March 28, 2020

Euphorbia x martini ‘Tiny Tim’ (Spurge)

Originally from the United Kingdom, Euphorbia x martini ‘Tiny Tim’ is a hybrid between E. amygdaloides and E. characias. As its name implies, this is a compact Euphorbia and it grows in tight mounds, 12-18” tall and wide. The long narrow leaves are a bluish-green and are tinged with maroon at the tips. The true highlight of this plant is the dense clusters of chartreuse flowers that have brick-red centers. They grow on red stems and appe...

March 14, 2020

Aquilegia x hybrid ‘Swan’ Series (Columbine, Granny’s Bonnet)

Aquilegia, pronounced aqui-le-gia is a genus of approximately 70 species that are grown throughout the Northern Hemisphere. They are commonly found growing naturally in meadows and wooded areas. Over the years many new varieties have been introduced to the Horticultural market, bringing with them unique color combinations and growth habits. We are currently growing ‘Swan White’, ‘Swan Blue & White’ and ‘Swan Yellow’...

March 7, 2020

Cistus purpureus ‘Orchid Rockrose’

One of the showiest and hardiest of Rockroses, Cistus purpureus is a hybridized perennial that has embraced the best qualities of its two parents, C. ladanifer and C. criticus. It grows 4-6 feet tall x 4-5 feet wide, with dark green foliage and 3” magenta-rose flowers that have a deep burgundy spot on each petal base. The bright golden-yellow stamens attract a wide variety of beneficial pollinators.

‘Orchid Rockrose’ is a durable evergreen shr...

March 1, 2020

Ceanothus ‘Julia Phelps’

(Small Leaf Mountain Lilac)

Considered a shrub Ceanothus, ‘Julia Phelps’ grows 5-7 feet tall x 7-9 feet wide. The dark green foliage is small and crinkled, making it more deer resistant than large-leaf varieties. In late winter and early spring ‘Julia Phelps’ puts on a glorious display of rich indigo blooms. She paints the hillsides purple and plays a part, alongside Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy), in that iconic California spring wildflow...

February 22, 2020

Scented Geranium ‘Attar of Roses’

(Pelargonium capitatum)

Just as the name indicates, this Pelargonium is sweetly scented with the fragrance of Roses. What fun it is to see the delight on a person’s face when they discover this for the first time! ‘Attar of Roses’ refers to the scent of the foliage – not the flowers. The stems and leaves are soft and coated with tiny green, glandular hairs. When brushed against, the essential oils contained in the glandular tissues are extract...

February 15, 2020

Asparagus ‘Mary Washington’

One of the unique culinary pleasures of spring is eating freshly harvested Asparagus. Whether you buy it from your local Grocery store, a Farmer’s Market, have it delivered in your weekly CSA box, or pick it right out of your kitchen garden, fresh Asparagus is a true delight. Originally named for the Greek word (asparagos), meaning “sprout” or “shoot”, this perennial vegetable has been grown for thousands of years. In ancient Rome it was highly soug...

February 9, 2020

Armeria alliacea ‘Sea Pink’

If there ever was a tried and true perennial, this would be it! Armeria alliacea ‘Sea Pink’ looks rather dainty, but it’s tough as nails. This perennial is outstanding in the landscape and can tolerate the wind and salt spray of seaside conditions as well as the warmer conditions of inland gardens.

‘Sea Pink’s growth habit is neat and tidy, growing in compact mounds of narrow, grass-like foliage. Slender stems stand above the foliage and are topped w...

February 1, 2020

Verbena lilacina ‘Paseo Rancho’

(Paseo Rancho Cedros Island Verbena)

Native to Cedros Island off the coast of Baja California, this herbaceous subshrub has a mounding habit and grows 3-4 feet tall x 4-5 feet wide. It grows a bit taller and wider than its tidy cousin Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’. The medium-green foliage is finely dissected, and sends out narrow stems that are topped with light pinkish-lavender flower clusters that have deep purple stamens. These delicate flow...

January 18, 2020

As the name implies, this perennial shrub is an excellent choice for coastal gardens, as it is extremely tolerant of the wind and salt spray found along the sea shore. Westringia fruticosa ‘Coast Rosemary’ is easy to grow and requires little maintenance. Its natural growth habit is well-branched, open and airy.  However, if a more formal look is what you’re going for, simply prune ‘Coast Rosemary’ into a formal hedge or even a compact topiary. It grows 2-5 feet tall x 4-7 fee...

January 11, 2020

Strawberry ‘Roman Pink’, ‘Toscano Deep Rose’ & ‘Summer Breeze Deep Rose’ (Fragaria x ananassa)

With spring just about two months away, the first Strawberry plants are hitting the market. These new varieties have semi-double flowers ranging from pink to deep rose, that turn into an abundance of fragrant, sweet, and juicy berries. These Strawberries are Everbearing which means they produce a steady stream of fruit from spring through frost.

The lovely blooms and deep red fruit ma...

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