bleeding Heart, Dicentra spectabilis remains an essential plant in any garden. Its light green foliage is deeply cut and lobed, and its stems are fleshy. Flowers appear in chains of puffy pink petals with white tips. They dangle from stems that stand above the foliage. A mature plant will be 2 to 3 feet tall and as wide. It is also available in a white flowering form, Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’. A relatively new variety, ‘Valentine’ offers the same charms as the species but with arching spikes of elegant cherry-red, heart-shaped blooms with white tips held on dark burgundy stems. Dicentra eximia (Fringed Bleeding Heart) is a shorter growing species with blue-green foliage that is deeply cut and fern-like. Flowers are rose pink to red. It is native to the eastern United States. A west coast native, Dicentra formosa is similar to Dicentra eximia. It has narrower flowers and longer, more curved outer petal tips. Dicentra formosa ‘Luxuriant’ and ‘King of Hearts’ are especially attractive cultivars.

Aquilegia (Columbine)

Aquilegia plants have an airy appearance, with small, rounded leaves and tall flower stalks that hold bellshaped blooms above the foliage. Each flower has 5 petals that flare out from the base, surrounded by a collar of 5 larger sepals. The long, nectar holding spurs arch backward out of the flowers, making the flowers popular with hummingbirds and bees. Petals and sepals come in a variety of colors and combinations, in shades of light blue, pink, purple, red, white and yellow. Aquilegias relish dappled shade and love deep, rich soil. Columbines have a reputation for going dormant in the summer but if kept watered after flowering, the elegant foliage will last into the fall. The Swan Series offers a lovely range of colored flowers with long-spurs. Some varieties in the series are solid colored, while others are bi-colored. Stunning in the garden! Here’s an interesting note: the name Aquilegia comes from the Latin word for eagle, in reference to the flower’s five spurs which purportedly resemble an eagle’s talon.

What’s In Store: April 21, 2017

Here’s a sneak peek video of what you can find in our stores now: Beautiful trees and shrubs in bud and bloom, cold tolerant annuals, fresh succulents, cool-season veggies, beautiful pottery, early-blooming perennials and much more!

Now in: Amazing Succulents and Cacti

Our best selection yet! Fresh, new succulents and cacti are now in. Grown in the warm California sun, they feature beautiful colors and textures with many unique varieties to choose from ( like ghost plant, key lime pie, chocolate soldier, and blue elf…just to name a few!) Find an array of sizes for your terrarium or tabletop designs.

Video: What’s in Store, April 14

Take a peek at what’s in store this weekend. It’s all about color! Festive Easter lilies, hydrangea, regal geraniums, hyacinth, and much more! Please note, supplies and selection will vary at Each Mahoney’s location.


Nothing can make you feel like it’s a fresh new year more than cleaning out the holiday clutter from your home. We use this time to introduce beautiful foliage and flowering plants that remind us of Spring throughout our interior spaces. Visit our greenhouses to find ferns, succulents and an array of tropical houseplants to get you through the doldrums of winter.  We love incorporating these plants into glass vessels and pottery that enhance your interior decor and give you a personal sense of well-being.