Newsletter for September 2016



Our fall sale is just beginning. All roses are 20% off. We have a great selection of hybrid teas, floribundas, climbers, and shrub roses. Pick up some Gold Rush to enrich your soil. All deciduous fruit trees are also 20% off. We have peaches, nectarines, plums, persimmons, jujubes and more – while they last! Get a year’s head start on your home orchard. 

Newsletter-201609-02A new small, hardy salvia with silvery leaves – Salvia daghestanica ‘Platinum’. It grows 10 to 12″ tall and 12 to 18″ wide – great for the front of the perennial border or as a small ground cover. Requires minimum irrigation. Perhaps you’re unfamiliar with the country of origin; here’s a very nice mini tour of Dagestan.


Newsletter-201609-03Green lawns have certainly lost favor in these years of drought. Many of you have reduced your water consumption by planting drought tolerant plants, But you can still create the effect of a green lawn with this sedge, Carex pansa. The Carex needs much less water than a typical lawn and it can be mowed. One of our suppliers is growing plugs of this grass look-alike. If you’re interested, just give us a call. Here’s some more information…


Newsletter-201609-04The latest bareroot catalog has arrived. It’s also online at We have quite a few new items and they’re always the first to go, so waste no time! Be aware that the in-store prices are lower than the catalog and website prices, which are for shipping purposes. We’ll have the in-store price list later in the season, but you can order at any time. It’s not too early to plan for your home orchard. Fall is a good time to fertilize your existing fruit trees. We have various fertilizers available to boost the health and productivity of your trees.




Fall bulbs! An absolute essential for the spring garden. Don’t wait until you see the daffodils in bloom – plant this fall. Bearded iris rhizomes are the first to arrive; many are award winners and also rebloomers. ‘Clarence’ and ‘Champagne Elegance’ are among the many choices. Now is the time to divide your existing plants; this should be done every 3 to 4 years. Fertilize the plants in spring when growth begins, using a low nitrogen fertilizer. Repeat after the plants have bloomed. Iris live for many years; they tend to be deer resistant and require only moderate amounts of water.


Newsletter-201609-06Let your fall vision include some healthy cool season vegetables. Try broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, or Swiss chard among others. Onion sets and garlic will be arriving soon as well. You can plant the seeds of sugar snap peas and English peas in fall for an early spring harvest. Enrich your soil with Bumper Crop or the local compost, Vermicompost.


Newsletter-201609-07Dianella in the variegated form returns. This is an excellent plant for the shade, adding both form and brightness. Dianella grows 1 to 2 feet tall and is evergreen; it needs only moderate irrigation. It’s very effective in mass plantings and as a container plant. We have both 1 gallon and 4″ plants at this time.


A few of the many plants we have on hand for early fall planting: various Manzanitas, ‘Chapel Hill’ Lantana, a good selection of Crape Myrtles, and lots of grasses. We also have the indispensable medicinal Aloe vera in 4″ pots.




An amazing late summer blooming bulb – Eucomis ‘Oakhurst’. The first picture is that of our plant which has not yet bloomed; the second pictures the tall, ruby flower stalks. These bulbs are very cold hardy in our climate. Expect more flower stalks with each passing year. We have 12″ plants at this time. Another late blooming bulb is Tuberose. The flowers are among the most fragrant in the plant kingdom! 4″ plants are available.

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Bay Laurel Garden Center is a retail nursery located just off Highway 101 in Atascadero, California, about thirty minutes north of San Luis Obispo. Exit 101 at Del Rio Road, turn east on Del Rio and then south on El Camino Real. We are about a block and half down on the right.

Bay Laurel Garden Center
2500 El Camino Real
Atascadero CA 93422
Tel: (805) 466-3449

Autumn/winter hours:
Mon – Sat 9 am to 5 pm
Sun 9 am to 4 pm

Spring/summer hours:
Mon – Sat 9 am to 5.30 pm
Sun 9 am to 4.30 pm


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