Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Princess Flower

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Aug 27, 2015 9:28:20 AM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Princess Flower


Princess Flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) is a semi-evergreen shrub native to Brazil. It has velvety medium-green leaves and vivid, electric purple flowers which are well suited to its royal namesake. In our climate it flourishes in the heat of summer, boasting a very long bloom season spring through fall. Given its tropical origins, it's no surprise that Princess Flowers are sensitive when it comes to frost. Hardy to 25-30°F, they must be protected in the winter. This love for heat and cold intolerance make this noble shrub best suited for enclosed courtyards, near pools or in containers.


Due to our chilly winters, Princess Flower usually only reaches 6-7ft high and wide in the Sacramento area. However, if it is in a protected area where it is particularly happy, it might eventually reach 15ft, making it an ideal candidate to train into a small tree. It's deeply saturated blue-violet blossoms adorned with elegant, curly stamens are irresistible to butterflies, making Princess Flower a wonderful addition to a tropical-themed pollinator garden.  


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

"I love how versatile it is, you can prune to shape it any way you want. The velvety foliage tinged with red and those unbelievable purple flowers look so luxurious!"





Want to create your own tropical Pollinator Paradise? Here's some inspiration...
Canna 'Tropicanna Black'


Topics: Tropicals, Shrubs, Container Ideas, Summer, Summer Flowers, Butterflies

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

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  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. 

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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.
*See stores for discount details. 

Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Pet Friendly, Summer Patio, Planting Ideas, Summer Flowers

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' 



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. 


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...

Drought Tolerant Plants

Appealing to Pollinators


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'


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.


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'


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.  


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'


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. 



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! 

Grow a Cut Flower Garden

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

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Dinnerplate Dahlia

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jun 9, 2015 1:31:00 PM

Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Dinnerplate Dahlia


Dahlias are native to Mexico, but the varieties available today have been hybridized so much that they barely resemble their wild ancestors. The Dutch were the pioneers of hybridizing Dahlias, having created such unusual flower types as cactus form, ball, fubuki, waterlily, peony type and dinnerplate. 

Emily_Dinnerplate_Dahlias-268133-edited-152241-editedDinnerplate Dahlias are a perennial from tuber which form an upright clump of bright green, slightly serrated foliage reaching about 3-4 feet high by 2-3 wide. Their flowers are very much like the gorgeous geometric dahlia we all know and love, only 3-4 inches across, sometimes larger. They bloom throughout summer and fall, as long as they are fertilized and deadheaded. Dahlias thrive in full morning sun with a little afternoon shade in the hot valley, and moderate water. 

They are Emily's plant pick-of-the-week because:

"Dinnerplate dahlias are so bright and beautiful, they make me happy. Plus they are a perennial so they come back year after year!"

Dahlias are just one of the many great flowers for a cut flower garden.  Grow a Cut Flower Garden   

Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Seasonal Items, 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'


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:

Drought Tolerant Plants

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



Green Acres Water Tower



butterfly on lavender






plant responsibly



gomphrena flower blooms

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 Aug 13, 2014 3:45:00 PM






Topics: Beneficial Insects, Summer Flowers

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