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Have A Great Looking New or Established Garden Using Mulch, Plus Fourth of July Planting Ideas

Note: We will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 4.

What will you be doing for the Fourth of July?!  Why not prep now for a great-looking garden, new or established, so you and your family and friends can enjoy an amazing day celebrating our nation!

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Stop in this week to find some red, white and blue flowering plants and pop some quick color into the garden!

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(Below) Red and white Geraniums and blue Lobelia combine for a stunning display of patriotism.

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(Below) Turn terra cotta pots into festive Fourth of July containers by painting them. Then plant something in them!

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Conserve Water in Established and New Gardens: Mulch!

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New and established gardens can benefit from three inches of mulch, which will help keep moisture in, inhibit the growth of weeds, and keep plants cool. We offer a diversity of mulching products, including Micro Bark, a decorative Fir bark that can be used as a ground cover and mulch. Not only does Micro Bark look great, it brings the wonderful scent of Fir to your garden.

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If your established garden isn’t doing as well as you’d like and you’re not able to water as much as you’d like due to water restrictions, throw some mulch down. Studies have shown that a 3-inch layer of mulch can reduce water usage by up to 30%.

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In addition to reducing the need for water, mulch can be used to add a decorative look to the garden. It looks great along a pathway, and when combined with hardscape, such as fountains, rocks, pavers and pebbles, you can create an intriguing water-wise look.

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(Below) We offer several different organic mulch products.

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Cocoa Shells bring the aroma of chocolate to the garden but should not be used if dogs are present.

 

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Ask one of our Garden Design Experts, Miguel, Steve or CJ, any time you have questions.

 

California, Australia, and South African Native Plants Create a Head-Turning Drought-Tolerant Garden

There are many ways you can have a water-wise garden that is beautiful and blooming in summer. Drought-tolerant native plants that are indigenous to California, Australia, South Africa, the Mediterranean, and geographic areas with weather/climate conditions similar to ours are your best bet for a long-term, drought-tolerant garden.

(Below) Salvias provide color in spring, summer, and fall and look attractive in the landscape. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Miguel, Steve or CJ to help you find the plants best suited to your growing conditions.

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(Below) Arbutus, a drought-tolerant plant, turn heads with their showy flowers, foliage, and red bark. The one below is framed by Mirror Plants with Lily of the Nile in the background.

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(Below) Arbutus

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(Below) A Leucadendron in a container makes a showy statement. Native to South Africa, Leucadendron come in many varieties, each with own uniquely colored foliage. They can be planted in the ground and in containers.

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(Below) An Arbutus tree.

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(Below) Arbutus flowers are known to attract hummingbirds.

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(Below) Cane’s Bottlebrush is another drought-tolerant plant that attracts hummingbirds and other pollinators.

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(Above and below) Cane’s Bottlebrush is an ornamental evergreen shrub or small tree with pastel-pink bottlebrush-type flowers that blooms profusely during late spring and early summer. Its narrow green-gray leaves are on spreading, often arching branches, and the young foliage is soft and tinged with pink.

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(Below) Summer means Bougainvillea and we all a great selection of colors and growth habits. Our Delivery Specialist Victor moves one to the “Sold” section for a customer.

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(Below) Plants in containers on patios, decks, balconies or along a path or walkway can turn ho-hum into gorgeous.

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(Below) Some potted plants in our Succulent section demonstrate what you can do when you put a container and plant together.

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(Below) We have just about any kind of container for plants you can imagine! These garden designers are matching pots to Succulents from our Succulent Section.

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(Below) Come stroll our Leucadendron “alley” to see all of the many varieties available for use in a drought-tolerant garden.

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(Below) We’ll load your purchases into your vehicle so you can go home and get planting!

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(Below) If you want to keep your lawn, and keep it and water conservationists happy, put down three inches of one of our top quality mulching products to save up to a whopping 30% in water usage. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Steve, CJ, or Miguel for assistance.18434807693_2cdf3392ec_z

(Below) We stock unusual and hard-to-find plants.

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(Below) When you visit, keep an eye open for pollinators, including hummingbirds and bees. They’re usually busy at work and play!

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(Below) Sweet Pea Shrub

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(Below) Cistus, aka Rock Rose

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(Below) Princess Flower

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(Below) Find something whimsical and fun to put in your garden this summer! Step inside our store for lots of really cool finds!

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(Below) An artichoke. Our edible selection is vast and changes constantly as new plants arrive daily.

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(Below) Friends don’t let friends go home empty handed!

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(Below) Step inside our store to see our indoor fountain selection. Our fountains re-circulate water.

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(Below) Indoor plants can turn a house into a home! We carry a great assortment of indoor plants.

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(Below) Succulent wall

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(Above and below) Stop in today to see our Living Wall of Succulents and Bromeliads, some of the most drought-tolerant plants on the planet!

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As always, we’re here to help you have a great garden! Our team of Garden Design Experts and operations staff will do our utmost to ensure you have a wonderful experience shopping with us.

Happy Father’s Day and National Pollinators Week!

Gardeners can find many simple pleasures at the garden center now and if your dad is a gardener or a lover of the outdoors, we have many great choices, ranging from benches, table sets, fountains and fun statuary to colorful Echinacea, vegetables, fruit and more.

(Below) This week is Pollinator Week so why not entice butterflies, birds and bees to your garden with drought-proof Echinaceas, aka Coneflowers.

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(Above and below) Echinaceas are drought-tolerant perennials that will bloom through late summer. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Miguel, Steve and CJ about the specific Echinacea plant you’re choosing to learn more about it.

(Below) Echinacea mingles nicely with a Sweet Pea Shrub.

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(Below) The stunning flower of an Echinacea.

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(Below) The garden center is full of water-wise plants suitable for planting in flower beds or the landscape. Walk around and find different plants, then select others that have similar water requirements and plant them near each other. Feel free to check in with our Garden Design Experts if you have any questions.

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Stunning flowers like the ones below will attract pollinators to your garden.  Pollinators are important for our life cycle and are needed for the reproduction of 90% of flowering plants and one-third of human food crops.

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(Below) Growing a garden contributes to the circle of life as does growing your own vegetables, fruit, citrus, and herbs. Even a small herb garden or one tomato plant growing in a container can make a difference. Of course, if you have the space or ground, growing plants can produce many happy benefits.

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(Below) Lavender is a gorgeous plant that attracts pollinators.

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(Below) The garden center gets many welcome visitors, including ladybugs (below), bees (above), butterflies, and hummingbirds.

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(Below) Our herb selection is well-stocked. New deliveries arrive daily so stop in to see what’s new.

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(Below) Garden Design Expert CJ answers customers’ questions in the herb and vegetable section.

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(Below) Monarch Butterflies rely on Milkweed for life. We carry a good selection of Milkweed.

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(Below) Garden Design Expert Miguel helps a customer learn more about Kangaroo Paws.

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(Below) Our Delivery Expert Victor and Garden Design Expert Miguel are ready to help you. We can load your plants into your vehicle or deliver your purchases.

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(Below) Stop in to see our Driftwood selection. Dynamic, large pieces such as the ones below can make a lasting impression in the landscape. Add intrigue to any garden area with driftwood. We have small and large pieces.

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(Below) Wouldn’t Dad love a surfboard shower?! Stop in to see this masterpiece, in which old surfboards are given new life, in person!

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(Below) Gardeners peruse our herb and vegetable area.

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(Below) Hang a colorful Fuchsia poolside this summer! Not only are Fuchsias beautiful, they, too, attract pollinators!

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Remember to ask our Garden Design Experts for assistance. Steve, CJ, and Miguel are ready to help you!

 

Water-Saving Garden Tips & Plants, Palo Verde Trees, Succulents, Father’s Day Gifts and More

Waterwise gardens play a vital role in conserving water while contributing to the cycle and circle of life. Drought-tolerant plants, including those that attract hummingbirds, butterflies, birds and bees, can make a stylish and colorful statement while requiring the use of very little water. Our Garden Design Experts Miguel, Steve, and CJ can help you turn your landscape into a beautiful water-saving wonder.

(Below) Kangaroo Paws form a stunning border along this property and the public sidewalk.

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(Below) Kangaroo Paws (native to Australia) are joined by Leucadendron (native to South Africa), Ornamental Grasses, and Phormium, aka Flax, in this waterwise garden. Planting perennials that are native to a variety of countries and grow in similar climates can pack a powerful punch of year-round color and intrigue.

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(Below) Kangaroo Paws come in a variety of colors and sizes.

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A Drought-Tolerant Front Yard Makeover

(Below) When this homeowner and gardener decided to turn her front lawn into a water-saving landscape, she used her creativity and resources (including plants from the Marina del Rey Garden Center) to create a gorgeous award-winning drought-tolerant garden.

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(Above and below) Stepping stones give passersby room to walk by and admire a true work of art. The Olive Tree in the center is one of a few plants remaining from the original landscape, in which grass lawn basically surrounded the Olive Tree.

(Below) The front yard now has a patio and a pathway for visitors to get up close to see and enjoy the colors and textures of the new drought-tolerant garden. Drip irrigation also plays a part in this waterwise garden. Dymondia is used as groundcover between the plants, crafting a nice contrast of soil, greenery and color.

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(Below) A curved pathway of stone adds a zen effect to this new garden. Wood bark is used as a top cover on the soil to help retain moisture. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Miguel, Steve or CJ for assistance with selecting a great top soil cover for keeping water in your garden. We have a variety of great products so you’ll want to be sure you get the one most suited to meet your needs.IMG_1682 (1)

Fun Drought-Tolerant Plants for the Garden!

(Below) Leucadendron Linifolium is a very nice, well-behaved, neat shrub with clean, needle-like foliage and small, silvery, rounded cones. It is rather forgiving of soil and care, and while it doesn’t offer showy bract color, it is very attractive in its own way and will fit in well in almost any Mediterranean landscape. Use it for its attractive, very fine foliage and texture, its compact, uniform growth and its very interesting seed heads.

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(Below) Leucadendron Linifolium sits amongst other Leucadendron and Euphorbias.

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(Below) More unusual plants for the garden.

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(Below) Leucadendron offer a dazzling display of colorful bracts, each one slightly different depending on the variety of the plant.

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(Below) Leucadendron at the Marina del Rey Garden Center.

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(Below) Salvias and Lavender are also great drought-tolerant plants.

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(Below) This garden path features stepping stones surrounded by Dymondia, a wonderful grass lawn alternative that handles foot traffic and is soft on feet and knees. Other drought-tolerant plants lining the path include Lavender, Cistus aka Rock Rose, Pride of Madeira, and Yarrow.

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(Below) Pride of Madeira

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(Below) Cistus aka Rock Rose

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(Below) Pride of Madeira

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(Below) Lavender

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Phormium and Cordyline

The green and brown color palette is well served by Cordyline and Phormium, aka Flax. These plants are widely seen in Mediterranean landscapes and are drought-tolerant.

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Palo Verde Trees and Gorgeous Gardens

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(Above and below) We have the gorgeous Palo Verde Tree in stock and gardeners are flocking to it. Palo Verde Trees are known for their cheery five-petaled yellow blossoms. These trees attract numerous pollinators.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Gorgeous Color in Your Garden; Drought-Tolerant Plants; Succulents, Lily of the Nile, Edibles and More

Part of what we so love about spring and summer is all the color that perks up our gardens. As we move through June gloom into more sunshine this summer, there are countless plant selections available to enhance your landscape with color.

(Below)  The Clematis viticella vine is exceptional in its hardiness, vigor, long bloom period, ease of growing, and resistance to disease. In all but the hottest inland valleys, they can be grown in either full sun or modest shade. The ‘Etoile Violette’ (deep violet) is shown below.

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(Below) Drought-tolerant Kangaroo Paws create an attractive border hedge. With water conservation efforts and mandates in place, it’s important to be a waterwise gardener. Our Garden Design Experts can help you create a landscape, large or small, that uses very little water yet meets your needs for beauty. Ask Miguel, Steve or CJ for assistance.

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(Above) Mulching is an important part of water conservation and is one of the simplest and most beneficial practices you can use in the garden. Mulch and soil amendments can help keep moisture in the ground longer. Ask our Garden Design Experts for all the reasons why mulching a garden and lawn is a great water saving tool!

(Below) Kangaroo Paws are drought-tolerant and make a lasting impression in the garden.

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(Below) It’s important to keep in mind that plants are part of our life cycle, meaning we need them to sustain life. Plants provide food, shelter, material for clothing, and medicines. And plants need pollinators like birds and bees (below) to sustain them and keep our food, aka life, cycle going.

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(Below) Drought-tolerant Salvias attract hummingbirds and other wildlife to the garden. We feature a huge selection of Salvias, including the Sunset Western Garden Collection. Other great plants for summer include Rosemary (when heat warms these plants up or you simply brush against them the aroma is wonderful!), and drought-tolerant Ornamental Grasses (these are drought-tolerant unlike traditional grass used for lawns).

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(Below) A Salvia mingles with Heavenly Bamboo for a stunningly colorful effect, demonstrating how flowering plants and plants more known for their foliage can work well together in the garden.

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(Below) Yet another example of how striking foliage and plants more prized for their flowers can work well together. The flowering plant below is Lantana, a hardy and much-loved drought-tolerant plant.

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(Above and below) Lantana is a great way to bring butterflies into the garden. Lantana’s aromatic flower clusters (called umbels) are a mix of red, orange, yellow, pink, or blue and white florets.

(Below) The Spreading Sunset® Lantana offers profuse color year-round from masses of vivid orange-red flowers. The plant’s beautiful spreading form is useful in flower beds or containers and makes it an excellent low hedge, groundcover or accent shrub.

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(Below) A striking purple Buddleia flower (aka Butterfly Bush) in the bottom half of the photo with drought-tolerant Ornamental Grasses in the background. As its common name implies, Butterfly Bush attracts butterflies but it also is a hummingbird magnet.

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(Below) Ask one of our Garden Design Experts how you can use Euphorbia and Leucadendron for a drought-tolerant garden.

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(Below) Leucadendron

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(Below) Mirror Plant offers attractive foliage.

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(Below) Hydrangea makes a colorful statement in any garden.

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(Below) Dwarf Olive Trees

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(Below) Yarrow

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(Below) Explore the contrasts and textures a garden can have by strolling through the garden center. Our inventory is expansive and offers a breadth and depth not easily found.

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(Below) Shop our edible section for the best selection of citrus, grapes, avocado trees, tomato plants, blueberry bushes, hot peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, oregano, basil, tarragon and much more.

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(Below) Plant some squash now and reap a homegrown harvest!

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(Below) Lily of the Nile

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(Below) Be sure to check out our Succulent/Bromeliad/Driftwood wall arrangements! Easy to maintain and care for, they make the quite conversation pieces!

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(Below) Nothing says summer like a Daisy!

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(Below) We offer a large selection of pre-planted succulent container arrangements. Take one home today to add instant intrigue and beauty to your home or garden.

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The entire staff at the Marina del Rey Garden Center thanks you for shopping with us. We’re open daily from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.