Our Plant Pick: Maejima Winter Daphne

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 7, 2016 1:27:03 PM

Our Plant Pick: Maejima Winter Daphne 

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Maejima Winter Daphne (Daphne odora 'Maejima') is an evergreen shrub which forms a mound of glossy green foliage rimmed with gold. It has an upright, somewhat open growth habit, reaching about three to four feet high and wide with little pruning needed. It's an underrated problem-solving plant, which tolerates dry shade, is deer resistant and can withstand temperatures all the way down to 0°F. 

MelinaDaphne-272309-edited.jpgPerhaps the most enchanting attribute of this overachieving evergreen is its bloom. In late winter or early spring, clusters of deep pink buds open to reveal highly fragrant white flowers. The flowers may be small, but the fragrance carries- a sweet-spicy perfume reminiscent of ginger and citrus. Requiring afternoon shade and slightly acidic soil, Daphne make nice informal hedges, or even specimen plants in a container. Nestle one in your garden where you can walk past it occasionally and appreciate it's invigorating fragrance announcing the arrival of spring.

It's Melina's plant pick because:

"It looks great year 'round, and the flowers smell phenomenal."

 

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Topics: Waterwise, Fragrant Plants, Winter, Shrubs, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Low maintenance

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Lenten Rose

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Dec 14, 2015 9:46:55 AM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Lenten Rose

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Lenten Rose (Helleborus spp.) is an evergreen perennial for shade which forms a clump of leathery dark green foliage. Starting in late winter and continuing through early spring; stalks bearing many daisy-like flowers bloom. What appear to be petals are actually bracts, which are long-lasting and sturdy enough to stand up to the freezing cold nights. If that weren't impressive enough, they are also water wise which makes them great for planting near natives such as Oak trees. 

Cathie_Helleborus-046409-edited.jpgMaintaining a compact 1-2 feet high a wide, Lenten Rose are often sold as centerpieces for the holidays, though they are sturdy enough to withstand temperatures as low as 20°F. The most common variety is white, but they can sometimes be found in unusual colors such as purple, yellow, pink and green. 

They're Cathie's pick-of-the-week because:

"They do well in shade, in dry conditions, tolerate hard frost and deer. Not to mention they bloom in the dead of winter, providing your garden with year-round interest. "

 

  

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Topics: Waterwise, Winter, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Euphorbia

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 24, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Euphorbia
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Euphorbia (sometimes known as Spurge) is sort of a perennial jack-of-all-trades. Many people know that it's water-wise, bears peculiar flowers and displays striking foliage color. However, did you know that it's also evergreen, disliked by deer and gophers and thrives in full sun to partial shade? Euphorbia is one of the largest and most diverse genus of flowering plants in the world, it comes in many shapes and forms. Even the popular Christmas houseplant, Poinsettia, is a part of the Euphorbia family! With all of these wonderful traits, it's no wonder that Euphorbia has been a choice plant for nurseries in recent years, with more and more varieties in every color imaginable showing up each season.
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It grows happily in our Mediterranean climate, and with so few pests to worry about, Euphorbia requires very little effort to maintain. Although it benefits from the occasional boost of organic fertilizer and light pruning in late winter-early spring, this laid-back perennial will astound you with it's ability to perform in even the most neglectful gardener's yard. Although some varieties are frost-tender succulents, the garden-hardy varieties pictured above, 'Ascot Rainbow', 'Glacier Blue' & 'Blackbird' will tolerate temperatures as low as 10°F. 
It's Nick's plant pick-of-the-week because:

 

"Euphorbia has attractive foliage all year-round! Plus, it's drought tolerant, full sun, deer resistant and low maintenance. What's not to love?"

 

 

 

 

 

 
To learn more about plants that are disliked by deer, check out our Top Water-Wise & Deer Resistant Plants for Sacramento Gardeners 

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Topics: Waterwise, Sacramento Low Water Plants, Flowers in the Heat, Flowers for Hot Weather, Summer Garden, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Echibeckia 'Summerina'

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 3, 2015 2:58:26 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Echibeckia 'Summerina'

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Echibeckia is an intergenetic cross between Rudbeckia (Gloriosa Daisy) and Echinacea (Coneflower). Intergentic hybrids are between two plants that are closely related enough to reproduce naturally, but their offspring is usually sterile, so you don't worry about it reseeding. The benefit of crossing these two heat-loving, water-wise, summer-blooming rock star perennials is to get the appearance of Gloriosa Daisy with the hardiness of a Coneflower.

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Echibeckia has the appearance of a Gloriosa daisy with large flowers in shades of yellow, orange, gold and brown but with extra large blossoms, thanks to it's Coneflower counterpart. It forms a sturdy upright clump of slightly-fuzzy green foliage (disliked by deer) and boasts and extra-long summer through fall bloom season.

Reaching about 2-3 feet high and wide, this full sun perennial will thrive in the heat and it's water-wise too!

It's Michelle's pick-of-the-week because:

"This is one of my favorite new perennials because of it's hardiness and long bloom season. It also is a great source of pollen and nectar for pollinators!"

 

 

 

 

 

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To learn more about water-wise deer resistant plants, check out these 7 Incredible Water-Wise Deer-Resistant Plants for Sacramento.

 

Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Fall Flowers, Flowers for Hot Weather, Beneficial Insects, Deer Resistant, Summer Flowers, Drought Tolerant

Come Meet the Experts at Dig into Spring

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 17, 2015 3:37:41 PM


Green Acres is hosting our third annual Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair at our new location in Elk Grove, March 21 & 22, and we want you to join us!

Dig Into Spring Event

In addition to food trucks, music, raffle prizes, vendor booths and seminars, we are very excited to host book signings by two local gardening experts: Carolyn Singer & Michael Glassman!


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Carolyn Singer is a local gardening guru and author of the Deer in my Garden series, as well as her new book: The Seasoned Gardener. Residing near Grass Valley, Carolyn's Deer in my Garden series is the result of much trial-and-error testing in her own garden, to determine which plants really have the best deer resistance in the Sierra Nevada foothills. 

 

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Her newest book is titled The Seasoned Gardener: Five decades of sustainable & practical garden wisdom. It is a compilation of articles she wrote for her column 'The Seasoned Gardener', published by The Union in Grass Valley. 

Carolyn will be signing books at our Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair on Saturday March 21 & Sunday, March 22 from 11am-4pm. 

 

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Michael Glassman is an award winning landscape designer and consultant with over thirty years of experience designing breathtaking landscapes in Northern California. He has authored and co-authored five books, including the Kinder Gardens series, a playful series of books geared towards getting young children interested in gardening. 

 

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 His newest book is titled The Garden Bible, a step-by-step guide to planning and designing your dream garden, which will be published in Spring of 2015.  


Michael will be signing books at our Dig into Spring Ideas Fair on Sunday, March 22 from 11am-1pm.

 

Check out our seminar schedule below for details on our weekend-long Dig into Spring workshop series!
Seminar Schedule

Topics: Free Events, Planning Your Landscape, Sacramento Gardening, Deer Resistant, Green Acres Events, Landscape Design, Events

7 Incredible Deer Resistant & Water-Wise Plants for Sacramento

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on May 20, 2014 4:01:00 PM

If you live in the outlying areas of Sacramento or Placer Counties you might encounter the cute, but ever menacing deer destroying your landscape. What do you do?  

Well, there are plants that are considered deer resistant. These are plants that are less appealing to deer because of foliage texture, color, or smell. As a rule of thumb deer are deterred specifically by silver colored foliage along with pungent or fragrant foliage. 

In addition to the issue with deer, you want to be a responsible homeowner in light of the drought. You might be wondering your options for plants are both deer resistant and water-wise?  How to put these two problems into harmony, you ask?  We can help!

Deer Resistant & Water-Wise Plants for Sacramento 

ROCKROSE
deer resistant and water-wise shrub
This evergreen, carefree, Mediterranean native shrub is covered with flowers from spring to early summer.  They add texture and subtle color to any landscape.  Excellent plant on hillsides for erosion control. 

CLEVELAND SAGE
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Also known as California Blue sage, this is a native to Southern & Baja California.  Grey-green leaves with pale blue to lavender flowers.  Flowers & foliage are deliciously fragrant!  Growing 3-5' tall and 5-8' wide.

LAVENDER
deer resistant and water-wise plants
Few plants are as strongly identified with fragrance and color as lavender.  Useful as a boarder edging or in herb gardens or as an informal hedge.  Plants thrive in full sun with no more than moderate watering.

'LITTLE OLLIE' DWARF OLIVE
deer resistant and water-wise plants
This dwarf, non-fruiting olive has a graceful, multi-branching habit.  Get the beauty of the traditional olive and it's silvery-green foliage without the mess.  Attractive choice for hedges or as a trained topiary.  Growing 4-6' tall and wide at maturity.

YARROW
deer resistant and water-wise
This easy-to grow and beautiful perennial has upright bright yellow flower clusters spring and summer.  Attractive choice for flower borders.  Foliage grows 18-24" tall and wide.

COPROSMA
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Also known as the Mirror Plant, this is one of our favorite shrubs.  Evergreen shrub with exceptionally interesting foliage.  The leaves stay glossy and depending on the variety there are a drastic difference in foliage.  'Rainbow Surprise' is a variety with green and white variegated leaves tinged with gold and pink.  Or the ever-popular 'Tequila Sunrise' (pictured) has foliage that literally looks like colored gemstones!  New foliage on this variety emerges emerald green and gold, and mature leaves are marbled with gold and orange hues.  Spectacular!

LAVENDER COTTON
deer resistant and water-wise plants
Not to be confused with the lavender mentioned above, this plant displays small, bright yellow flowers in summer.  With silvery-fragrant foliage and a neat mounding habit it is a perfect choice for borders or walkways. 
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Topics: Fragrant Plants, Drought Resistant, Deer Resistant

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