Versatile, adaptable, agreeable – Salvias are big bang for your minimal effort and bucks!
Revered by the Romans in the 1st century for their healing properties, prized by 17th century herbalists for their many medicinal and culinary uses and beloved by us modern gardeners for their beauty, toughness and architectural backbone - it's hard to think of a genus more useful and diverse than Salvia! Varieties range from the ginormous to the genteel and come in a host of colors that'll make your head spin!
Low maintenance, often needing little water and adaptable to sun or part shade, they can provide structure and bloom almost all year long in temperate climates like ours. Now is a great time to plant many of these perennial beauties. Many have fragrant or textured foliage that provides interest even when not in bloom, and ALL Salvias are stupendous for attracting pollinators! Native, bumble and honeybees, butterflies and, of course, hummingbirds all come buzzing when you plant even one! And don't worry too much about deer – they don't care much for the fuzzy stems and aromatic leaves! Bonus: cut flower enthusiasts – get your snippers ready for beaucoup bouquets!
Photography mavens – this one's for you!
Join us at the nursery on Saturday, August 20 at 11 am for an exciting chance to learn valuable photography tips from Saxon Holt – one of the most respected and talented photographers in the garden world.
Whether you shoot with a mega–pixel SLR or a smartphone, you'll get insight and tools you can use right away to take your garden photography to the next level as Saxon shares some of the principles from the latest installment of his wildly popular e-book series "Good Garden Photography."
Like sugar-coated sea anemones, our California native Dudleyas are a delightful and unmistakable sight all along the California coastline, where they tenaciously cling to rocky outcroppings and ledges. Tough enough to roll with the punches of ocean-side dwelling, they make life on a cliff face look both easy and awesome. They're also incredibly adaptable, living long and prospering in the garden, where their splendid geometry and spectacular stems and blooms bring drought tolerant drama wherever they're planted. Plus, they're deer resistant and reliably loved by our native hummingbirds. So sweet!
How best to grow Dudleyas? Well, there's a reason they're known by the common name "Liveforevers" – Dudleyas thrive on neglect and live, while not literally forever, pretty darn close.
Compost, compost, compost! It's our mantra here at Annie's whenever customers ask what they need to do to take their gardens from blah to breathtaking!
Come learn how to make your own high quality "black gold" and improve the tilth of your garden soil with lifelong sustainability champion Will Bakx, owner of Sonoma Compost Company on Saturday, August 6 at 11 am! Will's company has diverted over a million tons of organic material from landfills and he's not stopping there. Now he's reaching out to home gardeners to help them understand the soil food web and why it's crucial to having a successful garden – whether you're growing edibles, ornamentals or both!
Unbeatable Summer show-stoppers, our rare and unusual species Dahlias produce big, bold, bountiful blooms from early Summer right through to first frost! Coming in a sumptuous array of jewel tones and bi-colors – some with glossy green foliage, others with deliciously dark chocolatey-colored leaves – they're the ultimate gateway-flower. No one can stop at just one! And bonus – we have our biggest selection of all the best varieties RIGHT NOW!
Here at Annie’s we specialize in super tough and hardy species that tend to be sturdier, bushier, more bloomiferous, and more robust. They never need staking and are powdery mildew resistant. Growing to their proper height of 4-5' tall, they're not the boinky and stunted dwarf varieties that you find at the big box stores. Plus, like all Dahlias, they’re deer resistant, virtually pest free, make gorgeous cut flowers and, possibly best of all, are easy to divide and share with all your garden friends!
We are thrilled to welcome Brian Kemble, Curator of the beyond fabulous Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek to the nursery on Saturday, July 23rd at 11 am to demystify some of the beautiful and bizarre, yet easy-to-grow succulents and other intriguing horticultural oddities grown in Ruth's amazing Summer-dry garden. Planted in 1972, the garden is open to the public and we heartily recommend you visit!
Inspired by otherworldly colors, textures and sculptural forms, Brian has travelled the globe in search of unique characters for Ruth’s renowned collection. His work for the Garden has included hybridizing Aloes, Agaves and South American Cacti. An enthusiastic walking encyclopedia on all things plants, we’ve been fortunate to be on the receiving end of several of Brian’s amazing discoveries – many of which you will find for sale here at the nursery! So come on down to find a few new treasures for your low-water garden and how to grow them beautifully!
You've got problems! We've got plants!
Here at the nursery, we get every kind of gardening question you can imagine. It seems no matter how much time and effort we devote to our little plots of plant paradise, there's always at least one problematic patch that has us gardeners tearing our gloves off in frustration.
Whether it's a parched slope, a sunny hot corner of doom where nothing wants to grow, dastardly deer, soul-crushing clay soil, shady side yards or unsightly obstacles – the list of potential challenges goes on and on! While you might find a few ho-hum plants that are adequate to the task at the big-box stores, intrepid gardeners don't just want adequate. We want color! Big Blooms! Drama! And for goodness sake, we want tried-and-true longevity and reliability along with our foliage and flowers.
August through October is the height of butterfly season!
We're shining the spotlight on one of our most favorite groups of plants – the diverse and divine genus Asclepias – just in time for you to PLANT THEM NOW so that migrating Monarchs might find them in the late Summer and Fall and lay their eggs among the leaves. A prized nectar source for many butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, Milkweed is also the sole host plant for Monarch butterflies and absolutely essential to their survival!
We’re bringing Begonias back! Too long have people suffered the horror of those ghastly, teensy-weensy dwarf Begonias that haunt parks, gas stations, and commercial landscapes. Our eyeballs (and gardens) deserve better!
So we’ve pulled out all the stops and are thrilled to present a plethora of bangin’ Begonias from massive tropical-foliaged cane types that can reach 8’ tall, to modern hanging basket-worthy hybrids with HUGE FLOWERS.
Come learn the habits of highly successful succulents with Ernesto Sandoval – Director, UC Davis Botanical Conservatory on Saturday, June 18 at 11 am!
We're excited to welcome Ernesto back to the nursery, for an entertaining talk about the art of growing succulents WELL alongside some of our favorite low-water Mediterranean climate annuals and perennials.
He'll be sharing practical advice about soil texture and drainage, root health, amendments and more. And he'll discuss his favorite plants and pairings with his usual charisma and flair! Don’t miss it!