By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer
“Water wise” has long been a part of the language at the Marina Garden Center, where our expert nursery staff has provided “water wise” gardening guidance for more than 30 years.
Marina Garden Center gardening professionals know which plants to select for a water wise landscape and can help clients design the perfect water wise environment. In addition to our expert staff, we feature the best plant material in Los Angeles — a combination that knows no equal. Our plants are guaranteed for life because we buy from select growers who take immense pride in delivering the finest plants.
Long known as the place to shop for succulents (above), we also offer an incredible assortment of water wise plants, including Bougainvillea (below), Kangaroo Paw, Leucodendron, Grevillea, Cistus (rockrose), Bottlebrush, Ceanothus, Lavender, Salvias, Lavatera, and Phormium, among others.
Bottlebrush (below) is drought tolerant and its flowers attract hummingbirds. It grows in shrub and tree shapes.
Water wise landscapes can be as colorful or industrial looking as you want them to be. Succulents can add texture, unusual shapes, and lighter transcendent grays and greens while Princess Flower, Lavatera and Kangaroo Paws (all three plants are seen below) can bring in bright colors such as purple, lavender and yellow.
Kangaroo Paw, which can add a modern architectural element to a garden, also come in an unusual green (below), so make sure you consult our staff professionals to create the look you want in your water wise garden. Dago, Steve, Stephanie and Herbert can help you determine the plants that meet your needs.
Protea (below) can also be used in a water wise landscape. These beautiful flowering plants are native to South Africa. Their tubular flowers grow in large, tight clusters surrounded by brightly colored bracts, effectively creating the look of a large, very colorful artichoke or thistle.
And as mentioned before, succulents (below) make a great water wise garden. You can also plant succulents in containers to create a movable indoor and/or outdoor garden. Just ask Stephanie, Steve, Dago or Herbert for assistance.
As you might imagine, a large portion of the Marina Garden Center is “coming up roses!”
The Marina del Rey Garden Center has more more than 60 varieties, including the new “Legends,” a rose with monstrous buds and humongous red blooms that pays tribute to women honored during Oprah’s “Legend” Weekend. All of the new 2009 introductions, including Pink Promise, which benefits the National Breast Cancer Foundation are in stock.
Roses speak the language of love and remind us how beautiful life is. Each one is living proof of beauty and poetry in plants. Their flowers can be so different and yet they bring smiles to our faces, a testament to their magnificence.
Roses come as shrubs, trees and vines and can be trained to grow on walls, trellises, roofs, and more. Some of the time-tested, popular roses are Double Delight, Iceberg and Mr. Lincoln.
As always, we, the Marina del Rey Garden Center, thank you, our loyal customers, for your continued recognition of our expert staff, superior customer service and desire to please you.
Remember, we accept special plant and fountain orders AND deliver seven days a week.