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Archive for month: April, 2011

Plant Waterwise With Natives From California, Australia and South Africa

By Cathy Hough, general manager and buyer

Plants native to California, Australia and South Africa (below) make excellent waterwise choices for your landscape and their vibrant colors will add life to your garden.

Hurry in to choose from a large selection that includes previously unavailable native perennials [permanent plants] from our extensive network of the best growers. Our selection is at its peak right now and with the cooler air temperatures and ground that is warming up for summer, you’ll want to plant your picks before the heat of summer arrives.

We have a special area of one-gallon natives, each one bearing a sticker with its country of origin (above) and growing habits and requirements. Ask one of our nursery professionals, Darla, Roger or Steve for assistance.

The native perennial Yarrow above was planted in a container last year in my own garden. After its blooming season, I will then tucked other perennials and bedding plants in with it, the delicate leafy greens of the Yarrow adding a nice backdrop for colorful Violas, Pansies, Lobelia and Verbena.

Then, as if from out of nowhere, the Yarrow greeted us with its vibrant flowers, reminding us that once planted, perennials can give us beauty year after year.

Hopping into the spirit of spring long before it officially arrived in late March, I planted California Poppies, Verbena (both native perennials and both above), Delphiniums, Iceland Poppies, and Succulents. I’ve been greeted with color everyday ever since.

(Below) This New Zealand Tea Tree, which greets my friends at my front door, is a popular Australian native. I prefer to let it grow wild and not shape it. And the best part is that when tea trees peak, they peak en masse, full of color you can’t miss.

April has practically turned into Earth Month given all of the discussion about how to preserve, conserve and protect our environment. Planting drought-tolerant gardens is one of the best things you can do to aid in water conservation efforts. Ask Steve, Darla or Roger how you can be waterwise in your garden.

The Bottle Brush plant below can be grown as a shrub or tree and is native to Australia. As a perennial, once it’s planted, it will offer year-round benefits, including its unusual flowers and the privacy that can be gained, particularly when planted with other native trees or shrubs.

Winifred Gilman Salvia (below) is a very fragrant native perennial. In summer, as the sun blazes down on it or in rainfall, the plant becomes especially aromatic. Much like lavender, when you brush it lightly with clothes or skin, an unmistakable scent fills the air.

Wax Flower (below) is native to Australia and can be used as a cut flower (as can most any flower, branch or leaf). It is a charming plant in the landscape.

Scabiosa (below), yet another native perennial plant found in our collection, attracts butterflies and birds and is a real stunner. It doesn’t need much space but offers a dynamic color palette you can add to your garden.

You can have lots of fun with natives in your garden. There are so many different kinds, in a variety of shapes and sizes and colors and textures. And even if you’re just adding one or two new plants to your landscape, native perennials can get the job done.

Leucospermum (below) is one of those exotic looking plants that stands out in most any landscape. It hails from South Africa and has become very popular with landscape designers. Stop in today to see our Leucospermum selection and ask Roger, Darla or Steve to show you where they are.

Local Garden Tour Calendar

Venice Garden & Home Tour – Sat., May 7

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets: $60 advance, $70 day of event. www.venicegardentour.org, barbara@venicegardentour.org or barbarab/events at 310-821-1857.

Self-guided walk of some 30 beautiful and avant garde gardens and homes in the Coeur d’Alene neighborhood and on Venice Walk Streets. Start at 804 Broadway at Pleasant View, Venice.

Benefits Neighborhood Youth Association’s Las Doradas Children’s Center, Venice.

Clematis, Topiaries, Azaleas… Bring Color To Your Garden

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer

Our Easter Sunday hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hosting an Easter egg hunt, brunch or other gathering? Spruce up your home and garden with hanging plants, potted plants (we can customize them to your specifications) and colorful bedding plants. Ask Steve, Darla or Roger for assistance.

The Marina del Rey Garden Center is awash in color and you can experience a colorful spring, too, at home in your garden. Bring the beauty of the amazing Clematis flower (below) to your landscape. Its season is just beginning and we have a large selection of plants in colors from deep purple to white, with just about every hue in between.

Darla or Steve can recommend where and how you plant your new Clematis (below and above) and can help you select a trellis for the vine to grow on. Clematis like to have their heads in the sun and their feet in the shade.

Roses spring to life now, too, and we offer a huge collection of shrubs, trees, climbers, and ground cover. Iceberg rose (below) is perhaps the most strong and versatile, handling a variety of climates from ocean air to heat. The Iceberg rose comes in white, pink and burgundy and is a stunner in the landscape.

Helping you enjoy your garden this spring and summer is important to us. That’s why we fill our 2+ acres with an amazing selection of natives, perennials, shrubs, trees, shade plants, classic and contemporary statuary and fountains, intriguing and sturdy garden benches, and colorful bedding plants.

The topiaries below present a range of options for your landscape. Topiaries are enjoying a resurgence in popularity after being used for years in European estates and more formal gardens. Ours come from some of the best growers in the industry and can be planted in either a formal garden or used creatively.

There are lots of ways to add intrigue to a garden and walking our grounds is a great way to get ideas.

Our terra cotta collection (above) includes some creative shapes and sizes sure to add intrigue to any garden, patio, balcony, entryway or deck. Succulents surrounding these containers (above) demonstrate how creative one can get when pairing containers and plants.

If you’re looking for a waterwise garden, ask Steve, Roger or Darla to help you find plants that will accomplish your goal.

The plants above demonstrate what can be done in a shady area to get a mix of color. Be sure to stop in our shade plant area for ideas.

Artistic gardeners mix and match flower and foliage colors in appealing ways. The roses above contrast and blend well with the Cordyline just behind them.

Azaleas (above) are a great way to add lots of color to a landscape. We’ve just received some beautiful trees and shrubs so hurry in for the best selection.

Get a Garden Gnome (above) to keep watch over your plants. And add a mushroom (above) or two to give him a perch to sit on.

Flowing water (above) creates a good feel, so why not add a fountain (above) to your garden or inside your home? Our selection of indoor and outdoor fountains is extensive.

Local Garden Tour Calendar

Windsor-Square Hancock Park Historical Society Garden Party–Sun., April 17

12 noon – 6 p.m.

Tickets: $50, online at http://wshphs.org. Self-guided tour is noon-4 p.m., lecture at 3 p.m. and reception with light supper 4-6 p.m. at Getty House. Tour begins at Getty House, 605 South Irving Blvd., Los Angeles, 90005.

Please wear flat shoes and bring a hat.

Sponsored by Paramount Pictures and Hancock Park Homeowners Association, est. 1948.

Venice Garden & Home Tour — Sat., May 7

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets: $60 advance, $70 day of event. www.venicegardentour.org, barbara@venicegardentour.org or barbarab/events at 310-821-1857.

Self-guided walk of some 30 beautiful and avant garde gardens and homes in the Coeur d’Alene neighborhood and on Venice Walk Streets. Start at 804 Broadway at Pleasant View, Venice.

Benefits Neighborhood Youth Association’s Las Doradas Children’s Center, Venice.