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Winter, Spring Gardening in Southern California: Intriguing Foliage, South African and Australian Native Plants, Kangaroo Paws, Shade Plants, Camellias, Scented Plants, Mints, Herbs, Vegetables, Tomatoes, Mexican Papaya, Bell Peppers, NonGMO plants, USDA Certified Organic

The sun was finally out this past weekend and the garden center was full of folks taking advantage of the gorgeous weather to take a stroll and get digging.

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With our recent deliveries, the garden center is awash in color–from Flax and Cordyline (above and below), Boxwoods, Topiary shapes, beautiful plants spread across large trellises to Salvias and South African and Australian native plants in stunning colors with distinctive looks.

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(Below) Plant some distinctive color in your garden. We have all sorts of plants to create whatever look you desire. Plant a low hedge, plant trees or shrubs for privacy, dot your landscape with a dash of color here, a different color there to create your artistic vision.

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(Below) Native to South Africa, leucadendron is a large group of plants related to protea and known for their distinctive seed heads, which are woody cone-like structures. These plants have become more popular in recent years here and you will find them all over in countless Southern California gardens.

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(Above and below) We carry a large selection of these evergreen trees and shrubs that do well in our climate. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts, Steve, CJ or Miguel, for assistance. They can help you plant the best ones for your conditions.

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Leucadendron blooms are often used in cut flower bouquets.

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(Below) Australian Native Plants also do well in our climate, given that they, like South African natives, share a climate that closely resembles ours. We have a good selection of Kangaroo Paws, whose flowers resemble the paws they’re named after.

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Kangaroo Paws aren’t just colorful, they’re also a great cut flower.

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(Below) Operations Team Member Pablo helps a gardener with his selection of a shade plant. Our staff takes great pride in offering the best service around.

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(Below) Camellias are lush and in bloom now. Nuccio’s Bella Rossa Camellia is one of the most beautiful flowers.

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Camellias are flowering, shade-loving, small trees or shrubs that are available in a remarkable range of colors, forms, and sizes. Depending on the variety they may bloom in late fall, winter and early spring adding cheer to the garden when little else is in flower.

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Their blooms, from white or pink to deep red, some with as simple a look as a wild rose, others that look as full blown as a peony, are set against glossy dark green leaves. Grow a camellia as a spectacular specimen, plant several to form a loose hedge, or train them as espalier to cover fences and low walls.

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(Below) This couple enjoyed smelling some aromatic rosemary as they wandered through the garden center. Stop in and spend time exploring nature with the ones in your life.

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(Below) Australian Native Plants are in bloom. Lavender Grevillea, with its fine-textured gray foliage and showy rose-red flowers on arching branches, contrasts nicely with another grevillea.

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(Below) Winter and spring herbs and vegetables are in. Stop in to select Kale, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Strawberries, Mints, Sorrel, Thyme, Lettuce, Lemongrass, Lavender, Rosemary, and more.

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(Below) Tomato lovers can begin planting now with Oregon Spring and Sub-Arctic Tomato plants.

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(Below) Pineapple Mint is among the many mint varieties we have in stock.

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(Below) You never know what you’ll find in our Herb and Vegetable section. Mexican Papaya anyone?!

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(Below) Bell Peppers are arriving. Stop in now and ask Miguel, CJ or Steve–our Garden Design Experts–how to have a thriving edible garden in the ground or in a container.

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We look forward to seeing you at the Marina del Rey Garden Center!