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Spring Gardening: California Natives, Salvias, Perennials, Icee Blue Podocarpus, Bougainvillea, Night Blooming Jasmine, Arabian Lilac, and More!

This time of year, when the garden center is flush with all sorts of new plants (shrubs, vines, hedge plants, California Natives, perennials, salvias, roses, trees, shade plants, succulents, cacti, bromeliads, tillandsias, Australian Natives, herbs, vegetables, blueberries, raspberries, tomatoes, South African Natives, lettuces, artichokes, citrus, lemons, limes, kumquats, apple trees, and much more) be sure to take in all of what we have by walking through our plant, fountain, and container sections.

(Below) A gorgeous Bougainvillea on a trellis. Perfect for a patio, pool area or privacy.

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Yes, we’re on 2+ acres and we’re sure to have what you’re in search of–that special groundcover, jasmine on a trellis, the in-demand and hard-to-find Icee Blue Podocarpus, a Safari Sunset Leucadendron, Sea Sprite Grevillea, Australian Mint, Pride of Madeira, Cistus (aka Rock Rose), Indian Hawthorne, Purple Hopseed, Boxwoods, Milkweed and more.

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(Above) There are many varieties of Leucadendron that will add just the right visual appeal to your garden or landscape. In this photo, you’re seeing Safari Sunset Conebush, Rising Sun Leucadendron, Little Bit Leucadendron, Summer Red Leucadendron, Chief Leucadendron, Ceres 2 Leucadendron, Silvan Red Leucadendron, Ebony Conebush, Red Gem Leucadendron, Yellow Conebush, Winter Red Leucadendron, and Sunshine Conebush.

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Native to South Africa, which has a climate like ours (making these plants easy to grow here with other drought-tolerant plants), Leucadendron tend to be shrubs, although some grow with a creeping habit. Leaves tend to be needle-like, spirally arranged, and simple, and change hue depending on the season, keeping your garden alive with different colors and textures year-round.

The plant’s seed heads are woody cone-like structures, hence their common name, conebush. If Leucadendron look like Protea, that’s because the two are related.

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Leucadenrons are considered a bold, exotic, biggest-bang-for-your-buck drought-loving shrub. Ask one of our garden design experts, Miguel, Steve and CJ for assistance in selecting the best Leucadendrons for your garden conditions.

Icee Blue Yellow-Wood (Podocarpus)

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At the back of our garden center is where you’ll find plants suitable for use as trees and hedges. When you want privacy on your balcony, along your property border, a fence or wall, or on a deck or patio, we have a wealth of plant material.

In high demand and limited supply, Icee Blue Podocarpus is one tree/shrub whose beauty is beyond compare. It is the first Podocarpus with distinctive blue foliage. New growth is lime-gray-blue maturing to a cool gray-blue-green.

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Stop and Smell the Roses

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 (Above and below) Aromatherapy Rose has a beautiful scent. You’ll want to plant this winner (It’s great as a cut flower, too!) somewhere in your garden.

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(Below) Going to Disneyland anytime soon?! This stunning rose captures the Disney spirit so you can enjoy it at home!

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(Below) Come on in and stop and smell our roses! We have hybrids, floribundas, grandi floras, climbers, creepers, and groundcovers. And we can place special orders.

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Garden Benches

Placed thoughtfully throughout a garden, benches give all a chance to sit and admire nature’s handiwork. We’re just received a shipment of durable, sturdy benches with inlaid tile motif patterns. These charming benches are attractively priced too; You’ll be surprised and pleased with their low price tag!

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We can help you load these in your vehicle and we offer a great delivery service.

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How about one of these benches poolside?

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Blueberries Anyone?!

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(Above) It’s time to get your blueberry bushes! Ours are loading up with fruit so hurry in for the best selection. Blueberry bushes can be grown in the ground or in containers. Ask one of our garden design experts for help selecting the proper soil.

(Below) Our Garden Design Expert Steve assists a customer.

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(Below) We’re sure to have the plants you want. Ask for assistance if you don’t see what you’re after. Plants, such as the popular Milkweed, can be found in different sections of the garden center.

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 (Below) Indian Hawthorn is a great hedge plant that’s in bloom now! You’ve probably seen it in your neighborhood or at shopping centers.

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(Below) Yellow African Iris

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(Below) You’ll have year-round color with the gorgeous Arabian Lilac. Olive green above and dusky purple below, it’s leaf is a visual delight! Arabian Lilac can be grown in full or partial sun, and can be a focal point in the garden, used in the background in a flowering border, or planted as a hedge.

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(Above) Arabian Lilac is native to parts of Australia, Asia and the Pacific Islands where summers are warm. It also makes an excellent potted plant.

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(Above) A small selection of our containers.

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(Above) Asian ceramic containers make a stylish statement. Ask us to help you select plants with similar watering requirements so that your container of mixed plants can thrive.

17127824731_7b55882cc5_k(Below) We have a huge selection of pre-planted succulent arrangements. Stroll the entire garden center and you’ll also find many more plants suitable for containers, including Lavenders and Salvias.

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(Above) Delphiniums are in! This gardener is walking through our shade plant area with a Podocarpus on a trellis to his right and hanging fuchsia and Mandevilla flower baskets to his left extending from the supports of our shade cloth area. Some of the shade plants to his left are Begonias (flowering pink) as well as examples of the unusual foliage shade plants can bring to the garden.

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(Above) Our Operations and Delivery Expert Victor wheels eight Camellias toward the sold section so he can load our Delivery Truck. Behind him is our stunning new Living Plant Wall. Stop in to see and feel it, and ask us how you have one that large or smaller.

(Below) Our Zen Frog is quite content in his drought-tolerant garden. Seen with him are Lantana and Cat Mint. If you haven’t taken any Cat Mint home for your feline, we highly recommend it. Cats love Cat Mint (at least my cat did).

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(Below) Scaevola is another distinctive looking ground cover type plant with a low mounding growth habit. It is waterwise. A customer in Hollywood Riviera recently planted quite a bit of Scaevola in the new drought-tolerant front yard garden she created to replace the grass lawn she previously had.

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(Below) We have Ornamental Grasses in small containers and larger ones, too.

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(Below) Blue-Eyed Grass

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(Below) We stock a diverse selection of groundcovers.

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(Below) This plant will flower throughout the summer; just deadhead the blooms when they’re through.

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(Below) Coreopsis is another long-lasting bloomer that handles heat and is drought-tolerant.

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(Below) A Gazania flower.

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(Below) A one-gallon Lily of the Nile in bloom.

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(Below) We make a point to stock a selection of bedding plants that are waterwise.

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(Below) Did you know Nasturtium flowers (in orange and yellow here) can be eaten? Serve them on top of a salad and impress your guests!

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(Below) An up-close look at more bedding plants.

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Whenever you’re ready to begin a new garden project, plant an herb or vegetable garden, grow some fruit (citrus, blueberries, strawberries, apples), plant a hedge or insert some new plants into your garden, we’re here and ready to serve you.

Our knowledgeable garden design experts are happy to provide any guidance you need. And, remember, we deliver in case you don’t have room for your new plants, benches, garden statuary, or fountains in your vehicle.

See you soon at the Marina del Rey Garden Center, where everything’s sunny and coming up roses!