Newsletter for November 2016

newsletter-201611-01The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without the traditional Christmas cactus. We offer 6″ and 4″ plants for your holiday pleasure. Another popular holiday tradition is the indoor forcing of paper white narcissus; the bulbs are selling out quickly so don’t delay!


newsletter-201611-02Red 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.




New additions from a new supplier.




Shown here are two very easy to grow vertical accents for the garden. Above left is Dianella ‘Little Rev’. An evergreen perennial related to Iris the plant grows about 2 feet tall and spreads slowly. ‘Little Rev’ needs only minimum irrigation and care. Lomandra is a genus containing 50 different species; we currently stock ‘Breeze’ and ‘Katrinus Deluxe’. Lomandras are extremely adaptable, growing in wet or dry situations, sun or shade. They are commonly referred to as Matt rushes as the Australian Aboriginal people used the leaves to weave mats. To keep the plants looking neat, shear them to about 6″ in early spring; they grow quickly again. Click here for more than you may want to know about them!


newsletter-201611-05We had to wait all season for this magnificent salvia to return! Desperado’ is the cross of two native sages – Salvia apiana and leucophylla. The lavender flower spikes grow to 5 or 6 feet tall with a long bloom period. The plant is very drought tolerant. It is certainly a must have for any native California plant lover! We currently have ‘Desperado’ available in 1 gallon containers. It’s still a great time to plant California natives. Don’t forget to sprinkle the poppy seeds about.


newsletter-201611-06Fall color is abundant at Bay Laurel! These bright,perennial chrysanthemums will reward you for many seasons following the current one. We also have a great supply of annuals including the ornamental cabbages. It is astounding to see all the various choices in pansies and violas. A relatively new arrival for the cool season is the annual Erysimum. This cold hardy annual comes in a rainbow of colors.




Left: new charming stone creatures. Right: melodious, mellow wind chimes.


newsletter-201611-08This Kalanchoe is a newcomer to the nursery. Use it to brighten your indoor living space. The flowers on this variety, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, resemble tiny rose buds. Cut back the blooms after flowering and keep in a bright spot. When all danger of frost has passed you can put these flowering succulents outdoors in the shade – repot and fertilize.


newsletter-201611-09A preview of the holiday trees to come – Pinus edulis, the Pinon pine. The tree has silvery needles and is long-lived and slow growing, 10 to 20 feet tall eventually. Patience is needed if you’re growing this for pine nuts – according to some literature trees will bear in 25 to 75 years! Best just to use as a handsome, drought tolerant specimen in the yard. Other conifers will be arriving later in the month including Colorado spruce and Nordmann fir.


newsletter-201611-10Camellias – one of the best flowering shrubs for shade. We expect them to arrive mid November. ‘Yuletide’ is one of the most popular varieties. This Sasanqua type blooms much earlier than the Japonica varieties. Look for both with varieties including Colonel Fiery, Debutante and Magnoliaflora.




The bareroot season will soon be underway with the arrival of many delicious edibles – asparagus, artichokes, lots and lots of berries. They will be arriving later this month for your fall and winter planting. We still have an extensive supply of cool season vegetable starts.

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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