Newsletter for June 2017

One of the newest varieties of Nepeta (“Cat Mint”) is ‘Little Trudy’, a compact grower. This genus has become extremely popular with North County gardeners. It’s heat and cold tolerant and needs very little water once established. Nepeta blooms a long time and once the original blossoms are spent, cut it back and wait for more flowers to follow. Nepetas are attractive to bees and butterflies.

We’re all concerned with the bee and butterfly populations. We have hand-outs compiled by one of our customers listing many bee friendly plants.

We have an extensive selection of Japanese maples at this time. Choose the right one for your landscape. These beautiful trees come in greens and reds, with various leaf shapes and sizes. We recommend afternoon shade and protection from strong wind. Ask Matt, our knowledgeable employee, for information on the different species.

Summertime is Dahlia time! If you missed the bulb sales, don’t be distressed – We’ll have lots of gorgeous varieties for the season. The large flowered types make excellent cut flowers and the color selection varies from white to dark burgundy. Another great vase flower that has been out of circulation for many years is ‘Baby’s Breath’. And it’s back!

These barnyard animals are searching for new homes.

Two very cool new annuals. The first is a real innovation in a hot weather favorite – Portulaca. The new ‘Colorblast’ series has larger flowers – some double, others bi-colored. ‘Sunfinity’ sunflower is the product of many years of plant breeding. Multiple branching and long blooming make it a must for the garden! We are currently out, but expect a new shipment soon.

Hydrangea ‘Wedding Cake’ – a cool and refreshing accent for the shade in the heat of summer! This type of Hydrangea opens slowly from the outside in, displaying double snow white blooms. Protect ‘Wedding Cake’ and hydrangeas in general from afternoon sun. These plants demand extra irrigation in the summer but reward you with a long season of bloom. In the fall, cut the stems back for a more uniform appearance.


Beauty and/or humor in the garden. We have both.

Remember to plant Pennisetum rubrum early for a long season of enjoyment. There’s a good chance the Pennisetum will not overwinter – depends on the severity or where you live. But if you treat it as an annual you won’t be disappointed.