Newsletter for January 2023

Perhaps you drove by Bay Laurel Nursery and noticed the stark transformation. Bareroot fruit trees! They are here and ready to be transported to your garden. We cover a lot of ground from apples to pomegranates to blueberries. Check out our website for the current availability at

It appears folks are ordering earlier every year. If you want to be sure to find that perfect plant for next year, why not make a note in your 2023 calendar for next September as a reminder to give us a call at (805) 466-3449. We still have many great selections available including the most popular apple, Fuji, plus lots of cherries and a very popular white peach, Snow Beauty. Wait no longer!

Pruning is an essential task for great results in the home orchard. It’s beneficial to give a new fruit tree a good start. At Bay Laurel Garden Center we offer to prune trees here at time of purchase but you can check out some alternatives on the website from the Dave Wilson Nursery. In order to maintain a low growing plant with easy access to the fruit, it is recommended to start the young trees at a height of about 3 feet.

Add to your list of chores “spray peaches and nectarines with Liqui-cop”. This copper based fungicide is the best product to protect against the fungus Peach Leaf Curl which affects both fruits. Spray three times but at least twice when the leaves are totally absent: the most important spray is just before the buds open. In a wet year such as this it is even more important to protect your trees. This preventative is not necessary for first year plantings.

Cotyledon orbiculata v. oblonga (you can just call it Long Fingers). This succulent would appear to be of the frost tender variety, but not so. It’s a charming addition to the garden. The plant needs very little water. It’s quite striking even before the coral flowers clusters appear. We currently stock this plant in 4′ containers at Bay Laurel Garden Center in Atascadero.

Beauty at a bargain price – bare root roses. We have the usual rose types to accommodate your preferences at Bay Laurel Garden Center. In the mix – floribundas, hybrid teas, shrub roses, miniatures and climbing roses. Also in stock, three different sizes of tree roses. Many varieties are sold out already so don’t wait any longer!

Speaking of roses, it’s time to prune those along with your fruit trees. Be sure you remove all the old leaves. Cut the branches to an outside bud. Climbing roses have their own requirements. You can purchase a small pruning book at the nursery or go online for more info. We have special gloves for just such a task. Also on hand, Bahco pruners, which fit nicely in your hand.

Penstemon ‘Dark Towers’ serves dual purposes. In bloom, the ivory bells reach 2 feet or more. These are accompanied by dark burgundy leaves. Even when the plant is not in bloom you have a striking accent in your landscape. Finding plants with bold colored leaves is somewhat of a challenge. The Australian native, Phormium, provides some very dark foliage, but is not always content in our hot summers and cold winters. In the shade some dark leaved candidates include Black Mondo Grass as well as the perennial Ajuga.

Newsletter for December 2022

Ready or not – the holiday season is upon us. And we’re here to help at Bay Laurel Garden Center in Atascadero. We have live Christmas trees small and tall. The lovely Nordmann Firs and Colorado Blue spruce are here. In addition, we have a large selection of Coastal Redwoods. Although not your typical holiday tree, you can dress them up for the holidays in a conspicuous place in the yard and plant them to enjoy in your landscape.

We still have bulbs for sale at Bay Laurel Garden Center. Among them are the spectacular “Amaryllis” (botanically Hippeastrum). They’re unusually large this year and should produce amazing flowers. Still awaiting homes – a variety of tulips, daffodils, Dutch iris and more. In addition to mixed Freesias, we have separate packages of white and yellow, thought to be the most fragrant. Freesias are a bit frost tender, so we recommend planting them close to the house or in another protected area.

Looks like we’re sticking with red at Bay Laurel Garden Center! This is the perennial favorite Camellia for the season, “Yuletide”. This type of Camellia known as Sasanqua blooms earlier with smaller leaves and typically single flowers as opposed to the Japonica varieties. We have both to fill your shade areas with gorgeous blooms and dark, shiny evergreen leaves. The plants prefer some acid soil and once established do not require lots of water.

Here are a few suggestions for your shopping list. Be sure and visit our Gift Gallery at Bay Laurel Garden Center for more ideas.

Don’t let a drop in the temperature dissuade you from a warm-up in the garden. Plant a sturdy shrub to add some subtle color to the garden all year long. The variegated form of Elaeagnus ‘Gilt Edge’is a great choice. The shrub grows 10 to 12 feet tall with golden edged leaves and a dense habit. Use as a specimen plant or plant several as an easy care screen.

A new grass-like plant from New Zealand has recently arrived at Bay Laurel Garden Center in Atascadero – Dianella ‘Blaze’. The leaves are very substantial and very dark green with red veins. It is advertised to turn a deep burgundy in cold weather but that is yet to be determined. Nevertheless, it is quite a handsome addition to the garden and retains its leaves throughout the seasons. It is said to be a good substitute for Phormium (New Zealand flax) as it should be able to survive much warmer temperatures. It grows to about 2 feet tall.

Let’s call it “The pre-bareroot season without the bareroot”. We have rows and rows of berries, figs, grapes and pomegranates in quart containers ready for planting at Bay Laurel Garden Center. Be sure to check the availability by coming to the garden center or by ordering online at We will have many of these varieties available in bareroot in January. The advantage of planting from these containers is a larger, more developed root system. Don’t forget the organic amendment and gopher protection to give your plants a proper start.

How fortunate we are to have cold hardy annuals! These colorful plants should help us get through the cold months ahead. Prime contenders are pansies, violas, calendula and the ornamental kale and cabbage. You can plant sweet peas from six packs now to enjoy in early spring.

Newsletter for November 2022

You don’t have to travel to New England for fall color – just look around! Here are a few of the options afforded North County residents. The Chinese Pistache is one of the first to show its colors. The species has the added benefit of attractive berries, but if you choose to do without, go for ‘Keith Davey’. The Liquidamber is another popular choice and varieties are named for their fall hues – ‘Burgundy’, ‘Palo Alto’ and ‘Festival’.

You can plant a combination of deciduous and evergreen trees in your landscape. Shown here is a variety of Monterey Cypress, ‘Donard Gold’. This tree is a nice contrast to other dark leaved varieties. It will slowly reach 20 to 30′. We’ll be receiving a lot of evergreen trees and shrubs this month including topiaries.

The sweet pea family has expanded! We have lots of varieties, many old ones not available before. ‘Mollie Rilston’ has very subtle coloring, ‘Lord Nelson” arrives in bright blue and we have two orange sweet peas, ‘Spring Sunshine Orange’ and ‘Henry Eckford’. Also available are mixtures in tall and dwarf varieties. Plant the six packs now and they’ll be ready to bloom in the spring.

Stepping into the shade house at Bay Laurel Garden Center you will find a nice variety of the ground cover Vinca. Vinca major can cover a lot of ground so you should determine if your area can support such a vigorous plant. Vinca major is found with dark green leaves and also variegated ones. The same is true for Vinca minor but the leaves are much smaller and the plant grows at a slower pace. Both need only minimal irrigation when planted in the shade.

The first batch of Cyclamen has arrived at Bay Laurel Garden Center. Cyclamen require shade and a bit of protection when the temperatures drop below freezing. These colorful plants can also be kept indoors – they prefer good light and cool temperatures.

It seems the frost is on its way. Get ready to protect your tender plants, i.e. citrus, some succulents and tender fruit trees including avocado. We carry row cloth in size 10′ x 12′. This should last for several seasons. It can also be used to cover compact fruit trees in need of bird protection.

Symphoricarpus albus is commonly known as ” Snowberry”. The small deciduous shrub exhibits large, white berries in the fall. This particular variety is ‘Tilden Park’. “Snowberry” grows to about 4 feet and spreads by underground runners. This California native is useful under oak trees and along shady banks. It is food for several bird species. Although the plant is quite drought tolerant, you will get a better crop of berries with occasional watering.

Silene and Fluffy Ann are making new friends at Bay Laurel Garden Center in Atascadero.

Be the first in your neighborhood to plant a pluerry. It’s one of the latest hybrids from the Zaiger brothers via Dave Wilson. You will harvest sweet little fruits that are a cross between a plum and a cherry. We have some in stock right now at Bay Laurel Garden Center. If you can’t wait for the bareroot season, come in and check out the potted fruit trees still available, including pluerries and lots of jujubes.

Newsletter for October 2022

Our 2023 Bareroot Catalog is now available at Bay Laurel Garden Center. Don’t wait to order! Every day we are running out of more of our bareroot items. As you can see, the cover cleverly points out the relationships between the various stone fruits that create the interspecific hybrids such as pluots, plumcots, apriums. These are unique additions to the fruit world and well worth trying. Be sure to determine the appropriate pollenization for each variety.

The general consensus seems to be “Bring on fall!” We’re trying at Bay Laurel Garden Center! We have some smashing examples of the millet, ‘Purple Baron’, perfect for a fall event. The cold hardy annuals are trickling in. Pansies and violas are perhaps the favorites. In stock currently are some flashy Calendulas – ‘Touch of Red’ and a new more subtle variety ‘Ivory Princess’. Sweet peas are here in 6 packs. Plant them now and wait to see their fragrant blooms in spring.

Our spring blooming bulbs have arrived at Bay Laurel Garden Center – mostly – including deer resistant, gopher resistant daffodils. Joining them – hyacinths, tulips, ranunculus, and crocus. Planting bulbs in fall is a very hopeful endeavor – anticipating a cheerful, floriferous spring.

Now is the best time to plant Iris rhizomes. The colors this year at Bay Laurel Garden Center include pure white, ‘Copper Classic’ (self explanatory), ‘Easter Candy’, a pastel of pink and light blue, and ‘Petalpalooza’, a striking combo of purple and light peach (pictured). This is also the time to divide old clumps of existing plants. Choose the rhizomes with at least two leaves. Let them dry out for a day or so, add some fresh compost and replant. Fertilize the plants in the spring with a fertilizer high in phosphorus – you can also add some bone meal to the hole as you plant.

Fall vegetables are ready to go! The usual “we can take the cold” guys are here at Bay Laurel Garden Center. You can plant broccoli, cauliflower, peas, lettuce and more, much more. Get those beds ready with lots of organic amendments. We have Bumper Crop, Black Diamond worm castings, chicken manure, and Raised Bed planting mix. Don’t forget to fertilize your vegetables during the growing season.

For Atascadero residents: have you noticed the trees on the corner of Morro Road and El Camino? They are ‘Desert Museum’ Palo Verde trees. The trees sport tiny green leaves accompanied by small yellow flowers which cover the tree for most of the spring into early summer. They produce very few seed pods and require only minimum water when established. Lately we’ve only been able to offer expensive specimens. Now, thanks to Monrovia Nursery they’re available in a 5 gallon containers.

The variety to be found among the plants described as succulents is immense. Low water requirements are a great bonus. We have an excellent group of sedums at this time at Bay Laurel Garden Center. These tough little plants make great container plants but they can be susceptible to a common insect, mealy bug. Spraying the plant with alcohol can be helpful but sometimes it’s hard to reach all the infected areas. We have a systemic for houseplants which should be an effective antidote.

One of the showiest California plants, Epilobium (formerly Zauschneria) is in full bloom right now. The typical color is reddish orange, but we currently have some pink and white flowered varieties. It’s a great time to plant natives. We have several varieties of natives in quart containers at present.

Penstemons are a popular perennial displaying lots of various colors and forms. ‘Dark Towers’ is one of the most unusual of them. The leaves have a purplish red hue and the pink flowers are among the tallest of the penstemons reaching 1 1/2 to 3 feet. A great little perennial for edging is Teucrium majoricum. Well behaved, slowly spreading with small gray leaves and lavender flowers, it blooms for a very long time and requires minimum water.

We currently have the largest and most comprehensive collection of house plants ever seen at Bay Laurel Garden Center! Do come in and check them out.

Newsletter for September 2022

Lantanas are great hot weather plants. We’ve previously concentrated on the cold hardy types, but some of the less hardy are great color additions. And there are lots of vibrant colors. The upright, mounding ones include gold, orange, red, yellow/white bi-color. Low growing varieties are found in shades of lavender, white and yellow.

This charming native Aster is in bloom right now. Aster chilensis ‘Purple Haze’ is a lovely addition to the California native garden but at home in any perennial border. The plant will grow 1 to 3 feet tall and it spreads vigorously by underground rhizomes. Prune to the ground in winter. Considered drought tolerant but irrigation will improve its appearance. It tolerates many types of soil, takes sun or partial shade and is a favorite of bees and butterflies.

The first ‘Knock Out’ rose miniature – ‘Petite Knock Out’. The ‘Knock Out’ roses are known for their durability, disease resistance and spring to fall bloom. This new variety with it’s fire engine red blooms is no different than the original ‘Knock Out’ rose. They’re currently available as patio trees.

Pennisetum orientale ‘Tall Tails’ is an impressive grass we haven’t seen lately. This should make a bold statement in your garden! Pennisetum orientale itself is quite a bit shorter, about 3 feet. It blooms for a long period, starting out with light pink flowers which turn into a light tan color.

We just received a shipment of handsome benches and containers as well as bird baths. Come see for yourself and check out our other yard art!

A good, tough ground cover is always in demand. Phyla nodiflora, commonly called Lippia grass only grows 2″ high and is one of the few ground covers that can endure foot traffic. Plant 1 to 2 feet apart. Plants do not look great in winter but a feeding in early spring will quickly revitalize them. The pink flowers attract bees – if it’s a problem the flowers can be mowed. Not particular about soils but they are not well suited to soils containing nematodes.

A bright orange Canna sits inside one of our new containers. Cannas offer great color late in the summer season. Heights and colors vary. As you can see, they make great container plants but do just as well planted in the garden. They are effective as a border or close to pools. Once a stem is through blooming, cut to the ground and new ones will emerge. The plants die back completely in the winter, but are very cold hardy and faithfully return every year.

Here’s the cover for our 2023 Bareroot Catalog, ready to come out shortly. The website, however, is available right now. As shown on the cover, we’re highlighting the interspecific fruit trees developed by the Zaiger brothers. It’s not too early to put in your order – we’ve already taken many. Trees including persimmons and pluots are always in demand so don’t wait! You can call us or go to the website: https://www.baylaurelnursery.comĀ 

Newsletter for August 2022

We’re trying to cover the North County with Crape myrtles! They’re in their prime right now – one of the best summer flowering trees that flourish in our heat. Crape myrtles are found in various sizes and colors. This particular specimen has gorgeous color and marvelous shape. You can, of course, start with a much smaller plant and shape it as it grows.

It’s taken time and patience but the citrus grove has arrived! We have lemons, oranges, limes and mandarins plants. These all need protection from the North County frosts. They can be grown in containers or in the ground. Other frost tender edibles include the strawberry guava and a variety of avocadoes. We have Haas, Reed, Lamb Haas and Stewart. Citrus benefit from a lightly acidic soil and we now have a special formula soil mix for their special needs.

Just when you bought two books devoted entirely to salvias, up pops a new one! This variety is ‘Hummingbird Falls’. The flowers are a brilliant dark blue like one of its parents, Salvia guaranitica, but its unique feature is the plant’s form. This salvia is perfect for containers and hanging baskets. It does best with afternoon shade.

The name of this Heuchera says it all – ‘Grande’. This is the most robust species of Heuchera we have seen so far. The dark leaves are huge and look to be very sturdy. Plant ‘Grande’ in the ground or in a container with plenty of shade. For contrast pair it with lime colored Heucheras or other light green shade plants.

We have a new compact, reblooming hydrangea ‘Pistacio’. The colors on this plant are quite unique – lime green with accents of rosy pink. The plant grows 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide. Hydrangeas do require more water than many other shrubs, so keep that in mind. This variety would make an excellent container plant.

We are expecting the arrival of 1 gallon Echibeckias – ‘Summerina Yellow’ and ‘Summerina Sizzling Sunset’. These colorful perennials are a cross of Rudbeckia and Echinacea. The bright multi-colored petals are inherited from the Rudbeckia and the cold hardiness and slight downward form of the petals from Echinacea. Also on hand are the multi-stemmed sunflowers providing a great summer accent.

We have a new supplier of house plants – some quite exotic. Shown here is an unusual variety of Sansevieria and a colorful bromeliad. House plants have been very popular as of late. The old fashioned “Creeping Charlie” (Plectranthus) has seen quite a revival! Schultz fertilizer is a good product for house plants. You can also use the slow release product, Osmocote. It only needs to be applied once or twice during the year.

Newsletter for July 2022

Add summer flowering trees to your landscape. Perhaps the best known is the Crape Myrtle. Some lovely older specimens are scattered throughout town. The color selection includes white, pink, watermelon red, lavender and bright crimson. Provide average water and occasional fertilization plus a good soil foundation. The varieties vary greatly in height from 3 feet to 25 and the plants can be grown as single or multi-trunked. We also have some nice patio specimens.

Vitex is another showy tree/shrub. The blue flowers are in bloom at this time. The plant is quite drought tolerant. It will grow over 20 feet tall but can be pruned to remain more compact.

The Chitalpa tree consists of two varieties, ‘Pink Dawn’ and ‘Morning Cloud’. Both have a long bloom period. The pink or white flowers are often compared to orchid flowers.

Native plants are always in demand. A few varieties we are not always able to obtain include Asclepias speciosa. This variety of milkweed is a Monarch butterfly favorite and has a showy flower as well. The plants can exist with almost no water but their appearance will improve with regular irrigation. Another native milkweed available is Asclepias fascicularis. Other native perennials currently in stock include Zauschneria (“California fuchsia”), lupine, Salvia apiana and a seldom seen one gallon Fremontodendron.

Hot, dry weather – succulents to the rescue! They are fascinating plants with exceptional variability. We tend to classify them in tender or cold hardy designations. These designations are quite tenuous depending on your location and yearly temperatures. To highlight just a few, there are the agaves and yuccas. They are generally considered to be landscape plants but also do well in containers.

The vast types of both contain cold hardy and tender types. Check out their descriptions before purchase. Smaller succulents are great for containers or small ground covers. An unusual one is Rochea falcata. The unusual stacked gray leaves will eventually culminate in bright orange red flowers. With a little protection from the cold, they should survive our North County winters.

New hanging baskets arriving this week of mixed Calibrachoa and Vinca. Both types do extremely well in the hot summer.

It’s pesto time! Hope your basil is doing well. Cut off the branches and separate all the leaves. There are many different recipes but mine calls for three cups of packed basil. It takes only minutes – add olive oil, garlic and pine nuts and you will end up with a delicious cup of pesto. It’s quite intense so you won’t need much for adding to your pasta, salad dressing, etc. Pesto freezes well.

The not-so-very-tropical Hibiscus – this stunning specimen is among the Hibiscus family commonly named ‘Rose of Sharon’. How can you resist a plant named ‘Chateau de Versailles’ not to mentions the stunning violet blue flowers with dark centers? These deciduous shrubs grow 4 to 6 feet tall. A very different species of Hibiscus is the moscheutos series. These plants die completely to the ground in winter and quickly reach 24 to 30″ in summer. Currently in stock are ‘Honeymoon Deep Red’ and ‘Honeymoon Light Pink’. The flowers can reach 6 to 8″ wide.

FINALLY a substantial amount of Citrus arrives at Bay Laurel! At the moment you will find Bearss and Mexican lime as well as Makrut lime also known as Kaffir lime, Washington and Late Lane navel oranges. Haas, Lamb Haas and Fuerte avacadoes join them. Be sure you have the right situation for all these plants. They are not cold hardy up here in North San Luis Obispo county so make sure you can protect them from frost. Five gallon grapes are here – Thompson, Concord, Black Monukka.

Newsletter for June 2022

Although the Shasta daisy is a staple in the perennial garden ‘Betsy’ is a standout. The flowers on ‘Betsy’ are the largest by far. Flowers can reach 5 to 7″ across and the plant grows 30″ tall. In contrast, we have ‘Carpet Angel Daisy’, the first Shasta ground cover, growing 6 to 8″ tall and 20″ wide. Be sure to take advantage of the 4′ Dicliptera plants (Uruguayan Firecracker). This unusual perennial with its bright orange-red flowers blooms summer into fall.

Summer annuals bring life into the garden. Great examples include zinnias (‘State Fair’ is an all time favorite) vinca in shades of white, light pink, red and more, defying the heat very well, and of course, marigolds. Many interesting new varieties of petunias also add to the color pallet. Pentas are great in containers – they bloom all summer. Don’t forget the “summer snapdragons” – Angelonia.

Two brand new raspberries! Vintage was developed by the breeding program in Corvallis, Oregon. This high-yielding variety has extra large, conical, bright red berries. The berries contain a high sugar content making them super sweet. ‘Vintage’ has better fruit quality than some of the older varieties such as Heritage and Autumn Bliss. The other new variety is Encore. This is a vigorous, sturdy plant, growing about 5′ tall and 2′ wide. The plant is nearly spineless with high yields of large berries in late July to August. Both are available in 1 gallon containers.

Another delicious arrival – Eversweet pomegranate. These pomegranates are, as their name would suggest, much sweeter than the standard Wonderful. The bright orange-red flowers appear and are followed by pink colored fruits. The plants grow naturally as multi-stemmed shrubs but can be trained into standard trees. They are quite vigorous and need to be pruned to maintain the desired shape and size.

California native plants are always in stock. We have some nice ‘Howard McMinn’ manzanitas right now. This variety grows to about 5 feet with some of the brightest green leaves of its species. ‘Howard’ plants are also one of the most adaptable to different conditions. A great ground cover also in stock is the Salvia ‘Bee’s Bliss’. This tough sage needs only minimum water and has lavender flowers in spring. Growing only about 2 feet tall it can cover at least 4 feet of ground.

Last chance for vegetables! Ready for your garden – lemon and Persian cucumbers, Sun Gold tomatoes, peppers, winter squash and lettuce for starters. More basil is on the way as well. We should have herbs for most of the summer. French tarragon expected next week. A reminder that those hungry earwigs are on the prowl. Sluggo Plus seems to be the easiest and most effective way to eliminate the creatures.

There are 150 varieties of Miscanthus sinensis! Latest to arrive at Bay Laurel is ‘Red Cloud’. This grass is smaller than most Miscanthus, only reaching 40″. Its outstanding feature is the showy red plumes in summer. ‘Red Cloud’ is adaptable to most soils and requires moderate irrigation. This Miscanthus is deciduous and should be cut back in late autumn or early winter.

Signs just for fun at Bay Laurel Garden Center in Atascadero!

Newsletter for May 2020

May is exploding in the colors of spring! There are myriad choices to make amongst annual and perennial flowers. Starting with perennials, Salvia is a great one for our area – choose Salvia greggii (many colors), Salvia ‘Black and Bloom’, Salvia ‘Amistad’, and more. Yarrows? There’s ‘Moonshine’, ‘Paprika’, the natives millefolium and Island pink. We have to include the three hardy Lantanas – ‘Miss Huff’, ‘Chapel Hill’ and ‘Mary Ann’. These durable perennials take a while to return from winter dormancy but will then bloom summer into fall. Soon to be available in 4″ containers.

The lowly Euphorbia has lately gained in stature Once considered a pesky weed, it has lots of use in the modern landscape. Euphorbias are not known for their showy flowers, although in early spring they make quite a statement. Rather it’s their foliage that makes them so useful. Shades of green to nearly black with others sporting various forms of variegation. Add to this deer resistance plus it is one of the few plants gophers tend to avoid.

And then there’s the lowly petunia – soaring to great heights with numerous and incredible varieties! Six packs of petunias are still to be found, but if you want the newest and latest, go for the 4″ containers. Favorites include ‘Night Sky’, ‘Black Mambo’ and ‘Cinnamon.’ Calibrachoas were developed from the petunias – they are much smaller and are great for hanging baskets. Colors abound, including star shapes and double varieties.

Here’s an example of fruit thinning – leaving the fruit approximately a handful apart. It takes time but the result is well worth it! No more scrawny little peaches or apples. Grit your teeth and prepare for a mountain of tiny fruits under foot.

Vegetable growers are showing up in unprecedented numbers! This is the last really good month to get the crops in. The supply is still good. Everyone plants ‘Early Girl’ and ‘Sungold’ tomato, but be a little courageous and try something unusual like the ‘Pineapple’ tomato or ‘Brad’s Atomic Grape’. Popular again are the small “Lunch box” peppers: the small ‘Shishito’ peppers are also in demand. The ‘Ghost’ pepper has a limited fan base. Lemon cucumbers continue to trend as they seem to avoid bitterness in the warm summer months. We have been able to secure plants of the highly touted Italian squash ‘Rampicante’. Be sure to keep up with your fertilization – recommendations vary from every week to every month.

The desire for herbs persists! Mint may not be on the top of your list. A Mint Julep or Mint Mojito of course but why not try some mint pesto? How about snap peas with Meyer lemon and mint? Strawberry mint ice cream anyone? Basil IS definitely on the top of everyone’s list. ‘Mrs. Burns Lemon Basil’ has a wonderful aroma – should be lots of uses for it!

The ubiquitous rock rose, Cistus. This is its time to shine and it can be a great addition to the landscape. Toughness and durability alongside its many forms make it an essential North County shrub. Plant ‘Blanche’ – this tallest of rock roses will grow over 5 feet and produce large white flowers in spring. The variegated form, ‘+Mickie’ adds a nice dimension to to the garden even when its out of bloom.

Mother’s Day is May 8th!

Newsletter for April 2022

It sure is spring! Our vegetable gardeners are out en masse. And we have lots of plants to fill the containers and beds. You can purchase tomatoes in 6 packs, 4″ pots and even 1 gallons. Everyone has their favorite – Ace, Celebrity, Early Girl, Juliet and of course, Sun Gold. Heirloom varieties are here as well – Kellogg’s Breakfast, Costoluto Genovese, and Black Krim to name just a few. Many of you choose to plant tomatoes in containers. Be sure your container is large enough – fill it with some really good soil – and fertilize throughout the season.

Right now we have a good supply of lemon cucumbers, popular because they seem to produce even in hot conditions. Pickling cucumbers also have a following. English and Japanese have similar qualities – both are long and narrow with thin skins and tiny seeds. They are considered to be the sweetest. We have hot and sweet peppers – sweet peppers in colors of green, red, yellow and orange plus the “Lunch box” varieties. Plenty of heat in Ghost and Habanero and Jalapeno. We recommend that you pinch back your peppers for more branching and a bigger crop.

Easing into summer with some bright annuals – marigolds, petunias, lobelia. Here are a few annuals for the cut flower enthusiast – Queen Anne’s Lace, annual statice and Bells of Ireland. A substantial addition to your arrangement might include a bouquet of roses. We just received a new shipment of roses which add to the varieties we potted up from the bareroot season. Shasta daisies and dianthus varieties are also prospects for your bouquet. Clip some greenery of Laurus nobilis, leather fern or Myrtis communis.

Perennials are arriving weekly. Don’t be dismayed if your perennials don’t look like the ones arriving here – we tend to be a bit behind many of the growers. Our popular Salvias are just beginning to take off. Lantana ‘Chapel Hill’ appears to be quite dormant at this point – don’t give up on it!! We recently obtained Verbascum ‘Southern Charm’. According to “Annie’s Annuals”, regular dead heading will keep the plant in bloom for a very long time – it’s worth a try! Also considered deer resistant. A new Greggii Salvia, ‘Pink Bi-color’ looks very attractive.

The native Salvia apiana is in stock. It’s one of the most drought tolerant of the native Salvias. In time it will grow to about 3 feet – the flower wands much taller. The pungent leaves are its most attractive feature. It’s a nice accent in a natural garden and also deer proof! Also in the native department, some great 15 gallon ‘Dr.Hurd’ manzanitas. This is one of the tallest of the genus with dark, mahogany bark.

Just arrived lots of iron planters, benches, trellises and more. And, finally, bird baths, stepping stones and other concrete items.

Some very tall house plants for some very tall ceilings.

This year we have a record number of Peonies. These herbaceous perennials have truly spectacular blooms! They require a rich soil and prefer afternoon shade in our area. We are fortunate to have enough winter chill for their survival. Fertilize after bloom and again in the fall.

We really try to keep lavender plants in stock – but they keep disappearing in large numbers! Next week we expect 4″ plants of Grosso, Hidcote and Provence. We do have the Spanish type in stock; the blooms are stockier and they bloom earlier in the season. The English type lavenders bloom later in the summer with longer, fragrant blossoms.