By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer
Our Annual Fall Festival begins this week, so stop in to see all of our pumpkins and perhaps a gargoyle or two.
As the summer heat gives way to cooler fall breezes, the ground is prime for planting. When heated up, the ground provides nature’s best planting time because roots planted during these conditions will respond extremely well to the warmth left from the summer sun.
We have a nice selection of salvias that flower in red, purple, blue and orange. You can create your own spectrum of color with bedding plants, one-gallon plants, five-gallon plants and larger. The heated up ground will enhance their growth, resulting in a beautiful fall and even better spring.
Plant small, decorative hedges now. Ask Stephanie, Steve or Dago which hedge plants are best-suited for your needs. We are loaded with all sorts of shrubs and trees, many in interesting shades of green, yellow and brown.
Other than tender tropicals (plants that freeze easily) everything else should be planted in the fall. Fruit trees, all citrus varieties such as lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits as well as avocados, while sold year-round, do best when planted in the fall, while the stone fruits–apples, peaches, pears and nectarines, or pitted fruits–should be planted in December, January or February, for best results.
Citrus Salad (above) is a very fruitful tree. This one in particular is loaded with fruit. These unusual plants contain a variety of citrus grown on one plant.
The Marina del Rey Garden Center is pleased to stock all sorts of plants in a variety of sizes. The large Podocarpus trees shown above make great “instant” privacy screens. Do ask Steve, Dago or Stephanie how best to plant your new acquisitions. They can tell you what soil will work best as well as how often to water, etc.
They can also advise you on how to mulch. Mulch is very important because it keeps water in the roots of your plants, allowing you to water much less.
Fall is also a great time to plant smaller specimens (above) because the ground heat will enable them to show quite some growth by spring.
Egyptian Star Cluster (below) features long-tubed flowers in clusters. The flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
We receive new deliveries of plants every week but if you don’t see what you want, please ask to see if we can procure it. We have the best network of growers and vendors and will do our best to get what you want. We are so confident in our plant quality and advice that we unconditionally guarantee each and every one of our plants.
We recently received a shipment of Limelight Hydrangea (below), one of my favorites. Its fluorescent green flower is a sight to see when bathed in moonlight.
Limelight Hydrangea is a woodsy plant that goes well with many different plants, as shown above.
Use your creativity to fashion the garden of your dreams, pairing all sorts of greenery. The Junipers below remind me that Christmas is one its way. (Did I say that?!)
Ornamental grasses (below) can introduce browns to your landscape, swaying gracefully in the air when one of fall’s cool, crisp breezes blows through.
Papyrus and Phormium in the background make a nice backdrop to succulent plantings in containers. Succulents are great waterwise plants that add appeal to any landscape or walkway. We recently custom planted some containers for a business building on Manhattan Avenue in Manhattan Beach.The striking planters add a classy touch.
Our succulent collection is the best around. You will always find this area well-stocked, brimming with waterwise beauties. (Below) Donkey Tail cascades down the sides of its container. Succulents can add color and texture to your visual space.
And, as always, if you need “immediate color,” we have hanging baskets in scintillating colors. Ours are priced the same as Target and in far better condition. Just the other day, I took two home to make my deck come alive. The hot pink geranium has been a big hit and the softer pink, yellow and orange million bells container has been equally appreciated.
Below is a sampling of the many hanging baskets we have in stock every day.
I clipped the hangers so that I could place the baskets in containers on my deck for a view out out over them to the backyard while enjoying the outdoors.
The Marina del Rey Garden Center is a full-service nursery. Our staff of professionals are experts who are here to serve you. Ask about our delivery services. They come in particularly handy with large containers, fountains and large plants.
And be sure to stop in to check out our Fall Festival!