Bay Laurel Garden Center

Now open on Sunday again, Bay Laurel Garden Center is also offering curbside pickup for phone orders. If you prefer to come in and browse, please observe safe distancing to protect yourself and others. Please feel free to call ahead at 805 466-3449 or 800 847-6473. Orders can be paid by phone and picked up at the nursery or delivery can be arranged for larger items. Gardening is good for body and soul and beneficial in so many ways. We appreciate our wonderful customers!

Bay Laurel Garden Center specializes in California native plants and drought tolerant plants suitable for our area, the northern part of San Luis Obispo County. Browse through our extensive stock of quality plants. We are happy to help you select the ideal varieties for your garden.

The changing palette of California native plants. We have blooming perennials including the Penstemon ‘Margareta Bop’ discovered at the Las Pilitas Nursery in Santa Margarita. The brilliant colors make it a local favorite Mimulus ‘Eleanor’, at sub-shrub growing 2 – 3 feet tall, has buttery yellow flowers with white margins and orange markings. It is attractive to bees and butterflies. We also have a good selections of manzanitas and a few California redbuds, plus some Salvia Apiana compacta. This salvia is one of the most drought resistant of all salvias.

It’s been a bit of struggle to obtain ground covers this year, but things seem to be improving. For sunny areas we have flats of ice plant and rosemary. Elfin thyme is available in 6 packs – It’s a very compact, tight growing variety of thyme. Woolly thyme is low growing but more spreading than the elfin variety. Shade ground covers include both minor and major Vinca. The major variety is great if you have a very large area to cover. Also here is the variegated Vinca minor – a bit showier than the all green ones and good for smaller areas. Ajuga is also suitable for smaller areas and provides lovely blue flowers in the spring.

What’s happening in the shade house at Bay Laurel Garden Center? On the shelves you will find mostly colorful annuals including Bacopa, Coleus, Ipomoea (Sweet potato vine), Begonias and Impatiens. These annuals should bloom throughout the summer. The few hardy perennial plants to be found are tuberous Begonias, Heuchera (Coral Bells) and Astilbe. Pelargoniums (Geraniums) can often be overwintered, depending on the winter temperatures and their location (sheltering helps). A very showy Alstroemeria with red flowers and variegated foliage can jazz up your containers.

See our May newsletter for more great planting ideas!

Our nursery carries a great selection of pottery, statuary and gifts as well as everything you need for a beautiful landscape. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff look forward to meeting you!

During the months of January, February and March, we stock hundreds of varieties of bareroot fruit and nut trees, berry plants, roses and shade trees. Visit our Fruit Trees Online website to find out more.