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Archive for month: July, 2017

Throw Down a Top Dressing to Save Water and Keep Weeds Out

With August pretty much here and summer in full swing, help your plants get through our hot days with a top dressing of Bumper Crop or Black Forest on lawns and garden beds. These top-quality soil amendments reduce watering and keep weeds out of the garden.

Bumper Crop (1)

Black Forest

Young ones always enjoy trips to the garden center where they often see lizards, butterflies, hummingbirds, lady bugs and more of nature. They also love helping pick out plants for the garden.

(Below) These youngsters are in front of our herb selection, which changes daily as new deliveries arrive and gardeners purchase the coriander, thyme, basil, mint, oregano they want to grow. Fresh, handpicked herbs taste great in salads, beverages, ice cubes, smoothies, juices, and all sorts of recipes. Let your culinary creativity flow!


(Below) Lavender loves summer and will add a wonderful fragrance to your outdoor gatherings. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Miguel, Steve or Michael for assistance with all of your gardening needs.


(Below) Adding a dash of intriguing color to a summer garden needn’t take much time. Garb some 4-inch color and quickly jazz up your garden beds or create a colorful hanging basket or container. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Steve, Michael or Miguel for guidance and tips.




(Below) What is summer without a rose? Stop in to find the right one for you.




(Below) Gardeners are indeed planting now. Stop in and get your summer/fall garden going.


(Below) Boxwoods make a striking statement in the garden solo, grouped together or sprinkled throughout. Their various shapes provide plenty of options, too.


(Below) Junipers and Cypress also make great focal points and, as with Boxwoods, can be grouped together for an effective and visually appealing privacy hedge.


See you at the Garden Center!


Exotic, Brilliant Color that Lasts in Summer Heat, Fountains, Chimineas, Succulents and More

Summer heat is upon us and so are dazzling, exotic colors, gorgeous patio trees, Bougainvillea and other stunning vines, beautiful roses, fountains, and much more.

(Below) Plumeria is one exotic flower you won’t want to miss. We have a diversity of flower colors as well as a broad range of sizes from one gallon to boxed specimens.



(Below) Bougainvillea is another highly-prized plant seen all over the Southland. We have a variety of colors and plants that are on trellises, staked or low-growing.




(Below) Feed the Monarch butterfly with Milkweed, a plant we take great pride in having year-round so you can care for the Monarchs.


(Below) Gardeners are also sprucing up their yards with striking foliage. Cordyline and Phormium deliver vibrant color that lasts. Put artistry in your landscape with these eclectic plants.



Plants in containers placed on a patio or porch or along pathways add an appeal to your home and garden.

(Below) Duranta is one plant that can be grown in a container as a “patio tree.”


(Above and below) Duranta is available in purple and white and will add grace and color to your view.


(Below) Hibiscus makes a great patio tree.


(Below) Purple is a scintillating color in summer. Each one of the plants below would make a great patio tree.



(Below) Vines are another winner in summer! Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Miguel, Steve or Michael. for any assistance you need.


(Below) When California Natives being to look less than spectacular, turn to Australian and South African Native Plants to provide color and pop in your garden. We’ve just received a nice shipment of Australian Tea Trees.


(Below) South African Native Leucadendron offer a world of color in foliage, all in varying seasons of the year.



(Below) Count on us for plants on large trellises — the ones that solo or when grouped together can give you instant privacy.


(Below) Fountains can turn your garden and home into a place to relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.



(Below) Sit outside and enjoy a fire with one of our chimineas. We have several sizes.


(Below) This reliable evergreen perennial features attractive, light yellow iris-like flowers with vivid maroon blotches that loom on stiff stalks over neat clumps. Yellow Fortnight Lily is useful in rock gardens and near swimming pools. It is also fire resistant.


(Below) Stop in and select some Succulents for your home and garden. We have hanging baskets of succulents as well as practically every size you can imagine. Partner a succulent with Cacti or Ornamental Grasses. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Michael, Steve or Miguel for help.



(Above and below) Year-round we select the best growers who deliver the best plants to us as seen in these Succulents.


See you at the Garden Center!


A Gorgeous Summer Garden, Fountains, Bird Baths, Pagodas, Raised Vegetable Beds and More for Your Summer Enjoyment

We will be open on Tuesday, July 4th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop in for free hot dogs, hot links and beverages from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during our Customer Appreciation!


Summer in Southern California means lots of time spent outdoors in the sunshine, watching sunsets and enjoying nighttime under the moon and stars. The Garden Center is the place to find lots of ways to spruce up your home and garden for you, your family, your friends and neighbors.

Scroll down the page to see stunning summer plants, indoor and outdoor fountains, bird baths, statuary, and vegetables and fruit.


(Above) The Fortnight Lily, so named because its flower lasts for one day, blooms from spring through fall and while it can handle partial shade, it will bloom more profusely in full sun. It is a drought-tolerant, low-maintenance perennial that grows well outdoors in large patio planters and containers. The plant is also called African Iris.


(Above) Monarch butterflies are hatching out all over the Garden Center thanks to our stable of in-stock Milkweed.  It really is amazing to watch butterflies and to see them up close. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Miguel or Steve for help selecting butterfly-friendly plants so you can bring these precious creatures to your home and garden.

(Below) Summer brings out so many wonderful blooming plants. Clematis, a showy vine beloved on the back East and in the British Isles, grows to six feet high, in most instances, and is a well-mannered vine that grows particularly well with roses.


(Below) Our 2+ acres offers a slice of heaven. 


(Below) A summer stunner is the Rose of Sharon. This plant, a member of the Mallow family, can grow 4-6 feet wide and about 8-10 feet tall. They need full sun. It’s botanical name is Hibiscus syriacus and as with other Hibiscus, its flowers bear a striking stamen.


(Above) Helene Rose of Sharon

(Below) The stunning Rose of Sharon


(Below) Diana Rose of Sharon


(Below) Stroll our extensive fountain selection and you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for. We carry contemporary, classic, modern, traditional fountains from the top manufacturers.


(Below) Our outdoor fountains use a small amount of water that is then recirculated. All you need is a power outlet to plug your fountain into.



(Below) Asian ceramic fountains are lively, vibrant pieces of art in the garden.


(Below) How about the sound of cascading water through these small boulders? The succulent container next to it is just one of the many preplanted succulent containers we are constantly producing so our clients can select what they like and take it home or have us deliver.



(Below) We also offer a nice selection of statuary, from small animals like turtles, cats, dogs, bunnies and elephants to larger items like buddhas, herons and more. This Pagoda is a new arrival.


(Below) A sweet piece of art for the home or garden.


(Below) Know a golfer? Then snag this attractive bird bath with golf clubs on it.


(Below) Gardeners have been loving our solid, well-constructed redwood raised planting beds for several years now. These beds look attractive and help define an area and keep your plants in it and unwelcome feet out. Different sizes are available.


(Below) We recently discovered an incredibly easy way to have a vegetable garden that will thrive. Available in three sizes, these containers are self-watering and come with protective covers.



(Below) These containers have a unique self-wicking system that reduces watering by up to 80%. And they are so easy to set up, even kids can do it. They clip together in minutes and are made from a food-grade plastic that is durable and safe.


Stands and trolleys are available for them, too, so you can elevate gardening to a good height for you.


See you at the Garden Center!