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Sweet Peas Sure to Please!

We're planting our favorite old-fashioned FRAGRANT Sweet Peas right now - and you should, too!

Everyone knows old-fashioned Sweet Peas, right? One of the first flowers we learn about and love, their sweet fragrance reminds so many of us of childhood afternoons spent in grandma's garden. But did you know NOW is the BEST time to plant these beloved hardy annuals in temperate climates like ours? Planting in Fall gives them plenty of time to go to town underground, growing a robust network of roots all Winter long for their star turn come Spring. You can be cutting flowers for bouquets as early as February with our earliest bloomers 'Nuance' and 'Cupani' – and collecting bushels of blooms well before May Day with the rest!

10 Perennials to Plant Now!

If you garden in temperate climes like ours, from now until December you can – no wait – you MUST plant biennials, perennials and even some hardy annuals in order to have a spectacular and bloomiferous garden come Spring. With rain expected in the coming week here in the Bay Area and beyond, the time couldn't be better for getting plants in the ground so they'll have the Winter months to establish their roots. Bonus: We've got some crazy special cool ONE CROP WONDERS ready right now, they're limited in supply so grab them while you can!

Plant Perennials & Biennials Pronto!

We're getting a jump on Spring – you can, too!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program of gorgeous gardens in bloom to show you what our demonstration beds REALLY look like this time of year. Annuals – done for the season – have been ripped out, perennials have been cut back and the beds have been top-dressed with a fluffy and nourishing 1" layer of organic grapeseed compost. Maybe it isn't glamorous now, but it will be come Spring! So what's next? Why, the fun part!

MEGA Bulb Bonanza!

Smart gardeners plant bare-root bulbs in Fall!

Our hand-picked selection of Spring blooming bulbs are here! And planting these bodacious bulbs in the Fall is a super-duper value, seasonally appropriate and EASY as pie!

Free(sia) Love!

Our most popular bare-root bulbs are ready!

It's that time of year folks! Our fab collection of first-class Freesias are ready for you – as bare-root bulbs!

Easy to grow, DEER RESISTANT and low-maintenance, masses of bodacious blooms appear on branching stems held well above the fresh green sword shaped leaves. At 10 bulbs per bag (depending on variety), they're super economical, too!

Grow Unusual Fruit!

With horticulturalist & CRFG expert John Valenzuela on Saturday, October 26 at 11 am!

Asian Pears? Chilean Guava? Jujubes? Many varieties of unusual fruit are perfectly adapted to the Bay Area! Come learn what they are and how to grow them with horticulturalist and educator John Valenzuela of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens on Sat. October 26 at 11 am!

Winter (Blooming) Wonderland!

What to plant right now for a Winter bloom-athon!

Here in coastal California, FALL is the BEST and most horticulturally correct time to plant! Why? Because our rainy season is almost upon us and during our mild Winters temperatures rarely go below freezing.

Don't Be Afraid of the Shade!

Dry Shade gardens can be beautiful – Earl Nickel tells us how Sat., October 12 at 11 am!

Take your dry shade situation from dire to inspired! Every gardener who's battled this silent killer knows the feeling of frustration and futility of dealing with two of nature's most unfriendly environments.

Magic Spring Garden Mojo Starts Now!

Annie Shows You How – Sat, Sept. 28 at 11 am!

Want to know what we do here at the nursery to get our gardens in tip-top shape for maximum magic? Want to know what to plant right now? How about a preview of some of the neatest plants we've grown this year? Be here and behold – Annie will share all this and more at our FABULOUS FALL PLANTING PARTY!

Join in the FALL PARTY FUN
Sept. 28 & 29, 10am-4pm!

It's our favorite time of year to plant AND a great time to start planning your Spring garden!

We've got a huge selection of CA native wildflowers, drought tolerant perennials, hardy annuals, Winter veggies, plant-now-for-Spring-bloomers, succulents, Winter bloomers and more!