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December Plant of the Month: Grevillea thelemanniana

December Plant of the Month: Grevillea t...

We love this plant, Grevillea thelemanniana, the Spider Net Grevillea, for its blooms that pop up year-round. Since it is a winter bloomer, we especially start to appreciate it in winter when the majority of our garden is devoid of color! Try this Australian native for some color in your own garden this December. This grevillea takes a prostrate form, keeping to 2′ high and quickly spreading to a 5′ span. It is an evergreen shrub with fine, green foliage. Clusters of red, ribbon-like flowers with yellow-tipped shoots grace the shrub in winter and...
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Hellebores: January Plant of the Month

Hellebores: January Plant of the Month

Hellebores are delightful perennials to have in your garden and are nicknamed Christmas Rose, as they will add some color in the dull winter months. Most hellebores prefer moist but well-drained soil and tolerate freezing temperatures. They are considered deer and rabbit resistant. You might call the hellebore’s flowers shy, as they peer towards the ground. We recommend using hellebores in perennial borders near the edge in mass to complement a garden with a woodsy feel. Below you’ll find some of our favorite varieties that you might like to add to...
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December Plant Spotlight: Ceanothus maritimus ‘Frosty Dawn’

December Plant Spotlight: Ceanothus mari...

Ceanothus maritimus ‘Frosty Dawn’ is a low-growing shrub, reaching 2′ tall and up to 6′ wide (though likely keeping to a compact 3′ to 5′ width). Here on the Central Coast, it’s going to thrive in  coastal landscapes, and can also grow well with well-drained soils in other climates. It takes full sun along the coast, but make sure to place it in partial shade for inland gardens. This is a slow-grower for the Ceanothus family, but if you have the patience, ‘Frosty Dawn’ is long lived and will show off with a dusty,...
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November Plant of the Month: Pistacia chinensis

November Plant of the Month: Pistacia ch...

Pistacia chinensis (the Chinese Pistache) is a deciduous tree that will stop you in your tracks this November. It offers good fall color, namely gold through fiery reds, even in mild climates. In deep soils, Pistacia chinensis can live off almost no water, which was great during our California drought, but you won’t have to worry if the El Niño comes, because it can also handle deep watering (just watch for signs of verticillium wilt). Pistacia chinensis makes a great tree for streetsides, lawns, patios, and gardens. Also try it near windows that need summer shade...
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Halloween Bouquet: The Plants You’ll Need

Halloween Bouquet: The Plants You’...

Most people are brainstorming the perfect get-up for Halloween, but we are also considering how you might decorate the Halloween costume party or your home to get in the spooky spirit. In this October Plant Spotlight, we’ll show you all the plants and flowers you’ll need to create a haunting Halloween bouquet. Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Ace of Spades’ offers velvety almost-black blooms. In USDA zones 9-11, like we have on the Central Coast, it grows as a perennial. It can be grown in other zones as an annual. Black flowers with red undertones are...
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September Plant of the Month: Epilobium

September Plant of the Month: Epilobium

September is here and we’ve got a plant for you this month that is just starting the show off while most flowering plants are starting to tire out – enter Epilobium, the fuchsia of California! If you’re looking for plants to feed hummingbirds, look no further than this tubular flowering perennial/subshrub. This California native is best suited to sunny or lightly shaded spots and is tolerant of drought once established. They are hardy to less than 10° F, so if you’ve got winter cold spells, this is a safe bet. Don’t overwater during...