Newsletter for April 2021

Among the many glories of spring – flowering trees. We have some lovely specimens of cherries, crabapples and plums. Of course, fruiting trees also have their beautiful blossoms. We potted the fruit trees that remained from the bareroot season and have brought in some additional varieties. New this week, compact blueberries that make perfect container plants. Don’t forget the acid potting soil.

Have you noticed those tiny fruits on your peach and nectarine trees? If so, it’s time to prevent the Tarnished Plant Bug (Lygus lineolaris) from defacing the adult fruit. Several options include the insecticide Monterey’s ‘Take Down’ and horticultural oil. Nectarines seem to be the most susceptible. Apple blossoms will appear next and with them the coddling moths. Traps can be used to detect them and if you have only one or two trees this may eradicate them. Otherwise we recommend using the above mentioned remedies.

Summer annuals are slowly arriving – the usual petunias, marigolds, lobelia plus some more unusual items as Nicotiana, Queen Anne’s Lace, Godetia, Linaria and Lisianthus. The shade house is looking particularly colorful. You will find ‘Ruby Slipper’ Coleus, zonal and ivy geraniums plus Fuchsia ‘Autumnale’ – a variety with colorful leaves and two shades of Bacopa.

We were fortunate to have a successful bareroot season. The unsold roses have been potted up but we receive many requests for other varieties. Therefore, we are currently trying to supply the demand. If you have a rose on your list, let us know and we’ll see if it’s available.

The desire for native California plants grows every year. Manzanitas are always at the top of the list. This year we have one of the largest selections of 15 gallon plants ever. The varieties include ‘St. Helena’, ‘Louis Edmonds’ and ‘Sentinel’. You’ve undoubtedly noticed the glorious blooms on the Ceanothus. These plants can be somewhat short lived, but they are nevertheless really worth if for their spring show.

Have you ever seen a friendlier sun?

The world of succulents is gigantic. We stock lots of different varieties. Shown here is Sedeveria ‘Jet Beads’. The plant is a cross between Sedum and Echeveria. It’s great for containers – the leaves turn a copper color in the winter. Aside from container planting. we also carry six packs of ground cover types with varying shades of flowers – yellow, white, pink. All quite drought tolerant.

Wow! We have a lot of vegetable gardeners around these parts. Tomatoes and peppers rank high on the desirability list. For herbs, basil and parsley. But you will also see squash, cucumbers, corn, beans and much more trickling in week by week. Also arriving, many gallon tomatoes for the impatient tomato lover. Included are the newest hybrids – ‘Marriage’ tomatoes. These are two crosses of heirloom varieties. The advantages include improved vigor, earlier and greater production.

Newsletter for March 2021

Time to say farewell to another bareroot season. The few remaining fruit trees will be potted up. Still available are several figs, pomegranates and shade trees. The roses are newly situated in biodegradable containers ready to be planted. It’s almost time for “Lady Banks” roses to put on their show. They only bloom in spring but it’s spectacular! Flowers in yellow or white. Later in the season we will be adding additional varieties.

Vegetable starts are always in demand and the supply changes constantly. We have started to carry some summer varieties with a warning to protect them from the cold; we’re still experiencing some freezing temperatures which make peppers, tomatoes and basil extremely unhappy! Currently in stock, 3″ Seascape strawberries. Strawberries are extremely popular and we’ll bring them in whenever they’re available.

Some tips from two of our in-house gardeners: Joaquin Gardens in Santa Margarita. His basic method is Perma-culture. The following is his recipe for super vegetables. 5 – 15% bone meal, for nitrogen; 5 – 10% bat guano, blood meal or chicken manure; 5% kelp meal; 10% or more earthworm castings; 3 – 5% humic acid; and 5 – 15% oyster shell (calcium). He’s had great success with a method called “hugelkultur” which originated in Austria. This method has been very successful growing squash varieties. The basic premise is to build a mound on top of rotting wood. Check out the article at .

Jeff does his gardening here at the nursery in containers. He’s had great results using “smart pots”. These fiber based containers are known for promoting excellent root growth. His soil preferences are bales of “Raised Bed” planting mix or “Formula 420”. He incorporates Vermi-compost and Dr. Earth Vegetable fertilizer throughout the season.

Native California plants are always an important section of the nursery. We have lots of the basics – coffee berries, manzanitas and Ceanothus. The lovely blue flowers of the Ceanothus are about to bloom. These gorgeous plants are not always terribly long-lived but they make an excellent accent in the garden. We currently have some Ribes sanguineum ‘King Edward VII’, deciduous shrubs which do well with a bit of shade. The perennial Eriophyllum lanatum ‘Siskyou’ features gray leaves and bright yellow flowers.

Don’t to forget to plant summer blooming bulbs. We still have some lovely dahlia tubers. Shown here one of the most fragrant of all bulbs – tuberose. Next to it, “Gladiolus orchids” a diminutive variety of the old fashioned Gladiola – we have some of those as well.

We’re gradually restocking the nursery. The bins will soon be filled with trees, shrubs and perennials. Coleonemas are popular spring blooming shrubs. A bit hard to detect in the picture are three different varieties. The most common is Coleonema pulchrum which grows to 5 or 6 feet. The smaller one is C. pulchrum compactum. This plant grows about 3 feet tall. The remaining variety is C .’Sunset Gold’. The leaves are a much lighter shade of green, almost chartreuse. These plants are not the deer’s favorite; at this point we are hesitate to say many things are deer resistant; the deer have recently expanded their palates!

Metal flowers are back. Folks just love ’em.

Gelsemium sempervirens has been a big seller. Aside from the vibrant yellow flowers which bloom in early spring, it’s one of the few evergreen vines that do well in the North County. Solanum jasminoides is another alternative. Star jasmine (Trachylospermum) also fits the requirement but does best with some afternoon shade.

Our artistic employee, Mick, is responsible for the charming cards on display. He’s taken many of the photographs here at the nursery. Add your own greeting inside. The cards are on sale for $4.95.

Newsletter for February 2021

Last chance for bareroot roses. We still have some beauties left – shrubs including Abbaye de Cluny, Liv Tyler and Yves Piaget plus a great selection of tree roses. Amazing how early these plants start to leaf out. And if you haven’t already done so, be sure to prune your existing plants. Open them up and trim off the smallest branches and as soon as they start to show a couple of inches of growth, treat them with some hearty fertilizer. We have several brands available.

Our parched land has finally been hydrated! What a boon for gardeners. (some of the unfortunate aspects of the deluge are also recognized.) The planting opportunities are numerous. Start with spring blooming shrubs. A few of the earliest include Flowering Quince, Lilac and Forsythia. One of the loveliest of perennials is Helleborous. We have some exquisite dark flowered plants in 2 gallon containers and also 1 gallons.

Vegetables? We have a terrific supply. They have arrived in forms old and new. Plant lettuce, brokali, spinach, kale and pink raddichio. Add some tasty herbs to the mix – thyme, rosemary, parsley, chives and more. Beef up your soil with Bumper Crop, add a bit of Vermi-compost and wait for the spring harvest. You might want to start seeds for spring planting. We have bags of seed starter and bio-degradable pots for that very purpose.

Bedding plants add color and delight to the garden. We just brought in bunches of them for your gardening pleasure. We have Iceland poppies, calendulas, snapdragons and of course a great selection of pansies and violas. Be sure and check out the English primroses in the shade house. New this year are the Italian Ranunculus and Anemones. These varieties are known for their large flowers and extended bloom.

We continue to tout the virtues of Garvinea – the hybrid version of the Gerbera. Right now we have a couple of dozen on hand. The flowers are not as large as the typical Gerbera, but they are durable! They withstand frost and bloom for many months. They make great container plants.

A crazy season for bareroot. We are almost out of all fruit trees. Nuts remain. We have some excellent walnut trees – Chandler, Franquette and Pedro and the self fertile almond, All-In-One. The pistachio trees have just arrived. The male (non-bearing) is able to pollinate a harem of up to 10 to 15! We will have more berries, including blueberries in containers later in the season.

A reminder about plants tied to stakes. Be sure to remove the ties that the growers have very tightly attached to your plant. Remove totally if staking is not required; otherwise, re-tie the plants more loosely. It’s much better for the plant to gain strength with some movement. Also, the tie areas can be more susceptible to insect invasions.

It’s the Grevillea time of the year. These tough, very useful plants from the down-under are about to begin their northern hemisphere bloom. Two of the newer varieties are Grevillea juniperini ‘Lava Cascade’ and Grevillea lavandulacea ‘Penola’. The first specimen makes a great flowing ground cover. The plant grows to about 2 feet tall and 6 to10 feet wide with coral-red flowers. ‘Penola’ has gray green needle-like leaves with deep red buds opening to rosy pink, red and cream flowers. The plant will reach 3 to 4 feet tall and 5 to 8 feet wide. These are both excellent plants for the winter garden plus they are evergreen and look quite reputable all year long.

Newsletter for January 2021

Gardening doesn’t stop with winter weather here in California! The time for planting fruit trees, berries and roses has arrived. This particular season compares with last spring – crazy! Our best suggestion is “Don’t wait”. We sold out of many varieties very early this year – check out our bareroot website and find out what is still available. You will not find any roses listed there – we still have them in stock but they’re no longer available for shipping.

Another reminder to spray your peaches and nectarines to prevent the fungus and peach leaf curl. We recommend Liqui-cop. Other suggestions are the addition of Neem oil or use the oil by itself.

January is also prime pruning season and we have the small, inexpensive pruning book available. You can also find lots of help on the internet. We have some gloves designed to protect your hands from the scars of rose thorns, including a charming, floriferous pair.

Those colorful, sturdy annuals that brave the freezing temperatures of the North County are still available to brighten your landscape and containers. You might want to try Cheiranthus (Wallflower) ‘Purple Bi-color Sugar Rush’. The plant is very cold hardy and described as a short-lived perennial. Additionally, we have a great selection of English primroses which do splendidly in the shade.

Newsletter for December 2020

The “Bareroot” season is off and running! The new arrivals, however, are not bareroot at all! The growers have recently grown many offerings in small, quart size pots. Although this has added to the price, the advantages definitely outweigh the cost. The plants do not need to be planted right after purchase and they have a much better chance of survival due to a greater root structure. Here’s what we have right now; berries of all sorts – blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, goji berries, – figs and pomegranates. To see the up-to-date availability for the bareroot plants, go to our website –

The holiday trees are here. (The prehistoric figures amongst them are quite harmless.) We have the usual Nordmann firs and this year, a special variety of the Colorado Blue Spruce, ‘Baby Blue’. This spruce only grows to about 20 feet – in many years. The vivid blue needles make it a great accent. Give it regular water and some afternoon shade in the North County.

Cabbages big and small. We have lovely colors of white, red and pink in 4″ pots. The one shown is in an 8″ container and makes a striking display. Pansies and violas abound, with Calendulas, stock and snapdragons. We still have a great supply of daffodil bulbs to plant now or offer as gifts.

A few suggestions for your holiday shopping.

Don’t forget your fruit trees in the midst of all this merriment. Attempt to head off the insidious “leaf curl” which attacks peaches and nectarins. It is recommended to spray the trees 2 to 3 times during the dormant season. The most important spray is when you see color on the buds, just before they open. A customer who has had excessive leaf curl recommends adding Neem oil to the Liqui-cop. And another has had success using only Neem oil.

We have some handsome new benches with matching containers. Also in stock are lots of terra cotta pots, sizes small to very large.

The genus Hypericum (commonly called ‘St John’s Wort’) has added some really smashing hybrids called ‘Floralberry’. They were initially bred for the florist industry because of their very attractive berries. And now, luckily, they are available to retail nurseries. The current variety here is ‘Floralberry Sangria’. The leaves are very showy, dark green with red undertones. The shrub produces yellow flowers in spring followed by the very colorful berries. They make a great display in the garden as well as in a vase. This deciduous plant grows to about 3 feet tall and wide.

We expect bareroot strawberries later in the season but we currently have ‘Berri Basket White’ in 4″ plants. The white refers to the flowers, not the berries. This is a compact variety which does particularly well in containers and hanging baskets. Bareroot varieties to arrive later are ‘Albion’ and ‘Seascape’.

We have a lovely selection of poinsettias this year – marble, country quilt and red flowers with variegated leaves. The white variety is ‘White Princettia’ – true white flowers in delicate clusters. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday. Thanks to all of you for being such loyal and supportive customers!!

Sabrina, our saucy new cat, is posing for a Halloween calendar.

Newsletter for November 2020

A new frilly, fragrant viola – ‘Magnifi Scent’. This one is considered to be perennial – we’ll see if it survives our hot summers. There are lots of choices when it comes to violas and pansies. This is their time of year. They’re both great in planters and flower beds. Back again this year is ‘Honey bee’ viola, a real charmer! Other annuals to get you through the winter include stock, calendulas, snapdragons, Iceland poppies and erysimum. Give your flowers a good head start with some healthy organic soil and remember to fertilize throughout the blooming season.

Just arrived – a new shipment of the evergreen grass commonly called ‘Pheasant Grass’ but with two rather non-memorable botanical names – Stipa arunundinacea or Anemanthele lessoniana. But don’t let the names scare you off. This is a great evergreen grass with thin, arching blades that turn from green to shades of copper in the fall and winter. Only moderate irrigation is required. We are also expecting a shipment of Muhlenbergia capillaris, the muhly grass with outstanding pink flowers in fall.

Nandina or “Heavenly Bamboo” is almost always available at the nursery but this is the season we tend to highlight it. The reason is its great fall and winter color. Right now we have four different varieties: ‘Gulf Stream’ is very compact, growing about 3 to 4 feet tall. ‘Plum Passion’ has exceptionally nice fall color and grows 4 to 5 feet tall. ‘Fire Power’, only reaching 2 feet, has the reddest foliage of all. If you’d rather avoid any presence of red in the garden, choose ‘Lemon Lime’. The spring growth is chartreuse turning to green as the season progresses.

Bulbs for forcing. A tip for paperwhites to prevent them from becoming too tall – when the leaves are about 2 inches tall, replace the water with 1 part alcohol and 7 parts water. Rubbing alcohol will do. Save the good stuff. We have received a new shipment of many varieties of daffodil.

Cover up time! This row cover has many uses: protect tender plants including citrus from the frost. Protect young vegetable seedlings from the birds and cover fruit trees to keep the birds away – easier to remove than netting.

It’s still a great time to plant California natives. We have a good selection of manzanitas as well as coffee berries, Ceanothus and many more. Bargain 4″ plants include two varieties of Zauschneria plus Salvia apiana, fasciculatum buckwheat and Eriophyllum lanatum ‘Siskyou’. Manzanita flowers provide an early source of food for hummingbirds.

Cyclamen are one of the stars of the fall/winter season. Colors include red, white, maroon, pink and salmon. They tend to be a bit tender so plant them in a frost protected area. Otherwise cover them when the temperatures dip down. These lovely plants can also be used as house plants – give them good light and a cool spot. You will find English primroses in the same area – great winter color for the shade.

Make a statement! This garden art will delight and amaze. Standing at 4 feet tall it will certainly add character to your landscape. We have other sculptures a bit smaller.

Why not add a bit of color to the vegetable garden? New this year is ‘Purple Lady’ bok choy. The colorful stems belong to ‘Peppermint’ Swiss chard. We have a pretty good supply of winter vegetables – broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and bulb fennel. We sold out of onion and garlic sets but do have burgundy onions and green bunching onions in 6 packs. In 4″ plants look for the garlic ‘Inchelium’. This is a softnecked type with mild flavor. It was discovered on a native American reservation in Inchelium, Washington. A taste test winner it stores well for 6 to 9 months.

These fall colored Poinsettias were very popular last year. We expect them to arrive early this month. We’ll have a variety of others – red, white, marbled and poinsettias with variegated leaves. This variety is ‘Golden Glow’. At the end of the month holiday confers will arrive along with topiaries of green.

The website for our bareroot catalog is We will also have bare root shade trees which are not listed in the online website. You can come to the nursery to see the list.

Newsletter for October 2020

Orders for the bareroot season have been rolling in. It seems the early gardening craze continues! The recommendation, therefore, is get your bare root order in as soon as possible. We still have a great selection but the numbers are dwindling. Roses are also selling very well, so again, do not hesitate! Here’s the link to the web site: – keep in mind that the prices refer to mail orders and the in-store prices are always a bit less.

‘Scarlet Spires’ Salvia adds bold color to the border. As is true with many of the larger flowered Salvias, i.e. ‘Amistad’ and ‘Marine Blue’, the plant will completely die back in the winter but return each year with an increase in size. To prolong the bloom, be sure to cut back the spent flower spikes.

Wildflower seeds have arrived. The best time to plant them is in the fall right before a rain (hope springs eternal!) Included are two varieties of mixed seeds – One has California wildflowers and the other actual Native California wildflowers. California poppies are especially inclined to reseed for many years once they are established. In preparation, it’s best to have a fairly open area in which you can rough up the dirt a bit.

We’ve been out of this great book on native California plants for a while but it has returned. Aside from the descriptions of more than 500 native plants there are many specific situations mentioned including plants for under oak trees, those for attracting hummingbirds, those that are deer resistant and lots more. The book was written by three native plant experts from different parts of the state and is indispensable for anyone wanting to grow our natives. Fall is the very best time to plant natives.

It appears we will have some real fall weather soon – the perfect time to plant fall vegetables. Expect six packs of broccoli, cauliflower, beets, lettuce and more. For the daring gardener why not plant some brokali. Brokali is new this year – a cross between broccoli and Chinese kale. Brokali can be enjoyed raw or cooked in any of the same applications as conventional broccoli, broccolini or sprouting broccoli. Chop florets and leaves separately and add to salads or egg dishes. Keep stems whole and leaves attached or halve and sauté, roast or grill for a side dish. Lightly blanch or steam spears and leaves or rough chop and add to stir-fry, pastas, grain or rice dishes. Brokali can be blanched and frozen for up to 3 months. Store Brokali in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Hanging baskets have been hard to come by recently but we have some scheduled for this week. The baskets are full of three different colors of Calibrachoa. These are the most popular varieties for hanging baskets: they hold up to the heat and flower for a long period. Spruce up your garden for the fall. And be sure to add some showy grasses like the ‘Red Baron’ millet – great for containers.

The amazing daffodil bulb! These are the most popular fall bulb we sell. The reasons include: gopher resistant, excellent production for many years and the bright display in late winter during the dreariest, days! Another factor is the great variety of daffodils. The typical plant is the yellow trumpet form. But there are so many others. Tet-a-tete for example, is a charming dwarf variety. Other selections include white flowers with pink cups and double flowering ones. The daffodils have been so popular we have ordered many more to arrive this coming week.

Newsletter for September 2020

The anticipation is over! The 2021 Bareroot Catalog has arrived. You can pick one up at the nursery or go online for the very same information. The web address is Be advised that the prices shown are those for mail order – prices for in store purchase are always somewhat lower. We will have an in-store price list available in the nursery a bit later. We want to encourage you all to order as early as possible – there’s no way of knowing how quickly things may be sold out. You can come in or call us at 805 466 3406 during our regular hours. So many great edibles to choose from!

Fall officially arrives this month and it’s the ideal time to plant California natives. Here’s a sample of what’s on hand: Rhus Ovata (Sugar bush) is extremely drought tolerant. It’s a handsome evergreen shrub growing 15 to 20 feet tall and displaying interesting winter color. Among the many Manzanitas we have ‘Ghostly’ with silver leaves and ‘Ken Taylor’, a very useful ground cover type growing 1 to 2 feet tall and spreading about 6 feet wide. Some other natives include buckwheat Crocatum and Rosy buckwheat. Other flowering perennials are Penstemon ‘Margarita Bop’. California Goldenrod, Epilobium (formerly Zauschneria) and Erigeron ‘Wayne Roderick’.

Start your fall vegetables now! We have both organic and regular vegetable seeds plus herb and flower seeds. We still have the seed starter soil mix on order, but you can use some potting soil with perlite for a lighter mix. You can prepare your beds with top-of-the-line ingredients such as Bumper Crop, Raised Bed mix, chicken manure and Vermi-compost. We have some vegetable six packs at present and will be getting lots more. Don’t forget the herbs for all those gourmet meals!

New pots of many shapes and colors to brighten your garden.

Fall bulbs begin their arrival with the bearded Iris. New this year is Iris pallida – an iris with variegated foliage. 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.

White in the summer garden can act as a cooling accent. These perennials have just added white to their portfolio. Teucrium chaemydroides (Germander) is a tough plant normally found to sport rose colored flowers. Tulbaghia (Society garlic) normally displays lavender flowers and Gaura, often said to be white, usually also has accents of pink – but not with the variety ‘So White’.

Some cool grasses to add to your landscape. Miscanthus sinensis variegata can be a tall one – 6 to 8 feet with lovely cream colored flowers. A more diminutive Miscanthus is ‘Little Zebra’ reaching only 3 to 4 feet with striped blades. We also have an unusual variety, Ampelodesmos which has arching, evergreen blades 2 to 3 feet tall and 6 to 7 ft wheat colored flowers.

Crape myrtles come in a variety of forms and colors – these have been shaped into patio trees. This is a very popular plant in our area! It’s not too late to come and view the varieties and choose the one that’s just right for your garden! These hardy shrubs/trees do so well in our area because they thrive with hot summers. They are not drought tolerant and require regular water.

Newsletter for August 2020

Summerina Yellow Echibeckia is quite a mouthful, but then it’s quite a plant! This hybrid is a cross between Rudbeckia and Echinacea. It produces the large flowers and fast growth of Rudbeckias and the vigor and disease resistance of Echinacea. The cheerful blooms are long lasting and will brighten any summer garden. At this time we have some very handsome plants in 12″ containers.

Here’s a brief description of the many ground covers we stock. Be aware that they are not always available, but we will always try to order them.

The term “Ground Cover” can describe a huge diversity of plants. The four above can cover a lot of territory and they are all very tough. Rosea iceplant, a drought tolerant succulent, should be planted about 1 1/2 feet apart. There are other iceplant varieties with more muted tones, i.e. Delospermum congestum, yellow flowers, and Delospermum ‘Starburst’ with white flowers. Of the four plants pictured, rosemary probably requires the most care if you wish to keep it under 2 feet. Myoporum parvifolium has flowers in either white or pink and Dymondia’s flowers are yellow.

These low growing plants are better for small areas. Convolulus mauritanicus, shown here with blue flowers, occasionally occurs with white flowers. There are many low growing Thymes – other varieties include Woolly Thyme, Pink Chintz and Elfin, the most compact. Santolina is a very tough, drought tolerant plant with yellow button flowers in summer. Origanum ‘Hopley’s Purple’ can cover quite a bit of ground eventually. The purple flowers emerge in August. Other Oreganos of note – Betty Rollins and Golden Oregano.

The former ground covers can usually be found in flats, 6 packs or 4″ plants. The above varieties are generally sold in 1 gallon containers. The Cistus blooms in spring and can spread at least 3 feet wide and 1 1/2 to 3 feet high. It is very drought tolerant. Low growing cotoneasters vary with variety. Most grow 6″ to 1 1/2 feet tall and are 6 to 8 feet wide. The small white flowers in spring develop into bright red berries in fall and winter. The next two plants are California natives. Epilobium (formerly Zauschneria) has variation in height and leaf color. Unusual varieties have white or pink flowers. The bright orange-red flowers appear in late summer and remain throughout fall. The low growing Salvia ”Bee’s Bliss’ blooms in spring. It’s very drought tolerant and attracts lots of bees.

And finally, some shade prospects. Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum) is most often used as a vine. But it can serve well as a ground cover and has the possibility of reaching out to 10 feet or more. Its cousin, Asian Jasmine, is also a good candidate with smaller leaves and flowers. Vinca offers several choices. The one shown is a variegated variety of Vinca Minor. Vinca minor forms low growing clumps of dark green leaves with blue flowers in spring. Vinca major, on the other hand, grows quite quickly and can take over an area. Lysimachia is a great plant for small shade areas – leaf color is either green or chartreuse. And the last plant, Isotoma is a very low growing selection with flowers white or blue.

These are by no means all the groundcovers that thrive in our area, but a broad view of the many options.

Dicliptera suberecta, a native of Uruguay, is here just in time to bloom with its striking orange red flowers. Dicliptera is able to survive our cold winters and is also able to thrive in our high temperatures. Deadheading will prolong the flowering. After bloom, you will be left with a small tidy clump of green.

What’s blooming now.

Perennials: Lantana, the hardy Miss Huff and Chapel Hill; lots of Salvias, Greggii varieties, ‘Black and Blue’ (guaranitica), ‘Mystic Spires’; Cannas; Nepeta (Cat mint) and Guara.

Annuals: Petunias, Marigolds, Angelonia (“Summer Snapdragons”), Portulaca and Vinca.

Shrubs/trees: Crape myrtles, Vitex and Mimosa.

Newsletter for July 2020

Dipladenia is a lovely flowering plant that has become a very popular item. At the moment we have red in gallons and red and pink in 4″ plants. Dipladenia flowers throughout the summer with large trumpet shaped flowers and glossy, dark green leaves. It’s best used as a container plant in the North County as it does not tolerate frost. Trim the old flowers and be sure to cover the plant when frost is expected.

The vegetable season is drawing to an end but we will continue to carry herbs for the summer. And finally strawberry plants are back! We also have some lovely blueberries from Monrovia Nursery, ‘Bountiful Blue’. These compact berry plants are ideal for containers. They prefer some afternoon shade here in the North County. Additionally, some very large grape plants have arrived – red Crimson and green Thompson seedless.

There’s always a place for our California natives and we have a few new ones for sale. Solidago californica is the native goldenrod, blooming in late summer with, obviously, golden flowers! It was mistakenly believed that this plant is responsible for allergy attacks, but it has been determined that other wild plants are actually to blame. Another addition is the manzanita, ‘Ken Taylor’. This is a low growing ground cover type. And lastly, we currently have some white flowered Epilobium (Zauschneria). These might fare better with some afternoon shade.

Hats and gloves for your gardening pleasure.

Here’s a sensational Hydrangea for the shade garden, ‘Limelight’. If you have the right conditions this will be a great focal point. Hydrangeas prefer rich, moist soil. This is one of the tallest varieties, reaching 6 to 8 feet. It is advertised to have lime green flowers but they seem to be closer to cream. The large, cone-shaped flowers can be used as cut flowers as well as enhancing your shade garden. We have several varieties of Hydrangeas including one with variegated leaves.

Wondering what’s blooming in July? The tough, vibrant Vitex for one. This hardy shrub/tree has bright lavender-blue flowers in long racemes. It’s great for a background plant. This is also the season for Buddlejas, the “Butterfly Bush”. We hope to keep the various varieties coming in as the summer progresses. Staying with the color scheme, there’s Perovskia (Russian sage), reaching 4 to 5 ft. A smaller variety, ‘Little Spire’, grows to only 2 – 3 feet.

You might say earwigs are persistent and not very discriminating. You will find them among your vegetables, munching in your fruit trees and hiding inside your beautiful roses! Sluggo Plus is back. This product is recommended for organic gardening and it not only deters earwigs but also sow bugs, snails, and more. Another common pest this time of year is the bud worm – attacking petunias and geraniums among others. We have two products to combat these pests – ‘Take Down’ and ‘Captain Jacks’.

Hostas for the shade. These beauties are in 4″ pots and getting ready to bloom! They are one of the mainstays of the shade garden. Just remember where you planted them as they totally disappear in the winter. Also, beware of slugs and snails.

Many of the most colorful shade flowers are annuals but the tubers from the brightly colored tuberous Begonias can be stored over the winter and replanted next spring. They’re great in containers.