Our 2020 plant trials are complete! We've measured the new recruits and the few that did survive the gauntlet of our expectations are starting to roll out! Here are just a handful of the beauties that blew us away in 2020 – with more to come! Grab them while you can, some are limited or only available once a year!
Name an iconic cottage garden classic that gets your gardener's heart pumping ... we'll go first. Old-fashioned and hardy "Foxgloves" are essential for any sun to part-shady garden needing color, height and movement (and that's like, everyone, right?).
Rising up from lush basal rosettes, cascading multitudes of finger-shaped (hence the Latin name Digitalis) blooms stud tall, sturdy spires to 30". What a sight! When they start blooming in our sample pots and demo gardens in Spring everyone wants one – but, here's the secret: you gotta plant them early if you want to enjoy flowers this year!
Greetings garden friends! The days we Western gardeners look forward to all year-long are upon us! Longer days, Spring showers (yay!!) and the the first sweet sounds of birdsong can only mean one thing ... SPRING is near!!
Let's give a shout out to California! Anything that brings joy these days is a good thing, and few floral displays are as pure as our state flower in bloom. Whether they're dotting the hillsides from afar, popping up on trails or even growing in highway medians, California poppies are here to bring cheer and NOW is a great time to plant them for Spring and Summer bloom.
Here at the nursery, we're madly planting mighty and magnificent Delphiniums in our gardens and half barrel containers for April and May bloom – and you can, too!
We're long-time devotees of these hardy and hunky heartthrobs for their celestial and enlivening color, their bodacious cut flowers and their endurance in the garden. Some modern hybrids (which shall remain nameless) are short-lived and weak in mild climates – not these!
Tap-tap ... is this thing on? Comin' atcha with our first Zoom. Talk. Ever! We're excited to welcome back our dedicated and beloved FRUIT TREE GENIUS Phil Pursel of Dave Wilson Nursery on January 30 at 11 am via a virtual Zoom session.
No matter what size garden you have, there's room for at least one fruit tree! And January is the perfect time for us Bay Area gardeners to plant them. We're fully stocked with a huge order from Dave Wilson Nursery and this weekend is supposed to be gorgeous for cleaning up the garden and getting ready for Spring!
Everyone knows old-fashioned
Sweet Peas, right?
One of the first flowers we learn about and love, their sweet fragrance reminds so many of us of childhood afternoons spent in grandma's garden. But did you know NOW is the BEST time to plant these beloved hardy annuals in temperate climates like ours?
Coming 'atcha in almost any color you can imagine, our Giant Poppies are the superstars of the Spring garden. And NOW, temperate garden friends, is the time to plant them for maximum Spring bountitude (our patient cold-weather garden brethren should wait to plant until the ground can be worked come Spring).
We interrupt our regularly scheduled program of gorgeous gardens in bloom to show you what our demonstration beds REALLY look like this time of year. Annuals – done for the season – have been ripped out, perennials have been cut back and the beds have been top-dressed with a fluffy and nourishing 1" layer of organic grapeseed compost. Maybe it isn't glamorous now, but it will be come Spring! So what's next? Why, the fun part!