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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.

Two hardy, late blooming perennials to add to your garden. Both prefer well draining soil, require little irrigation once established and should be deer resistant. The first is Agastache ‘Blue Haze’. The 12″ spires of smoky blue-violet bloom from July to frost. The plant will grow 2 to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Sphaeralcea ‘Newleaze Coral’ is an airy, evergreen small shrub growing 3 to 4 feet tall. This charming plant is covered in small cup shaped coral flowers. After two years, prune back 12 to 18″ in spring.

Our annual fruit tree sale has begun. We have many really handsome trees for planting. Our bareroot season does offer more choices, but these trees have the advantage of an entire years growth – and the price is right! Five gallon trees including apples, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums. and pomegranates are $22.95 (Regular price was $30.00). Figs and multi-budded trees are 20% off.

Fall bulbs begin their arrival with the “Bearded Iris” – blue, orange, red and pink. Most are advertised to re-bloom – but the proof is still out on this. Iris are not difficult plants to grow as they adapt to most soils and require minimal water. This is the time of year to divide your older iris, those three or four years old. The plants grow from rhizomes as opposed to bulbs. When you separate them, use a rhizome with healthy roots and a fan of leaves. Do not bury them more than 2″ deep. In the spring apply a fertilizer with more phosphorus than nitrogen such as 5-10-5.

Wanting to escape the heat? Step into our shade house. We have, among other shade loving plants, a good selection of Heucheras – the “Lime Marmalade” will surely cool you down. “Amber Lady” has interesting colors; plus we have 2 new 4″ varieties in amber shades. The new exotic Pelargonium (“Geranium”), “Caroline’s’ Citrine” will need to be protected from the frost – but it’s worth it!

See our September 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.