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 

For more easy-going perennials...

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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: Gomphrena 'Pink Zazzle'

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 16, 2015 9:42:05 AM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Gomphrena 'Pink Zazzle' 

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Gomphrena 'Pink Zazzle' is a relatively recent introduction to the world of horticulture, and it has already made quite an impression. That's because this sun-loving, drought tolerant perennial flourishes in the scorching Sacramento valley summers. Even its flowers hold up in 100°F heat, because what appears to be the 'flower' is actually flower bracts. The true flowers are the small yellow star-shaped flowers nestled within these bracts, punctuating it with bursts of color as it slowly unfurls from the center. 

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It forms a low mound of fuzzy, bright green foliage about 8-16 inches high and wide. Its tidy growth habit makes it perfectly suited for container culture, where it looks stunning paired with "fillers" such as Nemesia and "spillers" such as Bacopa. Butterflies and hummingbirds will find it hard to resist those stunning blooms, making it a truly valuable plant to have in your garden. 'Pink Zazzle' loves the heat but hates the cold, so it's a perennial grown as an annual in our area. If protected from frost, it will likely return to dazzle you with another long-lasting show of flowers next year. 

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

"The flowers last forever, and when they start to fade to light pink on the edges, it gives a really cool transitional color effect."

 More water-wise pollinator attracting container ideas...

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Topics: Waterwise, Sacramento Low Water Plants, What Can I Plant This Season?, Flowers, Flowers in the Heat, Flowers for Hot Weather, Low Water Plants, Beneficial Insects, Container Ideas, Summer Flowers, 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!"

 

 

 

 

 

  Drought Tolerant Plants


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

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Coneflower 'Double Scoop Cranberry'

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jun 25, 2015 3:42:00 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Coneflower 'Double Scoop Cranberry'

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Coneflower or Echinacea is a classic garden staple for a multitude of reasons. It's easy to grow, tolerant of a wide variety of soils, blooms profusely summer through fall, and thrives in our hot, dry summers. Because of it's amazing versatility, it has been hybridized into many fantastic colors and cultivars, one of the most dramatic being the 'Double Scoop' series. Tantalizing in their color descriptions: Cranberry, Orangeberry, Bubblegum, and Raspberry, this series has some of the largest flower-size of all the Echinacea family.  

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Reaching about two feet tall and wide with a sturdy, well-branched form, this lovely perennial also makes a great container "thriller". It's deer resistant and drought tolerant when established. Plus, it makes a great addition to the cut-flower garden that will come back reliably every year. 

It is Matthew's pick-of-the-week because:

"The vibrant color that radiates from these blooms attract beneficial insects to the garden."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click for more tips & tricks on attracting beneficial insects to your garden!

Appealing to Pollinators

Topics: Waterwise, What Can I Plant This Season?, Flowers, Flowers for Hot Weather, Low Water Plants, Beneficial Insects, Sacramento Gardening, Summer Flowers, Drought Tolerant

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Canna 'Tropicanna® Black'

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jun 19, 2015 5:37:45 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Canna 'Tropicanna® Black'

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Canna 'Tropicanna® Black' is a part of the 'Tropicanna®' series by Tesselaar, but it is truly in a class all it's own. Unlike its fellow Tropi-Canna's, this variety has dark, brown-colored foliage which contrasts beautifully with it's bright, scarlet-orange blossoms in summer. The large, fleshy leaves resemble stained glass when they catch the sunlight, revealing garnet colored veins surrounded with jade green, then fading to deep chocolate. 

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It is a perennial from rhizome, which means that if planted in the ground, it will spread over the years, becoming an increasingly dramatic statement in the garden. It can ultimately reach 4-6 feet tall, and the rhizomes should be divided every few years or so. Although it looks very tropical, it is surprisingly hardy and will tolerate temperatures as low at 10°F if left to overwinter in the ground.

It does well in poorly draining, boggy soils making it an ideal plant for surrounding your pond, water feature or pool. It thrives with regular water and 4-6 hours of direct sun per day. Cut to the ground in late fall/early winter and prepare to be amazed when it comes back even more lush next year.

It is Philip's pick-of-the-week because:

"This is a great perennial, it's vibrant and exotic and I love how it comes back strong every year."

Canna 'Tropicanna® Black' makes a great addition to the cut flower garden! 


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Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Tropicals, Flowers for Hot Weather, Pond, Summer Flowers

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Evolvulus

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jun 2, 2015 11:47:00 AM

Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Evolvulus 'Blue My Mind'

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Evolvulus 'Blue My Mind' is a variety of Dwarf Morning Glory, which shares all of the strengths of the classic Morning Glory vine, but is far more well-behaved. It's genus name Evolvulus means 'to unroll' in latin, which describes it's tendency to drape rather than twine like standard morning glories do. It's bright, clear true blue flowers would make a wonderful addition to a patriotic red, white & blue pot-up! 

Jeremy_Evolvulus-857957-editedEvolvulus is a tender perennial, meaning it's only hardy to around 35° F and may not survive the winter. It makes up for this by performing wonderfully spring through fall with bountiful sky-blue blossoms, graceful silvery-green foliage and incredible heat and sun tolerance. Plant in full sun or light shade with moderate water- it will be drought tolerant once it's established. No dead-heading necessary, but it's a good idea to pinch it back occasionally throughout the season.

It's Jeremy's plant pick-of-the-week because:

"I love everything about this plant! It's name, the soft gray color of the foliage, the trailing habit, and the striking blue flower color. It makes a great 'spiller' for containers."

For more beautiful low-water planting options, check out:

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Topics: Flowers for Hot Weather, Low Water Plants, Container Ideas, Summer Flowers

Wordless Wednesday at Green Acres

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Aug 20, 2014 10:14:00 AM

Enjoy…

 

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Topics: Flowers in the Heat, Flowers for Hot Weather, Summer Garden, Summer Flowers

Wordless Wednesday at Green Acres

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 30, 2014 4:51:00 PM

Enjoy...

 

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Topics: Flowers for Hot Weather, Summer Flowers

Wordless Wednesday- Waterwise & Organic

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 9, 2014 3:56:00 PM

Enjoy...

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Topics: Waterwise, Sacramento Low Water Plants, Organic, Summer Patio, Flowers for Hot Weather, Summer Flowers

Wordless Wednesday- Fun Plants of the Season

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 2, 2014 4:44:00 PM

Enjoy these images of beautiful plants in season now...

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Topics: Flowers, Flowers in the Heat, Flowers for Hot Weather, Summer Flowers

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