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Archive for month: June, 2014

New Containers!

Note: The Marina del Rey Garden Center will be closed on Friday, July 4. We will resume normal business hours, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., on Saturday, July 5.

There are easy ways to turn your garden patriotic for the 4th of July and Team USA’s bid for soccer’s World Cup. Add some small bedding plants to a flower bed or create a container that’s full of red, white and blue.

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New Containers Just In!

Scroll down this page to see the gorgeous new containers that just arrived… and are sure to go quickly, they’re so stunning!

One of our finds is a cylindrical container in graphite, ocean green and ocean blue.

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(Below) Pre-planted hanging baskets are a great way to add color. Ours are always lush and overflowing. Ask Steve, CJ or Roger for assistance.

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(Below) Boxwoods come in many shapes and sizes, and make great, visually-appealing hedges, small and large. Plant some with Lavender (shown in front of the Boxwoods below). Boxwoods and Lavender can be planted in ground or in containers.

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We have several new trees (below), including Chocolate Mimosa and Ginko Biloba. Trees provide height in the landscape and shade, which helps reduce water use. The trees below are displayed with Phormium and our colorful containers and a bird bath.

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 (Below) We have bark, stepping stones, decorative rock and pebbles to enhance your garden. Ask Roger, CJ or Steve for help designing your garden pathway. It’s also fun to create space in the garden for sitting on a bench to enjoy the beauty and serenity around you.

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We stock a nice selection of one-gallon plants, including Ornamental Grasses (below), Salvias, Penstemon, Eucalyptus and more.

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Privacy Hedges

(Below) Bougainvillea vines make great and gorgeous privacy hedges. Other plants that are great as privacy hedges are Purple Hopseed, Silver Sheen Pittosporum, Trumpet Vine, Cape Honeysuckle and Boxwoods.

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Stop in to stroll the Marina del Rey Garden Center anytime. We’ve got 2+ acres of the best plants, containers, fountains, statuary, benches, and gardening advice you’ll find!

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We also have great gifts and indoor plants inside the store, where we also carry fertilizers, hose nozzles, pruners, seeds and the like.

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Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

We’ll be closed for the holiday and will re-open Saturday, July 5 at 8 a.m.


Experience the Taste of Homegrown With Your Own Edible Garden

Notice: The Marina del Rey Garden Center will be closed on Friday, July 4. We will resume normal business hours on Saturday, July 5.

There’s always time for an edible garden–an herb in a pot on a windowsill, a larger pot or window box full of Strawberries, Chives, Valerian, Sage, Basil, Italian Oregano, Mojito Mint.

Even if you have yet to start an herb, vegetable or fruit garden, you can do so now. Our selection includes papaya, watermelon, pumpkin, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, artichokes, squash, bananas, chives, eggplant, peppersonions and much more.

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(Above) Large wood structures are great tomato cages. A happy customer selects his plant and strolls through the Citrus section.

(Below) Our herb selection is extensive.

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(Below) We have a robust selection of citrus fruit in tree and bush forms, dwarfs, too.

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(Below) Banana

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(Below) Papaya

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(Below) CJ helps a customer with their plant selections. Ask CJ, Steve or Roger for help. They’re our plant professionals and design experts.

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(Below) Blueberries are in season, and we have them in stock in different varieties.

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(Below) Plant lovers find a bunch of unusual and hard-to-find vegetables and herbs.

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(Below) Artichokes

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(Below) Our redwood raised garden beds are great for planting your edible garden!

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(Below) A few of the wonders of the garden: Sage, Mint, Oregano, Tomatoes, Peppers. Lavender, Basil, Rosemary.

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Edible Gardens: Citrus, Peach, Plum, Apricot, Apple, Persimmon Trees, Blueberry Bushes, Grape Vines, Vegetables and Herbs

Lemons, limes, grapefruit. Oranges, tangerines. Who doesn’t love the refreshing flavors of these Vitamin C rich juicy fruits, especially during summer when the heat is on!


At a time when citrus is hard to find, we received a delivery of more than 150 of the best citrus trees and shrubs around late last week.

And we also have Peach, Apricot, Apple, Plum, and Persimmon Trees, along with other great edibles, including tomatoes, blueberries, grapes, thyme, oregano, hot peppers, melons and much more.

Ask any of our design experts, Steve, CJ and Roger for the low-down so you can enjoy wonderful fruit!

Planting Ideas For Citrus

Citrus can be planted in ground or in decorative containers. Here are some ideas (below, in photos) for planting citrus. These days, citrus can be seen growing all over Los Angeles in ground but if you don’t have the space or simply want to dress up your plants, we have the best selection of containers in the Greater LA area.




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Citrus can be used in larger landscapes, too.

(Below) A courtyard of the Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK was planted in grand fashion and re-named The John Madejski Garden to honor its benefactor. The central feature of the rectangular garden is an oval pool, surrounded on three sides by 22 mature lemon trees. These are planted in large, cubic containers made from green glass with a translucent surface.


More on Citrus

Part of the fun of planting a Eureka or Meyer Lemon tree is watching it produce delicious fruit you can eat right off the tree! of course, most folks don’t necessarily eat lemons by themselves, instead opting to add a squeeze to a beverage or recipe for added flavor and nuance. And it’s more than wonderful to be able to add distinctive touches by grabbing a lemon or lime from your own yard.

Here are two simple recipes using citrus we thought you might enjoy (from

Mojo Marinade

6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2c assorted citrus juice (traditionally, a mix of orange and lime, but grapefruit and tangerine would be awesome)
1t cumin
1/2c fresh cilantro
1/4c fresh oregano (or 1t dried)
2t cracked black pepper
2t salt
1c olive oil


  1. Pulse everything except the olive oil in a blender until well incorporated.
  2. Drizzle in olive oil with the blender running, until an emulsion forms and the marinade is smooth and almost creamy-looking.
  3. Use to marinate pork chops, chicken, or a firm fish (mmm, salmon) for a really phenomenal grilled meal.

Another option for those poor, languishing citrus is sorbet or sherbet…

Citrus Sorbet
Serves 4

3c assorted citrus juice (tangerine would be spectacular; a blend of lemon and lime would also be tasty)
3T lemon juice
1c sugar
1/4c orange liqueur


  1. In a non-reactive saucepan over medium heat, stir the sugar into the juices. Bring to a boil and make sure all the sugar is dissolved, then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the orange liqueur.
  3. Chill the mixture. This is important! Don’t start churning with a warm mixture.
  4. Add the chilled(!) mixture to your ice cream maker and freeze according to directions.
  5. No ice cream maker? No problem. Pour the chilled mixture into a large, flat pan like a lasagna pan and stick it in the freezer. Every hour or so, take a fork to the mixture and scrape it up. This will create fluffy crystals you can mound in a glass and serve as a granita. Alternately, you can freeze the mixture in the pan without breaking it up, then cut it into chunks and spin it in a food processor for a second, then refreeze for about an hour to create a smoother frozen delicacy.

Oh, try swapping out the orange liqueur with either amaretto or rum sometime, too. It’s delightful.

Want to make sherbet instead of sorbet? Add 1/2c of heavy cream when you’re simmering the mixture, or stir in 1/2c of plain yoghurt for a tangier dessert. Freeze the same way as for sorbet.


A Garden of Sweet Plumeria; Carnivorous Plants; Put Beneficial Insects on Your Team to Eliminate Garden Pests

What is it about Plumeria (below) that draws us to it? Perhaps its long association with Hawaii, the welcoming Hawaiian Lei and association with tropical paradises that call us to this stunning plant.


(Above and below) Our first Plumeria delivery of the season has just arrived, and we have a gorgeous selection of pink, white and yellow flowering plants. Sizes range from an 18-inch box tree 7- to 8-feet tall with multiple branches to specimens in 1-gallon containers.


(Above and below) Plumeria take full sun on the coast and need partial shade in inland areas. Ask one of our design experts Steve, Roger or CJ for details on how to plant in ground or containers.


Eliminate Bad Garden Bugs Naturally


Is your garden being eaten alive by “bad” bugs? Stop in to discover our refrigerator full of Natural Gardening remedies–basically, good bugs that will go to battle to stamp out the bad bugs.

(Below) A longtime customer exults at her “natural” finds! Not only did she find Milkweed, aka Asclepia, she found the variety that’s native to Los Angeles County as well as other Milkweed plants.

Then, on top of that good fortune, she got the added bonus of a young praying mantid (a good “beneficial” bug, mind you) on her Milkweed. (We won’t mention that she’s such an avid outdoors lover that she had a container for insects in her car, which is how she transported the praying mantid home with her.)

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(Below) Our full line of beneficial insects includes Praying Mantids, Lady Bugs, Beneficial Nematodes, and Earthworms, all alive, of course!



In addition to gardeners, kids love our beneficial insects, which are a great way to introduce them to some of the fun of gardening.

(Below) Earthworms help enrich and aerate your garden soil.




Carnivorous Plants

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 (Above) Carnivorous Plants are another fun way to involve kids and adults in the wonders of nature!


Dynamic Planting Ideas for Privacy Hedges, Summer Color, Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Spring and summer bring us out to enjoy the sunshine and flowers. There’s nothing as beautiful as basking in good company and the good life with blooming flowers all around.

Thanks to good timing, a few gardeners walked away with some wonderful finds this past week at the garden center, including hard-to-find Ebony Leucodendron, white Dudleyas, and Podocarpus.

(Below) Hibiscus

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Our hardworking staff takes great pride in offering the best in customer service. Our design experts Steve, CJ and Roger are knowledgeable professionals who know all about plants, planting, soils, fertilizers, organic products, edibles, raised beds, fountains, containers and statuary.

(Below) Operations team member Robert gladly helps a customer with her plant purchase.

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(Below) One of our goals is to help you have a water wise garden. Conserving water by using drought-tolerant plants is a great way to do your part to save this precious resource. Visit our display for ideas.

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(Below) Salvias are drought-tolerant plants that add brilliant color to your landscape and attract hummingbirds.

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(Below) This Salvia, a Mexican Sage, produces white flowers that open to a delicate, soft, scintillating pink instead of the typical purple blooms.

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(Below) Cleveland Sage, such as the ones below, offers an aromatic fragrance, particularly when brushed up against or when the sun shines warmly on them.

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(Below) Black and Blue Sage is another drought-tolerant Salvia that attracts hummingbirds with its dazzling flowers.

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Privacy Hedges

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(Above) Robert moves a new delivery of Podocarpus through the Rose and Vine sections to the Privacy Hedge display the Garden Center.

Whether you have a balcony that’s a little too close to your neighbors or you have new construction going on next door, ask us what would work best in your situation.

(Below) We have a lot of trees and shrubs to select from. Ask one of our design experts to help you figure out what tree, shrub or plant will give you the privacy you need.

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(Below) New arrivals include tree and vine type Bougainvillea as well as those on trellises, all of which make great hedges and privacy shields.

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The Joy of Plants

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(Above and below) A prized find is worth having a staff member put aside for you while you continue to shop. These Hibiscus have been getting rave comments!

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(Below) Our succulent selection is huge and contains super small succulents on up to jumbo sizes. These chalky white Dudleyas will grow in ground or in containers. Ask CJ, Steve or Roger for assistance.

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Garden Fountains, Garden Sculptures

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(Below) This Griffin sculpture caught the eye of an artist who purchased it for her new home on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. We loaded it into her car so she could take it home right away.

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