We've been touting the value and importance of planting natives for quite some time here at Annie's. So we were more than happy to partner with the California Native Plant Society's Bloom! California initiative – a statewide effort to educate and encourage Californians to plant more natives. Native plants are inherently climate conscious and, water-wise; and they provide invaluable habitat and food sources for native pollinators and wildlife. Oh, and did we mention they are beautiful and bloomiferous too! Bloom! California is focused on 11 plant groups including some of our favorites -- Clarkia, Salvia, Phacelia, Ornamental Grasses and Yarrow -- but at Annie's we grow over 150 native varieties and currently have over 50 in stock. Check out these California beauties.
Here at Annie's we LOVE SHRUBS for their beauty, longevity and overall usefulness in the garden. And, just like shoes, there's a shrub for every occasion – which in garden-speak means microclimate, soil type, size, color palette and style. Shrubs are a key component of every garden ensemble. They provide shade, improve soil stability, attract pollinators, enhance air quality and offer habitats for wildlife. Heck, well established and maintained shrubs can even boost your property value (ask a realtor if you don't believe us).
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.
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!
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.
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.