Greenhouse Graduates
7 NEW Plants + Milkweeds for the Monarchs

Our Summer “Class of 2022” is proudly graduating seven new plants out into the nursery this week with all the celebratory “Pomp and Circumstance” we can muster! Fragrant, floriferous, variegated and rare, it’s a diverse bunch of summertime beauties we love and we’re certain you will too.

Wishing all our customers a Happy Father’s Day
& Happy Juneteenth this Sunday!


'Cafe au Lait' NEW

A dinnerplate dahlia that will WOW all who gaze upon it! Showcasing huge 10” flowers, its dense petals range in color from pale peach to a creamy beige. Colors intensify towards the center. This dahlia can reach 4' tall and produces an abundance of flowers from summer through early fall that are excellent for cutting. Plants in full bloom may need staking.

Perennial USDA Zones 8-11

Centaurea montana NEW

This flamboyant blue “Cornflower” hails from the Caucasus Mountains of Europe. A TOUGH yet EASY to grow perennial, it forms a dense 2’ x 2’ mounding clump of light silvery green leaves with upright flowering stems that sport 2” showy purplish blue fringed flowers. Cut back hard after the first flush to get a second round of blooms in fall. Bees and butterflies galore. Drought tolerant once established. Great for cut flowers and self-sows for freebies!

Perennial USDA Zones 3-9

Salvia nemerosa
'Rose Marvel' NEW

A pretty, pink, productive, perennial! This marvelous, re-blooming, dwarf cultivar of “Woodland Sage” is reliable, low-maintenance, and hardy. Reaching only 10 to 12 inches tall and wide, ‘Rose Marvel’ is the perfect salvia for perennial borders and containers. Long-blooming late spring through fall, and adored by pollinators.

Perennial USDA Zones 4-10

'Ghostly Princess' NEW

Ghostly silvery white foliage (with a blue cast), dense form and a high rating for toughness, makes ‘Ghostly Princess’ a very worthwhile lavender to grow. Bred in Australia, it grows to 3’x2’ and is disease resistant. Blooms profusely late winter to early spring with highly scented lavender-pink spikelets topped by pink petals. Deadhead after flowering for extended summer bloom and cut back immediately after bloom is finished by no more than 1/3rd.

Perennial USDA Zones 6-10

Lavandula x allardii
'Meerlo' NEW

A hybrid of French and Spike lavenders, ‘Meerlo’ grows 2-3’ high, boasts lovely variegated foliage and especially aromatic purple flowers. Come summer, 14-18” tall stems of small pale lavender flowers emerge that are highly attractive to bees and hummers. Excellent for use in a rock garden, as a border planting or as a low hedge. Its leaves have a high oil content, making it an especially good choice for flower arrangements or potpourris. Plant in full sun to light shade in fast draining soil. Prune in early spring to maintain its compact shape.

Perennial USDA Zones 9-11

Ceratostigma willmottianum NEW

This beautiful summer to fall blooming deciduous shrub slowly grows to 3'x4', with a habit that is both mounding and spreading. Its vivid cobalt blue flowers bloom late summer and fall while its diamond-shaped 2” leaves turn from green to bright red as winter approaches. This is one of the sturdiest and most beautiful of all fall shrubs and one of the few that offers true blue flowers. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds so plant it where they can easily find it. It blends in nicely with taller shrubs yet is attractive enough to use as a focal point.

Perennial USDA Zones 6-11

Salvia sonomensis x mellifera
'Mrs. Beard' NEW

This California Native Salvia hybrid is a durable and disease-resistant bloomer that attracts hummingbirds and pollinators. Growing up to 2’ high and 4-6 feet wide, the fragrant silvery grey foliage is great as a weed barrier as it forms a dense mat that is DROUGHT TOLERANT.

Perennial Shrub Zones 8-10

Asclepias have awoken at last!
Help the Monarchs, plant a California Native Milkweed

Asclepias speciosa

Undeniably gorgeous, this distinctive ‘Davis’ variety of “Showy Milkweed” is more vigorous and easier to grow. Produces lovely silvery, downy foliage, and FRAGRANT 4-5” star flower clusters that appear in late Spring - late Summer. Deciduous but it will return next Spring with more stems and blooms.

Perennial USDA Zone 4-10

Asclepias speciosa
"Showy Milkweed"

Stunning in bloom and pinker in color, the fragrant, starry bloom clusters are 4" across and sit atop 3' upright, thick stems. Guaranteed to bring the Monarchs and their stunning caterpillars and chrysalises. Needs very little to no Summer water once established, tolerating most soils including clayish.

Perennial USDA Zone 4-10

Asclepias fascicularis
"Narrow Leaved Milkweed"

Adaptable to high and low water, heat, and any garden soil – including CLAY – this is probably the EASIEST CA native “Milkweed” you can grow. Branching stems and long narrow leaves make a nice bushy 3' x 3' form topped with plentiful 2" creamy-pink clusters from June to Sept. Gets bigger and better every year.

Perennial USDA Zones 6-10

PLEASE BE ADVISED - Due to CA agricultural regulations, we’re required to treat all plants, including Asclepias plants, with BT (a non-toxic, naturally occurring biological larvicide) to help combat the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM). BT is toxic to caterpillars. If you plan to introduce Monarch caterpillars to this plant, we recommend letting it establish for one year before doing so to ensure it is large enough to provide sufficient food and the BT has had time to wear off.

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June Blog – Growing Edibles
Fun & Unusual Veggies, Fruits and Herbs

Almost as prolific in the garden as summer flowers are summer edibles! Earl, the Curious Plantsman’s, June blog focuses on fun and unusual veggies to grow in your garden. Check it out here.


Save the Date for Annie's June Nursery Talk

Got more veggies than you can eat? Learn how to preserve your garden abundance with local educator Elizabeth Vecchiarelli, owner of Preserved in Oakland. In this fun talk, at Annie's Annuals Nursery, she’ll demonstrate the basics of quick vinegar pickling and how to create delicious pickles at home with no special equipment, including how to make the iconic cucumber pickle as well as a mixed pickle composed of other seasonal veggies! Elizabeth, has over 15 years of experience with local, sustainable and handmade food.

WHEN: Sunday, June, 26th At 11:00 AM
WHERE: Retail Nursery – 740 Market Ave., Richmond CA
There are no advanced seating reservations for this talk. Seating is limited and first come, first served. However, there will be plenty of standing space for all.

PLUS:  The Pop Up Nation will also be here serving up their hand-crafted,100% Vegan & gluten-free POPS in delicious gourmet flavors like Banana Puddin', Blackberry, Orange Vanilla Cream, Sea Salted Dark Chocolate, Strawberry Lemonade and more!

Other Happenings in the Nursery
Container Gardening Workshop this Sunday

This Sunday, June 19th, Gardenista, Podcaster and Blogger, Jill Sowards of Voiletear Studio will be holding a Container Gardening Workshop at our Retail Nursery in Richmond. Participants will learn the fundamentals of making beautiful potted displays to enjoy year-round! Perfect for every gardener, no matter your space. Students will create a container garden using seasonal flowers, herbs, and other edibles using a variety of plants that can be repurposed for years to come. No prior experience necessary. Cost $135 per person. All materials are provided.

Date: June 19, 2022 from 10 am - 12 pm
Cost: $135 per person – includes all container and plant materials.
Register: Voiletear Studio Website:
Location: Annie's Annuals & Perennials – 740 Market Ave in Richmond
** 5% of proceeds to support groups working to end gun violence.**

Coming in July

A Talk with Lori Caldwell the CompostGal

Make a plan to come to the Nursery on Saturday July 9th when Lori, the CompostGal, will be giving a talk about all things compost. Learn her tips and tricks for composting at home to create your own “black gold” for your garden.

Saturday, July 9th at 10am in our retail nursery

More new edibles are here!  There's still time to get planting your summer edibles garden! If your favorites are still not yet available, add them to your wish list and we’ll email you as soon as they’re ready. If you’re local, we have many more varieties in our retail nursery, including some great melons, and unusual tomato varieties that will grow in containers, or don’t mind the coastal coolness, are great for sauces and simply taste great.


It’s full of even more new plants that will make your summer gardens spectacular!

View it online or request a copy here. It's free!


To help keep you informed about the growing status of our summer crops, we’ve prepared a weekly Growing Status update for catalog plants as a pdf. If something isn’t available online now but is listed in the “Be Right Back” section (of our Catalog Growing Status update PDF) that means we have more successive crops growing and it will be available again real soon. Add these plants to your wish list and we’ll send you an email as soon as they’re back.

to see NEW PLANTS this week!
Or check out or current availability list for a fabulous selection!

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