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Newsletter for June 2018

Dahlias return with all their alluring shades. Find a spot in your landscape or in a large container – you won’t be disappointed! Dahlias have flowers of yellow, pink, red, orange and purple, plus they have leaves of green and darkest bronze green. In our climate, you can choose to keep them in their location all year or remove the tubers and store until next spring. If you have heavy soil, there’s a chance they may rot with too much moisture.

 

Our options for potting soil and soil amendments keep expanding. We still carry the regular and premium Master Nurseryman potting soil. We’ve added the Raised Bed and Potting soil mix, as well as the 420 variety, the highest priced and, if as advertised, the most effective. We’ll try to advise you on the best product for your needs, but you may want to do some experimenting on your own.

 

Hostas are prized plants for the shade and we just received a great new shipment. These plants are suited for the shady border or an attractive container. They will totally disappear in the winter, only to return larger the following spring. Slugs and snails consider them to be quite a treat, so guard them accordingly! ‘Sluggo’ is an excellent deterrent as well as diatomaceous earth. Bell-like flowers in lavender and white appear later in the season, but it’s the foliage that makes them so spectacular.

 

A stunning item returns from last year – colorful lilies in 4″ containers. Plant them in fertile, well draining soil and expect them to return for many years. There are many bargains to be had in 4″ pots – they just demand a little more patience! Other examples include Salvias, Dahlias, Scabiosas and Nepeta.

 

Finally – French tarragon has arrived to the relief of all you gourmet cooks! And don’t be fooled by its imposters, Russian tarragon and the Mexican marigold, Tagetes lucida. This is the REAL tarragon. We try to stock herbs most of the year. In addition to the regular basil, we currently have Greek columnar basil. This plant grows for an extremely long period and seems never to flower or go to seed.

 
Many choices for shade. ‘Electric Lime’ Coleus, pink and white Fuchsia and ‘Blue Wonder’ Scaevola.

An innovation in the tomato world – very dwarf varieties for the patio. The vegetable season is winding down, but we expect a few more essentials this week including zucchini, lemon cucumbers, sweet and hot peppers, and six packs of Crenshaw melons. For best results with your vegetables, remember to fertilize them, preferably once a month.

 

Some lovely butterflies to hang on your wall. We have lots of plants to encourage the real ones to enter your garden. Look for the native Asclepias fascicularis in one gallon containers along with Buddleias (butterfly bush) and many types of Lantana.

 

In addition to the native milkweed, peruse our many other California natives. We currently have the very popular Matilija poppy. In 4″ plants, we have Salvia apiana and spathacea as well as a very showy native penstemon, ‘Margarita Bop’.

We sold all our bareroot figs this year, but we brought some popular varieties in recently. We always warn our customers about the gopher’s appetite for figs! You might construct some very strong baskets of hardware cloth or consider planting them in large containers. These succulent fruits are certainly worth the trouble!

 

Sunflower ‘Sunfinity’ returns. The very special attributes of ‘Sunfinity’ are its branching and very long bloom time.

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Newsletter for May 2018

It’s gratifying to see all the dedicated gardeners searching for just the right plant! And what better time to do it than spring? There are so many colorful choices.

Calibrachoas are among the most popular hanging baskets. These colorful little flowers are close relatives of the Petunia, but they seem to endure the hot summers a bit better. We also have the plants available in 4″ pots and sometimes in six packs. Look for hanging ivy geraniums and fuchsias as well.

 

Vegetable gardening is at its peak. You might want to stick to the tried and true. We have Ace, Early Girl, Better Boy and Celebrity tomatoes for you. For the more adventurous try Indigo Rose, Orange Russian or German Johnson. Peppers are here, hot and mild. Some of the smaller types include Padron, Shishito and Lunchbox. Don’t forget the herbs – too many to mention!

 

Helping the bees and butterflies is a worthy cause for the gardener. Here are a few plants to further the cause. Monarda is commonly called ‘bee balm’, available here in 4″ and 6 packs. Monarda is a hardy perennial preferring sun and regular moisture. A handout written by one of our customers offers many other bee friendly plants. It should be available at the counter.

Buddleja or “butterfly bush” is arriving in quantity this month. Various types are available in heights from three to eight feet and colors dark purple to red-violet. Look for the native milkweed plants later in the season; they are hosts for the monarch butterflies.

 

The ‘Titan’ sunflowers we’ve been selling in 4″ pots are very tall witih a single stem and are grown for their very large seed heads. ‘Sunfinity’, arriving this week, is quite a different plant. We sold this amazing new variety last year; the plant branches out for many, many weeks and is a terrific ornamental. It’s great as a container plant or in the ground.

 

Apple blossom time! And the coddling moths are ready to invade. They lay their eggs in the blossoms and their offspring eat their way out! You can set traps out in the trees to monitor their arrival. After the petals drops, spray with either spinosad or horticultural oil.

 

Annuals deliver lots of summer color and marigolds are always near the top of the list. This is the second year for a special variety, ‘Strawberry Blonde’. The blend of colors are quite unique. Pair it with blue salvias, yellow and orange zinnias or white shasta daisies. Don’t forget the slow release fertilizer, Osmocote.

 
Pictured below are a few suggestions for Mother’s Day.
Gift certificates are always available as well.

 

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Newsletter for April 2018

Spring is for planting! We have a new selection of roses to enhance your garden. We’ll be bringing more in as the season progresses. Don’t see your favorite? If it’s available, we’ll be happy to add it to our collection. Roses react very favorably to fertilization, preferably done every six weeks. We carry several options. Those pesky little aphids have a way of showing up in spring – we’ll have ladybugs later on and also some non-toxic sprays.

 

More vegetables and herbs are on the way! Once again, there is a vast choice of tomatoes – pick your size, color and flavor! Early Girl probably takes the prize for most popular, but the very tasty cherry, Sun Gold, has topped many lists as well. Look for peppers hot and mild – Italian roasting, Padron and Ghost, Red, Yellow and Orange sweet peppers.

 

Color! Many double Osteospermums as well as single varieties. The lovely white daisy is a new form of the old favorite Marguerite daisy. It’s called ‘Grandessa’ – note the attractive larger center. This form also comes in yellow and red.

Here’s a carefree planting – a driveway embellished with help from nature. These Euphorbia wulfeniis just reseeded; they receive no additional water and bloom year after year. They do, however, reseed like crazy, but plucking the small seedlings out is an easy chore.

 
In case you missed the bareroot season, we have lots of fruit trees planted in containers. Most of those currently available are planted in bio-degradable pots; they can be planted pot and all so as not to disturb the roots.

Lewisia ‘Elise’ is a new form of Lewisia cotyledon. The original plant was rather temperamental. This new form does extremely well in containers, enduring frost as well as heat. It’s also recommended for rock gardens. Colors include white, pink and peach. Good drainage is important. We currently carry the plant in six packs.

 

New containers of many shapes, sizes and colors. Place them in your patio, around your pool, on your deck. Some plants do really well in containers, some not so much. We’ll try to help you pick out just the right one!

 
This is the last week for the Bumper Crop sale – 3 bags for $18.99. We also have many other beneficial amendments to add to your soil. Pictured on the right is Vermi-compost, locally produced. We have acidic mixes, chicken manure, organic compost and more. Beef up your soil!
 

The vivid colors of Gerberas. No wonder they’re a favorite for beds and containers. We stock them in 4″ plants and one gallons. We also feature the new hybrids, ‘Garvineas’ which appear to be very heat and cold tolerant. There are so many colorful annual and perennial flowers this time of year; they can certainly uplift the spirit!

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Newsletter for March 2018

Will March bring us more much needed rain? All fingers are crossed! Plants such as this very handsome variegated Agave will thrive in even the driest situations. The narrow-leaved succulent, Hesperaloe, produces stunning, tall stalks of flowers in coral, yellow or red. Yuccas and Dasylirions are also great choices for the drought tolerant garden.

 

These succulents are both Dudleyas – Dudleya pulverulenta and Dudleya lanceolata and they’re both native to California. The first Dudleya does best with some shade in the North County. Unlike many succulents it does not send out runners; instead it remains a single rosette and grows taller with an extended base. Lanceolata, on the other hand, thrives in hot locations, such as dry banks and forms small clumps. Both are extremely drought tolerant.

 

We still have a great selection of summer blooming bulbs. If you are a bit overwhelmed by the typical tall gladiolus, you might try these more diminutive ones labeled ‘Orchid’. They only grow 20″ tall and would be a charming addition to a summer bouquet. Still available are many handsome varieties of Dahlias.

 

A small pair of lambs to add to the Bay Laurel animal farm. An unusual gift for an unusual person.
 

Artichokes in any size you need! We have 4″, one gallon and five gallon plants. In addition to their edible qualities, the plants are quite ornamental. The large silvery leaves give way to large, lavender thistle-like blooms.

We have a new variety of Sugar Snap Pea named ‘Sugar Ann’. These plants are compact and need no staking plus they bear earlier than other sugar snap peas. We also have lots of new vegetable starts as well as herbs.

 

March is the ideal time for starting warm weather vegetable seeds. We have the items you’ll need for this project, including packets of organic seeds and small fiber cells.

 

‘Claremont’ Western redbud is a selected variety chosen for its outstanding form and dark pink flowers. The vivid blooms are followed by heart shaped, blue-green leaves. This drought tolerant, small tree would be a wonderful addition to any landscape.

 
Here are a few ideas for some early blooming shrubs: Lilac, sweet broom, Teucrium fruticosa, Forsythia and ornamental quince. Spanish lavender is the first lavender to bloom and we have some handsome plants on hand.

The annual sale of Bumper Crop soil amendment begins this month.

The bareroot season will soon be over, so hurry in if you don’t want to miss out! We do have a good selection of blackberries and raspberries in quart containers. Varieties include Heritage and Fall Gold Raspberry, Thornless Boysenberry and Olallie berries.

 
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Newsletter for February 2018

Our bareroot plants and trees are still center stage. Don’t be dismayed by all the sold signs; you can still find excellent choices for your home orchard! Our newest hybrid fruit tree, the Pluerry is still available. The tree is a cross of plum and cherry. Sweet Treat Pluerry has been among the top fruit at tastings the last three years. Fruit does not drop when ripe, it just gets sweeter! Candy Heart has dark red and speckled skin and amber and red flesh. The fruit has a wonderful unique flavor and an extended hang time, but peak ripeness is around mid-August.

A Sweet Treat Pluerry or Burgundy Plum will act as pollenizer. Sugar Twist is the newest of the new. The flavor has the sugar sweet taste of a ripe cherry with a twist of plum and it ripens in mid June. Many late blooming plums and pluots will act as pollenizers. And then there are the newest donut type fruits – Sauzee King Nectarine and Sauzee Swirl Peach – more unique and delicious fruits to add to your home orchard.

This is one of the many new hellebores available. The plant is well adapted to the shade. The dramatic leaves are evergreen and the blossoms present themselves in the dead of winter even in the North County. We have a very good selection at present; “Winter Jewel”, “Amber Gem” and “Sparkling Diamonds”. Another winter gem for the shade is the extremely fragrant Daphne. This shrub is somewhat temperamental, insisting on good drainage.

 

A sampling of the colorful annuals just arrived – pansies and English primroses. You will also find the old fashioned fragrant perennial violet, Viola odorata and 6 packs of sweet peas, delphiniums, Armeria and many more.

Manzanitas are a winter delight! Pictured here is Paradise; it is currently in full bloom and visited regularly by bees and hummingbirds. It’s not available very often, but we currently have a good supply of one gallon plants. We have some nice five gallon Prunus lyonii, sturdy, evergreen shrubs that make a handsome and durable hedge or screen. Little by little, we are restocking our native plant supply.

 

Lots of cool season vegetables are available right now. Don’t forget to add rich organic matter to your soil. We have many options including Bumper Crop and the local product ‘Black Diamond Vermicompost’. No, no tomatoes yet! We plan on bringing in some tender plants sometime in March.

 

Here is a new and very useful grass-like perennial, Lomandra ‘Platinum Beauty’. The plant grows 2 to 3 feet tall and wide. It is very versatile, adapting to dry or ordinary garden conditions. It would also make a great container plant; some afternoon shade would probably be best up here in the North County. Lomandras originated in Australia. Their many attributes are being appreciated as they become more available.

 

Seed potatoes have arrived. We have red ones, blue ones, gold ones plus garlic starts.

 


Summer flowering bulbs have also arrived. Shown here are two new varieties. The first is Dahlia ‘Rebecca’s World’ and the second is a new tuberose ‘Yellow Baby’ which will be arriving in March. We have a good selection of Dahlias plus glads, lilies, Crocosmia and more.
And finally, a fabulous winter accent – the coral bark Japanese maple (‘Sango kaku’). A plant for all seasons! We have some lovely specimens at this time. We also have some handsome five gallon Arbutus ‘Marina’ trees. This is an evergreen tree that looks great any time of the year.

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Newsletter for January 2018

These fruits look quite lovely in the supermarket, but we all know it’s the homegrown ones that have real flavor! We have about 90% of our bareroot fruit trees and berries. It’s a great time to plant them. If you want to check on availability go to baylaurelnursery.com for a current up-date.

We have a new root stock for semi-dwarf cherries, Maxima 14, an improvement on the Colt rootstock. In recent years figs have been arriving in small containers; this helps their delicate roots become less susceptible to damage when transplanting; also be aware that gophers consider these roots gourmet fare!

If you have less than desirable soil, we recommend adding at least 1/3 organic matter to your native soil.

For some detailed information about growing and pruning fruit trees check out this website: http://www.davewilson.com/home-gardens/backyard-orchard-culture.

We just received a shipment of gorgeous Camellias. The two above, Pink-a-Boo and Chansonette are the sasanqua types which bloom early at a time when the garden welcomes their colorful blossoms. These evergreen shrubs with their glossy, dark green leaves are a staple tor the shade garden.

The Camellia japonica blooms later, sporting both larger leaves and flowers. Camellias are considered part of the acid loving plant category, but they are much easier to grow than either Azaleas or Rhododendrons. The plants we received from Monrovia Growers are top quality. You may have to pay a bit more, but these sturdy shrubs should provide you with many years of enjoyment.

We have an excellent selection of olive trees at present. Here is one of the spectacular boxed fruitless Bonita olive trees. We have many fruiting varieties as well, some in one gallon, five and fifteen gallons.

“Little Ollie”, the shrubby form of the olive is a great carefree plant – excellent as a hedge and also in a container. This variety makes for great topiaries, large and small.

 

Two new fabulous floribunda roses. The floribunda roses are great performers. They generally form clusters and bloom profusely. The first is ‘Easy to Please’, one of the introductions in the “Easy-to-Love” series. The second, ‘Violet’s Pride’, is named for Lady Violet of Downton Abbey portrayed so vividly by Maggie Smith. Wouldn’t they make a perfect pair in any garden?

January is the month for lots of gardening chores. Prime chore: pruning. Grab hold of those pruning shears and tackle your rose bushes and fruit trees.

These gloves are designed to help with a thorny task! We have many other gloves for weeding and digging in some attractive colors. Leather gloves are also available.

 
A reminder that this is the time to spray peaches and nectarines with copper spray at least twice. The most important spray is just before the buds open in late spring.
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Newsletter for December 2017

Christmas trees are moving out quickly so don’t delay! Shown here is the stately Colorado Blue Spruce, ‘Baby Blue’. The blue-green needles are very striking and the tree itself is shorter than most blue spruces, growing to about thirty feet. For a Charlie Brown effect, you might consider the Pinyon Pine. This tree is native to western states including California, New Mexico and Wyoming. The tree grows slowly to fifteen to twenty feet. An added bonus – pine nuts! If you’re going to keep your tree indoors for a while, we have special instructions.

The many shades of Heuchera, commonly known as coral bells. These are wonderful plants for the shade garden. ‘Lime Rickey’ adds brightness and ‘Fire Alarm’ deep tones of orange and copper. The leaves remain all year and dainty bells top slender stems in the spring. In addition to these colorful varieties, we also stock the native Heuchera maxima. This plant has much larger leaves with ivory bells and is quite tolerant of dry conditions.


Add an exotic touch to your garden. Choose your own hairstyles.

An instant Pyracantha espalier complete with berries! The Pyracantha is an extremely popular plant. Attributes include longevity, durability, year long foliage and berries for the birds. It’s useful as a screen and espaliered against fences.

Time to pull out the row cover or purchase it if you’re without. It’s great for covering tender plants including citrus and succulents. It’s also very useful for covering fruit trees to protect them from hungry birds and other creatures. The fabric is very lightweight allowing water and light to permeate. It is currently on order.

‘Carmine Bells’ is just one variety of the genus Correa. This shrub comes to us all the way from Australia. Correas do extremely well in shade and part shade. They require only minimum irrigation and bloom in the winter. Most varieties are two to three feet tall with a greater spread. They appear to be deer resistant. It’s surprising this plant is so little used. ‘Ivory Bells’, ‘Pink Flamingo’ and ‘Carpenter Rock’ are among other varieties.

Here are just a few ideas for holiday gift giving. Roam around the nursery and see what else tickles your fancy.

It’s that “red and white” time of year! Mix and match Cyclamen, pansies and Dianthus for the holiday look.

These colorful cabbages will remain in the garden all winter. We also have an extensive diversity of pansies and violas. Other annuals include Iceland poppies, sweet smelling stock, snapdragons and English primroses. Brighten your containers and beds for the winter. We just received spinach, brussel sprouts, radicchio, arugula and kale. The bareroot vegetables are artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb and horseradish.

Finally, on a very sad note, we bid farewell to our beloved Sammy, nursery cat extraordinaire and a fixture at the nursery for over fourteen years. He will be sorely missed by all of us and by his feline companions, Yum Yum and Fluffianne. The nursery will not be quite the same without the joy he gave us every day.

We hope to see you during the holiday season. We’ll have Poinsettias, wreaths, Amaryllis and more. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our plant loving customers!

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Newsletter for November 2017

Get ready for another great bareroot season! The new catalog is out and the website is up and running. We also wish to remind you that the prices online are for mail order and that in store prices are lower.

A new root stock for cherries is Maxma 14 which replaces Colt. Two of its benefits are better tolerance to wet soils and earlier fruit production.

The bareroot season begins with supplies of berries – blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and more. Also, you can start planting vegetables including asparagus, artichokes, and rhubarb. We have many six  packs of vegetables and will bring in new ones as soon as they are available. This is also a great time to plant seeds of peas – Sugar Snap and Chinese and the ornamental Sweet Peas.

Speaking of berries, how about some colorful ones to fatten up the birds. This month is prime. Shown below are berries from two natives, Prunus ilicifolia and Toyon, plus Pyracantha.

November is really the last good month for planting natives. Right now we have the best selection of Manzanitas including ‘Dr. Hurd’, ‘Louis Edmonds’, ‘Howard McMinn’ and ‘Ken Taylor’, among others. And back is that infamous Salvia, ‘Desperado’ – a cross between Salvia apiana and leucophylla. Don’t forget to throw out seeds of the native poppies and other wildflowers.

Who is Kurt Zadnik? I haven’t been able to find out, but there is a lovely Ceanothus named after him. This plant has some of the deepest cobalt blue flowers of the species. It is said to grow two to three feet tall and spread out up to eight feet. Recommended by our sales rep from Native Sons Wholesale Nursery.

For sale in 4″ containers is the healing Aloe vera. The sap is great in relieving itches from insect bites and pain from burns. Don’t forget to bring the plants indoors when frost is predicted.

Forcing Hyacinth bulbs is another holiday tradition along with paperwhite forcing. We have these colorful vases and blue hyacinths as well as a new variety in yellow. The bulbs can also be planted in the ground and should rebloom for many years.

Red and white cyclamen are always the most popular; other colors include salmon, lavender and fuchsia. In our climate, the plants require protection from frost. When the temperatures drop, keep them close to the house or cover them. They also function as colorful indoor plants, lasting longest in a cool atmosphere.

Calylophus (common names include Texas primrose and sundrops) is one of the most popular perennials and for good reason. The bright yellow flowers are borne on low growing plants all summer. They need only minimal irrigation and are content with summer’s hottest days. We currently have one gallon plants. Trim the plant in early spring if you notice it becoming woody.

Olive trees are a durable and lasting addition to the landscape. Come check out the striking weeping olive specimen. Also in the nursery, some very handsome fruitless Bonita trees in 24″ boxes. During the bareroot season, we will once again carry some of the more unusual fruiting varieties in small containers – Arbequina, Arbosana and Koroneiki.

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Newsletter for October 2017

Fall, finally! The cooler temperatures provide a perfect time to plant California natives. Here are just a few of the selections we have on hand (the availability changes weekly):  Prunus lyonii and ilicifolia – great evergreen hedge plants. Various Ceanothus and Manzanitas. Sage – Apiana, Winifred Gilman and more. Epilobium (Zauschneria) ‘Everett’s Choice’ plus two varieties of California buckwheat.

Unlike most Cordylines, this variety, ‘Festival’, does not become a small tree. It is very grass-like with the dramatic leaves providing a year long accent. ‘Festival’ is a hybrid developed from plants of New Zealand. We currently have small one gallon plants – this picture will give you something to look forward to!  We also have  some spectacular Cordyline ‘Design-a-line Burgundy’, which has a similar growth habit, in five gallon pots.


The fall vegetable starts you’ve all been waiting for are here. Also for sale, three varieties of onion sets, and for the garlic connoisseur, we have five different varieties of garlic. New this year are  ‘Killarney Red’ and ‘Chinese Pink’.

Last month, I discussed the many varieties of Salvias. One of the more unusual Greggii types (“Autumn Sage”) is ‘Moonlight’. The flowers, which bloom over a long season, are a very pleasing shade of very pale yellow. This perennial should have no trouble blending in the garden with green, shades of blue, lavender, orange or almost any other color!

The flowering rewards of succulents! Pictured here are Bulbine, Echeveria and Calandrinia. These are some of the showiest succulent flowers. The succulent family is extensive. You can find varieties for containers and bedding plants for shade and sun. The most tender ones can be covered or brought indoors.

Be sure and visit our Gift Gallery. Some items for the western buff.

Snapdragons are an all-time favorite. The shorter varieties such as ‘Montego’ and ‘Floral Showers’ as well as the medium growers, ‘Liberty’ and ‘Sonnet’, are great container and bedding plants. The really tall one, ‘Rocket’, is a great cutting variety. We have a good start on all the cool season annuals such as pansies, violas, calendulas and ornamental cabbage and kale.

All our spring flowering bulbs have arrived. Don’t wait until you see them blooming as it will sadly be too late! We have daffodils large and small, early to late blooming. Tulips, Hyacinths, Freesias, all the old favorites are here to plant. Fortunately, daffodils and narcissus are unappetizing for our local gophers. We have special instructions for forcing the paper white narcissus – a holiday tradition for many.

Grasses are at their fluffy best this time of year – most show off their blooms in fall. Shown here is Muhlenbergia capillaris and Miscanthus ‘Adagio’. The Muhlenbergia is evergreen with very fine blades. There are numerous varieties of Miscanthus, most are deciduous and considered tough and durable. We have, of course, many other grasses from short to tall, gray to green. Come check it out!
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Newsletter for September 2017

Once again, we initiate our annual Fall Fruit Tree Sale! Bareroot prices for a year’s worth of growth! Five gallon trees of apple, apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach, plum, pluot and pomegranate which were $28.95 are now on sale for $20.95. Persimmons, jujubes and assorted nut trees are 20% off.

Fall vegetables will be arriving shortly – we know you’re anxious, but excessive heat will not agree with the cool season varieties! We do, however, still have a good supply of herbs. Have you tried the Columnar Greek Basil? It can be a challenge to keep ahead of basil blossoms, but not with this variety. It just keeps putting out small, pungent leaves and it’s advertised to be a good drying candidate. French tarragon is here as well.

The start of the fall bulb arrivals – colorful, carefree German iris. This year several of the varieties are re-bloomers – quite a plus! Now is the time to divide your existing plants; this should be done every three to four years. Fertilize the plants in spring when growth begins, using a low nitrogen fertilizer. Repeat after the plants have bloomed. Iris live for many years; they tend to be deer resistant and require only moderate amounts of water.

This delicate Salvia returns again near the end of summer. Salvia reptans ‘Willow Veil’ has cobalt blue flowers and sways with the slightest breeze. We would be lost without Salvias! The color palette is endless. Did you know two entire books have been written on the subject? Native and non-native alike, they are excellent plants for the North County.

A new shipment of Berberis (barberry) has arrived. We have ‘Rose Glow’, ‘Orange Rocket’, Berberis species and ”Ruby Pygmy’. These tough shrubs of varying sizes provide a colorful accent in any garden. Be sure to water them daily for the first few weeks after planting as they can be quite sensitive at that time.

Among our many decorative garden objects you will find some very classy iron plant stands and hanging baskets. And what could be more wine countryish than a bird house made out of wine corks?

Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ may not be the flashiest of its genus, but it is among the hardiest. Returning year after year, it blooms for many months and will thrive in even the heaviest of soils. This year it has been set against a competitor, the Echibeckia. May the best plant win! Two 4″ plants not normally seen at this time – the native milkweed, Asclepias fascicularus and a 4″ sunflower.


A trio of small, evergreen accents to add to your shade garden. The first two are perennials camouflaged as grasses. Dianella ‘Cassa Blue’ is among the many Dianellas that have become popular lately. They are quite sturdy and add a pleasant vertical air to the landscape. Center is Liriope ‘Silvery Sunproof’ which has the added feature of lavender spikes in the summer. Last is Carex ‘Everlime’, a true grass with a subtle variegation.

Rex begonias have been popular houseplants for the last several years – the great appeal is in their striking foliage. Here’s a picture of the newest one – with really large glossy leaves.

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Bay Laurel Garden Center is a retail nursery located just off Highway 101 in Atascadero, California, about thirty minutes north of San Luis Obispo. Exit 101 at Del Rio Road, turn east on Del Rio and then south on El Camino Real. We are about a block and half down on the right.

Bay Laurel Garden Center
2500 El Camino Real
Atascadero CA 93422
Tel: (805) 466-3449

Autumn/winter hours:
Mon – Sat 9 am to 5 pm
Sun 9 am to 4 pm

Spring/summer hours:
Mon – Sat 9 am to 5.30 pm
Sun 9 am to 4.30 pm