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Archive for month: May, 2015

Replace That Thirsty Traditional Green Lawn With Groundcover Alternatives

With all the talk of replacing thirsty traditional grass lawns, we wanted to present options for lovers of the lawn look. As you will see, replacing water-thirsty grass lawns can lead to new garden vistas. And while you can effectively replace lawns with groundcovers like Dymondia, why not reconsider your whole landscape or portions of it?!

(Below) The chartreuse Scotch Moss creates a rolling lawn effect in between large pavers/stepping stones. Despite its name, Scotch Moss is not a true moss but rather a short creeping perennial frequently used in rock gardens or around stepping stones for a soft, lush effect. In early summer, it explodes with a sprinkling of star-shaped white flowers.

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(Below) Have fun! Plant a variety of groundcovers and drought-tolerant perennials in between short hedges. Let our team of dedicated plant professionals help you select plants that require less water than a traditional grass lawn.

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(Below) Dymondia, which can handle foot traffic and yet is soft underfoot, creates a pleasant pathway when mingled with stepping stones. Tall, spiky Kangaroo Paws help fashion a striking look.

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(Below) A Before and After photo shows how a yard can go from drab and sad to simply gorgeous! The lawn here is Dymondia.

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(Below) Even homes where traditional green lawns once grew can benefit from a lawn of Dymondia.

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More Groundcovers

Thyme, Red Apple (center below) and Sedum groundcovers also use less water than traditional lawns.

Native to South Africa, Red Apple Ice Plant (Aptenia Cordifolia) is an attractive, drought-tolerant succulent marked by long trailing stems with bright green, heart-shaped leaves. Its low growth habit makes it an effective ground cover.

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Part of the fun of groundcovers are the many hues of color groundcovers can bring to a garden. Shades of grey, green, and mauve all add new dimension to a landscape.

(Below) Creeping Thyme in bloom.

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Footsteps along a pathway typically will release the wonderful aroma of thyme.

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Here are more groundcovers that will help you with your water conservation efforts.

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Sedums (above) are perennials and are admired for their distinctive fleshy foliage and intense colors. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Miguel, Steve or CJ for help planning your garden. They can help you learn how to best prepare soil for planting (different plants have different soil requirements and needs), what kind of sunlight certain plants need, how to best water your plants and much more.

Bring the Circle of Life to Your Home and Garden Via Blueberry Bushes, Perennials That Attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies; Enjoy the Scents of Native Plants, Herbs, and Roses!

Customer Appreciation Day

Free hot dogs and beverages on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

The circle of life is in full swing at the garden center, where Blueberries are ripening, gardeners are experiencing the wonderful aromas of herbs, color is popping, and happy gardeners are going home to plant their new additions.

(Below) An abundance of blueberry fruit has set on this Blueberry bush. Stop in now for some fully loaded Blueberry bushes. Plant just one in the ground or in a container, or make a hedge. Blueberry bushes have attractive foliage.

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(Below) We have lots of varieties of Lavender in the garden center. You’ll find this wonderfully scented herb in the herb section and in sizes large enough to plant in rows. Have you ever seen Lavender fields?! This plant is stunning, especially when several are planted together. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Miguel, CJ or Steve to show you the different places we have Lavender in the garden center so you don’t miss any!

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(Below) Hydrangeas are here! Stop in soon for the best selection.

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(Below) Kangaroo Paws, native to Australia, make a statement in any landscape.

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Food on Trellises

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(Above and below) Stake your claim to some delicious eats with fruit trees growing on trellises.

A Moro Blood Orange, above, provides a good privacy screen and will yield delicious homegrown citrus.

(Below) Anyone want some avocados?! Stop in today to see all of the great plants we have in stock growing on trellises. They can provide instant privacy. Jasmine, Privets, Duranta, and Caliendra are just a few of the trellised plants we have in stock now.

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Unusual Plants

As a full-service garden center on 2+ acres, we take great pride in carrying unusual and hard-to-find plants. There’s a reason why you’ll want to stroll our large plant selection: You never know what you’ll find!

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(Above) The Fire and Ice Mandevilla is a gorgeous vine with bright red flowers and a luscious variegated foliage that draws the eye year-round.

(Below) These plant finds are in our one-gallon native plant area. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts CJ, Miguel or Steve for assistance.

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(Below) Wander through our one-gallon section to see all of the amazing plants currently available, including Foxglove.

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Purple Bloomers

Some gardeners have a thing about the color purple, and indeed, it’s easy to see why! Simply take a walk around our garden center to discover all of the spectacular ways you can have purple blooming plants in your life.

(Below) True Geraniums are a hardy perennial you’re sure to love having in your garden.

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(Below) Giant Potato Creeper

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Vegetables, Herbs & Fruit

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We’re sure to have the herb, vegetable or fruit you’re looking for. Plant delicious strawberries now and get your tomatoes in the ground, too!

(Below) Our raised redwood vegetable beds come in four sizes and are a great way to plant your veggie, herb, or fruit garden! As you can see, we have colorful tomato cages, too!

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(Below) Tricolor Sage

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(Below) Cuban Oregano

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(Below) Swiss Chard

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(Below) “Lime” Thyme

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(Below) Peppermint

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If you don’t have room for a raised vegetable bed, a container may do! We have all sorts of shapes and sizes, from terra cotta to contemporary to Asian ceramic, so ask for assistance. Miguel, Steve and CJ, our Garden Design Experts, are more than happy to help point you in the right direction.

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Have you Liked us on Facebook and do you follow us on Twitter? You’ll want to, for all the latest news and plant arrivals!

 

Prepare for Summer & Outdoor Living/Entertaining Now!

When I think of outdoor living, I think of lush greenery in colorful pots, pretty flowers, the gentle sound of flowing water, and places to sit and enjoy the garden around me or where I can converse with a friend.

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With graduations, Memorial Day, Father’s Day and other outdoor entertaining occasions on the way, stop in to see all of the new colorful containers, unique fountains, and exquisite benches and table sets we have.

(Below) Our pre-planted custom succulent arrangements are an easy way to spruce up any area for guests! They also make great gifts.

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Sometimes all it takes is one new item to spruce up an area. Stop in to see what you can find. We have wall art, contemporary fountains, table and bench sets, colorful Asian ceramic containers, and all the plants you need! Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Miguel, Steve or CJ for assistance.

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(Above and below) Our Asian ceramic containers will enhance any area they’re placed in. Plant one up with beautiful foliage for a striking look. Our Garden Design Experts can help you select the right container, plant, and soils.

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Superior craftsmanship and artistry is the hallmark of the new tables and benches we’ve received. Made for the outdoors, these benches and tables offer durability and a gorgeous design you’re sure to love for years to come.

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(Below) A Seahorse bench features inlaid tile and a look that works well with just about anything.

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(Below) Add colorful containers and the stunning artistry of inlaid tile benches and a table to your outdoor living area.

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Containers

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Our container selection is huge AND constantly changing as new arrivals come in. We have just about any and every look and style imaginable and pots that are tiny to small to humongous, and everything in between!

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Fountains

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More Plants

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(Above) Plant or pot a rose or roses now and enjoy blooms through summer.

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(Below) Other sun-loving and colorful plants that will bloom through summer include salvias, which also attract hummingbirds.

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Ask one of our Garden Design Experts CJ, Miguel or Steve for assistance selecting plants. They can help you select drought-tolerant plants that will beautify your garden for many years to come.

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Stop in to see us anytime you have gardening questions or needs. We are situated on 2+ acres and stock an enormous amount of plants, fountains, containers, statuary, soil amendments and organic natural products year-round.

 

 

Garden Accents, Unusual Plants, Fountains, Succulents, Salvias, Bromeliads, Hydrangeas, Gorgeous Pots and More

Now Hiring: We are looking for energetic, team players for our Operations Team. Duties range from unloading deliveries of all merchandise (plants, fountains, containers, statuary, etc.) to maintaining the garden center. Weekends required; full-time positions. You must apply IN PERSON ONLY. Come in to fill out an application; feel free to bring your resume.

 

Spring gardening is about countless opportunities to turn your outdoor living area(s), garden, landscape, yard (whatever you want to call it) into anything and everything you want it to be this spring and summer!

(Below) Stylish Asian ceramic containers will turn any planting in them into to something to behold! We can help you select plants suitable for container planting and recommend the proper soils. Succulents and Bromeliads look great in containers!

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(Below) With a sleek, slender design, this contemporary fountain from Gist is a dynamic addition to any environment. Using a water wise recirculating pump, the water flows quietly down the side into a basin and keeps recirculating. It’s truly a work of art!

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Outdoor Living This Spring and Summer

New shipments of fountains, containers, patio table sets, benches, raised redwood vegetable beds, drought-tolerant plants, vegetables, herbs, citrus, privacy plants, and much more have just arrived! Why not perk up your garden and outdoor living areas with outdoor wall art, a table and bench set, trellises, a lemon tree in a container? Stop in to see what’s new.

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(Below) Have fun with garden accents. We have lots of interesting, unusual, hard-to-find and one-of-a-kind accents!

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Talk to one of our Garden Design Experts any time you have a question. Miguel, Steve and CJ are happy to help you with their professional knowledge and expertise.

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Driftwood, Tillandsias, Bromeliads

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(Above) Find the unusual and fun at the Marina del Rey Garden Center. We carry real driftwood and can show you how to plant on these one-of-a-kind natural objects.

(Below) Ask our experts about the wonderful world of Bromeliads. They offer stunning flowers and exotic leaves.

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More Garden Accents!

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New Plants

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(Above and below) We have a huge selection of drought-tolerant salvias so you can have a beautiful garden!

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(Below) We are the place to find just the plants you’re looking for!

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(Below) Passion Fruit Vine is a stunner with its absolutely unusual and unique flower.

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(Below) Morning Glory Vine is yet another beautiful vine.