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.