July’s garden is the mature summer garden. Here are some great plants blooming this month. If you have a bare spot in your garden that needs filling, come in into Evergreen and check out are exceptional variety!
Interesting, unusual and drought-tolerant, succulents are fun to grow both inside and outside! This plant type ranges in color and size from shrub-like jade plants to miniature specimens. You can grow them as house plants, build terrariums or have lavish outdoor succulent gardens. They look amazing on rock walls and will fill in all the nooks and crannies on a cobbled path. Many of them will bloom when they are happy, adding color and interest to the garden.
Succulents are related to cacti and will retain lots of water in their leaves in a similar fashion. They do not require much water and will do well in hot dry summer conditions. They prefer a warm, arid environment and very well-drained sandy soil. You can even grow them in very rocky soil and they will thrive. Click to visit our Succulent Pinterest page to get some fun and creative ideas about how to use these versatile plants. They make interesting home accents and can also be easily turned into a living gift for family and friends! Follow us Pinterest to get more gardening tips and ideas.
Come visit us at the Nursery to select your favorite succulents! Here are a few varieties we carry:
Regular watering is necessary to maintain a healthy garden. As we continue with this drought year, your garden will need plenty of water to thrive. However, there are many ways to conserve water and still maintain gorgeous plants. Here are a few tips:
Mulch: As we said in our article above, adding mulch helps to slow down evaporation and traps in moisture! (Scroll up to learn more).
Water closely: When you water your plants, get close to them. Point your hose or sprayer at the soil and direct all water there. Avoid watering the tops of plants- this wastes water and can lead to leaf burn. If you are watering by hand, you can turn the hose on low and just leave it in a planting bed for a while, moving it every few minutes.
Get a Sprinkler System: We recommend installing a timed sprinkler system, rather than using a hose attachment sprinkler. Sprinkler systems only water the soil and roots and can be adjusted to suit the needs of your plants and your climate. Some smart systems now can even automatically adjust for weather conditions. These systems save tons of time, water and money!
Water when it’s cool: Water your plants in the early morning, or in the evening, to minimize evaporation. Watch out for windy conditions because that can vastly contribute to water waste. Try to keep your hose close to the ground to prevent water from getting carried away.
Even though we have gotten some rainfall this spring, the Bay Area is still under drought conditions. All of us gardeners would do well to practice Water-Wise Gardening techniques this summer. This includes watering strategies as well as thinking ahead about what to plant to reduce the need for water in your yard. This may mean removing your lawn and planting native plants or even adding in extra shade to conserve water and protect sensitive plants.
We have compiled a list of gorgeous trees that we stock here at Evergreen Nursery. These trees will not only look fantastic in many yards but they also will help you to be a Bay-Friendly, Water-Wise Gardener! All the trees on this list are drought-tolerant and will need less water than most trees, once established. They will also create shade in your yard, offering a cool place for plants and people alike during the hot summer months. Plant them as focal points in your landscape or beside your house to help lower your AC bill. Come into the Evergreen Nursery to see all these beauties for yourself and to pick out your favorites! We will see you soon!
Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree) Chitalpa tashkentensis (Chitalpa) Laurus nobilis (Sweet Bay) Olea europaea (several varieties both fruiting and non-fruiting) Quercus agrifolia (Coast Live Oak) Lagerstroemia (Crape Myrtle) Albizia julibrissin (Mimosa) Cercis occidentalis ‘Merlot’ (Western Redbud) Ginkgo ‘Autumn gold’
Experience the wonder and beauty of the dahlia flower!
These bold, bright full flowers dazzle gardeners all over the world. Dahlias are the official flower of San Leandro, but they are native to Mexico and Guatemala. Through centuries of hybridizing and selection, dahlias have become extremely diversified. They come in a variety of sizes in both plant size and bloom size. Dahlias also have a huge color range, including orange, pink, purple, red, yellow and white. You can grow dozens of varieties and not repeat the same exact flower! We recommend growing a wide variety to enjoy them all!
Plant dahlias in spring after the threat of frost has past and the soil is warm. Pick a spot in full sun (at least 6 hours per day) and make sure to work in lots of organic matter into the planting area. They like well-draining soil, so use compost that has some fir bark mixed in such as Green All Fir Mulch.
Dig planting holes approximately 1 foot deep and wide. Space the larger varieties 4-5 feet apart and 1-2 feet apart for smaller sizes. For taller sizes, we recommend that you drive a 5-6 foot stake into the hole, just off center. Then plant the tubers 2 inches from the stake, with the growth bud pointing towards it. This will give you a support for later on, as well as a good marker indicating where you have planted your tubers.
At the time of planting, make sure to use an appropriate amount of E.B.Stone Organics Bulb Food at the bottom of the planting hole. After shoots are above ground, start watering regularly to a foot deep and continue this throughout active growth. Be careful not to make the soil too soggy. Most bulbs, especially dahlias, like damp but not saturated soils.
Dahlias make excellent cutting flowers.
Pick nearly mature flowers early in the morning, while it is still cool. Immediately place cut stems in 2-3” of hot water and let stand in gradually cooling water for several hours or overnight. This helps your dahlias to last longer. Remove the foliage that is under water and use a floral preservative in the water. Then place your homegrown arrangement in an area out of direct sun and enjoy your reward!
Pick your Favorites!
Come to the Evergreen Nursery to see our dahlia selection and pick out all your favorites. We recommend planting several different types for a full, colorful display!
Many plants are native to dry, arid places in the world and are well-adapted to living without much water. They even manage to look beautiful while doing it! We recommend planting a few of these in your landscape this year. Not only will they help to conserve water but they will add some new and interesting dimension to your garden! All the plants on this list* are well-adapted to our climate and are available at the Evergreen Nursery!
Perennials, Shrubs, and Ornamental Grasses
Agave species (Agave)
Alyogyne huegelii (Blue Hibiscus)
Arctostaphylos species (Manzanita)
Artemisia species (Sagebrush)
Ceanothus species (California Lilac)
Chamelaucium uncinatum (Geraldton Waxflower)
Cistus species (Rockrose)
Dudleya species (Live Forever)
Echeveria species (Hens-and-Chickens)
Galvezia speciosa (Island Bush Snapdragon)
Grevillea species (Grevillea)
Heteromeles arbutifolia (Toyon)
Lavandula species (Lavender)
Leucophyllum species (Texas Ranger)
Lobelia laxiflora (Mexican Bush Lobelia)
Melalueca nesophila (Pink Melaleuca)
Myrtus communis (Common Myrtle)
Many ornamental grasses
Penstemon species (Penstemon)
Rhus species (Sumac)
Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)
Salvia, selected species (Sage)
Sisyrinchium bellum (Blue-Eyed Grass)
Tapetes lemmonii (Copper Canyon Daisy)
Verbena, selected species (Verbena)
Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree)
Chitalpa tashkentensis (Chitalpa)
Geijera parviflora (Australian Willow)
Laurus nobilis (Sweet Bay)
Olea europaea: several varieties both fruiting and non-fruiting