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By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer
Remember to join us on Labor Day as we celebrate you, our loyal customer, with free hot dogs and beverages from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our holiday hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Yes, lately the heat has been unbearable, even by the ocean, but gardeners can still plant and plan for summer and fall! Extreme heat means cool drinks, fans, water for cooling off in and enjoying the company of friends and family.
Make your Labor Day weekend one to remember with vibrant colors that will also perk up your fall garden.
Anything in orange says “sizzle” and will fit nicely into fall browns, reds, yellows, and greens.
The Marina Garden Center has a huge selection of plants that “sizzle,” in oranges, reds and yellows so be sure to stop in. Steve, Stephanie and Dago can recommend plants that will thrive in your growing conditions, as well as help you decide what to plant in containers and hanging baskets to spruce up your outdoor entertaining area for Labor Day weekend.
We have a wealth of shrubs and vines in stock, many of which will make great privacy hedges or striking borders. Blue Sky Flower (below) is an amazing vine that blooms in spring, summer, fall and winter. It is a robust climber that can cover a 10-foot wall and make it awash in its stunning sky blue flower.
And as we prepare to bid summer farewell, there is still time to enjoy roses (below, with a busy bee in it) and Clematis (two varieties below, each stunning in its own right). These gorgeous plants would fit perfectly into most any existing landscape, in ground or in a container.
Proven winners and conversation pieces for summer include Plumeria (below, in a box behind the metal bench, with smaller ones in front) and Bougainvillea (below, on a trellis). Plumeria is known for its use in Hawaiian leis and Bougainvillea can be seen throughout Southern California, twisting on an arbor or trellis.
Part of what you can do now is fill in garden beds with hot summer color that blends nicely with fall colors. A great example of this is below with Begonia foliage, Caladium and ferns offsetting the magnificent orange of Begonias.
For fall color that will last through Thanksgiving, plant in several same-colored containers in varying sizes for a display on your front porch or a grouping on your patio or deck. Grasses (below) are just one of the many plants you can use in such a grouping. Stop in and put Dago, Stephanie or Steve to work for you. They can provide expert assistance with selecting plants that will do well through fall and advise you on what soil to use when you plant in containers.
The Marina del Rey Garden Center is fully stocked with practically any and every plant you might need in your garden/landscape. Wander our 2+ acres now to draft out your plans for a beautiful fall landscape. Remember, fall is the best time for planting.