Our Plant Pick: Camellias

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Nov 10, 2016 10:11:24 AM

Our Plant Pick: Camellias

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Camellias are a hardy evergreen shrub native to eastern and southern Asia. They have a long history of cultivation there, as the leaves of one species - Camellia sinensis - are harvested to produce tea. Ornamental varieties such as the Japanese (Camellia japonica) and Sun (Camellia sasanqua) are commonly found in the United States, although there is nothing common about the beauty and diversity offered by this flowering shrub. 

GA_FOL_Janet-Camellia-s-WEB-658155-edited.jpgCamellia flowers come in six forms: anemone, formal double, peony, rose-form double, semi-double and single. These flowers come in white, pink, red or a combination thereof resulting in dozens of unique varieties. Sacramento is the Camellia Capital of the World, if you walk around the grid this winter you may be graced by the sight of 15-foot-tall camellia shrubs in bloom, some of them over 100 years old.

Despite their delicate appearance, Camellias are actually very resilient. They thrive in our climate when planted in rich, acidic soil with afternoon shade. Starting in late summer, fertilize with a low nitrogen fertilizer such as E.B. Stone Ultra Bloom to encourage cold hardiness and maximum flowering. Clean up flowers that have fallen to reduce your risk of petal blight, a fungal disease which causes rust-colored spots on petals. After bloom, prune to shape and fertilize again with E.B. Stone Azalea & Camellia food. 

Janet's plant pick is Camellias because:

"The sasanqua varieties start blooming in the fall, and then the japonicas go all the way through spring, keeping color in the garden all winter long."

Are you looking to keep your garden colorful this season? Check out some cool-season container ideas  Winter Container Ideas


Topics: Fall Shrubs, Winter, Flowers, Shrubs, Planting Ideas, Flowers for Shade, Camellias

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Gerbera Daisy

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Nov 13, 2015 5:46:20 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Gerber Daisy

Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) is a perennial daisy which forms a clump of bright green foliage, topped by stalks bearing large (3-4") daisy flowers. When it comes to daisies, Gerberas are the top choice due to their incredibly long bloom season and bright, showy blossoms. They can be found in a myriad of colors including pink, orange, red, white and yellow.

Maintaining a compact size of one to two feet high and wide, Gerberas are ideal candidates for container gardening. They perform best when situated in full to partial sun, with good air circulation and drip irrigation. Avoid overhead watering, which can shorten the lifespan of the flower and spread disease. Gerbera flowers last for a long time after being cut, making them an ideal candidate for a bouquet garden. 

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

"Those big, beautiful flowers are like sunshine on a cloudy day and they just keep blooming!"


Want some more colorful container gardening ideas? 

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Topics: Flowers, Planting Ideas, Container Ideas, Cut Flower Garden

Dog Safe Plants for Sacramento Summers

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 16, 2015 2:52:00 PM

dog friendlyAt Green Acres Nursery & Supply, we love man's best friend!  

Most dogs enjoy meandering through the aisles to soak up the various sights, sounds, and delicious smells in our nurseries.  They also appreciate getting special treatment by being offered dog treats, and extra pats from our staff.  

Gardeners with dogs are frequently asking our gurus about dog safe planting ideas.  There are a plethora of dog safe plants that are perfect for Sacramento gardeners.  Read on to learn more!

Green Acres' Top 10 Dog Safe Plants

  • Light Requirements- Full Sun 

  • Season- Summer

    CANNA lily 

  1. Coreopsis

  2. Canna Lily

  3. Catmint

  4. Supertunia

  5. Crape Myrtle

  6. Daylily

  7. Aptenia

  8. Celosia

  9. Alyssum

  10. Lemon Bottlebrush 

Dog Friendly Container Recipe

Thriller: Coreopsis 'Little Bang' Daybreak

Fillers: Supertunia 'Priscilla', Celosia 'Kimono Mix', Alyssum 'Clear Crystal Rose'

Spiller: Aptenia variegated

Planting Tips: 
-Use an organic fertilizer in your container.

-Completely mix it into the soil rather than sprinkling it on top.  Pets can be attracted to the blood and bone meal in the fertilizer. 

Pet Friendly container labled

Photo of completed container.  Green Acres Nursery & Supply carries all plants pictured.  See stores for current inventory. 

Shopping List:


1.  THRILLER: Coreopsis 'Little Bang' Daybreak

Pet friendly plants

2. FILLER #1: Supertunia 'Priscilla' 

A nice snapshot (below) of the Supertunia 'Priscilla'  Photo credit: Proven Winners.   

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3.  FILLER #2: Celosia 'Kimono' Mix

pet friendly plants 

4.  FILLER #3: Alyssum 'Clear Crystal Rose'

pet friendly plants 


 5.  SPILLER: Aptenia variegated

APTENIA variegated 


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Although, all of these plants have been reported to be non-toxic to dogs by the ASPCA, all animals are different.  We strongly discourage you to allow your pet to eat any plant regardless of its toxicity level.  Even the most unlikely of plants can cause some discomfort your pet if ingested.
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Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Pet Friendly, Summer Patio, Planting Ideas, Summer Flowers

How to Make Your Summer Patio Look Amazing

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jun 6, 2014 10:15:00 AM

Sprucing up your summer patio is easy to do.  Follow our four tips to create your patio retreat.

summer patio1. Add a Tropical Look

  • Adding tropical plants creates a lush environment in no time!  Try Bougainvillea or Mandevilla if you are looking for vining color to climb a trellis or arbor.  
  • Hibiscus & Canna (pictured) both add bold color with large full flowers.  Cannas are cold hardy and will return as perennials year after year.  
  • If foliage is more of your thing, plant Palms or Bananas.  Pygmy palms are graceful and easy to care for, making them an excellent choice for containers.
  • One of our favorite items for the warm season in Sacramento is an annual called Coleus.  This plant is an annual with a tropical look. It's prized for its lush, vibrant foliage.

2. Use Colorful Pottery and Fountains 

There's no easier way to add color to your patio than by choosing pottery or fountains to compliment your style.
summer patio

  • When finding pottery for your patio, choose either a few large pots or several small containers.  Always display pottery in odd number groupings.
  • Bring nature closer! A small bubbler or fountain attracts wildlife and makes your outdoor retreat even more enjoyable.  Installing a self-contained fountain with an easy-to-install pump can be just what you need to complete a soothing retreat-like ambiance. 
  • Going for a Mediterranean look?  Choose pottery with a golden mustard hue and plant bright red flowers for complimenting shades.
  • Bright blue pottery will give you a classic, fresh feeling all year.
If your decorating style is inspired by nature, try a neutral rust or green color.

3. Discover Shade-Loving plants 

Summer Patio

Just because you have shade does not mean you can't have patio planters bursting with blooms.  Many plants thrive in shade during summer.

Begonias- Blooming in light & dark pinks and white.  With many sizes and varieties to choose from, Begonias are fool-proof stars for shade.

Gardenias- These evergreen beauties with bright white flowers are both fragrant and beautiful. Thriving in morning sun and afternoon shade, Gardenias grow to nicely rounded shrubs with glossy green leaves. Plant near a window to enjoy their fragrance inside and out from mid-spring to late summer.

Lamium- This elegant, silvery foliaged plant works well as a low ground cover or as a lovely spiller in containers.  Pink or white blooms appear throughout summer.

Ferns- There is a fern for any taste or style. Large or small, ferns add beautiful texture with unique hues of green, red, and silver to any shady garden. 

Fuchsia- Bearing unscented flowers frequented by hummingbirds! (pictured) Fuchsias are traditionally known for the graceful hanging varieties which thrive in morning sun and afternoon shade. More recently, upright varieties have taken the spotlight with their smaller, orange and red flowers. Either variety makes the perfect companion plant for containers.


summer patio

4. Make Outdoor Feel Like Indoor

We spend the time to decorate our indoor spaces, why not do the same for our outdoor room?   

If you don't already have comfy patio furniture, spring and summer is the time to find your dream set.  We offer beautiful in- stock and custom order furniture.  If you already have your furniture setup, consider a colorful rug to break up the space.  Or add privacy to your space by having wall art or a nature inspired living wall.  Think about what hours of the day you will use this space.  If it will be during evenings, install hanging pendant lights or market lights to create atmosphere.

For something a little more out of the ordinary, use colorful garden art. Try vintage finds or rock art, an up-cycled wagon wheel, metal animals, wind chimes, ceramics like these cute Shroomyz (pictured), or even a garden gnome.  The options are truly endless, but whatever you do, make it your own!


For more ideas visit our Pinterest Outdoor Room board!

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Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Summer Patio, Tropicals, Planting Ideas

Grow Your Own Salsa Garden

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on May 23, 2014 2:56:00 PM

Fresh salsa is so tasty on grilled chicken tacos, your favorite grilled fish, or added to grilled steak fajitas. And, whether you’ve got little gardening experience, or are an experienced Green-Thumb, a salsa garden can make a great addition to any backyard. It doesn’t take a lot to get started. With just three easy steps, you’ll be on your way to fresh homemade salsa, truly made from scratch.

3 Steps to Growing a Salsa Garden
to compliment grilled chicken, fish, or steak

creating a salsa garden

Step 1:

Choose Your Salsa Elements.

There are some key elements to salsa that you will want to plant in your garden.

  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Corn, fresh or grilled
  • And, add a twist with nectarines or peaches

Unfortunately, not all of the above elements ripen in the garden at the same time, but tomatoes and peppers will thrive during Sacramento's hot summer months.  Many of the other ingredients prefer cooler weather, so simply supplement with store bought produce when not available at your local garden center.

If there is a recipe that you enjoy, then model the salsa garden on that based on that. If there isn't a recipe in mind, you can choose tomatoes, peppers, and herbs based on what is popular in your home. Feeling adventurous? Divide garden space between favorites and other varieties that you would like to try.  When the harvest comes in, enjoy classic favorites or invent new salsa recipes that can be enjoyed year after year.

creating a salsa garden

Tomatoes and peppers take between two-to-three months to produce fruit, but this will depend on the variety you choose to plant.

If you're looking for some inspiration, here are some of the most popular varieties:

Better Boy, Roma, Early Girl, Cherry, & Beefsteak are very popular for salsa making.  

Mild: Bermuda, Poblano

Medium: Jalapeno, Fresno

Hot: Serrano, Tabasco, Cayenne

Since the peppers come in different heat levels those are some favorites at each tier.  If you find that your salsa is too hot, remove the seeds.  This will remove some of the capsaicin, the part of the fruit which is most attributed to heat.

Step 2:

Choose Your Location

A big part of any gardening is putting the plant in a place where it will be able to thrive. Salsa veggies need full sun, so it's important to plant them in a place where they get that. Herbs, including the ones you find in salsa, only require around four hours of sun each day. You'll want to find a spot that will provide your herbs with some daily afternoon shade. Fruit trees require full sun and well-drained soil. 

All of the vegetable and herb elements of a salsa garden can grow well in containers, if you remember three key things:

  • Use a large pot, giving plants room to grow
  • Remember to fertilize regularly, to keep plants nourished
  • Plant in well-draining soil to prevent root rot
  • If growing fruit trees, ultra dwarf, or pole fruit varieties do well in large pots

Step 3:

Plant and Maintain

creating a salsa garden

With the ideal spot and the perfect medley of tomatoes, peppers, and herbs you'll have the ability to make fresh salsa whenever you want. Food grown at home tastes much better than what is available in stores, not to mention it’s far more cost-effective. All that's needed is a little maintenance and with the following tips, it will be a piece of cake!

  • Add organic fertilizer to soil. Organic fertilizer will give plants the nutrients they need without burning them in the hot summer heat.
  • Pick and pinch your herbs regularly. The more herbs are picked or pinched, the more they will grow. It's also important to keep it from flowering; because once it flowers the herb will turn bitter.
  • Deep and infrequent waterings preferred. Instead of watering everyday, try a deep and infrequent watering schedule. This means letting a slow trickle of water seep in over a long period of time. This allows the water to permeate the soil and encourages root growth.
  • Convert to Drip. Drip is the easiest way to do deep infrequent waterings.

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Topics: Salsa Garden, Peppers, Edibles, Organic Fertilizers, BBQ, Summer Garden, Planting Ideas, Veggies and Herbs, Tomatoes, Summer, Grilling

Privacy Trees and Shrubs: Plants with a Purpose

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on May 14, 2014 10:26:00 AM

privacy screen shrubs

Do you long for more privacy or simply crave a secluded area in your yard?  Perplexed about which plant to choose? We have solutions.

All the options below are evergreen or in laymens terms, GREEN YEAR 'ROUND can provide added privacy and will thrive in Sacramento.  

Problem: Filtered Light or Shade
  • Pygmy Date Palm-
    Get a lush, tropical look with these palms. These are simply amazing planted in upright containers and become instant tropical trees!  Plus, if grown  in containers ,they can be moved to a covered area for winter, as they will not survive frost conditions. 
  • Camellias-  
    These grow to sizes from 3ft up to 10 ft!  These beauties  provide both flowers and evergreen foliage. There are many flower colors to choose from and with a moderate growth rate, Camellias are an exceptional choice for a screen.  Many varieties can be maintained at the height of your choice. These can be grown on a trellis as well.  Remember to plant these with acidic planting mix. 
  • Gardenias-  
    Ideal for east facing locations or in full shade.  Planted in the ground or in a tall container.  The 'Veitchii' variety which blooms from spring into summer with large fragrant flowers is excellent in containers.  (pictured above- Photo credits Doreen Wynja)


Problem: Very Narrow Space
VINES make an excellent option for narrow spots.
  • Evergreen Clematis Vine-
    With large, robust leaves and fragrant spring flowers, this vine is frost hardy too.  Simply place a trellis or support for this vine and it will reward you with goregeous flowers. 
  • The Lavender Trumpet Vine-
    A super solution for a sunny area.  This vine flowers consistently from spring into summer and is also frost hardy. (Pictured below)
privacy screening shrubs
Non-Vine Options:
  • Thuja 'Emerald Green'-
    This is also a cold hardy evergreen that will grow to 12-15 ft and 3-4 feet wide in both morning sun and full sun.
  • Bamboo-
    These remain narrow and upright when contained. Keep in mind  you can plant either running or clumping in a pot! Try 'Budda belly' which will grow to 3-6 ft tall,  depending on the depth of the container. 'Alphonse Karr' and the Mexican Weeping  are also great options. Bamboo can be grown in full sun-  keep well hydrated! Morning sun or filtered sun will make it easier to keep your bamboo happy! 
  • Podocarpus 'Maki'-
    Also known as the or Shrubby Yew Pine. This is a great option for those narrow areas and is a slow grower.  Reaching about 8-12 feet tall and 3 feet wide. It will grow in morning sun, full sun or filtered sun.  It can be sheared to any desired height or width.

privacy screen shrub

Problem: Sunny and Wide Area

  • Purple Hopseed Bush-
    Also known as Dodonea is a fast grower- reaching  to 10-15 ' high and wide.  This has a filtered screening capability and can be pruned to desired heighth and width. This is a water-wise plant! (Pictured above)
  • Carolina Cherry Laurel-
    the compact variety is perfect for most areas- 8-10 tall and 4-6  Wide. This will grow in a.m sun and full sun. This has a dark green leaf and dense growth.
  • Palms-
    Other palms are perfect for full sun locations and make a dramatic statement. The Pindo Palm and the Mediterranean Fan Palm will live in a container for up to 5-7 years or more.  These palms are cold hardy have an instant tropical "tree" feel. 


If none of these caught your fancy, there are many additional options including English Laurel, Eleganus, Portugal Laurel...the list goes on.  Visit your nearest Green Acres Store for more ideas or click below to learn about the best shade trees for our area. 

 List of The Best Shade Trees for Sacramento & our Free Tree Planting Guide.


Tree Planting Guide


Topics: Privacy Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs for Sacramento Area, Shrubs, Planting Ideas

Mosquito-Repelling Plants

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on May 1, 2014 4:03:00 PM

Certain times of the year we are bombarded by uninvited guests...mosquitoes. Try repelling them naturally with plants.

All three of these plants are suited to containers. All are available in seed and most are available as starters. Fill any containers you have with good quality potting soil and sow seeds or plant these mosquito repelling gems! Try starting in smaller containers and move them around the yard to wherever you want to enjoy some mosquito-free time.


mosquito repelling plants 

Lemon Thyme: 
This staple of the herb garden has many health benefits that also include mosquito control. Thyme is a perennial, so once you've got it started, you'll have it for years to come with proper care. There are several different types of thyme, although, lemon thyme has the reputation of signaling mosquitoes to bug off. 

 Sow and Grow:

  • Thyme seeds are tiny, so they shouldn't be sown too deeply; 1/8" is plenty.
  • Like any other shallow sown seed, keeping the soil moist throughout germination can be tricky. Try sowing the seeds into pre-moistened soil then cover the area or container with clear plastic wrap. As soon as you see green, remove the cover (this works for the rest of the seeds in this article, too).

Basic Care:

  • Thyme likes to grow in full sun, but in the heat of summer, this can be too much in the Sacramento area. 
  • Start by establishing the plants in a flowerpot in partial sun then transplant it during the fall into a sunnier spot.


Many people grow this ornamental beauty for their feline friends. Some people grow it for teas and its medicinal qualities. Now we can all grow it for its ability to repel mosquitoes. Catnip is also a reliable perennial and will return year after year, like thyme.

 Sow and Grow:

  • Catnip seeds are very tiny. Scratch them gently into pre-moistened soil and keep moist, being careful not to cover too deeply.

mosquito repelling plant

Basic Care:

  • Catnip likes some room to spread out, so plan for about 2' of space for each plant. Also, catnip does grow well in containers, although it will be a smaller plant.
  • Catnip is both a low-water plant and a deer resistant plant.
  • If you have cats, you may want to cover your plants with wire mesh to make sure there is plenty of plant left to deter mosquitoes.

Lime Basil:

This less traditional basil has all the culinary acumen of standard basil with a distinct lime kick. This easy-to-grow annual is suited to almost any garden and is the ire of mosquitoes.

Sow and Grow:

  • Lime basil, like other basil, requires warm soil to germinate. Be sure to sow in a warm spot.

mosquito repelling plant 

Basic Care:

  • Lime basil likes to grow in full sun but will tolerate as little as 4 hours of strong, direct sun a day.
  • Lime basil is great in gardens with well-drained, moist soil and is also great for containers. In either setting, a steady supply of moisture is necessary for peak performance.


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Topics: Fragrant Plants, Outdoor Living, Garden Planter, Planting Ideas, Container Ideas, Mosquito Repelling

Planting A Memorial Garden- Memorial Gardens Can Be Healing

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Apr 15, 2014 3:14:00 PM

Planting a memorial tree or shrub is a special way to remember a loved one or pet who has passed away.  Planting a tree or shrub in their honor is an easy way to show you care and promote healing.

japanese maple

Recently, one of our staff members shared a story about a dog they lost and what they did to remember her.  

"I noticed a brand new variety of Japanese Maple, called Bihou, at Green Acres. As fan of these trees, I was interested yet not sure if it would fit in my landscape. Then I found out it had been bred to retain the golden hued color of its bark. (similar to the Coral bark.) I had been thinking of a memorial tree for our Golden Retriever, Amber, who has been gone for a while but still lives in our hearts. We now have her tree growing a few feet from where she is buried, and we could not be more pleased."


Each year a handful of customers come in asking about this topic.  This growing trend is a beautiful way to express your continued love and remembrance for those you have lost, as well as making the garden even more special. It's a wonderful way to remember them in a tangible fashion.  It is a beautiful expression of the circle of life, and the process can be promote healing as well.

With so many lovely trees and shrubs you have lots of choices when planting a memorial garden.  We are going to review a few from both categories.


Japanese Maples:

(Acer palmatum) these gorgeous trees that date back over two-thousand years are prized for their unique foliage and shape. There are over a thousand varieties that are cultivated with some being extremely rare. These trees are deciduous, meaning they lose their leaves in winter. They thrive in morning sun and afternoon shade.
Here are a few we love:

  • The Coral Bark Maple, ('Sango kaku') have bright red bark that looks quite stunning even in winter. 
  • The 'Butterfly', has silvery white margined green leaves that cover the densely held branches and become scarlet magenta in fall, while new spring growth is pink tinged. 

Some are more golden hued, purplish, and some have serrated leaves. All are gorgeous!  With so many unique varieties, you will surely find one that will represents the spirit of the person being honored. Japanese Maples.


dogwood tree


(Cornus) Gorgeous springtime flowering trees that are mostly deciduous, but are prized for their showy blooms of red, pink or white. (pictured)

Several species have small heads of inconspicuous flowers surrounded by an involucre of large, typically white petal-like bracts, while others have more open clusters of petal-bearing flowers.

The red seeds they produce are used by over 32 different varieties of game birds to feed upon, including quail. Also used by native Americans for medicinal purposes, these trees are an excellent choice for a memorial.


(Sequoia sempervirens), or the coastal redwood is common in our area.  These are the world’s largest trees, and can reach heights of 370 feet in old growth groves. They are goliath  specimens that need plenty of room and plenty of water, and will be around long after we are.

Here are a few of our favorite varieties with slightly different characteristics:

  • Soquel 
  • Santa Cruz 
  • Aptos Blue 
  • Adpressa 

(Sequoiadendron giganteum), or the mountain redwood are the coastal’s cousins.  They do not get quite as tall, but have the largest mass of all living things in earth.

They need less water than the coastal and have been hybridized into many cultivars including dwarf and variegated. They are found at higher elevations (4000-6500 feet) but can be successfully grown in the valley. Either Sequoia make excellent choices, if you have the space!

memorial garden
Other Attractive Trees:

  • Crape Myrtle 
  • Flowering Cherry
  • Mayten 'Green Showers' (pictured)
  • Ginkgo
  • Olive
  • Magnolia
  • Pines
  • Spruce
  • Oaks
  • Eucalyptus



roses for sacramentoRoses:

(Rosa) The most prized flowers in the world, with thousands of varieties, this family of shrubs and climbers are gorgeous. Most have a scent, (as well as thorns), but all are fairly easy to care for and are very attractive.  Choose either a shrub form or a climber like the one pictured to the right.  ('Joseph's Coat)

  • Many are named in honor of famous people so if Grandma was a Babs fan, then a Barbara Streisand rose would be a good choice. 
  • There is a Veterans Honor, Mother's rose, Firefighter & more. 



(Cactaceae) is a species of plants that live in habitats subject to at least some drought. Cacti show many adaptations to conserve water. Most species of cacti have lost true leaves, retaining only spines, which are highly modified leaves. This means in laymen terms that they are prickly! Not a great choice for high traffic areas, but with so many sizes and shapes to choose from, they make a nice addition to the garden. If old Uncle Rufus was a kind of a prickly dude, it might be perfect.

There are many other shrubs that would be beautiful choices for a memorial plant.  Choose from either fragrant or non-fragrant shrub options.


gardeniaFragrant Choices:

  • Gardenia (pictured)
  • Lilac
  • Jasmine
  • Daphne
  • Rosemary
  • Wisteria
  • Lilly of the Valley

Non Fragrant, but prized for blooms:

  • Hydrangea
  • Azalea
  • Rhododendron
  • Camellia 




Want to Plant Your Own Memorial Garden?

  1. Determine what sun or shade requirements you have for the area you'd like to plant.
  2. Choose the appropriate plant for the sun or shade requirements.  Keep in mind the size of the plant at full maturity. 
  3. Many people like to choose a tree or shrub that reminds them of their loved one or beloved pet.  The possibilities are endless, but the memory will live forever.
Design inspiration...

memorial garden
memorial garden
memorial garden

Plant a memorial tree or shrub....and be happy.  

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Topics: Planting Ideas, Memorial Garden

Personalize Your Pot-Ups With Seasonal Color

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Apr 8, 2014 3:51:00 PM

Backyards, courtyards, patios and entryways are focal points for all the gorgeous colors of the season.

 plants and flowers

Flowerbeds are ready for a freshening of color, and decorative pots and hanging baskets await new plants to give lively accents to yards.  One of the most common questions heard in the nursery this time of year is...

“How do I plant up the containers I have at home?”

It can be daunting and overwhelming to begin a pot-up from scratch given the amazing array of annuals and perennials. So here are some simple tips to streamline the selection process:


Sun or Shade? 

First, ask if the pot will be in full sun, part sun, or shade. It is important to group plants according to their sunlight requirements, and by asking this question plant choice narrows.

plants and flowers 

Thriller, Filler or Spiller? 

Next, remember there are three different aspects of the pot-up. These are commonly referred to as “thriller”, “filler” and “spiller.”
Terms Defined:

A thriller will give a focal point to the pot and often sets the color scheme of the display. Antique, pastel colors provide a subdued and elegant presentation, while deep, saturated colors give a visual impact of fun and

Fillers will complement the thriller by providing contrasting texture and color, and will assist in rounding out the color scheme of your choice.

Spillers are the final addition to the pot up, cascading down over the pot edge to give a lush and full look.  (Great example of a thriller in the photo on the right)

Get The Look

In addition, when selecting plants, know the impact desired: classic, fun, edible, Mediterranean, tropical – the list can go on, but the main point is that it incorporates appropriately with the rest of the house, yard, or patio. Remember to keep the color of the pots in mind for the objective effect as well, whether already established in the landscape or purchasing them new.


Play in the Dirt

Finally, time to get gardening gloves on and plant your beautiful new pot-up!

PRACTICAL PLANTING TIP: If the pot is against a house, wall or fence, position the thriller at the back of the pot so the fillers and spillers aren’t hidden in the back. If the pot is a stand-alone feature or a hanging basket, position the thriller in the middle to balance the pot.


Choosing the right plants for a pot-up is an adventure, the result of which is a personalized accent or feature of a home. Come visit the nursery for inspiration and assistance creating an exquisite pot-up!






Suggestions for Charming Container Combinations

common geranium, grass, calibrachoa, verbena, bacopa, African daisy.

Part sun
fancy geranium, fuchsia, rush, sedge, heuchera, coleus, helichrysum, sweet potato vine, creeping jenny, deadnettle.

Full shade
fancy begonia, impatiens, fuchsia, fern, coleus, wirevine, ivy. 

oregano, lemon balm, thyme, nasturtium, mint. Nasturtium flowers are edible!

senecio blue chalks, aloe, echeveria, crassula, sedum.

dwarf pomegranate, dwarf olive, geranium, grass, trailing rosemary, thyme.

dwarf bird of paradise, hibiscus, sunpatiens, mandevilla, sweet potato vine.

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It's Bareroot Pomegranate Time!

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Dec 16, 2013 1:10:00 PM

It’s Pomegranate time!  The selection is never better than this time of the year. 

Carried in special 3” sleeves and at $12.50 each, our quality Dave Wilson pomegranate selection is not only incredible but extremely affordable.  Furthermore, they make excellent holiday gifts for that health enthusiast or gardener.  Plant a pomegranate, give a pomegranate…


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The Benefits of the Pomegranate

Pomegranates are native from Iran to Northern India and brought to America by the Spanish Conquistadors. Pomegranates have a long history of lore since they are one of the oldest fruits known to man.  Once thought to symbolize wealth and a long and healthy life, medical studies now show that the juice of the pomegranate contains antioxidants that can offer protection against heart disease, cancer, help lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and help clean the arteries.


Fruit & Foliage 

The seeds of the pomegranate are edible.  Tossed on a salad, the seeds add color, crunch and are nutritious!  Pomegranate shrubs and trees planted in a landscape offer beauty and focal points to any yard.  Their beautiful flowers attract hummingbirds and their fall foliage offers breathtaking yellows to rival many fall coloring trees!  Pomegranates are also drought tolerant once established.  Planted in a pot or planted in the ground, pomegranates make an awesome addition to any landscape. 

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Spectacular Varieties

'Eversweet' Pomegranate
  • Very sweet, virtually seedless fruit. (Even immature fruit is sweet!) 
  • Red skin, clear (Non-staining) juice.  
  • Harvest late summer through fall.  
  • Large, showy orange-red flowers.  
  • 8-10 ft. arching shrub, or train it as a tree or espalier.
 'Parfianka' Pomegranate
  • Large red fruit is sweet with a hint of acidity.
  • Arils (outer covering of seeds) are red with very small edible seeds.
  • Vigorous upright plant sets a heavy crop dependably.  
  • Always receives the highest praise for overall flavor.  
  • Maintain at any height with summer pruning.  
  • Great for juice and for eating fresh.
'Ambrosia' Pomegranate
  • Fantastically huge fruit, up to three times the size of 'Wonderful'.  
  • Pale pink skin. Purple sweet juice similar to 'Wonderful'.  
  • Long-lived, thrives in any soil. 

pomegranate 'Red Silk' Pomegranate

  • Medium to large sized fruit with a brilliant red silky exterior.  
  • Large, firm yet edible seeds have a sweet berry flavor and a great acid/sugar balance.  
  • This naturally semi-dwarf tree has a slightly spreading growth habit and sets large crops.  
  • Eat fresh or use in cooking.  
  • Grow as a tree or shrub.  Can be kept to any height by summer pruning. 



'Wonderful' Pomegranate

  • Most popular pomegranate.  
  • Large, purple-red fruit with delicious tangy flavor. 
  • Drought tolerant.  
  • Beautiful red-orange flavor with beautiful ornamental foliage.  
  • Fall color is spectacular golden that gives an incredible focal point to your yard.

pomegranate growing 

'Sweet' Pomegranate

  • Sweeter fruit than 'Wonderful', and more widely adapted (better quality in cool-summer climates, if your giving as a gift to friends in the Bay Area).  
  • Small, glossy-leafed ornamental tree with showy orange-red blossoms in late spring.  
  • Harvest late summer.  
  • Un-split ripe fruit stores in cool, dry place for two months or more.  
  • Great for espalier and container growing.

Topics: Gift Ideas, Edibles, Planting Ideas, Backyard Orchard, Fruit Trees

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