By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer
Change is afoot in the United States and as we prepare for new days and new times, the same is true with gardening. Though it is winter, we can look forward to spring, when new life appears and there is much beauty and color available for our gardens and homes.
The Marina del Rey Garden Center already has new plants and containers to change your home and garden now. (Above) New styles and colors of containers have arrived and are perfect for planting Japanese Maples (above) and Citrus Trees, which make a stunning combination when planted next to each other.
There is nothing quite like a Japanese Maple for adding variety, versatility and year-round beauty to the landscape. Watch the seasons, even in So Cal, through the lens of a Japanese Maple, and you will know why these beauties have a seat of honor in gardens around the world.
Ask our expert staff about which cultivar is best suited for your growing requirements. Japanese Maples come in innumerable shapes, including dwarf, upright, mounding, rounded, weeping, spreading, and vase. At maturity, they reach heights from two to over thirty feet. Most Japanese Maples thrive in full sun, others prefer open shade and some do well in any degree of light in between.
Their colors reflect the rainbow. Spring finds many bedecked in pink, orange and red. During the summer, some turn lime-colored or bronze, while others maintain a true red or green. In fall, the traditional yellows, golds, oranges and scarlets are enhanced by purples and blues. In winter, when the beauty of the vibrant leaves has fallen, the trees’ graceful structures of textured and colorful bark become visible and are as exquisite as the lush color of warmer months.
Japanese Maples can be paired with Citrus Trees, either in containers or in ground. Our citrus are robust and will produce abundant fruit. Their colorful fruit brings life to the visual landscape and can bring delicious tastes to the table in your home.
A citrus tree is often a great choice as a landscape fruit tree. With its appealing shape, fragrant blossoms and edible fruit, a citrus such as an orange, grapefruit or lemon tree can enhance areas that receive an abundance of direct sunlight.
Citrus trees can make very attractive container plants for those who have the space and the access to natural light indoors. The smaller members of the citrus family like limes, kumquats and calamondins are the best choices for houseplants but all citruses will adapt to containers until they reach a certain size.
Dwarf citrus trees produce delicious, full-sized citrus fruit, making them a welcome addition to your garden where they’ll grow to a manageable average of about eight feet tall. They are also are well suited to grow in containers or as houseplants. Dwarf citrus are evergreen, bringing year-round beauty with the green foliage, seasonal fragrant flowers and colorful fruit.