By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer
As we bring 2008 to a close and look forward to a bountiful 2009, the garden can be a place of respite, beauty, grace, growth, renewal and transformation, even in challenging times.
Two stunning plants that create magic in the garden are Camellias (below, in bloom) and Japanese Maples (below, a Bloodgood Maple).
Together, this duo brings stunning color to woodsy areas.
Camellias, which come in an abundance of varieties (flowers below), are an evergreen shrub whose flamboyant exotic flowers brighten winter and fall. They can be grown in containers, as an individual focal point in a garden and added to an already woodsy area.
Japanese Maples provide stunning color that reflects the rainbow. Spring finds most bedecked in pink, orange and red. During the summer, many turn lime-colored or bronze, while others maintain a true red or green. In fall, the traditional yellows, golds, oranges and scarlets are enhanced by purples and blues. In winter, when the beauty of the vibrant leaves has fallen, the trees’ graceful structures of textured and colorful bark become visible and are as exquisite as the lush color of warmer months.
On my October roadtrip to visit growers, I walked acres and acres of gorgeous Japanese Maple specimens (below) so don’t hesitate to ask us to locate the specific variety you’d like.
At the Marina del Rey Garden Center, we constantly strive for excellence… in the plants we offer, in our customer service, in our expert gardening knowledge.
All of us thank you for your patronage.