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

Why Pollinators are the Bomb

Posted by Kellie Natoli on Jun 24, 2016 2:11:08 PM

We've spent this week celebrating pollinators...  

Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are included in this group of amazing beings.  Thank you for your enthusiasm celebrating National Pollinator Week from June 20- June 24, 2016.  In case you missed it, learn why we think so highly of pollinators.

The main reasons why pollinators are the bomb:

  • Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops.  That means pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food we take each day. 
  • Pollinating animals travel from plant to plant carrying pollen on their bodies in a vital interaction that allows the transfer of genetic material critical to the reproductive system of most flowering plants.
  • Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops.
  • If we want to talk dollars and cents, pollinators add 217 billion dollars to the global economy.
  • Honey bees alone are responsible for between 1.2 and 5.4 billion dollars in agricultural productivity in the United States.
  • Pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from sever weather, and support other wildlife.

 

Enjoy these photos of beautiful pollinators throughout our nursery.
#pollinatorweek #pollination #Sacramentonursery


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The infamous Buckeye Butterfly.  One of the most prominent and common butterflies in Sacramento.  They keep our gardens pretty and our tomato plants producing fruit.  

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One of the beetles that pollinates...a lady beetle or lady bug to be exact.  Did you know that lady beetles also eat aphids?  They can eat upwards of 100 aphids per day!  

 

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This photo was snapped by one of our favorite patio personnel, Deborah at our Elk Grove store.  She has a keen eye for insects, since her background is in entomology.

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 Yes, according to the Native Bee Conservancy, even frogs can be considered pollinators.  Do you see him?  Hopping from one plant to another he deposits pollen can be a pollinating powerhouse.

 

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Butterfly on, that's right, you guessed it, BUTTERFLY Bush!  Any variety of Buddleia is a butterfly magnet.  Buddleia = Butterflies

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And of course the most popular type of pollinator, the bee.  First stop, hydrangea, and hopefully it's next stop is our veggie garden.

 


Thanks for celebrating National Pollinator Week with us this week.  We hope that you learned a thing or two about these beautiful and essential creatures in our habitat.  Without them, we'd surely be hungry, or at least lack much of the variety of fruits and veggies available to us in California.  

If you already have a pollinator habitat, consider registering it with the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge to help the cause.  If you would like more pollinators in your yard, next time you're thinking of what to plant, give a nod to a pollinator and plant something to keep them coming back.  
 

Interested in plants that attract pollinators seasonally?
download our guide!

 

Pollinator Plants



 **Credits**
Thank you to Pollinator.org for some interesting statistics about pollinators.  Thank you to Ashley and Deborah from our stores for your stellar photos.

Topics: Flowers, Butterflies, pollinators, Bees, Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

Our Plant Pick: Flowering Maple

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

Our Plant Pick: Flowering Maple

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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?

  Hummingbird Plants

 

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

Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on May 2, 2016 2:57:43 PM

Did you know that one out of every three bites of food you eat is supplied by pollinators? 


Poppybees-1.jpgOne of the largest threats to pollinators today is a loss of habitat and food, and the Pollinator Partnership has come up with a creative solution. The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge encourages gardeners to devote a planting space to pollinator-friendly plants, and then register their garden here, in hopes of reaching one million registered gardens.  

Registered gardens include the location, size and the varieties of plants included in a garden. The Pollinator Partnership website is rich with resources about what types of plants are best for the pollinators in your region

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Green Acres Nursery & Supply has a large selection of flowering perennials, trees, and shrubs (including California natives) which attract all sorts of pollinators such as bees, bats, butterflies, and birds. 

As of spring 2016, there are almost 200,000 registered gardens, and we'd like to help the Pollinator Partnership reach their goal! 

Click the button below to learn about how to create a pollinator-friendly garden.

Appealing to Pollinators

 

 

Topics: Butterflies, pollinators, Bees, Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

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

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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: Mediterranean Carpet

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Sep 14, 2015 4:05:13 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Mediterranean Carpet

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Teucrium cossonii majoricum AKA Fruity Teucrium or Mediterranean Carpet is an evergreen perennial with a low, mounded growth habit. It's soft silvery-green foliage smells pleasantly fruity, some liken it to pineapple. It hails from the Mediterranean, where it grows well in full hot sun in rocky, poor soil. Reaching only about 4-6" high by 2-3' wide, Mediterranean Carpet is the perfect small scale groundcover for filling in nooks & crannies in the garden. It requires no pruning, but benefits from the occasional deadheading in order to get the most out of it's extremely long spring-through-fall bloom season. 

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With the demand for low-maintenance low-water and beautiful perennials on the rise, Mediterranean carpet is earning a great reputation among California gardeners. When it's in bloom, which is more often than not, it's foliage is nearly obscured by petite mauve flower clusters.

A boon to a variety of pollinators, Mediterranean Carpet is truly a worthwhile perennial to try as a container "spiller" nestled among drought tolerant perennials or even filling in those awkward spaces between shrubs. 

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

"It's always nice to fall in love with a plant I've never seen before. Water-wise, beautiful and it smells good too!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Topics: Waterwise, Fragrant Plants, Low maintenance, pollinators

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

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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?

  Drought Tolerant Plants

 

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

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