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Archive for month: March, 2016

Spring in the Garden: Azaleas, Camellias, Rock Rose, Roses, Indian Hawthorn, Cape Honeysuckle, Princess Flower, Hibiscus, Salvias, Buddleia, Edibles,

The garden is a place to see life in action. Spring brings with it the opportunity for rebirth and renewal and a richness grounded in living life to its fullest.

Gardening brings us closer to Mother Earth, nature, and our nurturing selves.

The garden center is loaded with all things gardening–from edibles like vegetables and fruit to herbs, onions, and chives; from the shrubs and perennials you love to see in spring (Hydrangea, Salvias, Tea Trees, Kangaroo Paws, Wisteria, Jerusalem Sage) to roses, roses and more stunning roses.

(Below) A Rock Rose in bloom.


(Below) We are proud to have been recognized as a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

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(Below) When you buy a plant at the Marina del Rey Garden Center, you know you are getting the best quality plant possible. We buy only from top growers who produce wonderful plants for us year after year.


Now is the time to load up on the all-organic soil builder Bumper Crop during our once-a-year sale. Sale ends Thursday, March 31 so load up for your year-round gardening needs.


(Below) Gardeners wander our 2+ acres in search of just the right plant. Here, they’re enjoying the orange beauty of Cape Honeysuckle.


(Below) Azaleas are one of the best ways to add intriguing, bright color to the garden in winter and spring! This attractive plant can be used as a stand-alone focus, as a hedge, and as a tree hedge, bringing instant privacy once planted.

It’s a versatile plant that can be grown in containers. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Miguel, CJ or Steve to help you select the right planting soil, whether in ground or in a pot, and the right-sized container.



(Below) The exquisite Purple (aka Lilac) Hibiscus is in bloom now. Our plants are budded up and ready to flourish in your garden!



(Below) If you’re passionate about purple, there are many ways to have this striking color in your home and garden. Glory Bush, with its large, royal purple flowers, attracts butterflies and can be grown in containers or in the ground. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Steve, CJ, or Miguel for assistance with the proper planting soils and container size.


(Below) Sea Thrift is a wonderful dainty accent plant.


(Below) Our Buddleia plants, aka Butterfly Bush, are ready to burst into color! This plant brings butterflies to the garden!


(Below) The Double Delight rose is absolutely gorgeous! Stop in to see all of our roses in their first magnificent bloom of the season!


(Below) Statuary can turn a garden, balcony, patio or interior into a fun spot to hang out. Stop in to see our Mermaids, dogs, cats, frogs, religious statuary, Buddha, Kuan Yin, turtles and much more.


(Below) How about a Dorsett Apple Tree in your yard?





(Above and below) We are your succulent headquarters and have everything from super small succulents to jumbo boxed specimens. We’re also known for our custom pre-planted container arrangements so stop in to check us out.



Visit us soon to catch all the spring action!

Bedding Plants: Ranunculus, Iceland Poppies, California Poppies, Foxglove, Delphinium, Kalanchoe, Begonias, Impatiens, Geraniums, Daisies and Much More

Nemesia, Bacopa, Lobelia, Delphiniums, Foxglove, Larkspur, Ranunculus, Impatiens, Begonias, Kalanchoe… These are just some of the countless wonderful bedding plants you should have in your garden this spring and summer!

(Below) Ranunculus add sensational beauty to any landscape.



(Below) Gardeners are stopping in daily to see what’s new.


(Below) Ranunculus


(Below) Columbine are another bedding plant available now.



(Below) Alstroemeria is another great plant to grow in garden beds. Its long flower stalks make a prized and long-lasting cut flower, too.


(Below) This time of year, we receive new deliveries of bedding plants daily so poke your head in anytime to see all of the amazing new plants you can spruce up your garden with.


(Below) Iceland Poppy


(Below) Phlox


(Below) Nemesia, Mexican Sage, and much more!


(Below) Daisies come in amazing colors and tolerate heat extremely well. Stop in to see all of the amazing choices available in this drought-tolerant, sun-loving plant.




(Below) Bedding plants for shady areas. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Miguel, CJ, or Steve for guidance.



(Below) Small grasses can add variety, texture, and fun shades of green to the landscape.



(Below) There’s so much gorgeous color you can put in your garden! Our plants change constantly.



Our bedding plant selection will help you plant some fun color that brings life to your home and garden! Ask one of our Garden Design Experts any questions you have. They can guide you so you have a wonderful garden–no matter how small and in sun or shade, inside or out, in the ground or in containers!





Spring in the Garden: Color Bursts, Gorgeous Flowers, New Life All at the Garden Center

Spring is officially here and with it, new life. The garden center is full of beautiful plants and everything you need for success in the garden.

(Below) Pink Ice Protea


(Below) Load up now for your year-round gardening success with the all-organic powerhouse soil builder Bumper Crop during our once-a-year sale. Buy 4 Bags and get the 5th bag free! It’s a deal clients in the know wait for all year long and once you’ve experienced the bounty and rich goodness of this organic superior quality soil, you’ll almost never want anything else (except when your plant’s soil needs are different; Then you’ll want to use our acidic soil mixes, cacti mix, organic potting soil, etc.).

(Below) Lavender fields forever! Stop in to see our wide-ranging selection of Lavender.


(Below) Color has sprung AND it’s available in water-wise, drought-tolerant plants so you can have color and use minimal water! Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Miguel, Steve or CJ for assistance. They’ll be glad to show you all of the amazing and different water-wise plants available.


(Below) Spruce up areas where you can hang plants with our ready-made instant color hanging baskets. Our growers plant the best, hardiest plants that will thrive and perform so you’re sure to have color for a long time!


(Below) Celebrate life year-round with a keepsake and memorable fountain or statue.


(Above and below) The definition and artistry in this fountain make it one you’ll enjoy for years.


(Below) Pope John Paul II Rose is now in bloom. Hurry in to see this stunning rose named after the Pope. We have a large assortment of roses, including David Austin and groundcovers, many of which are in bloom.


(Below) Hop in to see all of the fun items that will turn your Spring and Easter into glorious fun!


(Below) Jerusalem Sage is an intriguing drought-tolerant plant with a yellow flower.


(Below) Jasmine is just one of several vines in bloom now. Here it surrounds one of our fountains.


(Below) Visit our fountain area to see all of the amazing styles, shapes, and sizes of fountains available. Also, step inside the store to see smaller interior tabletop and wall fountains.


(Below) Our edibles change daily so hurry in to see what’s new. 


(Below) Stop and smell the herbs! They are so very fragrant when fresh and alive.


(Below) Team member John discusses the best plants to meet this gardener’s needs.


(Below) Feel the earth–Get digging and feel the soil as it glides through your hands. Bedding plants and edibles are a great way to have fun gardening and can be planted in the ground or in containers. Be sure to plant with the all-organic Bumper Crop or a potting soil.


(Below) Kids love, love, love our turtles, which look so real they’ll fool ya!


(Below) The garden center has a fierce hunter on site. Be sure to befriend our sweet feline who’s adopted us.


Spring is here at the Marina del Rey Garden Center where our Garden Design Experts and Operations Team Members are ready to help you have the best gardening experience possible. Tap into our professional knowledge and superior service!

See you at MDRGC soon! Thanks for shopping with us!

Spring Planting in Los Angeles and Southern California: Tomatoes, Strawberries, Swiss Chard, Squash, Peppers, Blueberries, Wisteria, Roses, Bougainvillea, Succulents

Gardeners are eagerly in the throes of planting all things edible, from Basil and Mint to Tomatoes and Strawberries and everything else they can get their hands on.

Indeed, the garden center is packed with all of the best edibles you need, including squash, swiss chard, cauliflower, peas, lima beans, blueberries, fruit trees, and citrus.


(Below) Roses are here, with many, like the Henry Fonda Hybrid Tea Rose, blooming now!


(Below) The garden center is also loaded with a variety of plants staked on trellises. Bougainvillea is one plant that looks gorgeous for most of the year while providing privacy when used as a privacy screen. Plants growing on trellises are a great way to get instant privacy. Plant them in the ground or in containers depending upon your situation and needs.


(Below) Spring’s arrival brings Wisteria to the forefront. This stunning vine is a garden treasure. We have it in purple and white.


(Below) We take great pride in offering a huge assortment of succulents and cacti in all sizes. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Steve, CJ, or Miguel for guidance on where and how to plant these water-wise plants.



Strawberry Fields Forever


(Above and below) In addition to offering a nice selection of strawberry plants, we are also your go-to for strawberry containers. We’ve planted some up for you; you can plant them yourself, or ask us to plant one for you.


(Below) Ruby Red Swiss Chard is a beautiful plant that not only looks good in the garden but tastes good.


(Above and below) We offer USDA-certified Organic vegetables and herbs.



(Below) Garden Design Expert Miguel (seen in the blue shirt in the background) helps a gardener select plants while a sweet Collie does the same for its owner.



(Below) We’re not sure if this gentleman is a California Native but we do want to let you know we have a ton of California, Australian, and South African native plants that are drought-tolerant once established.



Privacy Screen Plants

(Below) Plants staked wide on trellises are a great way to gain privacy from prying eyes pretty quickly. Ask our Garden Design Experts to show you all of the options we have throughout the garden center. A few are below.


(Below) Wisteria




Plant  for Butterflies, Birds, Bees

You can help keep the circle of life going by planting plants known to benefit butterflies, bees, and birds.


(Below) Monarch Butterfly lovers know we’re the best place to find Milkweed, the plant Monarchs need to survive.



New Statuary: Sea Shell Planters, Mushrooms, Bridges, and More



This time of year, the garden center is awash in the blossoms, textures, colors, and beauty of nature! Stop in today to see how we can help you enhance your home and garden.

Spring Planting: Hydrangea, Wisteria, Salvias, Leucadendron, Shamrocks, Succulents, Cacti, and Our Once-A-Year Bumper Crop Sale

The garden center is loaded with all of the plants you need for spring and summer. Start planting now to give your new plants a chance to take advantage of spring sun and rain and establish healthy root systems.

(Below) This customer found quite a few drought-tolerant natives for his garden. 


(Below) Now is the time to stock up on Master Nursery Bumper Crop, an all-natural organic soil builder you’ll use year-round. Buy 4 bags of Bumper Crop and get the 5th one free! It’s a once-a-year-deal you don’t want to miss!


(Below) Explore the world of Leucadendrons. Native to South Africa, where the climate is similar to ours, Leucadendrons come in an expansive selection of choices. We offer one of the largest selections around so you can see the unique characteristics of each variety.

The plant below, Leucadendron Discolor’s flowers arrive with spring. These attractive bright-red pollen “cones” are surrounded by white to pale-yellow, petal-like bracts. The plant’s foliage is blue-gray, oval-shaped leaves that will often take on purple tones during cool weather. It is widely used as a short screening plant and for flower arrangements due to its wonderful long lasting cut flower.


(Below) Salvias are yet another showy drought-tolerant plant that will enhance your home and garden. They can be planted in the ground or shown off in containers. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts for assistance. They can help you locate plants in the garden center that will meet your needs, advise you on soils and soil amendments, and make sure you plant with the right potting soil and container size.


(Below) Wisteria is here in purple and white.



Signs, Signs, Everywhere A Sign


The signs of spring are everywhere, with plants budding up and bursting into bloom. 

(Above and below) Stop in to see all of our incredible Hydrangeas for indoors and outside in the garden. We also have the most amazing Orchids. All of our indoor plants are great for gift giving. Easter anyone?!


(Below) Azaleas have burst into bloom making now the perfect time to stop in to see how gorgeous and stunning your plants will look in your landscape.


(Below) Need a little St. Paddy’s Day gift or just something new and fun for you? Visit our gift shop inside the store to see all of our wonderful new small little somethings to give as gifts or make your world brighter.


 (Above) Yes, we have Shamrocks and Leprechauns!



Strawberries and Other Edibles


(Above and below) Fresh homegrown strawberries taste the best so grow your own today! Strawberries can be planted in the ground or containers like the Strawberry Pot seen below.


(Below) Our herb, vegetable, fruit, citrus, and fruit tree selection is brimming with the zest and life you want to bring to your edible garden.



(Above) We carry NON-GMO and organic plants. Ask our Garden Design Experts Miguel, CJ, or Steve how you can have an organic edible garden.

More Lightweight Containers

(Great For Balconies, Decks, and Places Where Weight Is A Consideration)


We know weight can be a factor when planting in a container and go out of our way to locate stylish lightweight containers in a variety of styles and colors.

(Above) These cylindrical containers are the latest addition to our lightweight containers. Stop in to see for yourself how great and realistic they look without sacrificing any quality in the process.

Cacti and Succulents


(Above and below) We feature one of the largest selections of Succulents and Cacti in the Southland so come on in to explore these intriguing drought-tolerant plants.




As always, thank you for shopping at the Marina del Rey Garden Center. We appreciate your patronage and the opportunity to serve you.