Bay Laurel Garden Center

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.

Vegetables and herbs are still available – the supply a bit more limited as the planting season for summer is almost over. This week we expect a variety of sweet peppers – red, yellow and orange, including some of the small, ” lunch box” type. We have finally been able to acquire the grape tomato ‘Juliet’ which has a large following. ‘Stupice’ is a small, great tasting tomato which fruits very early and produces for a long time. Look for starts of melons, pumpkins and squash.

Dahlias are here! Lots of colors, including bi-colors and many with dramatic, dark leaves. Expect them to bloom for the season – keep dead heading. and feeding. Most will return next year unless you have heavy soil. Then it’s best to remove the tubers and keep in a dry, cool place to avoid rot. A new and unusual variety is ‘Mega-Bloom Berry Blast’. A tidy, well-branched plant topped with massive blooms for a dense display. A perfect fit an 8″ container or larger.

Chilopsis is a lovely native shrub. It will eventually reach 15 to 20 feet tall. The small, colorful flowers are similar to cattleya orchids. In time it will develop shaggy bark and a twisting trunk. It can be pruned to enhance a picturesque shape. Our native selection changes weekly. In time of drought, what better things to plant?

A new rather elegant bird feeder. We also carry humming bird feeders. Other aids to help the wild creatures – native milkweeds for the Monarch butterflies and a handout with information for bee friendly plants.

Can’t take the heat? Step into the shade house. View the Hydrangeas, ferns, Heucheras (Coral Bells) and more. Atop the tables you’ll find Coleus in 4″ pots and 6 packs, Begonias, Impatiens, Ipomoeas (Sweet potato vines) in two colors plus Pelargoniums (Geraniums). What used to be called ‘Martha Washington’ Geraniums has been revised to ‘Regal’. A new variety arriving this week is called ‘Pinkerbell’.

See our June 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.