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Fall Fruit Tree Offerings & Vibrant Shrubs and Perennials

It’s September already. We can’t believe that the summer has flown by so quickly! As we head into fall, the days are growing shorter and some trees and shrubs are starting to show signs of seasonal changes.

Fall is the perfect time to plant, especially in our Mediterranean climate. Fall, winter and spring rains will help to establish plants and allow them to develop deep root systems. The cooler weather and decline in transpiration rates by plants means less chance of transplant shock when they are planted. Now is the time to reimagine your garden, replacing any struggling plants and revitalizing your landscape design.

Fall is also a good time to spruce up the inside of your home. We have a wonderful selection of houseplants for you to choose from, including our featured Ficus varieties this month: F. benjamina, F. ‘Audrey’ and F. ‘Little Sunshine’.

We have a robust stock of fruit trees and berries for you to browse. Buy a Meyer Lemon for your garden or patio, and look forward to winter fruit to brighten your days! Furthermore, we’re well stocked with other citrus trees – lemons, kumquats, limes, Mandarin and Navel oranges, as well as pomegranate and avocado trees. Now is also the perfect time to plant blueberry bushes and raspberry vines.

If you’re looking for drought tolerant and native plants, you’ve come to the right place! Quite often these plants are low maintenance and attract native pollinators. Our featured succulent this month is a stunner: pick up a Calandrinia spectabilis to bring easy color to your yard. And as always, you can browse our large selection of perennials for companion plants.

Continuing on a bright color theme, our featured plant this month is heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica). Plant in your yard for year-round interest. If space is limited, the dwarf variety, ‘Firepower’, works beautifully in small gardens, making a big impact.

Check out our webshop to see what soils, mulches and fertilizers we have in stock before your visit.


Plant of the Month: Heavenly Bamboo: Nandina domestica

Buy Nandina Domestica at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroHeavenly bamboo is a beautiful and useful evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub to add year-round interest to your garden. It provides colorful, graceful foliage through the seasons, ranging from mid-green to orange, pink and red. Nandina domestica produces an abundance of white flowers in the spring, followed by green berries that ripen to bright red in the fall and winter.

Heavenly bamboo is not really a bamboo, although it does originate in China, Japan and India. Its delicate leaves are reminiscent of bamboo foliage and its horizontal growth habit is also similar. Nandina domestica is in the family Berberidaceae, the barberry family, which contains plants known for their spines along branches or leaves. Nandina, luckily doesn’t have these spikes.

Nandina domestica has many uses in the garden. It’s small size of 4-8′ tall and 2-4′ wide makes it a wonderful foundation plant, as does its evergreen leaves. It fits in wonderfully, along with Japanese maples and grasses, in Asian-inspired gardens. Plant as a low hedge or use as a foundation plant in a woodland garden. It also performs well in sunny mixed borders, providing an all-important evergreen backbone.

This plant has a slow to moderate growth rate and is low maintenance. It also tolerates a wide range of soil but prefers good drainage. Plant more than one specimen to get good cross-pollination and an abundance of berries. The flowers provide a large amount of nectar that attracts bees, and birds flock to the tasty, red berries. USDA Zone: 6-9.


How to Care for Heavenly Bamboo:

  • Plant in full sun to part shade.
  • Plant in full sun for best foliage and berry displays.
  • Plant in moist and well-drained soil.
  • Improve soil drainage by digging in amendments to lighten the soil.
  • Water regularly, drought tolerant once established.
  • Fertilize with an acidic fertilizer in the late winter thru to early summer, such as EB Stone’s Organic Azalea, Camellia and Gardenia Food

Buy Nandina Fire Power at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroNandina ‘Fire Power’ is a dwarf nandina, reaching only 30″ tall and wide and forming a neat mound. It has light green foliage in spring and develops red highlights as the seasons progress, providing a bright red winter foliage display. Great for mass plantings and low hedges. Low maintenance. Likes full sun and moderate water. USDA Zone: 6-11.


Fruit Tree of the Month: Meyer Lemon (Citrus x meyeri)

The Perfect Citrus for Our Climate

Buy Meyer Lemon Trees at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroMeyer Lemons are a fun and useful fruit to grow in the garden. Once the tree is established it will produce plenty of fruit, mainly from December thru May, for all your culinary needs. Meyer lemons are rounder and a darker sunshine yellow than regular lemons. They are also sweeter, making them perfect for use in desserts, such as lemon bars. They are only moderately acidic, but still wonderful to use in lemonade, for cooking fish and tacos. Everyone needs one in their yard!


House Plant of the Month: Ficus species

Buy Ficus Benjamina at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroFicus benjamina is a classic houseplant for a reason. It’s easy to take care of and will brighten up your home or office with an abundance of glossy green leaves. These plants are fast growers and can grow to be big trees in their native tropical and sub-tropical regions. Because of the fast growth rate, they may need repotting every year. They enjoy bright direct light, preferring morning sun and afternoon shade. Water more during active growth times in the spring and summer, but keep drier in winter. F. benjamina thrives in temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees F.

Buy Ficus Audrey at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroFicus ‘Audrey’ is an easy plant to grow. Its appearance is similar to the rubber plant, with its big upright leaves. But instead of shiny leaves they have a matte surface, and are emerald green, growing on thick stems. The bark is an attractive gray color. F. Audrey can be grown straight up along a pole or allowed to develop a more rounded shape. It likes filtered light, and is forgiving if you forget to water it. Allow to dry out slightly between watering. This plant enjoys temperatures of 60-80 degrees F.

Buy Ficus Lyrata at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroFicus lyrata ‘Little Sunshine’

This houseplant is a variety of fiddle leaf fig. It has much bigger leaves than other ficus, which gives it a tropical feel, without taking up too much space.

‘Little Sunshine’ produces bright green leaves and grows to a height of 2-3′ with a moderate growth rate. It likes a brightly lit room with a temperature between 65 and 80 degrees. The roots should be kept fairly dry. If the temperature is too cold or it is over-watered, it will drop leaves. This plant appreciates regular misting. Keep away from air vents as it dislikes dry heat.


Featured Drought Tolerant Succulent: Calandrinia spectabilis (Rock Purslane)

Buy Calandrinia spectabilis at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroCalandrinia spectabilis, is a fantastic plant for our climate. It originates in the Mediterranean climate zone of Chile. We can’t recommend this low maintenance, drought tolerant and easy-to-grow succulent enough!

Its growing habit is to form a beautifully rounded, basal clump of gray-blue leaves, which send up a multitude of flower stalks, providing a profusion of bright fuchsia flowers 1.5″ in size. The stalks rise 1-2′ above the foliage with multiple flowers on each stalk. The bloom time is incredibly long – from May until October or November.

Another beneficial feature of this plant is that it requires little deadheading, although any stalks can be easy removed once flowers have faded. Calandrinia spectabilis can be cut back in the winter to around 6″ in height, to clean up the succulent and reinvigorate it for the following spring.

Plant Calandrinia in full sun near the coast and in part shade inland. Like most succulents, it is drought tolerant, but will look better with some summer water. It also appreciates well-drained soil and the addition of some soil amendment.

Plant in dry gardens or mixed Mediterranean borders with Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’ for complementary color flower displays, and Artemesia ‘Powis Castle’ for some foliage contrast. This succulent works great in tricky planting locations, such as: hillsides, parking strips and patio planters. Attracts bees, birds and butterflies. USDA Zones: 8a-10b.


In Your Garden: What to do in September

  • Fall is a great time to plant and plan your landscaping projects. Improving walkways and building flower/vegetable beds, as well as adding focal point shrubs and trees. Need guidance? Contact our landscape Manager and staff for expert advice.
  • Prepare for the holidays. We have plants & pottery to brighten your home, welcome guests and create a warm and festive gathering.
  • Plant fall vegetables:kale, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, beets, peas and lettuces.
  • Plant leeks and onions from seed or young plants to avoid early spring bolting.
  • Fertilize azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons with E.B. Stone Organics Ultra Bloom Fertilizer (0-10-10) to stimulate bud formation for winter/spring bloom and develop a hardier root structure. Supplement with Greenall FST to keep acid loving plants green.
  • Monthly feeding of Containers, summer annuals and cool season annuals with Maxsea All-Purpose fertilizer.
  • Reduce spider mites, scale and other insect pests by spraying houseplants down outside in a partial shade area. Keeping the foliage dust free is key in controlling indoor pests. Use Neem Oil, or All Season’s Oil if insects are already a problem.
  • How does your indoor garden grow?Adopt a new family member from our large selection of houseplants.
  • Keep the garden clean. Pick up fallen fruit to avoid pests and disease next year. Clean out plant debris. Prepare soil with E.B.Stone Soil Booster and E.B. Stone Naturals Agricultural Lime for fall vegetable beds. Cabbage and kale need a good source of calcium for strong growth.
  • Mulch with GreenAll Micro Bark to inhibit weeds and conserve soil moisture.
  • Plan your fall/winter maintenance program by identifying any pest or disease issues on deciduous fruit trees, shade trees and shrubs, so that you are prepared to treat issues this winter.
  • Bring your bugs or diseased samples in a sealed plastic bag into the store for a diagnosis by one of our plant experts.
  • Cut back fruited canes of raspberries, leaving new canes for fruiting next year.
  • After harvesting summer crops, compost the leftover plants, excluding diseased leaves
  • Plant green manure & cover crops such as fava beans and clovers to fix nitrogen in the soil and improve soil structure.