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

Show us How You Fixed it for Good

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jun 16, 2016 5:51:06 PM

Green Acres Nursery & Supply is teaming up with Save Our Water to inspire you to rethink your yard with simple upgrades to improve your water efficiency in the landscape. 
 
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Participating is as easy as 1-2-3! 
 
1. Snap a Picture of Your Water-Wise Upgrades
What does a water-wise landscape upgrade look like? It can be anything from using mulch to help slow the evaporation of water from the soil, to converting your irrigation system to drip, to planting drought tolerant plants. There are hundreds of ways you can help reduce your water use, without compromising your beautiful landscape. 
 
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Want some inspiration for low-water landscape designs? Join us for one of our free California Landscape 2.0 Workshops this summer!
 
2. Share Your Water-Efficient Upgrades on Instagram or Twitter
To participate, simply use the hashtag #ifixeditforgood and #idiggreenacres on Instagram or Twitter along with pictures of little improvements you have made in your landscape from June 15 to September 15, 2016.  We'll select some participants to feature on our website and social media as a Water-Saving Partner. 
 
3. Inspire Our Communities
Let's show our friends and neighbors just how effective it is to make simple upgrades to save our water–for today and long term. Every adjustment, no matter how small, contributes to healthy landscapes with less water waste in our communities, and that's good for all Californians. 

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Topics: Smartscape, Waterwise, Sacramento Low Water Plants, Irrigation Tips, Organic, Low Water Plants, Drip Irrigation Supplies, Drought Tolerant, Mulch

Our Plant Pick: Maejima Winter Daphne

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 7, 2016 1:27:03 PM

Our Plant Pick: Maejima Winter Daphne 

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Maejima Winter Daphne (Daphne odora 'Maejima') is an evergreen shrub which forms a mound of glossy green foliage rimmed with gold. It has an upright, somewhat open growth habit, reaching about three to four feet high and wide with little pruning needed. It's an underrated problem-solving plant, which tolerates dry shade, is deer resistant and can withstand temperatures all the way down to 0°F. 

MelinaDaphne-272309-edited.jpgPerhaps the most enchanting attribute of this overachieving evergreen is its bloom. In late winter or early spring, clusters of deep pink buds open to reveal highly fragrant white flowers. The flowers may be small, but the fragrance carries- a sweet-spicy perfume reminiscent of ginger and citrus. Requiring afternoon shade and slightly acidic soil, Daphne make nice informal hedges, or even specimen plants in a container. Nestle one in your garden where you can walk past it occasionally and appreciate it's invigorating fragrance announcing the arrival of spring.

It's Melina's plant pick because:

"It looks great year 'round, and the flowers smell phenomenal."

 

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Topics: Waterwise, Fragrant Plants, Winter, Shrubs, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Low maintenance

Our Plant Pick: Forsythia

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 2, 2016 5:24:34 PM

Our Plant Pick: Forsythia

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Forsythia falls into the category of plants which are show-stoppers only once a year, but they are very worth the wait. In late winter to early spring, you may start to notice them burst forth from dormancy in a flurry of brilliant yellow fringed flowers which spring directly from the branch. 

SandyForsythia-386565-edited.jpgThe rest of the year they take the form of an unassuming upright shrub with bright green foliage. Water wise, easy to grow and relatively low maintenance, forsythia makes an excellent hedge for a sunny spot. The variety pictured 'Lynwood Gold' reaches about seven feet tall by four to six feet wide, but there are dwarf varieties such as  'Show Off® Sugar Baby' which stay two to three feet high and wide. 

It's Sandy's plant pick because:

"It's so showy! Plus you can cut the branches when they're budded and bring them inside to bloom."

 

 

 

 

For more low water landscape ideas, check out our design ideas for California Landscape 2.0.
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Topics: Waterwise, Flowers, Shrubs, Low maintenance

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Lenten Rose

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Dec 14, 2015 9:46:55 AM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Lenten Rose

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Lenten Rose (Helleborus spp.) is an evergreen perennial for shade which forms a clump of leathery dark green foliage. Starting in late winter and continuing through early spring; stalks bearing many daisy-like flowers bloom. What appear to be petals are actually bracts, which are long-lasting and sturdy enough to stand up to the freezing cold nights. If that weren't impressive enough, they are also water wise which makes them great for planting near natives such as Oak trees. 

Cathie_Helleborus-046409-edited.jpgMaintaining a compact 1-2 feet high a wide, Lenten Rose are often sold as centerpieces for the holidays, though they are sturdy enough to withstand temperatures as low as 20°F. The most common variety is white, but they can sometimes be found in unusual colors such as purple, yellow, pink and green. 

They're Cathie's pick-of-the-week because:

"They do well in shade, in dry conditions, tolerate hard frost and deer. Not to mention they bloom in the dead of winter, providing your garden with year-round interest. "

 

  

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Topics: Waterwise, Winter, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Silverberry

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Oct 26, 2015 11:48:12 AM

Our Plant Pick of the Week: Silverberry

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Silverberry (Elaeagnus 'Olive Martini') is an evergreen shrub which lends a subtle, understated elegance to the landscape. Its deep green foliage is rimmed with gold and covered in a soft silvery blush, which entices visitors to pause and admire its unusual beauty. In the fall, you might be lucky enough to catch a whiff of its inconspicuous flowers in bloom, which smell somewhat like Gardenias. 

Jan_Elaeagnus-060019-editedThough some species of Silverberry produce edible fruit, this cultivar is grown for its unusual foliage color and incredible drought tolerance. Reaching 10-15 feet high and wide, it is an excellent screening shrub to cover up an unsightly fence or provide you with privacy from adjacent houses.

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

"The silvery-green foliage with just a hint of gold tends to pick up golden hues in surrounding plants, making them seem brighter."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silverberry is a great alternative to thirsty screening shrubs and a great choice for the  CA Landscape 2.0

Topics: Privacy Trees & Shrubs, Waterwise, Fragrant Plants, Drought Resistant, Low Water Plants

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Bush Strawflower

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Oct 15, 2015 3:06:53 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Bush Strawflower

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Bush Strawflower (Bracteantha bracteata) is a summer annual or short-lived perennial native to eastern Australia. Probably the most ubiquitous Australian native in California nurseries, Bush Strawflower has earned it's place due to its extremely long-lasting and dramatic blossoms. Its common name is derived from its papery bracts which are shiny and stiff, radiating from the true flowers in the center like everlasting sun rays. 

HeatherBracteantha-642605-editedGenerally reaching 10-14 inches high and wide, Strawflower is the perfect little "filler" for containers or nestled into sunny flower borders. There are a wide range of colors in cultivation, but the most common varieties are bright, warm colors such as red, yellow and orange. Its extreme heat tolerance and low water use makes it a brilliant choice for a summer pot-up, but its flowers will keep blooming all the way up until frost. 

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

"I absolutely love this plant! The flowers are so bright and unusual and they last forever in the full hot sun."

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Topics: Waterwise, Flowers, Flowers in the Heat, Summer

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!"

 

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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: 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.  

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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

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