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Archive for month: January, 2015

Succulents, Grevillea, Blueberry Bushes For Southern California Gardens, Japanese Maples and More

Plant enthusiasts, casual gardeners and those with an eye for interior design will want to discover succulents (below) if they haven’t already. These water-wise plants are delivering gorgeous colors, textures and blossoms throughout landscapes in Southern California.



Drought-Tolerant Grevilleas

Native to Australia, Grevillea (below) can be used as hedges (many local shopping centers use the Dwarf Grevillea to great effect as small, decorative hedges), shrubbery, to add a gracious flow, and as a purely stunning plant. The red flower on a Grevillea is unusual in its shape and comes in a diversity of structures.


Grevillea is a woody evergreen plant with interesting, intricate and beautiful flowers. They are planted for their floral and foliage display as well as their ability to attract nectar-feeding birds to the garden.


We carry all the Grevillea varieties you’d expect, Long John, Coastal Gem, Dwarf, Banksii aka Red Silky Oaks, and Scarlett Sprite. We’re also excited to have a new one, Firesprite, a large upright shrub with divided leaves and terminal spikes of bright red flowers that bloom in late spring and then in a scattered pattern year-round.




Yes, You Can Grow Blueberries in Southern California!

We stock lots of low-chill blueberries you can grow in Southern California, in the ground or in containers. Ask one of our garden design experts Steve or CJ how to select the blueberry bushes perfect for your environment. Blueberry bushes can be grouped together (their foliage can be so attractive that people like to grow them as hedges), and, of course, they yield the best fruit you can have–antioxidant rich and homegrown!


Japanese Maples: A Stunning Garden Focal Point

Though they’re deciduous and don’t have any leaves now, our newly arrived Japanese Maples will be leafing out soon, demonstrating their beauty and grace, and why they are such a beloved tree.


One of our favorite Japanese Maples is Sango-kaku, aka Coral Bark, whose bright coral-red bark provides year-round color. When Sango-kaku leafs out, it features green leaves that turn brilliant yellow in fall. Bloodgood is another favorite Japanese Maple with deeply cut, purple-red leaves that hold their color well through the summer. Then, in fall, the tree develops a striking crimson-red color.

Stop in and let us help you explore the beauty of Japanese Maples.



Indoor Plants and Design Ideas

Indoor plants can turn a room into a “Wow!”. Stop inside our home decor store to discover the kinds of items you’ll love having in your home or office.




More Design Ideas

Succulents in containers, fountains, birdbaths, statuary, benches, pedestals, gazing balls. Each can add fun and intrigue to the garden, patio, a balcony or inside your home or office. Stop in soon to see our new delivery of statuary from Campania.


January has been a warm month this year, so let us help you enjoy the great outdoors! Stop in to stroll our 2+ acres of the best plants, soils, fountains, containers, statuary, herbs and vegetables, fruit trees, citrus and much more.

Camellias, Blueberries, Japanese Maples, Indoor Plants, Color in the Garden, and Succulents

Filtered sun. Shade. If you have places in your garden or on a deck, patio, entryway or balcony that meet these requirements, you can plant Camellias and easily keep them happy.

Known as the queen of shade gardens, Camellias (below) feature gorgeous flowers and can be planted in the ground or in containers.


Camellia flowers come in a variety of shapes: formal double, rose form, peony form, anemone form, semi-double, tubular and single, and come in red, pink, white and various mixtures and shadings of these colors.

If you’ve visited Descanso Gardens and its famed Camellia forest, you’ve seen how beautiful and regal Camellias can be. We have Camellias (below) in shrub shapes, trees and on trellises.



Blueberries and Japanese Maples

Our Blueberry bushes (below) are the low-chill variety, the kind that will do extremely well in Southern California. Believe it or not, blueberries are a versatile plant that can be grown in single pots, arranged side by side or in groupings.  You can also grow them in the ground in a fruit and vegetable area, grow them as ornamentals or hedges, or mix them into a foundation planting.


Another wonderful landscape plant is the Japanese Maple. We’ve just received a large shipment of these deciduous trees that will soon leaf out in a blaze of color.  Ask one of our garden design experts CJ or Steve for guidance when selecting a Japanese Maple. They can help you determine where to plant it as well as recommend the appropriate planting soils.


Japanese Maples are frequently focal points in the garden. They also partner well with fountains, bird baths, statues and benches–anything that helps create a tranquil zen-like space.


Indoor Plants


Our indoor plant selection is one of the best around, with plants in all sorts of sizes and containers to fit them. There’s nothing quite like adding a vibrant new plant to your home or office environment.


Our indoor plant selection frequently includes Orchids, Hydrangeas, Pothos, Palms, Snake Plant, Dracaena, Amazon Elephant Ear, Kalanchoe, African Violet, Ferns, Bromeliads, Ming Aralia, Peace Lily, Spider Plant, Philodendrons and lots of fun accents (below) such as small fountains, benches, glass bowls and vases, ceramic mushrooms and additional design decor.



Drought-Tolerant Plants


Now, more than ever, planting a water-conserving landscape is essential, and we’re the experts who can help you.

Did you know plants native to Australia, South Africa and the Mediterranean are drought-tolerant and well-suited to our climate? That’s why we’ve been stocking water-conserving plants such as Leucadendrons (above) and Grevillea (below) for years, and continue to expand our selection of these hardy landscape plants that offer blooms and unusual foliage colors when our California natives are taking a little bit of a winter siesta.


Another great plant that adds year-round drama to your lawn, mixed border, decorative pots, poolside or even your parking strip is the evergreen perennial Phormium (below). Phormium comes in a variety of sizes and its leaves, whether solid or variegated, encompass a full spectrum of colors. Depending on the variety, Phormium can thrive in either sun or shade, is tolerant of coastal sprays and winter frosts, and is moderate in its thirst for watera.





Get into citrus with Kumquats, Oranges, Mandarins, Grapefruit, and Tangerines. Ask one of our garden professionals Steve or CJ what you’ll need to plant them in containers or in the ground.





Winter Color in the Garden


You can have vibrant color in your garden now with these winter bedding plants. Stop in today to see our selection, and get planting!


Ready To Help



(Above and below) Our expert staff is always ready to help.





You’re sure to find our succulent selection to be one of the best around!

As we continue to move into 2015, we thank all of you for your patronage, and look forward to seeing and serving you soon!

Indoor Plants, Japanese Maples, Cool-Season Bedding Plants, Perennials, Succulents

We are currently accepting applications for candidates to join our sales and operations teams. Applications are available at the Marina del Rey Garden Center during regular business hours. Resumes recommended. No phone calls please.

Sales Team

If you have a background in horticulture, can offer excellent customer service, and are willing to work weekends, we would love to meet you. Email your resume to or stop by and pick up an application today!

Operations Team

Do you love to work outside, are a team member and push to get things done? Apply today to be part of our operations team. Weekends are a must. Email your resume to or stop by and pick up an application today!

Indoor Plants

As we spend more time indoors due to rain and colder weather, with fewer open windows, indoor plants can add greenery and health to our environments. Indoor plants, aka houseplants, are known to remove toxins and help improve our indoor environments.

Pothos (below), with its cascading green from a hanging basket, is recognized as a powerful plant for tackling formaldehyde. It’s a fast-growing vine whose foliage comes in green and variegated degrees of white and green.

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(Below), also known as devil’s ivy, Pothos is an easy houseplant to grow in many indoor conditions. Interestingly, it stays green even when kept in the dark.


(Below) Dracaena is another great plant for combating pollutants associated with varnishes and oils. The Warneckii grows easily indoors, even without direct sunlight. With striped leaves forming clusters atop a thin stem, this houseplant can be striking, especially if it reaches its potential height of 12 feet.




(Below) Chinese Evergreen is another easy-to-care-for plant that can help filter out a variety of air pollutants and removes more toxins as time and exposure continues. It is a very adaptable plant that does well even in low light. It also tolerates dry air better than most other house plants.



Stop in today to see how you can beautify and refresh your home with indoor plants. Ask one of our experts for any assistance you might need.

Japanese Maples Have Arrived!

We’ve just received our first shipment of the year of Japanese Maples and you’ll want to come in to see our selection. These prized trees add stunning color to the landscape.

(Below) One of our favorite Japanese Maples is Coral Bark (Sangokaku). Its brilliant coral bark is its most known feature but its foliage is gorgeous, too, offering striking red-edged green leaves in spring that turn brilliant apricot-gold with a touch of red in fall. Young wood exhibits strongest color.


Japanese Maple trees are known for their foliage, and add grace and beauty to the garden. Most have an exquisitely layered, cascading form, an elegant, fine leaf texture, and remarkable fall color. Japanese Maples come in a variety of leaf colors, including yellow-green, purple, red, bronze, and variegated leaves.

Planted as an ornamental tree throughout the United States, they are native to Korea, China and Japan. The Japanese Maple was introduced to the United States in 1820 and its maple-like leaves give it its common name.

A deciduous tree, here are some photos:

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Cool-Season Bedding Plants

Cool-season bedding plants thrive during winter and keep flowerbeds looking attractive. But they needn’t be thought of as just for winter or even spring since some bloom into spring: Pansy, Dianthus, Alyssum, Viola, Calendula, Stock, Diascia, Nemesia, and Lobelia.





In Southern California, we can plant a wide variety of beautiful native species side by side with perennials that are native to similar climatic regions such as the Mediterranean, South Africa and Australia. Start planning your waterwise garden now, using perennials and succulents. Ask one of our garden design experts, Steve or CJ, for assistance.


Succulents have become very popular, as gardeners, homeowners and others discover their water-saving attributes. We specialize in succulents so stop in today to check out our selection.






We Deliver!

Not only are our plants and products the best you can find, we also take great pride in everything we do. Victor is our delivery pro. Here he’s shown after planting pittosporums in lightweight containers on a balcony.


See you soon at the Marina del Rey Garden Center!

Plant Cool-Season Vegetables and Bedding Plants in Ground and Containers

Living in Southern California means we can garden year-round, and when we get daytime temperatures in the 70s, it’s time to dig in and plant cool-season vegetables and bedding plants.


If you’re new to vegetable gardening, ask one of our garden design experts, CJ or Steve, for assistance. They can help you determine what to plant, what to plant in if you don’t have an area of ground, and how to properly prepare your soil for a bountiful crop.

Ocean Forest

Our huge inventory of containers, some of which look like concrete, clay and stone but are lightweight and movable, give you the opportunity to grow vegetables, herbs and other plants on a balcony, deck, or hanging. Our raised vegetable beds have been extremely popular, and come in two sizes. The large one is below.

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Container Garden Here’s a list of the cool-season vegetables you can plant now:

  • Arugula (rocket)
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Collards
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chard (below)
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  • Kale (below)
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  • Lettuce
  • Mizuna
  • Mustard greens
  • Onions (bulbing)
  • Onions (bunching–standard onions harvested before they form bulbs).
  • Pak choi (Bok choy) (below)


  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Coriander (cilantro)

Cool-Season Bedding Plants


Who doesn’t love seeing color in the garden so why not put some beautiful flowering plants into your view? This time of year, you can plant Pansies (above and below), Violas, Snapdragons (below), Cyclamen (second photo below), Iceland Poppies (third photo below), California Poppies, Daisies and Mums.






Cool-season bedding plants can be planted in containers or in ground, depending on the space you have available and where you’d like to add color. Here are some container ideas:












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Visit us today to see all of the great plants, containers, fountains, statuary, benches, soils and more we have for your gardening needs.