Greetings garden friends! The days we Western gardeners look forward to all year-long are upon us! Longer days, much needed Spring showers (yay!!) and the sweet sound of birdsong can only mean ... SPRING is near!!
In honor of this magical gardening time of year – so full of promise and potential! – we've put together an inspirational and uplifting SPRING SLIDESHOW to get you in the gardening mood. Cruise ahead of the gardening curve with the most luscious plant combos and color schemes for the new season!
Glorious in the Spring garden, sublime in the Summer garden, fabulous in the Fall garden - our old-fashioned romantic Snapdragons are among our best-selling annuals year-round because they're all that and a bag of compost!
Easy, long-blooming and upstanding to a proper 3' tall, they bring a wash of pastel perfection to your mixed beds and containers, mingling with other annuals and providing coverage for taller shrubs and perennials. You can keep them blooming Spring thru Autumn by cutting 'em back to about 8" after they bloom and plying with compost – they'll bounce right back for round two! Plus, here in our mild climate, they often overwinter for even more fun next Spring!
Romantic roses give so much for so little effort. Loyal and stalwart, never fair-weather or flighty; the best roses don't hog our resources or demand too much of our time. So when it comes to their care and feeding, we owe it to them to get it right!
Enter Cristin Fusano – a rose expert with over 35 years of experience! Cristin returns to the nursery on Saturday, January 26 at 11 am for a rosarian cram session that not only covers the theory behind Winter rose pruning, but tells us exactly where to cut and why. She'll bust myths and build your knowledge on watering, feeding, grooming and pest control – ie: everything you need to grow strong, healthy bushes that produce beautiful blooms and vigorous canes.
No matter what size your garden, there's room for fruit trees!
January is the perfect time for us Bay Area gardeners to plant bare-root fruit trees and that's why we are always dang pleased to welcome back our dedicated and beloved FRUIT TREE GENIUS, Phil Pursel of Dave Wilson Nursery on Jan. 19 at 11 am to give us all the info we need to select, plant, prune and protect new and established trees!
Our hand-picked selection of Spring blooming bulbs are here! And planting the bodacious bulbs in the Fall is a super-duper value, seasonally appropriate and EASY as pie!
Normally, we would pot these babies up (one bulb per pot), let them hang out in the nursery to grow big, fat roots and then offer them to you as 4" plants come Spring. Now, you can skip the wait and plant right away, letting them root directly into your garden and containers – no muss, no fuss! Plus, you'll cover more ground with 3 to 10 bare-root bulbs per bag (depending on variety) AND most of them will multiply to provide you with more and more beautiful blooms each successive year!
Here at Annie's, we grow over 2000 varieties of plants – every year! That means over a million plants start their little baby lives in our greenhouses to go forth and brighten gardens all over the U.S. from our 2.5-acre nursery in Richmond, CA! In other words we grow too many plants for the amount of space we have!
So, we're giving some of our long-time favorite plants the well-deserved proverbial gold watch to make way for new and exciting offerings in 2019 (coming soon)!
Tough, tenacious and hardy down to USDA zone 5, Hellebores are luminescent ladies of the shade, whose nodding beautiful blooms light up the Winter and early Spring garden like no other lover! And now is the PERFECT time to plant them!
Evergreen here by the Bay (and in all temperate climes), these long-lived and reliable garden compadres won't up and die on you after a couple of years. Perhaps best of all, they're DEER, DROUGHT and CLAY resistant. Happy in shade – even dry shade – most garden pests don't bug 'em (just be sure to bait for snails when young).
Dreamy, dramatic and delicious, we're over the moon to offer large crops of our favorite hard-to-find Peruvian Lilies – finally! Gloriously large flowered and TALL (to 3-4'), long strong stems make them one of the most iconic cut flowers you can grow, lasting a couple of weeks in a vase. Easy and carefree in almost any soil – although you'll get a crazy EXPLOSION of bloom in rich soil with regular water and adequate drainage – they'll spread to a 3-4' wide colony over time (or grow them in a large container if you don't have room for them to spread out). Long-blooming late Spring to Fall, they're heat tolerant, long-lived, disease and deer resistant and hardy to USDA zone 8.
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!