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, firstname.lastname@example.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.