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We plant what we sell.

You can now hire us to plant what you have bought from us. If you are interested in having us plant for you, please contact us about pricing.

Native Plants for a Bright Tomorrow

Bloom! California is a statewide campaign, led by the California Native Plant Society, to increase use of native plants.

Plant of the Month

Jeffery Pine

Pinus jeffreyi

Not only our plant of the month, but also a local native. Jeffery pines are found from southern Oregon to Baja but our local Eastern Sierra has the largest population. These pines are slow growing but do well in poor soils and dry areas. They will often out compete other species. They get up to about 130 feet and like most pines, lose their lower limbs as they grow. This makes the canopy of mature trees far overhead. Jeffery pines are often confused with Ponderosa pines. They easiest way to tell them apart is: “gentle” Jeffery and “prickly” Ponderosa. If you find a pine cone, throw it in the air. If you catch it, it is a Jeffery. If you don’t (or do and regret it) it is a Ponderosa. The “prickles” on the cones curl in on Jeffery and out on a Ponderosa. These are a very popular tree in the area. Let us know early if you want one to plant.

Staff Picks

Lenten Rose

Helleborus orientalis (or Helleborus x hybridus)

Hellebore is called Lenten Rose because is tends to bloom around Lent, or early February. This picture is of a plant in Chalfant blooming the day after Christmas. In a protected area in full to near full shade they have been known to bloom most of the winter in our area. Breeders have developed flowers that vary from near black, to burgundy, to white and with single, double and triple rows of petals. Hellebore are 1 - 1.5 feet tall leathery leaves are near evergreen. In late summer older leaves fade and turn brown. Trim spent leaves and any dry flowers that may be left, new leaves should be starting to emerge from base of plant. This little plant is truly a winter gem.

Primrose

Primula acaulis

Primrose is a small, ground hugging, cool weather loving perennial. One of the first flowers to bloom in the spring makes this a welcome sight. And it’s strong fragrance and bold colors make it a fast favorite. Find a shady spot in your garden and it will be one of your garden favorites too.

Heavenly Bamboo

Nandina domestica

Heavenly bamboo is an evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub. It grows 2 to 7 feet tall and 2 to 5 feet wide; depending on variety. The plant has cane-like stems and fine-textured foliage. Young leaves come in pinkish, then turn green. The winter foliage is red, orange and green in full sun and some frost. Heavenly bamboo flowers small light pink to white flowers in late spring to early summer. Vivid, shiny red berries follow in the fall and hang on the plant into winter. This is a slow- to moderate-growing shrub. It grows 6 to 24 inches per year, depending on conditions. Theses plants work great as a border, light screen, or specimen plant and add interest to winter landscapes.

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760-873-7129

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