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Happy New Year! To get your gardens growing in 2022 we thought we’d begin with a focus on California Native perennial shrubs – so useful as anchor plants in the garden and so environmentally important for all the birds, bees and little critters. While it is still a bit too cold and thus too early for many annuals, now is still a great time to get those native perennials in the ground. To explain more about why this is and highlight some great options, we’ve invited back one of our favorite and most knowledgeable local nurserymen, Earl Nickel of Grand Lake Ace Hardware in Oakland, to guest BLOG about why native perennial shrubs make such good garden choices. See what’s on Earl’s shortlist and why when you - READ HIS BLOG POST HERE.

In addition to Earl’s favorites, we’ve added a few more of our own here below that are also available in the nursery now.

Basil herbalea 'Wild Magic'
Osteospermum 'Zion Copper Amethyst'
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Skylark'

Compact and densely branching with glossy emerald green leaves and a long bloom season, ‘Skylark’ is fast growing to 3-5’ tall and is easy to use as an accent in smaller spaces or as a groundcover or even a hedge. Abundant clusters of fragrant cerulean blue flowers burst into a breathtaking display from Spring into Summer and often again in Fall in cooler climates. Tolerates heat, clayish soil and Summer water better than most “California Lilacs” and is quite frost hardy to 5-10°F.

Perennial USDA zones 6b-10

Philadelphus lewisii 'Goose Creek'

Tolerant of ANY SOIL – including CLAY – this fast and resilient shrub, a cultivar of “Western Mock Orange,” explodes into a grand cloud of bloom from late Spring into Summer. The clusters of double 1.5” pure white blooms emit a heady fragrance – orange-blossom with a hint of pineapple. Reaches 8’ high and 6’ wide with pretty, toothed, bright green 3” leaves. Use it as a background shrub, or in those tough spots that have you stumped. Prune back hard every 5 years.

Perennial USDA zones 4-10

Geum coccineum ‘Totally Tangerine’ Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’
Helenium puberulum

Waggley balls on sticks! Tough and easy, this California native is small on petals, but it’s big on balls and it really puts on a show in full bloom May thru August! “Lollipop” heads with itty-bitty golden yellow collars are borne in multitudes on naked, slender, branching silvery stems. Plant them at the front of bed or in a container for pronounced playfulness. Not fussy about soil – but more blooms with compost for sure. Top-o-the-line butterfly attractor! Cool dried flowers. Easily self-sows! Super versatile, it doesn’t mind drought or moist conditions.

Perennial USDA zones 4-8

Muhlenbergia rigens “California Deer Grass”

One of the showiest grasses we know and certainly the most dramatic of California's native grasses. Growing 3'-4' tall, its whip-like flower spikes are vertical when young, then arch out, giving the look of a straw-colored fireworks display. The spikes constantly move with the wind adding to the drama. Excellent as a specimen plant or accent plant for dry gardens, it's also a great choice for parking strips, driveway edging or a place no one feels like watering. Beautiful in a container too (15” or larger). Very drought tolerant, it flourishes with no Summer water.

Perennial USDA zones 7-11

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Nursery: 740 Market Ave. Richmond, CA 94801
Business Office: 801 Chesley Ave. Richmond, CA, 94801
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