Our Plant Pick: Flowering Maple

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on May 13, 2016 3:46:03 PM

Our Plant Pick: Flowering Maple


Flowering Maples (Abutilon spp.) are one of the most versatile and accommodating evergreen shrubs for shade. They come in a variety of colors, including yellow, red, orange, white and many shades of pink. There are compact varieties, which stay small and mounding, and vining-shrub types which can be pruned to stay low or trained vertically onto a trellis or fence. 

Kristina_Abutilon-959714-edited.jpgProbably their most attractive quality has to be how easy they are to grow. Flowering Maples are very forgiving of occasional neglect and flower sporadically spring through fall, attracting a variety of pollinators such as hummingbirds to the garden. A chameleon of a shady border, Flowering Maples will fit perfectly in the ground, containers, trained into a small tree or trellised onto an arbor or wall. 

They're Kristina's plant pick because:

 "The beautiful bell-shaped flowers are almost always blooming, and the hummingbirds love it!"

Looking to attract the attention of feathered friends?

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Topics: Container Ideas, Hummingbirds, pollinators, Flowers for Shade

Our Plant Pick: Columbine

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Apr 13, 2016 6:18:56 PM

Our Plant Pick: Columbine

Columbine (Aquilegia spp) is truly a perennial for the birds. It's botanical name comes from the Latin word aquila, which means eagle, referring to the flower's spurs which resemble an eagle's talons. It's common name is derived from the Latin word columba, meaning dove, as the inverted flowers of certain varieties resemble five doves huddled together. Finally, the beautifully spurred petals of this perennial are loaded with nectar, making them irresistible to hummingbirds. 

Nate_Aquilegia-158903-edited.jpgColumbines are happiest when nestled in dappled shade or morning sun; they're not suited to afternoon sun in the Sacramento Valley. Reaching only about 1-2' high and wide, they're excellent for filling a spring pot-up, or tucked into a shady bed. They can be found in a myriad of colors, and even when they aren't in bloom, their delicate foliage lends textural interest to the garden. Their best quality has to be the beneficial wildlife they attract- from hummingbirds to butterflies, very few pollinators can resist the charm of this whimsical woodland plant. 

It's Nate's plant pick because:

"It's very versatile, you can grow it in a container or in the ground and it's a hummingbird magnet!"

Want to make friends with small-winged wildlife? 

Appealing to Pollinators

Topics: Flowers, Container Ideas, Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Lion's Tail

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Sep 26, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Lion's Tail


Lion's Tail (Leonotis leonurus) is a perennial shrub native to South Africa. It's bright green foliage and upright growth habit is topped by stalks punctuated with whorls of unusual, fuzzy orange tubular flowers in late summer. Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators are especially fond of these showy flower clusters.

Elvia_Leonotis-430267-editedGenerally reaching 4-6' high and wide, Lion's Tail produces lanky herbaceous growth off of a woody base, and should be pruned back each winter to keep it looking neat. It also responds well to summer pruning, and will flush out beautifully if pinched back on occasion. Despite its African origins, Lion's Tail is surprisingly cold tolerant, and will withstand temperatures down to 20-25°F. It will grow in a wide range of soils, as long as drainage is adequate, and requires little water when established. 

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

"The flower is so bright and beautiful, there's nothing else like it. Plus, it makes the hummingbirds happy."






Lion's Tail is one of many options for flower arrangements that are sure to be conversation topics.

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Topics: Flowers, Shrubs, Drought Tolerant, Hummingbirds

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: California Fuchsia

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Sep 4, 2015 10:02:41 AM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: California Fuchsia


California Fuchsia (once botanically known as Zauschneria, recently reclassified as Epilobium) is probably the most recognizable California native perennial besides the famous CA poppy. It's no wonder- the flowers are such a vivid red-orange that they're highly visible from yards away. Thanks to this perennial's dazzling blossom, many new cultivars are being sold each year, which is great news for water-conscious gardeners, hummingbirds and native pollinators too!

NickCaliforniaFuchsia-349991-editedThere are many new varieties of California Fuchsia on the market that vary widely in size, but they generally reach 1-2' high with a spreading habit 4-6' wide. They grow in areas with very poor soil and little water, so don't make the mistake of "loving them to death" with rich soil, plenty of fertilizer and regular irrigation. If you place your California Fuchsia in full sun and give it barely any attention, it will be far happier than if you pamper it like a prima donna.

If you're inspired to give this fuss-free beauty a try, remember that fall is the best time to plant, especially when it comes to native plants. This is because the cool weather allows the plant to establish an extensive root system and adapt to your soil before the weather gets hot again. It's Nick's pick-of-the-week because:

"California Fuchsia is easy to grow, very drought tolerant, and a hummingbird magnet! It's a great pop of color in the dead heat of summer when most other plants are bloomed-out."

Yearning for more un-thirsty plants?

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Topics: California Native Plants, Flowers in the Heat, Low Water Plants, Hummingbirds, Low maintenance, pollinators

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Crocosmia

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Aug 10, 2015 8:55:11 AM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Crocosmia


Crocosmia is a perennial from corm (an underground structure like a bulb) which forms an upright clump of bright green sword-like foliage. In summer, this clump is adorned by tall stalks bearing an inflorescence of funnel-shaped flowers that are adored by hummingbirds. The flowers have a tropical feel, but the plant has incredible cold hardiness, tolerating temperatures as low as -20°F.  It offers all the beauty of a bulb such as Gladiolas, but it's foliage stays relatively neat and tidy spring through fall, making this perennial well-suited to any cut-flower garden or perennial border. 



Reaching about 2-3' tall, Crocosmia will slowly spread over time, resulting in a more impressive show of flowers year after year. Plus, you can divide them in the fall and plant them in other places; it's the plant that keeps on giving!

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

"The flowers are brilliant and showy. Hummingbirds love them and they're easy to grow!"











For more flowers well-suited for bouquets, check out  Grow a Cut Flower Garden

Topics: Cut Flower Garden, Hummingbirds, Bulbs

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