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FALLing In Love - with Fall Planting

With the Autumnal Equinox just a week away, plants, pollinators and humans can all sense the changing temperatures and light that signal the end of summer and transition to fall. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – FALL is a great time to plant! While perennial shrubs are some of the best plants to get in the ground now, there are many others such as vines, grasses and CA natives that all greatly benefit from planting in the fall. Below are some of our fall planting faves! Want more great options for fall planting?

Splendid Shrubs

Perfect plants to ground your garden and plant now.

Just like a house, every garden needs a good foundation – plantings of larger, long-lived, hardy, evergreen (or mostly evergreen) perennials that give your garden a solid presence even during seasonal transition times when your spring or summer annuals might have started to fade. Shrubs and small trees make terrific foundation plants. And fall is the best time to plant them so that they can leverage the upcoming cooler temperatures and rains to establish themselves. Planted now they’ll be all the healthier, bigger and bloomier come spring!

Growing a More Fire-Resistant Garden

With wildfires becoming an increasing threat, both in the West and other areas of the country, and with fall planting just around the corner, now’s an excellent time to look at your home gardens and evaluate what changes you can make to create a more fire-safe environment for your home and neighborhood. While all plants can burn, some plants have certain characteristics that make them more resistant to fire including an open growth habit; thick, large broad leaves vs thin or needle shaped; low leaf litter production; and watery vs gummy oily or resinous sap, to name a few. Good news is that there are probably way more plants that fit this description than you think! Here are some of our favorites.

Planting for our feathered flying friends.

Gardening for the birds is not, “for the birds.” Rather than (or in addition to) setting out bird seed and manufactured bird houses, you can create a welcoming bird habitat by growing plants that offer natural food sources, in the form of seeds, berries and nectar; shelter or nest making materials; and a water source. When selecting plants, it’s also important to be mindful of seasonality so that these blossoms and seeds develop during different times of the year. There are many many different plants to choose from depending on your garden’s size, style and microclimate. We’re highlighting a few of our favorites here, but if you want to know more about plants that will attract specific types of local or migrating birds, check out this week’s blog from Earl, the Curious Plantsman.

Oh Those Deer Days of Summer
Planting the UNdelicious

Oh deer oh deer you’re not welcome here! Though everything you see is pretty as can be, its neither delicious nor nutritious, so move along and let our plants be.

While for some, August signifies the dog days of summer, for those who live near forests and natural open spaces, August can mean an unwelcome influx of deer venturing into our yards in search of food and water. If hungry enough, they’ll eat pretty much anything, so no plant is 100% “deer proof”, but there are many many evergreen, floriferous and beauteous plants that will have them cruising right past your place and over to the neighbors.

Container Collages, Hanging Baskets and Living Bouquets

Planting in containers is a great way to bring living beauty to whatever large or small space you have while having fun experimenting with mixing and arranging different containers and flower types together. At Annie’s we’ll plant almost anything in a pot, but we rarely put more than one type of plant in a container at a time. Having just one or two plants per pot lets them grow fuller and last longer because their roots are not competing for space and nutrients in the soil. We then like to group lots of…

“Covered California” great low growing natives for less lawn more garden.

With so many beautiful, low growing, spreading, bloomiferous, drought tolerant, CA native, lawn-alternative options, there’s no time like now to ditch the lawn and gain a garden. The native bees, butterflies, birds, other critters, and your wallet, will thank you. This week we’ve assembled some of our "Favey Fave" lawn-to-garden options. Plus, this Saturday (7/23) at 10am Ann-Marie Benz from the California Native Plant Society will be giving a FREE TALK in the Nursery about the best ways to plan to take out your lawn, key next steps, and how to choose native plants according to your specific garden goals, area and style.

Easy Peasy Perennials

Who doesn’t love a plant that you plant once, it lasts for years, blooms prolifically, and requires little but a bit of deadheading and seasonal pruning to refresh and keep it the shape and size you desire? We definitely do! We’ve got loads of EASY PEASY PERENNIALS to suit all those spaces where you need a workhorse plant, be it a shrub, groundcover or vine. Many have the added bonus of being beautifully scented and making excellent cut flowers. Try a few of these star performers. We’re sure they’ll be standouts in your garden for years to come.

Celebrate National Pollinator Week and BEE-Friend the Bees, Butterflies & Birds with these Pollinator-Loving Beauties

Happy National Pollinator Week! We know, you know how important it is to include pollinator plants in your garden, to provide not only a food source for bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects, but to provide shelter and habitat too. No matter what your garden style, sun, space or height needs, or color themes, we’ve got annual and perennial options aplenty. We’ve assembled some of our FAVEY FAVE summer to fall, bee-loving bloomers here. But want more? Check out or complete list of bee-loving and butterfly-loving plants online and add some new pollinator plants to your garden.

Greenhouse Graduates
7 NEW Plants + Milkweeds for the Monarchs

Our Summer “Class of 2022” is proudly graduating seven new plants out into the nursery this week with all the celebratory “Pomp and Circumstance” we can muster! Fragrant, floriferous, variegated and rare, it’s a diverse bunch of summertime beauties we love and we’re certain you will too.