Design Inspiration for Our Mediterranean Climate

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 7, 2016 11:11:34 AM

Rethinking Your Yard? Let's Get Growing for The Changing California Landscape.

Each one of our CA Landscape 2.0 design templates was inspired by popular styles of landscaping with a focus on water-wise plant selectionsstylish accessories and efficient irrigation. Because we are a local, independent, family-owned garden center with established roots in the Sacramento Area, we've got a pretty good idea of what grows well in our area. Our plant options are not limited to what we showcase in the designs–we offer many substitutions to make sure your landscape reflects your style. 

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Inspired by the incredibly diverse plant life native to California, this template incorporates a diverse mix of native and non-native flowering plants, sure to attract beneficial wildlife. The most plant-packed design of the series, this one is for those who enjoy sitting in the garden, watching the birds, bees and other pollinators play.

Finishing touches: Bird baths, hummingbird feeders, pots filled with seasonal flowers, and a comfy chair for wildlife-watching.

 

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Sure to appeal to those with simple, elegant style, the contemporary landscape focuses on sculptural plants and clean lines for a modern feel. Bold accents such as slate contrast strikingly with textural plants like Acacia 'Cousin Itt'. The contemporary landscape is the perfect backdrop to an outdoor dinner party on a summer evening. 

Finishing touches: Refined pottery in eye-catching colors, a soothing fountain, and a modern outdoor dining set. 

 

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A play off the formal style of traditional English gardens, this design balances structure and whimsy in true California fashion. With brilliant perennials popping up behind neat hedges, this landscape manages to look both clean and casual. If you love to entertain friends in your outdoor living space, this is the design for you. 

Finishing touches: Clever container gardens, bird baths, and a bistro set complete with umbrella. 

 

 

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Mediterranean

Perfectly adapted to the many Mediterranean style homes in our area, the Mediterranean design invokes the rolling hills of Tuscany right in your own yard. Think colorful low-maintenance plants with casual chic pottery, cool colors and neutral earth tones to tie it all together. This design is for those who want the appearance of a well-kept yard without all the work. 

Finishing touches: Iron patio furniture, a soothing water feature, the scent of fresh herbs, and large terra cotta pottery with citrus patio trees. 

 

 

 

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Topics: Native Plants, Waterwise, Outdoor Living, Planning Your Landscape, Drought Tolerant, Low maintenance, pollinators, Decorating

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Penstemon 'Margarita BOP'

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 30, 2015 5:45:00 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Penstemon 'Margarita BOP'
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Penstemon 'Margarita BOP' is distinctly different from other varieties of Penstemon, even at first glance. That's because atop it's compact 2' x 2' mound of foliage are dozens of flowers, which may be sky blue, or iridescent violet, or somewhere in between. This California native perennial was a chance discovery by Las Pilitas Nursery sometime in the early 80's when the workers noticed that this little Penstemon which sprung up on it's own was flourishing despite never being watered, fertilized or tended to. Las Pilitas Nursery is located in Santa Margarita California, and the 'BOP' stands for Back of Porch where the original specimen thrived for over a decade, until it was accidentally smothered by cement. 
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Rarely in the garden, do you find a plant that manages to look so good with little maintenance. So 'Margarita BOP' is truly a treasure. If it's ethereal blue-violet flowers don't entice you, maybe the fact that it is drought tolerant, thrives in full sun, and attracts hummingbirds, just might. 

It's McKenna's Pick-of-the-Week because:

"It's an easy-to-grow perennial that comes back strong every year! The flower color is spectacular, and I'm impressed by how it blooms all summer without a lot of water."

 

 

 

 

 







Are you crazy for California natives? Learn more about the best California natives for the Sacramento valley.  

Our Favorite Natives

 

For more ideas on how to re-vamp your yard to be more water wise, check out our Drought Tolerant Plant List.

Topics: Native Plants, Waterwise, Sacramento Low Water Plants, What Can I Plant This Season?, Flowers in the Heat, Low Water Plants, Sacramento Gardening, Summer, Drought Tolerant

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Clarkia

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on May 26, 2015 2:31:00 PM

Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Clarkia amoena

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Clarkia amoena goes by many names. Godetia, Farewell-to-Spring, Summer's Darling, Satin Flower, and Fairy Fans, to name a few. It's scientific name honors the famous American adventuring duo, Meriwether Lewis & William Clark, while the specific epithet amoena means "beautiful" or "pleasing" in Latin. 

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It is native to California and many regions of the pacific northwest, and bears silky poppy-like blossoms in varying shades of pink, from late spring to mid-summer. It forms a low mound 1-2' tall by 1' wide, and thrives in full to partial sun with low water. It will free-seed readily, so deadhead if you don't want it to spread. 

Robyn chose Clarkia as her pick-of-the-week because:

"Clarkia is a fantastic native to have in any garden! It is the showy sequel to the California Poppy, and is under appreciated next to our easily recognizable state flower."

To learn more about our fabulous native plants, download our native list

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Topics: Native Plants, What Can I Plant This Season?, Low Water Plants

Looking for Lawn Substitutes? We Have Ideas...

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Aug 14, 2014 2:31:00 PM

Now that the drought has done a number on our lawns, what are the choices for long-term water savings?

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Mandatory water restrictions put landscapes a little lower on list of priorities. Most of us enjoy a lush landscape, so it’s good to know water restrictions don't make it impossible to create a very functional and enjoyable garden space without lawn. While so many gardeners are faced with replacing dead lawns this fall, it’s probably a prudent time to consider other options.

There are endless possibilities for lawn substitutes, and making the change is easy to do.
Take a look at a few of the options we suggest for long-term water savings:
 
Edibles
The popularity of edible gardens has grown substantially in recent years, often taking the stage in front landscapes. The average gardener waters their tomato plants a little bit every day. Did you know a tomato planted in the ground prefers water just a couple of times a week in the height of the Sacramento summer? Most fruiting plants enjoy a deep soaking occasionally.

 

Vegetable gardens and fruit trees with mulch or traffic-friendly groundcovers make beautiful landscapes with the benefits of some shade, a variety of edibles, and considerable water savings. 


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Citrus and fruit trees are notable accents to an edible garden. A not-so-well-known fact is both are quite drought tolerant once established. Whether you enjoy oranges, apples, Australian finger limes or Jujube’s, the options and combinations are endless.  

Groundcovers and Sub-Shrubs 
Groundcovers are some of the more obvious choices for lawn replacements. They are best
suited for areas where there is light foot-traffic. Mix with a permeable surface, such as decomposed granite, gravel for paths. Sub-shrubs are placed where there is no traffic. They make the perfect filler for large areas.

California natives are high on the list of recommendations, although there are a number of non-native options. The benefit to natives is their built-in tolerance to the soils and water conditions in our area. Local wildlife thrives amongst native habitats. 


California Natives Make Drought Gardening Easy and Beautiful 

  • California Wild Lilac (Ceanothus) ‘Carmel Creeper’ and ‘Centennial’ are two evergreen varieties that spread and stay fairly low. Blue flowers come in spring and bees love it!
  • Manzanita (Arctostaphylos) ‘Emerald Carpet’ and ‘Massachusetts’ have pinkish white blooms that develop in spring. The dark green foliage contrasts well with dark red stems. 
  • California Fuchsia (Zauschneria californica) comes in a few varieties that
    fit the bill for sun/part-shade, summer to fall bloom, and, the hummingbirds love them.
  • Ornamental Strawberry (Fragaria) is a tight, very low perennial groundcover for rock gardens and slopes. 
  • Dwarf Coyote Bush (Baccharis pililaris ‘Pidgeon Point’) is an evergreen sub-shrub that grows to about a foot tall, but spreads wide. Ideal for slopes!
     
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Non-Native Groundcovers Well-Suited for the Sacramento Area
  • Thyme is an aromatic groundcover with varieties that are perfect for
    areas with foot traffic. Try 'Elfin' for a very tight cover, or a number varieties of Creeping Thyme between pavers. 
  • Sedum ‘Angelina’, ‘Dragons Blood’, and ‘Ogon’ offer color interest and require low water. 
  • Senecio ‘Dwarf Blue Chalks’ can add fun contrast and texture. Mature size is 1'x2'. Minimal water is required for this succulent, shrubby perennial.
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Trees are a Critical Part of a Water-Wise Landscape
Plant trees for reduced temperatures and cooler soil. Once established, many trees require less frequent watering. The cooler soil temperatures will benefit everything planted in the soil below. 
  • ‘October Glory’ Maple  
    One of the most desired maples, with dark green leaves in spring, turning radiant red in late fall. A fast-grower with a mature size of 45'x30'. It provides a beautiful shade canopy for larger landscapes.
  • ‘Pacific Sunset’ Maple 
    A maple hybrid, its smaller size and tolerance for urban conditions makes this tree perfect for patios or small yards. Mature size is 25'x25'. Initially, it requires moderate to regular water but is drought tolerant once established.
  • ‘Emerald Sunshine’ Elm  
    This Elm variety is highly resistant to disease. Its vase shape is well-suited for a street or landscape accent tree. Mature size is 35' x 25'. Deep green leaves turn to yellow in the fall. 
  • Arbutus 'Marina' (Strawberry Tree)
    A one-of-a-kind evergreen tree. The mahogany bark peels back to reveal a cinnamon bark in the summer. Clusters of urn-shaped flowers draw hummingbirds, followed by bright orange-red fruit. Its mature size is 25'x25' and requires very little water once established. An eye-catching tree for smaller areas.
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California Natives

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Topics: Native Plants, California Native Plants, Smartscape, Waterwise, Sacramento Low Water Plants, Edibles, Drought Resistant, Reduce Water Costs, Water Rebates

Our Favorite California Native Plants

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 25, 2014 2:13:00 PM

If you're rethinking your yard for water efficiency, it helps to know your natives.  Native plants, that is!  There are over 5,000 species of plants that are native to California.  Of those, over 2,000 are endemic, meaning they aren't found anywhere else in the world.

Why grow California natives?

  • They are tough.
    • Plants that are native to California are perfectly adapted to our climate, including our long, hot, and dry summers.
  • They are easy.
    • These plants require very little maintenance and add to the natural beauty of your landscape.
  • They are drought resistant.
    • Once established, they are low water plants, saving you money and conserving water.
  • They attract native pollinators and beneficial insects.
    • Providing food and habitat for native insects is the cornerstone of integrated pest management, and is the best way to build a healthy organic garden. 

The following is a small sampling of gorgeous, tried and true native perennials which have earned their place in our nursery, and in your garden!*

Check out our California Native Landscape 2.0 design for ideas


California Native Plants for Sacramento 

 

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Red Buckwheat

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens

This compact beauty only grows one foot tall by three feet wide, and is covered in clusters of reddish-pink blooms summer through fall. It provides food for bees and butterflies and in addition is deer resistant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Penstemon ‘Margarita B.O.P.’

Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Margarita B.O.P.’

The flowers of this penstemon can be sky blue or violet purple, or both at the same time! This dreamy perennial grows only two feet tall and wide. It is very attractive to hummingbirds and bees, and will bloom continuously spring through summer if trimmed back occassionally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cleveland Sage

Salvia clevelandii

This evergreen shrub grows four-to-five feet high and wide and it’s greyish-green leaves emit a strong herbal aroma. Blooming in late spring and early summer, spikes punctuated with whorls of tubular blue flowers beckon hummingbirds, bees and butterflies to your garden. Deer resistant!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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California Fuchsia

Epilobium canum (Zauschneria californica)

Bearing little resemblance to other varieties of fuchsia, CA fuchsia is by far prettier, tougher, and more irresistible to hummingbirds! It forms a soft mound of grey-green foliage, topped with tons of striking red-orange tubular flowers summer through fall. Reaching about three-to-four feet high and four-to-five feet wide, it is a great choice to plant en masse on dry slopes. Deer resistant!

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Inventory levels are subject to change, please call stores for current availability

 

Drought Tolerant Plants

Do you like butterflies?  Learn even more ways to bring them in your yard.

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Topics: Native Plants, California Native Plants, Sacramento Low Water Plants, Drought Resistant, Planning Your Landscape, Low Water Plants, Beneficial Insects

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