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Keep hummers humming by growing their favorite plants!

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How can you not love the hummingbird? Small, fierce, jewel-encrusted, aerodynamic marvels of nature that only those of us who live in the Americas get to enjoy in our gardens. Epic battles are waged here over hummingbird territories, and every year the staff discovers at least a couple of tiny hidden nests.

We've got you - and the ground - fully covered

Oh, how glorious groundcovers can be. For every focal point plant, architectural specimen, standout shrub or showy bloomer, there's a hard-working "supporting actor," playing its part at their feet. Groundcovers are hardworking with few complaints, and on occasion, they've been known to steal the show. We use groundcovers extensively in our demo beds to smooth over patchy spots, cover up knobby ankles and spectacularly spill over the edge of rock walls and containers. You don't know how much you need them, until you plant them and see how beautifully they tie the garden together!

Help Restore Nature with Noteworthy CA Natives

Our love for California native plants is virtually immeasurable. Did you know that more varieties dwell in our home state than in ALL OTHER STATES COMBINED and there are over 2000 species that grow here and nowhere else! Natives enrich our local ecology by providing sustenance to local wildlife and pollinators, most reseed in the garden for successive generations of FREE plants. They thrive with very little assistance and deal with drought and disease with aplomb. After all, they have been here much longer than we have. Making space for natives in your own garden helps preserve our California heritage and the environment for the future. And, with such a bounty of choices, it makes for some fine gardening, too!


Lot's of people can't always distinguish a bumblebee from a honeybee, much less recognize many of our lesser known native bees that are often tiny and literally buzz under the radar. But trust us, they're all there and hungry for that delicious pollen that both annuals and perennials provide. Help the bees and all their friends the butterflies and birds by planting these POLLINATOR POWERHOUSE PLANTS. Different bees have different plant preferences, so PLANT LOTS of VARIETY – it's the spice of life for them too!

Heat Tolerant Hotties that won't fizzle when temperatures sizzle!

What's a responsible gardener to do when August days sizzle, plants get parched, and water is not to be wasted? Funny you ask since we have a nursery chock FULL of plants that can take the heat and ask for little (water) in return! Adapting well to both coastal and inland gardens, we love these low maintenance superstars not only for their water-sipping ways, but their looong bloom times, longevity and reliability (they won't just up and die on you) and – of course – beautiful foliage and flowers!

Great Gardens Get the Blues

We're happy to "GET THE BLUES" around here, cuz when it comes to color in the garden, BLUE is BRILLIANT. True blue bloomers come in all shapes and sizes and there's nothing better to compliment your color wheel of yellows, oranges and pinks, than blue! Here are our favorite "BFFs" – Blue Flower Friends - they'll soon be yours too.

Striking and Statuesque!

Looking to add more fabulousness to your life? Want to have a "super model" garden?! Go vertical with these tall, luscious, preening beauties. No matter how big or small your garden, there's always room to reach for the sky!!!


If you had to make a list of Things Gardener's Dread, somewhere in the midst of rampant deer, killer clay and marauding gophers lies the silent but deadly SHADE. Some of us sun-loving gardeners see shade as a bane, but really, it can be an opportunity. Here are some of our favorite, tried and true shady characters.

Big Blooms – Little Water

The lush dry garden- a wonderful contradiction! Enhance the eco system, conserve water AND get lovely, long lasting blooms!

New Summer Showstoppers

Summer has officially begun and what better way to kick of the new summer season than to treat yourself to some fabulous new plants. All new in 2021, and perfect for planting now, these summer showstoppers will have you and your neighbors "oohing and aahing" over them all season long.