How to Choose the Right Kind of Floor Mat

A welcome mat outside the front door is still the most popular way to greet guests, and there are also countless opportunities for floor mats to help make the inside of a home cleaner, safer, and more attractive. With our selection of door mats, floormats, and rugs, we offer multiple ways to help our wholesale customers meet the needs of all kinds of consumers in their stores. Below is a guide to help you choose the from our different types of floormats, based on each one's unique properties and usage, so retailers can evaluate which type will best suit their shoppers. We summarize the qualities of each type by ranking them as "Good," "Better," or "Best" in terms of functional durability and decorative impact. 

Crucial Categories for Every Garden Section (Part 2)

Welcome to part two of our guide of the best-selling garden product categories. In this section, we're covering outdoor lifestyle products, which are essential in any garden section! Check out yesterday's post for the lawn and garden categories.

Outdoor Living

Outdoor Furniture & Benches

With our benches, chairs, and side tables, gardens and porches are the perfect places to sit, relax, and enjoy the outdoors. Our benches come in a variety of shapes and patterns to meet many different tastes, from floral to coastal to lodge to everyday–and look great paired with our outdoor-safe pillows. Our benches are powder-coated to stay looking great for a long time. Some of our side tables are colorful glass tables that depict painted scenes of nature, while other side tables we offer feature unique sculptural designs.

A burlap flag with 3D fish embellishments


We have thousands of appliqué, poly-burlap, linen, and printed suede flags in countless designs for every season and holiday. As the leader in flags, we know our flags exhibit an attention to detail that makes all the difference to your customers!

Embossed, coir, trapper & Sassafras mats for the holidays

Floor mats

Floor mats are the perfect way to accent any door that leads to the outdoors. They’re necessary for trapping dirt and keeping homes clean, so we offer several great, functional types of mats that come in attractive seasonal designs. For maximum functionality, our trapper mats, embossed mats, and coir mats are textured to trap dirt. Our Sassafras mats are a great 2-piece floor mat solution, incorporating a durable surround or tray (made of either polypropelene or PVC) that holds a low-cost cushioned floormat insert that's easily changed out for seasons or special occasions.

Outdoor Wall Art

Our outdoor wall canvas, metal art pieces, and corrugated metal signs are perfect for decorating outdoor spaces. These pieces have a ton of personality and feature a wide selection of themed art. We also carry lighted décor, outdoor clocks, and unique “alternative” wall décor pieces that come in all sorts of silhouettes.

Outdoor Entertaining, Garden Statues & Wind Chimes

Last but not least, we have our melamine and acrylic dinnerware and serveware collections perfect for summer picnics or cookouts, our many whimsical statuary pieces, and a vast assortment of whimsical and charming wind chimes.

That wraps things up for our two-part review of our garden categories, but don't forget: there's so much more than we can review in a few blog posts. Make sure to browse our website, where you'll find more in garden, home, fashion, and more!

Crucial Categories for Every Garden Section (Part 1)

As a leader in garden décor and other outdoor living products, we have a unique insight into what your customers are looking for. We’ve compiled a list of specific categories that fall under the broader categories of garden décor and outdoor living that will breathe life into dusty shelves! This is part one of two: today we're covering lawn and garden, while tomorrow we'll continue with outdoor living.

Lawn & Garden


One of our several suet feeders
For any garden section, birding accessories are an absolute must. We carry a variety of staked and hanging bird feeders, including suet feeders and hummingbird feeders–as well as ant moats to keep ants out of hummingbird feeders. We also have a selection of fun and colorful birdhouses that can hang on trees or are attached to a pedestal. Bird baths make either elegant decorations in a home or help attract birds to a yard. We offer staked bird baths, hanging bird baths, and standalone bird baths that can be mounted on any of our bird bath stands.

Mailbox Covers

Our magnetic mailbox covers come in various seasonal designs, with some designs even featuring fun three-dimensional figures sitting on top! We offer an adapter for non-magnetic mailboxes that allow you to attach our covers to any mailbox.

Outdoor Lighting

We offer a standout set of lighting options, including solar lanterns, string lights, and other light-up garden accessories. Our hanging solar mobiles are unique decorations during the day—but at night, they light up brilliantly, with many of them changing color. Solar statuaries from the New Creative line are whimsical and build on the charming themes of other New Creative garden accessories. We also have a wide variety of decorative and functional solar lanterns that are perfect for indoors and out. Our popular Firefly solar lanterns are multi-purpose lanterns that feature multiple light settings and a durable flexible silicone construction.

Three of our painted glass lanterns

A kinetic spinner

Garden Stakes

Garden stakes are fun decorative additions to lawns and gardens. We carry staked kinetic spinners that form artful movement patterns in the wind, solar garden stakes that light up at night, and fabric statement stakes made from the same outdoor-safe poly-burlap as our flags and door décor.

Ceramic gazing balls make unique, colorful
additions to any garden

Garden Stones, Gazing Balls, Planters & Hardware

To round out the lawn and garden section, we’ve got our inspirational garden stones, glass and ceramic gazing balls, a wide range of planters from our bright HUM pots to unique wall planters and hanging planters, and a robust selection of hardware to display our flags, bird baths, door décor, wreaths, and more in any way you can imagine!

We've become leaders in garden décor through many years of experience and the continued attention to detail we afford each of our products. We have so many great garden décor items and products for outdoor living that one blog entry simply isn't enough–so stay tuned for part two (which you can now find here)!

A Taste of Cape Craftsmen Trend Collections

With our Cape Craftsmen line of furniture, lighting, décor and more, we have everything you need to create a striking high-end look with unique pieces that coordinate in striking and subtle ways. We coordinate items within different thoughtfully curated trend collections that represent a variety of aesthetics.

At Ease Traditional

At Ease Traditional is an extension of the Modern Loft trend. It combines an industrial or urban architectural style with a bit of farmhouse décor to create a comfortable look full of neutral tones that can be just as much "down-home" as "up-town." This collection features multi-functional furniture such as our impressive wooden hutch and serving cart. We also highlight galvanized metal, often paired with natural or distressed wood. For fans of the recycled and repurposed approach, the new word is "rescue." We include items in this collection with irregular and uneven surfaces that have a worn or aged look. You see this in some of our unique wall pieces, like our wood-framed chalk board and our 19-inch metal and wood clock.

Oasis & Glamping

Our Oasis and Glamping collections capture a blend of indoors and outdoors. Oasis is all about creating a natural space in your home and is inspired by an emphasis on health and wellness, while Glamping is the new craze in camping where you dress up your campsite with home decor elements. On the Oasis side of things, we have some great colorful pieces, like our set of 2 metal and wood wall decor and our new flamingo lamp.

When it comes to Glamping, we have several pieces that take their cues from outdoor adventures. Our new corkboard has a fun printed map design, and includes pushpins to let you record your own travels. And our new folding chair can fit with multiple outdoor styles. It has a metal frame, the back and seats are covered in real leather, and the arms are made of teak wood. It’s easy to fold up for storage or to take to your next glamping site!

Waterside Naturals & Coastal Shimmer

This two-part collection goes from a blend of comfort and style, with a mix of whites and neutrals, to a contrasting combination of rainbow metallics and shimmering shells. Our white metal furniture helps anchor (no pun intended!) the Waterside look. Pieces like the nautical bench we combine perfectly with our colorful, 30-by-30-inch Rain Drops outdoor wall canvas. The Waterside collection also includes wood accent pieces that are hand-carved by artisans in India. In Coastal Shimmer, you'll see a lot of gold-toned metallics, like our starfish lamp which is 24 inches high, and our seashell and starfish wall art.

Floral Boho

Our Floral collection, From Boho to Watercolor, is filled with the beauty and drama of rich floral hues. We have a wide selection of new outdoor wall art in this group, from our 30-by-30 inch outdoor-safe canvas art, to our selection of hummingbird metal wall art that all capture the natural beauty and tones of birds and flowers in that flowing watercolor style. We also mixed in some of our fabric-wrapped functional metal wall art to complete the look.

…And we’re barely scratching the surface. There’s so much more to find within our curated trend collections and we would highly recommend browsing our Cape Craftsmen catalog to discover more!

Z-Fence: Our All-Natural Mosquito and Insect Repellent

Here at Evergreen Enterprises, we believe in natural solutions to common outdoor concerns, whether it's our ant moats to protect hummingbird feeders, or our bee houses to help promote the growth of the honeybee population. Items like our wasp catchers continue to be strong sellers at retail.
Mosquitoes are not only annoying, but they also carry a number of serious diseases like malaria, yellow fever, typhus, West Nile virus, and Zika. And many mosquito repellants today contain DEET, which is effective, but not very safe, especially when it comes to children. Did you know that only about a third of insect repellants on the market today are safe for kids? We've offered bat houses in the past, which can help reduce mosquitoes, since bats are their natural predators.

With the introduction of Z-Fence, our very own all-natural line of defense against mosquitos and flying insects, we're taking our natural solutions approach to the next level!

How It Works

Our entire Z-Fence line is based on specially-formulated repellents that are gentle, all-natural, and safe for the whole family. They work through a slow-release technology, which diffuses into soft material so it releases at a steady and consistent rate. The release of the repellant creates a 6-foot wide "safe zone" around the user or area, which serves as a barrier against insects.
The ingredients used in Z-Fence products are made from a mix of plant extracts, including geraniol, thyme, geranium oil, peppermint oil, and citronella. These are all registered with the EPA as acceptable active ingredients with minimum risk. Our products have also been tested at an independent lab here in the U.S. to make sure they are both safe and effective.

What We Offer

For protecting outdoor living spaces, our partially-glazed terracotta Z-Fuser oil diffusers are easy to use. You pour some of our Z-Oil into the vessel, and it's diffused out through the naturally-porous terracotta to create that repellent barrier effect. We have a selection of both one-piece and two-piece styles. Each Z-Fuser includes a 4-ounce bottle of our very own naturally-formulated Z-Oil, which is made of a mixture of geraniol and thyme, and tested in the U.S. for safety and effectiveness.

For outdoor lovers, we have a variety of wearable items that include a similar natural, slow-release repellant built in. Even with all-natural repellant formulas, some people can have reactions to putting insect repellant directly on their skin, and our wearable products offer a great alternative. Our braided Z-Bracelet is actually infused with the natural repellant. Our neoprene Z-Band has an adjustable fit, and holds a replaceable repellent tablet, as does our Z-Clip which easily goes anywhere. The bands and clips each include 2 tablets, which last up to 120 hours, so there's no need to re-apply like you would with a spray. Packs of extra Z-Tablet refills are of course available. For additional on-the-go flexibility, our Z-Pouch lets you clip a repellent tablet almost anywhere, and our Z-Stickers let you add a barrier against bugs literally anywhere!

For our retailer, we've also made sure all our Z-Fence products can merchandise seamlessly together in coordinating packaging and a recommended display for a great in-store presence.

With Z-Fence, you can stop worry about the dangers of mosquitoes and harmful chemicals, and get back to enjoying life outdoors!

Our Tea Shop is Open for Business!

In recent years, tea has become a much more popular beverage of choice in the U.S. Many tea drinkers are turning to loose leaf tea for a richer, more refined tea experience. With the world becoming a more interconnected place, we see how international influences are helping to encourage the continued growth of the tea market, especially loose leaf tea.

In our Cypress Home brand, our Refresh drinkware collection of beverage cups and accessories provides a wide selection of great gifts for tea lovers, like our cast iron tea pots and our rice grain tea sets. In our most recent Refresh catalog, we've introduced a complete new range of artistic (and yet totally functional) products for use with loose leaf tea. Our retailers can use these set a complete tea shop in their stores.

50 Ways to Use Firefly Lanterns

Our Firefly silicone lanterns are so nifty that we’re always stumbling onto new ways to use them. With a recent expansion of these solar and battery-powered lanterns, we thought it was a good time to brush up on the possibilities. With Firefly lanterns, you have a versatile lamp with multiple settings, as well as a flexible silicone container that can keep items dry–both functions that you can put to use in too many ways to count. This list is just the tip of the iceberg–we couldn’t possibly find every way to use these things!

Without further ado, here are 50 ways to use Firefly:

1. Decorating your outdoor living space
2. Building a campfire in the dark
3. When your campfire goes out during a downpour
4. Keeping matches, lighter and flint dry
5. Reading outdoors at night
6. Lighting up a tent
7. Finding something small you dropped in your yard
8. Having a late-night pool party
9. Trick-or-treating
10. Keeping your Cohiba cigar dry while camping
11. Exploring a dark cave
12. Hunting rascally rabbits
13. Lighting up a boat dock
14. Midnight strolls on the beach
15. Creating the perfect mood lighting around a hot tub
16. Doing plumbing work under a sink
17. Hooking a worm while fishing at dawn or dusk
18. Nighttime boat or kayak rides

19. Storing water for an evening hike
20. Being safe walking at night
21. Cooking the perfect steak on your grill at night
22. Christmas caroling
23. Changing a flat tire in the dark
24. Nighttime dog-walking
25. Checking traps for critters
26. Living off the grid
27. Nighttime pool parties
28. Keeping keys or phones safe while canoeing, rafting or kayaking
29. Getting through a power outage
30. Hiking trips
31. Attending an outdoor concert
32. Sending SOS signals
33. Lighting up your bike so cars can see you

34. Crawling around a creepy attic
35. Nighttime skiing
36. Storing medication and first aid essentials while camping
37. Exploring haunted houses
38. Riding out a hurricane
39. Lighting a subject with great soft light for nighttime photography
40. Stocking a survival kit
41. Fun in a tree house
42. Walking in the woods
43. Lighting up a jack-o-lantern
44. Horseback riding at night
45. Lighting a walkway
46. Comforting kids who are afraid of the dark
47. Performing electrical work without power
48. Providing light for vendors at outdoor events
49. Showcasing a garden flag
50. Catching (literal) fireflies!

…and there’s so much more. We want to hear from you, so tell us how you use your Firefly on Facebook or Twitter! Retailers can shop all of our Firefly designs at