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 warm days of summer are fast approaching – best to prepare! Load up on the wide selection of plants we offer to make your garden a lovely oasis. One can easily dwell on Salvias. This diverse group of plants finds a welcome spot in the North County. “Hot Lips” probably tops the popularity list; it’s hard to keep in stock. This Greggii-type has lots of cousins – shades of purple, pink, yellow and white. These showy perennials need just a bit of care to look their best. Cut them back rather severely after flowering, add some fertilizer and watch them re-bloom.

Here’s a small list of some of the many very different salvias you can plant. These particular varieties totally disappear in the winter but come back stronger every spring: Salvia darcyi, “Scarlet Spires”, “Mystic Spires”, “Amistad”, and “Black and Bloom”. The latter has black stems and vivid bright blue flowers.

We can’t forget the natives! Salvia leucophylla is extremely durable and drought tolerant and has several different species. Another type with gray leaves is “Bee’s Bliss” which makes an excellent ground cover. Salvias of the species ‘Clevelandii’ are very popular for their lavender-blue whorls; these are shrubby types and benefit from yearly pruning to prevent woody growth. Salvia apiana is very drought tolerant; it is still used by Native Americans for it’s pungent odor. This week we are expecting some plants of Salvia pachyphylla, a hard to find one that is quite lovely – does best with regular water.

See our June Newsletter for more great Spring 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.