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Winter (Blooming) Wonderland!

What to plant right now for a Winter bloom-athon!


Here in coastal California, FALL is the BEST and most horticulturally correct time to plant! Why? Because our rainy season is almost upon us and during our mild Winters temperatures rarely go below freezing.

Plant A Winter Nectar Feast!

Pollinators need nectar year-round, plant Winter bloomers now!


Winter is Coming! While gardeners sometimes consider Winter a period of rest in the garden, that's definitely not the case for hungry pollinators. Bees, butterflies (especially Monarchs), other pollinators and beneficial insects and birds need sustenance more than ever and NOW is the time to plant nectar-rich Winter bloomers!

We've Got You Covered!

Got problems? Groundcovers have solutions!


Oh, how gracious groundcovers can be. Here at the nursery, for every architectural specimen, standout shrub or showy bloomer, there's a hard-working little fella doing it's job at their feet, often with little complaint and stellar results! 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!

Fire-Resistant Gardens

Thinking about fire safety in our own home gardens


With wildfires once again threatening the lives and livelihoods of our friends, family and neighbors, we thought it would be a good time to revisit some excellent fire-safety garden advice that sustainability champion and garden designer Kate Frey shared with us a few years back. With Fall planting just around the corner, it's an excellent time to evaluate and renovate existing landscapes and ask ourselves what changes we can make to create a more fire-safe situation in our own gardens and neighborhoods.

Heat Tolerant Hotties!

Plants that can take the sizzle – without the fizzle!


Temperatures are rising, sidewalks are sizzling – and plants are parched! Here in California, water is a precious resource not to be wasted ... so what's a responsible gardener to do?

High Drama on a Low (Water) Budget!

Our favorite succulent starlets – and soon to be yours!


Undemanding and easygoing, succulents are those stand-by-me plants that don't judge us for our gardening faux pas, inexperience or neglect. They won't wilt if you forget to water, or faint if you don't fertilize. In fact, generosity is another of their virtues – and most will help you populate those bare spots in the garden by readily dropping little pups or plantlets that can be easily transplanted or shared!

Herbs, Saveur Your Flavour

Days are long, nights are warm, and it's that perfect time of the year for feasting in the garden. Whether you're just barbequing for one, picnicking in the back yard with little ones, or enjoying a quiet cocktail for two in the evenings, we've got what you need to kick your flavors up a notch. I'm talkin' about herbs!

Shrubba-Hubba!

Let's talk about shrubs. Coming in a myriad of sizes, shapes, foliage and flower color, we grow almost 250 varieties of outstanding shrubs. So whether you garden for fragrance, hummingbirds, wildlife, cut flowers – or just need a big honkin' semi-permanent focal point to screen out an ugly wall or fence – we've got you covered!

Ready! Set! RARITIES!

It's that time of year, folks – late July means some of the juiciest and hardest to come by beauties are ready to take their turn on the catwalk. Some haven't been available yet this year and each one makes our hearts beat just a little faster when we can offer them for sale. So check out this Summer's dang cool offerings – and catch 'em while you can!

Crazy Rich Color

Summer is when some our most luscious bloomers come available. Easy to grow and quick to bloom, they add punch and punctuation to your Summer garden!

There's still plenty of time to plant for a bloomiferous late Summer and early Fall. With our longest days affording more precious minutes in the garden, you'll find yourself out enjoying the buzzing bees and cutting bouquets in your own Summer paradise ... that is IF you get a move on and plant some simple Summer season extenders soon!