Spruce up your garden with plants the East End loves at East Hampton Gardens

Like the perennials that bloom every year, the avid gardeners of Long Island are back for another season.

One of their prep hotspots in the East End is East Hampton Gardens, a go-to spot for gardeners looking for inspiration, resources and tips to make their spring property sing.

Michael Giannelli, 55, who bought the upscale nursery and shop in 2017 after more than two decades of being a regular customer, says the inventory is specific to what thrives in the area – “plants and materials focused on Hampton”.

Its evergreen customers, mostly avid weekend gardeners, flock to the store’s large selection of David Austin roses, as well as hydrangeas and other perennials. “Our focus color palette in a traditional Hampton garden is blue and white, or purple and white,” he says.

Giannelli’s view of the gardens not only fits the East End, but, he says, fits his personal outlook on life and can be summed up in two words – ‘formally informal. I like a garden that has structure and symmetry,” he says. “I also like to include perennials and different flowers to make it a bit more free and wild.”

Giannelli, who lives a few steps from the shop, says that when he became the owner, he also “became a sort of obsessive gardener. It was my relaxation on the weekend. He got a green thumb thanks to his late aunt Dorothy, who lived in Dix Hills. “Her gardens were really beautiful and she was very supportive of me exploring this hobby when I was a kid,” he says. “I caught the gardening bug watching her.”

Aside from the flowers, East Hampton Gardens offers a personalized service where individual pots are designed and installed in neighboring homes at varying prices. The shop also offers landscaping and “fine gardening” services that are already filling up quickly for the summer. With his crew of four, Giannelli brings a passion for getting hands-on as well as an in-depth knowledge when it comes to growing flowers.

Looking for deer resistant plants that want to turn your hostas into snacks? What flowers thrive in shade? Staff members know the answers and enjoy sharing their expertise.

East Hampton Gardens is filled with items that make great gifts and are designed for receptions and elegant guests. Celebrities including Martha Stewart, Ina Garten and Charlotte Moss even stopped by, Giannelli says.

In April, adorable fuzzy chicks ($19.50) that perch in planters and double as napkin rings are “selling like crazy,” he says. Luxurious Louis Sherry chocolates ($40+) and the boutique’s signature candles ($48) are popular and affordable gifts. The handmade birdhouses, topped with shiny copper roofs, start at $495. Pottery prices start at around $25 and go up to $3,000.

East Hampton Gardens is located at 16 Gingerbread Lane, East Hampton; 631-324-1133, easthamptongardens.com. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The store is open until December 24.

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