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Archive for month: August, 2010

An Unrivaled Expertise and Selection

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer

Join us on Monday, September 6 for Customer Appreciation Day! We’ll have free hot dogs and beverages from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in honor of all of you! We’re open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Labor Day.

Plants, pottery, fountains, statuary… the Marina del Rey Garden Center’s selection goes beyond the ordinary. Thanks to our huge 2+-acre location and 30+ years in business, we are able to offer exceptional products, including hard-to-find plants and classic and contemporary fountains, statuary and containers, not to mention our unrivaled expertise. We are nursery professionals you can count on.

You can always find something to add to your garden at the Marina Garden Center! We have beautiful hanging baskets and bedding plants for quick and easy color. And our selection is always changing thanks to our stream of daily deliveries. Visiting us can be a fun daily experience. Bring your favorite beverage and stroll our paradise. Being in the midst of our glorious garden will put a smile on your face and a lightness in your step. So share the MDRGC experience with a friend! Our staff of gardening experts are ready to answer any questions you may have.

Fall is the best time for planting so stop in to get ideas about what you’d like to add to your garden. Let Steve or Darla know your sun or shade requirements and surrounding plants in the area and they can help you find some vines, shrubs, trees, perennials, shade plants, or small bedding plants to enhance that specific part of your garden.

Peace and tranquility are hallmarks of a garden. (Above) If your idea of paradise is tropical, you’ll want to plant a Red Leaf Banana (above) for its striking foliage. A new shipment has just arrived.

We can help you plant a waterwise garden (lavender, below, is waterwise) and have a large selection of succulents and cacti, in addition to other waterwise plants including California natives. And our selection doesn’t stop there: We have Australian natives, South African natives, and plants that thrive in a Mediterranean climate such as we have here.

Our fountain selection is very large and (below) is one of our newest fountains. I love how its flowing water falls in sheets and mimics the sights and sounds of a waterfall.

We carry unusual and hard-to-find plants, such as the begonia (below), which features large pink flowers on tall stems.

Sasanqua Camellias (below), which bloom September through December depending on the variety, are budding up profusely now. Consider finding the right spot to plant a Camellia. They are absolutely beautiful plants that can be grown as shrubs or trees. Particular Sasanquas that I like are Jean May, Shishi Gashira, Apple Blossom, Kanjiro, Chansonette, and the holiday favorite, Yuletide.

Like the Japonica Camellias, Sasanquas have been selected and hybridized into dozens of forms that vary immensely in flower color and size and shape. Sasanquas have mature heights that range from about 4-15 feet. The taller cultivars are typically trimmed up as small trees. Other cultivars remain shrubby and limited in height, and some, such as “Bonanza,” were developed to serve as groundcovers and with minimal training can be maintained at about 2 feet in height.

Even when not in bloom, Sasanquas make a statement with their beautifully glossy, rich green leaves (below).

Sasanqua Camellia flowers (below) are among the most beautiful flowers in the world. Camellias are originally from China and Japan and can be found in Chinese and Japanese gardens worldwide, as well as intriguingly mixed in to other garden formats and designs.

The Azalea (below) is a good companion for the Camellia and features delicate flowers in white, pink, and red. Visit Descanso Gardens in La Crescenta to see North America’s largest camellia collection.

Flowers and Vines for Summer and Fall

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer

Welcome what remains of summer with some sizzling color (below) and start making plans for a beautiful fall garden!

Canna Lilies

There are fun and easy ways to change or add to your garden. Plant bedding or small plants in between existing plants or completely transform a flower bed with all-new plants! Darla and Steve can help you in your quest to have a visually appealing garden.

Clematis with a dark center

Clematis (above and below) is a beautiful vine that produces unique and stunning flowers. It can be grown in containers or in ground. Their attention-grabbing flowers make for good conversation and require a closer look and study to be fully appreciated.

A rare pure white Clematis

Mandevilla (below) is a popular vine whose attractive flowers come in pink, yellow, red and white and we have many different varieties in stock. A well-drained soil is a must for this plant that can be grown in containers or in ground. Ask Steve or Darla for planting guidelines. We are here to help you with your gardening success!

Pink Mandevilla

Another interesting vine is Black Eyed Susan (below), which is available in appealing salmon shades, vibrant orange and white and creams. It grows easily and quickly in full sun and can be grown indoors.

Black Eyed Susan Vine in salmon shades.
Black Eyed Susan vine

The Marina del Rey Garden Center offers everything you need for planting success. We have wood and metal trellises and the largest selection of containers in Los Angeles. Stop in to check out our huge selection.

Imagine Your Dream Garden

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer

Spark your imagination with a visit to the garden center! Get your creativity flowing by wandering our 2+ acres of beautiful plants, containers, and everything you need to have an amazing garden! Bring a cup of coffee for your stroll.

Meander through our pathways to find landscaping ideas.

We’ve recently planted a California native section so be on the lookout for it and watch it grow! Signs identify the plants and though these plants are very small now, they are sure to give you ideas for your landscape.

A sea of Yarrow

This summer’s unusually overcast weather along the coast provides a great opportunity for gardeners to dig in the dirt. I’ve talked to a lot of gardeners who are using this summer to re-do and spruce up existing landscapes. Dig out and re-plant a flower bed for exciting color! Prune and clip a shrub to create space for another small plant, perhaps Yarrow, Lion’s Tail or a Salvia.

We offer a deep selection of plants with deliveries arriving daily. Our plants come from the best growers, including Monrovia, C Stars, Monterey Bay, Sun Crest, Chia and San Marcos. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can track it down and place a special order. Talk to Darla or Steve for assistance.


If you’ve got a pool or want to create a tropical oasis, perhaps with a shady resting area, stop in to see all of the plants that will add a tropical feel to your outdoor area. In addition to planting in ground, consider plants in containers and hanging baskets to add visual appeal to your landscape.

Cordyline and Phormium

Cordyline and Phormium are very popular landscape plants that come in shades of green, bronze and pink. When the sun shines on them, there can be a glow of color unlike any you’ve seen.

Fuchsias (below) go nicely in most any garden. I have some hanging off of tree limbs in my backyard. They are equally beautiful planted in ground or in a container.

A Fuchsia tree

It’s not too late to find some stunning roses for your garden! Roses are lovely planted in a garden or in containers and placed on decks, patios, balconies.

A bee goes about his business in the center of this rose.
Princess Flower

I have a friend who loves purple so much that practically everything planted in her garden produces, yes, you guessed it, a purple flower. Princess Flower (above) is always a winner. Other fun purple flowering plants include Bougainvillea, Lavatera, roses, Lavender, and Salvias.

Our in-stock plant inventory offers a variety of plants you won’t find anywhere else, allowing you to find what you like and take home enough specimens to plant a landscape immediately.

So stop in today to see how you can make your garden or landscape really remarkable with different hues of foliage, a variety of colorful flowering plants, and garden accents such as statuary, pottery and fountains.

Hummingbirds, Pebbles, Plumeria, Plumbago

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer

Invite hummingbirds into your garden with Kangaroo Paws (below) and ask Steve or Darla what other plants you can have in your garden to attract nature’s bounty, including butterflies, hummingbirds and other sweet creatures.

A hummingbird draws nectar from a Kangaroo Paw.

Stretch into whatever you want summer to be. We have all sorts of garden accents including statuary (below) and fountains, and our selection of pre-planted succulents is always worth checking out.

You can find everything from statuary to benches to plants for your landscape at the Marina del Rey Garden Center.

We can create any custom container planting you’d like. Try growing some citrus in a container on a sunny deck or balcony and treat yourself to homegrown limes, lemons, oranges or grapefruit.

These pebble containers are great for adding stylish plantings to your yard. They also are available as water fountains.

Summer calls for sizzling hot color anywhere you want to put it! Stop in to see our large assortment of vibrant bedding plants (below) and ask Steve or Darla for help selecting what will grow best in your garden given its requirements.

Summer calls for orange and yellow.
Plug in color all over your garden to make it absolutely striking.

Summer also calls for the sound of flowing water in a timeless and fun design. We are Los Angeles’ headquarters for the largest selection of fountains (below). Stop in to see our many in-stock designs available for immediate purchase.

Our fountain selection is the largest around.

Go tropical with the beauty of a Plumeria flower (below). We have everything from one-gallon Plumeria to boxed specimens. Stop in today to see how one of these beauties would look in your garden.

Plumeria flowers are always stunning and come in a variety of colors.
Plumeria flowers come in an intriguing variety of colors, shapes and sizes.

Our selection of peppers is the hottest around! We have cayenne, jalapeno and anything you could want to spice up your life.

Grow your own red hot chile peppers.

Visit inside our store for some more summer fun! We have wonderful indoor plants that make great gifts and attractive focal points. Try your hand at something creative and fun (below).

An unusual grass gives this fellow a fun head of hair!

Cape Royal Plumbago (below) is valued for its long growing season and beautiful blue flower. Once established, it only needs minimal water, making it a great plant for waterwise landscapes.

Cape Royal Plumbago sports beautiful flowers.

We carry plants from the finest growers, including Monrovia Growers, horticultural craftsmen since 1926. We always select our plants with you, our customer in mind and get the absolute best quality. (Below) Golf Bal Kohuhu is a popular plant that can be grown in ground or in containers.

Golf Ball Kohuhu is a very popular plant.

You can make your landscape even more attractive by the use of ornamental grasses (below). These come in many shapes, sizes, colors and textures and are especially serene when blowing in the breeze (second photo below).

Ornamental grasses come in a variety of colors and textures and are an intriguing addition to any garden.
Ornamental grasses sway in the wind.

Summer is a time for fun! Enjoy its vibrant colors (below) and savor its sweetness.

Stop in today to see what you can add now to make your summer even more enjoyable! Perhaps a visit from a hummingbird would be nice (below).

A hummingbird finds rest in a Kangaroo Paw.