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Monday - Friday  8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday -  Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

AUTUMN SAGE

LIVES UP TO ITS NAME

Salvia greggii and Salvia microphylla hybrids are going full blast. Hummingbirds and butterflies thrive on their late season nectar. We have a wonderful variety of colors to suit any sunny garden color scheme. They don't need much water. Deer and rabbits usually leave them alone.

CORDYLINE 'TORBAY DAZZLER'

aka Grass Palm

This spectacular variety was developed at Torbay Palm Farm in England. Young specimens form a clump. As they grow up they develop a trunk, sometimes forming multiple heads. Under ideal conditions they can grow to as much as 20' tall and 10' wide. Torbay Dazzler likes full sun on the coast and part shade inland. Tiny sweet scented flowers appear in spring. Low water needs. We have a nice crop of one-gallon size plants.

FIRECRACKER PENSTEMON

Penstemon eatonii

A wildflower native to the Western US from the Rocky Mountains to southern California. After it is established it won't want any water or fertilizer. Hummingbirds love it! Plant in well drained soil in full sun. We also have a lot of other California native plants.

VARIEGATED JAPANESE SEDGE

Carex oshimensis 'Everest'

An elegant and clean-looking grasslike evergreen plant. It will grow to about   1'x 1' with a tidy habit. The flowers are inconspicuous. Great in pots or in the ground. Likes moist, rich soil in light shade or part sun.

FEATURED PLANT:

DINOSAUR FOOD!

Gunnera tinctoria

(Gunnera chilensis)

This truly epic plant is native to Chile.

Each leaf will grow to 4 to 8 feet in diameter on a 4 to 6 foot stem!

It needs a sheltered, partly shady spot and moist soil with plenty of nutrients and organic matter. In mild climates it will have leaves all year. Here in Santa Cruz it tends to go dormant for a brief time in the coldest part of winter. A mature plant will get an intriguing cone-shaped flower cluster. As of mid-August we have young plants in one and five gallon containers as well as a few 15 gallon

and one 24" box for instant gratification.

Photo of Rosalind Creasy by Noah Hawthorne

EDIBLE LANDSCAPES!

 

On Earth Day 2017, Far West Nursery & Garden Center hosted author, Rosalind Creasy, in partnership with Cabrillo College Extension, to speak on the topic of “Creating an Edible Landscape, the New American Garden.” 

 

Dozens of enthusiastic gardeners enjoyed Rosalind’s presentation, which included extensive questions & answers regarding garden issues and concepts, as well as slides of her personal laboratory garden in Los Altos.

 

Her first book, The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping, helped popularize the term “Edible Landscaping,” now a part of the American vocabulary. It’s a valuable concept for all of us, now more than ever, as agricultural properties get subdivisions planted instead of edibles.

 

Rosalind has promoted edibles to the front yard, instead of the hidden kitchen garden and has taught us to re-evaluate our perception of beauty.  How cool is it to wander into your front yard to harvest artichokes, with their distinctive, gray foliage, among the annual flowers?

 

Far West Nursery is committed to providing our customers with many seasonally-available, edible plant choices.  In addition to citrus, fruit trees, herbs & vegetable starts and seeds, some of our note-worthy staff favorites include rhubarb, passion fruit, guavas, pineapple mint and the perennial hot pepper, chile Manzano. 

Come discover your favorites.

Shop Locally

Please consider us as your local resource for quick and easy color for the garden, whether in containers on the patio or beds and borders in the landscape. We have many plants that grow quickly with colorful blooms and work well in most areas of Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. It is relatively easy and our experienced staff will enjoy helping you select the right plant for the right spot!