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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.

Covetable CA Natives!

Create a sustainable sense of place and an enviably colorful, luscious garden with our favorite CA toughies. These summer blooming beauties are drought and heat tolerant AND attractive to pollinators. Did we mention they will also increase biodiversity and improve environmental sustainability?

Marigold Madness!

Marigold 'Day of the Dead Orange'

These are the bushy 3' tall and 3' across old fashioned enormous Marigolds that have now become almost impossible to find. Used lavishly to decorate...

Marigold 'Villandry'

This heirloom Marigold was collected from a garden near Villandry in France and created a lot of excitement at the nursery when...

Marigold 'Harlequin'

Hundreds of fantastical, 3" circus tent flowers are sweetly scented and borne exuberantly...

Marigold 'Day of the Dead Golden Yellow'

These are the real "African Marigolds". No grocery store dwarf varieties here! You get big, fantastic, super-doubly, sweetly scented...

Hello Dahlia!

Unbeatable Summer show-stoppers, our unusual 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!