Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Wallflower

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Nov 23, 2015 12:18:13 PM

Our Plant Pick of the Week: Wallflower


Wallflower (Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve') is an evergreen perennial for sun which forms a compact clump of cool gray-green foliage. The variety pictured bears short stalks topped clusters of petite purple flowers, and blooms most heavily in spring and fall in the central valley. In mild climates, it can bloom profusely nearly year-round, and its dense foliage and short stature make a wonderful informal hedge. 

RayWallflower-588202-edited.jpgReaching only about 18-24 inches high by 12-18 inches wide, Wallflowers are excellent for container culture. They can be found in a variety of colors such as orange, yellow, pink and sometimes combinations of all three. Many cultivars have a sweet-spicy fragrance, reminiscent of Stock or Dianthus. If all of that isn't enough to persuade you to give them a try, Wallflowers are also drought tolerant , making them an outstanding garden performer well-adapted to our climate. 

They're Ray's pick-of-the-week because:
"This perennial is indestructible! I love it because it's almost always blooming, doesn't need much water and looks good all year."

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Topics: Flowers, Fall Flowers, Container Ideas, Drought Tolerant

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Calendula

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Nov 6, 2015 5:35:37 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Calendula


Calendula officinalis, sometimes referred to as Pot Marigold, is a cool-season annual which bears vibrant orange or yellow flowers atop bright green foliage. It's relatively compact at one to two feet high and wide, but is known to free-seed around the garden and pop up unexpectedly. Calendula is a plant with a rich history, having been used as an ingredient in food, medicine and cosmetics for centuries. 

Calendula officinalis, a cool-season annual
Our favorite thing to do with this lovely Marigold-doppelganger is to plant them en masse in a sunny border. Or as a fun container "thriller" paired with Violas and Creeping Wire Vine. Or planted in your cool-season veggie garden to attract beneficial insects. The possibilities are endless for this cheerful, long-blooming, fuss-free, infinitely useful plant!

It's Sarah's pick-of-the-week because:
"Its brilliant orange blossoms never need to be deadheaded and it blooms fall through spring."
Did you know it's not too late to plant delicious winter vegetables such as Kale, Lettuce and Onions? 
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Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Winter, Flowers, Fall Flowers, Beneficial Insects, Container Ideas

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Mexican Bush Sage

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Oct 6, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Mexican Bush Sage


Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) is an evergreen shrub for sun with fuzzy, elongated, grey-green leaves. In fact, everything about it is sort of fuzzy, especially it's stunning violet flower bracts which are borne most heavily in the fall. The actual flower is small and white, far less eye-catching than the velvety bracts which envelop them. Because it's the bract as opposed to the the flower which attracts the most attention, they hold their color very well over the course of their spring-through-fall bloom season. 

JennieSalvialeucantha-500224-editedEventually reaching 6' high and wide, Mexican Bush Sage is best suited to the back of the flower bed, where it will dutifully provide forage for hummingbirds and bees without using a lot of water. Like most woody perennials, this sage benefits from being pruned to shape it in late winter-early spring. Other than that, it is about as low maintenance as you could hope for in a plant.

In addition to the standard version pictured here, there is a dwarf variety known as 'Santa Barbara' which reaches a far more manageable 4' high and wide. There is also a pink and white flowered variety, and a variety called 'Midnight' where the both the flower and the bract are a deep, beautiful purple.

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

"Those bright purple flowers turn heads, and it's so easy to grow. I love this plant!"


Looking for less thirsty perennials?   Drought Tolerant Plants

Topics: Fall Shrubs, Waterwise, Fall Flowers, pollinators

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'


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.


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

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Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Oct 8, 2014 10:50:00 AM










Topics: Autumn Gardening, Fall Flowers, Pumpkins

Wordless Wednesday at Green Acres

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Sep 10, 2014 4:30:00 PM

Fall is in the air...

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       Gerbera Daisies and Mums

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Topics: Autumn Gardening, Mums, Fall Flowers, Chrysanthemums, Container Ideas

Mum's the Word

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Sep 20, 2013 1:57:00 PM


Mum's the Word for September

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Chrysanthemums, or Mums as they are commonly called, fill the nursery tables with vivid colors this time of the year.

You know that fall is just around the corner when you walk into the nursery and see rows upon rows of Mums sitting pretty next to all of the other annuals and perennials.


Mums are native to Asian and Northeastern Europe.

Garden Mums were introduced to the United States in the late 1700’s. Mums have become a symbolic flower in many a northern California garden throughout the years. The Mum is not only the official flower for the city of Chicago, Illinois, but it is also the official flower of Salinas, California. The Mum is also the official birth flower for the month of November. It is also the flower of the 13th year wedding anniversary!


Mums at Green Acres Roseville!Giving a Chrysanthemum is symbolic in many cultures.

Here in the United States giving a Chrysanthemum plant is usually a symbol of cheerfulness and a way to tell a person that you value their friendship. Colors can denote a special meaning too!

A white mum can mean truth or wealth or optimism…a great gift to a friend who is ill.

A red or pink mum can symbolize a way of telling a friend how valuable their friendship is …or a way to say “I love you!”

A yellow or bronze mum can denote that you are a secret admirer. It is also a way to make a person smile if they’re down.



Mums as centerpiece

Mums are a member of the Sunflower family.

Plant them in an area that receives full sun and well-drained soil. Pinch back (remove spent buds) for bushier growth and stronger flowers.

Mums also make incredible centerpieces for the dining room table when company shows up. Put them in pots to help spruce up the patio!


Mums planted on patio

For this month…
Mum is definitely the word!

Add some color to your home this fall! Come see our wide selection of Chrysanthemums at any of our locations.

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Topics: Flowers, Mums, Fall Flowers, Chrysanthemums, Chicago City Flower

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