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Archive for month: January, 2016

California Natives, Hardenbergia, Lavender, Waterwise Plants, Color, Succulents, Valentine’s Day Gifts

Plants keep arriving as we get ready for spring, which, in some ways, already feels like it’s here, in spite of El Nino. Our store entrance is lined with spiraling Junipers and blooming Hardenbergia(below), in a luscious purple and pristine white. The Hardenbergia vine is a climber that will bloom now through spring. It is good in sun or light shade in inland areas and requires very little water once established.


(Below) Hardenbergia vine in purple


(Below) Hardenbergia vine in white


(Below) Lavender has arrived in five- and one-gallon containers so you can plant more mature plants or smaller ones in a smaller garden or landscape area that calls for a smaller scale. Here, our Garden Design Expert Miguel checks on a variety name.


California natives are in now, too. We have a great selection. Get them in the ground now so they can enjoy El Nino rain water and grow larger, thrive and bloom.

(Below) Winnifred Gilman Sage has low water requirements and thrives in full sun, producing an electric blue-violet flower. Its aromatic gray-green foliage is wonderful to smell year-round.


(Above) Notice the Microsoft “tag.” You’ll find it on plant identification information throughout the garden center so you can scan and read more about the plant online.

(Below) Australian Tea Trees are another new addition to the garden center this past week. They are in bloom with more buds forming. We have white in shaped compact bush and hedge sizing, as well as the darker magenta colored flowers on more wispy tall shrubby trees. Either the white or magenta can be shaped or allowed to grow into the habit you wish.


(Below) Colorful bedding plants continue to arrive almost daily as we gear up for spring. Pansies, Alyssum, Snapdragons, Iceland Poppies, Bacopa, Geraniums, and Cyclamen are just some of the bedding plants available now.


Succulents, Valentine’s Day Gifts

(Below) We offer one of the largest succulent selections in Southern California, including gorgeous custom pre-planted succulent arrangements.



(Below) It’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day if you haven’t already!


(Below) Nothing says “love” like an Orchid.


(Below) Maybe your loved one would like a beautiful indoor plant! Here, MDRGC team member Efrain readies a house plant for delivery.


(Below) Why not indulge your love with a living gift? Pixie Grapes will bring smiles year after year, not to mention delicious fruit. Ask one of our Garden design Experts CJ, Steve or Miguel for assistance and planting advice.



(Below) Stop in to see our new folk art metal sculptures. We have dogs, flying pigs, windmills, pink flamingos, frogs, guitars, hearts with wings, giraffes, roosters, birds, and these lively critters below.


We can help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones! Visit us year-round for inspiration in the garden, and otherwise!


As always, we thank you for your patronage.




Camellias, Cool-Season Vegetables, Colorful Bedding Plants

(Below) Camellias are the most beautiful plant to see in the garden in fall and winter and contrary to what you may have heard, they are simple to grow. Putting your Camellia Plant in the right place and planting it properly are vital. That’s why asking one of our Garden Design Experts for advice is always a good thing to do.


For starters, Camellias specifically require a loose, well-amended, acidic soil that is moist without remaining soggy.They also prefer semi-shade and can be planted under tall deciduous trees that do not have an aggressive root system and pine trees. Ask Miguel, CJ or Steve, our Garden Design Experts, to show you the soils we recommend for use with Camellias.


Our Camellias (we have sasanqua and japonica) are fully budded up and in glorious bloom as you can see from these photos! Our plants come from the best growers to ensure a healthy life in your garden.


(Above) Camellias can be planted to form a hedge or scattered throughout the landscape to great effect. They don’t grow quickly so you’ll want to plant specimens that are the size you want if you’re looking to gain privacy.

They are also known for their evergreen foliage which is a striking dark waxy green year-round.



According to a post on Growing A Greener World, “Flower color ranges from pure white to pinks and reds, some with interesting variegation. While the species has a great many varieties most gardeners are familiar with C. sasanqua, blooming in fall and C. japonica, which boasts blossoms in late winter. Combining these two in your garden gives several months of color when little else is in bloom.


It’s Time For Beautiful Color In Garden Beds!


Cool-season bedding plants are in and we know you’ll want to freshen flower beds, containers, hanging baskets, and window boxes with these stunning flowers.


(Above and below) Pansies, Snapdragons, Iceland Poppies, and Bacopa are just some of the new bedding plants that have just arrived.



These flowers herald the coming of spring, which will be here before we know it! 


Put your creativity to work and come in to select flowering plants and containers. 


(Below) Life starts anew at the garden center.




Cool-Season Edibles Are Here!


Plant Swiss Chard, Kale, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, and all sorts of Lettuces now to reap a healthy crop this season. We feature USDA Certified Organic plants and NonGMO plants.



Now is also a great time plant citrus. Our selection is substantial with Eureka and Meyer Lemons, Oranges, Kumquats and much more.


(Below) Did you know Pak Choi is a member of the cabbage family?


(Below) Mojito Mint is just one of the mints we have. Others include Spearmint and Peppermint.


Stop in now to see what’s new at the Marina del Rey Garden Center. Our Garden Design Experts are ready to help you have the best garden possible.

Reduce Pollution With Indoor Plants, New Shipment Just In; Whimsical New Folk Art Garden Accents and More

Weather is the big story so far this year, and we hope you are all faring well, staying safe and warm. With all of the recent rain and more coming, we’re here to help you with your landscaping needs. Soil erosion can be prevented or minimized, so stop in and have one of our Garden Design Experts help you take steps to stop soil erosion.

The garden center is pleased to have some wonderful new selections to help you get through and enjoy our winter. Indoor plants are a great way to make your interior feel alive and cozy and warm. We’re brimming with lush greenery in many shapes, sizes, and colors thanks to our buyer personally visiting a grower and hand selecting beautiful plants (below).


It is a well-known fact that houseplants can purify your air thanks to studies conducted by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America. Several indoor plants filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and can also help clean indoor air, which is typically far more polluted than outdoor air. Aloe, Spider Plant, Snake Plant, Golden Pothos, Red-Edged Dracaena, Weeping Fig aka Ficus Benjamina, Warneck Dracaena, Chinese Evergreen, Boston Ferns, English IvyBamboo Palm, Heart Leaf Philodendron, and Peace Lily are among plants that can help reduce indoor air pollution.


Benzene (found in some plastics, fabrics, pesticides and cigarette smoke) and formaldehyde (found in some cosmetics, dish detergent, fabric softener and carpet cleaner)  are examples of common indoor VOCs that plants help eliminate, according to scientists.


(Below) How about a moisture meter? This smart gardener is purchasing one to help his plants thrive.


(Below) Ficus elastica “Ruby” aka Rubber Plant has been a popular houseplant for generations. It is easy to care for and provides a natural, tree-like presence. “Ruby” offers a colorful twist with its incredible glowing red foliage and looks great grouped with green foliage plants for contrast.


(Below) Ficus triangularis, commonly known as triangle ficus, is a highly unusual specimen that is hard to find and guess what, we have it! Known for its fan-shaped triangular leaf, this Malaysian native can grow to eight feet in height with a four-foot spread. Its deep-green leaves are another feature of this outstanding indoor plant.


(Below) House plants can be hung, too, if you don’t have suitable floor space.


(Below) Trunks on indoor plants can add a design flair as does the leaf growth pattern.



(Below) Garden Design Expert Steve helps clients select a container for their new indoor plant.



(Below) Stop in to get the best selection. We’re loaded with indoor plants now but they are going quickly.





(Below) Sansevieria adds a stylish element to the home and garden and can be grown indoors and out.

Sansevieriatrifasciata ‘Laurentii’, aka mother-in-law’s tongue, is one of the best plants for filtering out formaldehyde, a common ingredient in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. Put one in your bathroom — it’ll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants.



Fun, Whimsical Folk Art Garden Accents


(Above and below) We have just received our shipment of adorable metal folk art figures–the ones our buyer personally selected! These cute pieces of art come in a variety of sizes and shapes. We have dogs, flying pigs, insects, frogs, windmills, fire hydrants, pink flamingoes, roosters, and many others.



(Above) A colorful peacock

(Below) Looks like this dog has caught the frisbee!



(Below) Fire hydrants and dogsDogs and guitarsGuitars and Chihuahuas… Stop in and explore our classic collection of colorful folk art accents for your home and garden.



(Below) This rooster is hanging out with a Palo Verde.


(Below) Colorful windmills in different sizes look great solo or together!



New Containers


(Above and below) We’re excited to show you these new containers. Each one will make a remarkable addition to your home or garden. Just look at the detail on these pots!





(Above and below) We have a large selection of Succulents–great for indoors and out in containers. Or, plant them in the ground. Ask one of our Garden Design ExpertsSteve, Miguel, and CJ–for assistance any time you have a question. They’re happy to help!

And, remember, we deliver. And, we can help you load your purchases into your car so you can take them home right away!


Indoor Plants, Camellias, Japanese Maple Trees, Succulents, Hedge Plants

When a new year begins, the Marina del Rey Garden Center is bursting with activity as we bring in new products and new plants.

Indoor plants are always popular, and as the new year begins, it’s a great time to bring some lush greenery into the home and office. Indoor plants can be placed tabletop, on the floor, and in hanging baskets, giving you a multitude of options for placement and how you want to dress up your plant in a container.


(Above) Our indoor plant selection includes tall, full, lush plants all the way down to super small sizes. (Below) Succulents also make great indoor plants and can be used outdoors, too. Notice how pairing a plant, in this instance–a succulent–can really bring out the “Wow” factor.


Japanese Maple Trees

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(Above and below) Get ready for the stunningly gorgeous Japanese Maple Tree! With a variety of leaf styles, these much-loved specimens add beauty and grace to the garden.

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(Above) Japanese Maples make an elegant statement and can be surrounded by a variety of plants with beautiful foliage.

(Below) Flaming foliage with delicate leaves has long meant the Japanese Maple is used in zen gardens. These trees can be planted in containers, making them a versatile option. Ask one of our Garden Design ExpertsMiguel, Steve or CJ–for guidance.

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(Below) Create your own look by planting your Japanese Maples in containers that suit your style.

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(Below) The leaves on a Japanese Maple will change color with the season, even in Southern California.

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(Above and below) These two leaves illustrate the different leaf styles and foliage colors the Japanese Maple provides.

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(Below) Create your own zen garden. Our Garden Design Experts can help. Just ask.

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Hedge Plants


(Above) Now is a great time to plant a hedge. Hedges are not only attractive, they can also provide much-needed privacy while adding an elegant look of greenery. We have lots of plants suitable for hedges in stock.



(Below) Camellias make great hedges, too. In addition to their unique and glorious flowers, the plant’s shiny green foliage makes it a year-round visual winner.


 (Below) On a recent trip to Descanso Gardens, famous for its Camellia forest, we saw these beautiful Camellia flowers.





(Below) Get inspired in the New Year with a fountain. Ours use recirculated water and we have a large assortment to select from. We will deliver your new fountain to you if you are unable to take it with you.


(Above and below) Fountains come in all shapes and sizes, and styles. Notice the gentle outline of leaves just under the water in the fountain below.


(Below) The Asian Ceramic Fountain below is yet another style of fountain available.


(Below) There’s no end to what you can do in the garden with fountains, accent pieces, and containers.