Want More Plants in Less Space?
Layer Up This Spring!

Spring is officially just 10 days away and if you’re like us, the itch to plant and try new things is growing! For those with smaller gardens, finding space for new plants can be a challenge. But lucky for you, our guest blogger and curious plantsman, Earl has a clever method of layering vertically and working with specific plant types to maximize your plants per petite plot.

Read all about it in this week’s blog and take a closer look at some of our best bulbs, low growers, and taller airy plants that all work wonderfully well for this space saving method.

Freesia alba

Enjoy this sweetest of Freesias! So SIMPLE to grow and a prolific bloomer to 12" tall and spreading to 2' across. The 1" white flowers burst into bloom in spring and often show purple and/or yellow markings on the lower petal. Happy at the edge of a bed where drainage is great or in containers. Summer dormant. Bulbs can be lifted in Winter in colder climates.


Perennial USDA Zones 8-10

Ranunculus cortusifolius ssp major
"Giant Buttercup"


An instant seller here at the nursery, we love this “Giant Buttercup” from the Canary Islands! An all around handsome and dependable perennial for lighting up shady areas, it blooms more and more every year, exploding into a sparkly 4’ x 3’ mass of extra large, shiny buttercups from March thru May. Very attractive, emerald, maple-like foliage, too.

Perennial USDA Zones 9-10

Sisyrinchium hybrid 'Devon Skies'

We are ever-so-impressed with this amazing hybrid! With flowers like our native “Blue Eyed Grass” but LARGER, this baby blooms Spring till end of Summer and spreads to at least 1’ across. Only 6” tall, it’s EASY and perfect for edging. It’s non-invasive, but can be divided to share with friends. Cut back to 2” to refresh. Deer, heat, humidity and drought resistant!


Perennial USDA Zones 5-10

Sisyrinchium 'Quaint and Queer'

Sisyrinchiums are about as adorable as can be, but THIS unusual beauty boasts a striking combination of vintage colors - from mauve and maroon to chocolate and apricot with pretty yellow eyes that set it apart from its blue-eyed cousins. The sweet 1” blooms appear atop stiff 10” stems arrayed above 6” grass-like foliage from late Spring thru mid-Summer. These Iris relatives attract butterflies and beneficial insects.

Perennial USDA Zones 6-10

Eschscholzia californica 'Purple Gleam'

Totally harmonious and at home in any native or cottage garden combo, I love ‘Purple Gleam’s’ single painterly flowers. Unique among the California Poppies, the lavender–rose coloring appears “brushed” on. The best Eschscholzia for pairing with lavender and primrose-colored bloomers. To 14” by 14”. Dead-head for extra long bloom! Poor, dry or good soil.

USDA Zones 9-10
(Annual Elsewhere)

Eschscholzia californica 'Red Glow'

Just the right eye-catching animation. Red Glow adds flash to your garden with a long-blooming display of vivid 2” tangerine-red satiny flowers for several months. Handsome blue-green foliage too. Deadhead to keep those flowers coming! Drought tolerant, deer resistant and self-sows! Will live several years if cut back and kept dry-ish in Summer.

USDA Zones 9-10
(Annual Elsewhere)

Agrostemma 'Milas'

So easy to grow, it’s the epitome of grace and charm, swaying at the slightest breeze and a great cut flower. It self-sows too, so you’ll plant one now and get 10 or more next Spring (or 2 months later in USDA zones 9 and 10, where it blooms year around). ‘Milas’ bears 2” satiny bright rose blossoms with a white throat and subtle radiating black dotted lines.

Annual All USDA Zones
Phacelia viscida

Seemingly too radiantly blue to be real, this rare and fast growing California native totally satisfies your lust for true-true royal blue flowers. To 3’ x 2’ and multi-branching, each 1” bloom is a thing of beauty. Prolific, long bloomer loved by bees, too! Does best in part shade with rich, well drained soil. Feed once or twice. Self-sows!


Annual All USDA Zones


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