Spring and summer turn our landscapes, gardens and yards into a hue of colors. And though you might associate color with heat, shady spots can have their own unique array of color.
(Below) Hibiscus in a sizzling orange.
(Below) Copper Canyon Daisy is a drought-tolerant plant with a strong fragrance that comes from its foliage. Known as the Mexican Marigold, its orange-yellow flowers put on quite a show.
(Below) Lion’s Tail is another drought-tolerant evergreen shrub. Its fuzzy orange curved tubular flowers give it its name, but it’s also known as Lion’s Ear, Lion’s Claw, Minaret Flower, and Wild Dagga.
Cordyline and Flax
(Above and below) Cordyline and Flax have become garden workhorses. Look around and you will find them planted in medians and household gardens! There are many varieties available, each with its own unique foliage (below).
(Above) The Cordyline “Torbay Dazzler” is a showy focal plant. It is a palm-like, sub-tropical tree that grows erect until, with some age, it will fork to produce more heads. The green strap leaves have a strong cream variegation along the leaf margin. Interestingly enough, this plant came from Torbay Palm Farm from near Cornwall, England and was a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit winner in 2004.
(Above) The Electric Pink Dracaena Palm is an outrageously bright pink colored plant with an upright habit of many narrow dark maroon leaves that are edged with bright pink, making it truly electric! This plant was part of the Bodger Botanicals product line sold exclusively by Henry F. Michell Company.
(Above) Pink Panther New Zealand Flax has a slightly arching form and grows to 3 to 4 feet tall with leaves that have candy pink centers with darker reddish bronze margins. Plant in full sun to light shade.
Ask one of our Garden Design Experts, Miguel, Steve or CJ for assistance, anytime!
Bring your friends to the garden center and have some fun! You can’t go wrong with a walk through our 2+-acre paradise.
(Below) You’re sure to hear (and see, if you’re lucky) all of the hummingbirds that live at the garden center! Do you see the hummingbird below, getting nectar from a Sunset Collection Ember’s Wish Salvia? The hummingbirds LOVE this red salvia!
(Below) Sunset Western Garden Collection’s Ember’s Wish and Love and Wishes are two gorgeous salvias!
Love and Wishes with its deep purple flowers is a long-blooming, waterwise, easy-care plant that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
Ember’s Wish is also drought-tolerant and features glowing coral flowers that birds and butterflies love. Both Salvias require no deadheading or pruning.
More Food for Hummingbirds
(Above and below) Bottle Brush is another red flowering plant hummingbirds love! Bottle Brush comes in a dwarf size frequently used for short, decorative hedges. The larger specimens can be grown as a shrub or tree.
(Above and below) Climbing Roses make a great addition to the garden. Ours come staked or on a trellis. When cascading on an arbor, wall, fence, or some type of support, their flowers add glorious color to the garden!
Planting for Privacy
(Above) Giant Bird of Paradise and Red Banana can create privacy and the look and feel of a hip, cool shady area!
(Below) Craft a wall for privacy. We can help you with ideas! Ask one of our Garden Design Experts for assistance. They can show you where you’ll find trellises, wood or metal materials, and the plants you’ll need for your living wall.
(Below) Other plants that make great hedges when grouped together include Pacific Wax Myrtle, Purple Hopseed, and Privet.
(Below) Vines and other plants on trellises are also great for privacy. You can count on us to always have a good selection of privacy plants.
(Below) A hedge of Podocarpus keeps this outdoor pool area attractive and private.
Lightweight Containers for Decks, Balconies and Areas Where Weight Is A Concern
(Below) These lightweight containers are just the ticket when you are concerned about putting too much weight on a balcony, deck or even a patio. Made of durable and time-tested materials, they give the look of stone or concrete but have practically no weight at all!
(Below) A plant with variegated foliage and a Bougainvillea are going home with a happy customer and will be planted soon! Stop in to see all of the countless ways you can add color and intrigue to your garden! New plants arrive daily.
(Below) Pink Breath of Heaven, Baby’s Breath, and Purple Statice are among the many plants we carry.
(Below) Geraniums are on of the best plants for year-round color! Plant them in ground or in hanging baskets. We have several that are available in hanging baskets if you’d prefer not to plant them.
All of us at the Marina del Rey Garden Center want to thank you for visiting us, and giving us the opportunity to meet your gardening needs! We’ve been serving Westside, South Bay, Los Angeles, and Valley gardeners since 1977 and appreciate your business and visits. We are gardening experts and are pleased to offer a delivery service if you are unable to get your plants and materials home with you. Ask any of our staff members for assistance. They can point you in the right direction.