Colorful Succulents, Maple Trees & Vibrant Perennials
It’s October and we’re getting into the full swing of fall celebration here at Evergreen Nursery. The maples and other deciduous trees are starting their wonderful autumn display. We have some beautiful maples for sale, guaranteed to add warmth and seasonal color to your yard. Fall is the perfect time to plant trees, as we anticipate the rainy season just around the corner.
We also have piles upon piles of pumpkins to decorate and brighten up your home or to help create your haunted house for Halloween!
We have more wonderful additions to spruce up the inside of your home too. The Swiss cheese plant, also known as Monstera, is a classic houseplant for a reason. Read more about this versatile indoor plant below.
Need to brighten up your landscape with some low maintenance and colorful perennials? We have the perfect plant for you – Heucheras! They are easy to care for and bring year-round foliage color to your garden. There are many vibrant cultivars to choose from, such as ‘Rio’, ‘Plum Pudding’ and ‘Electra’
Are you looking for drought tolerant plants to brighten up patio or porch? We have just the thing. We have beautiful, pre-planted containers featuring easy-to-care-for succulents. Read more about our drought tolerant plant selection below.
Check out our webshop to see what soils, mulches, and fertilizers we have in stock before your visit. Also, enjoy these seasonal bonuses and tips from our good friends at Botanical Interests:
Featured Tree – Japanese Maple: Acer ‘Bloodgood’ and Acer ‘Emperor 1’
Adding a Japanese Maple to your yard is an easy way to bring some elegance and color to the landscape. Acer ‘Bloodgood’ and Acer ‘Emperor 1’ are both outstanding selections if you’re looking for a smaller tree and appreciate their rich, dark purple foliage.
Japanese Maples work well in woodland gardens, mixed in with ferns and Heuchera, as well as in traditional Japanese and Asian-themed gardens, paired with weeping cherry trees. It is always best to place your Japanese Maple close to your house or a patio where it can be enjoyed and the fall color appreciated.
Acer ‘Bloodgood’ can grow to be a little larger than ‘Emperor 1,’ reaching a height of 15-20′ tall and wide. The leaves are a deep red, with 5-7 lobed, palmate shaped leaves. The branches reach out horizontally, and its form is upright with a rounded crown. It is a strong and dependable tree to plant in your yard. The fall display is an outstanding bright red.
‘Bloodgood’ is best planted in partial afternoon shade and sheltered from prevailing winds, although it can withstand full sun in cooler areas. It holds its deep red foliage color better in partial shade. USDA Zones: 5-8.
Acer ‘Emperor 1’ is a beautiful choice when you need a fast-growing landscape. It grows 8-10′ in 10 years, and then can grow up to 10-15′ tall and wide. The leaves are palmate shaped and usually have 5 lobes. They emerge bright red in spring and fade to a rich purple as the season changes to summer. This tree typically leafs out 2 weeks later than many maple cultivars. In fall, the leaves turn a bright crimson, putting on a fantastic display.
‘Emperor 1’ doesn’t need much pruning and naturally has a graceful, upright, open crown. It is best planted where it will be protected from hot afternoon sun and strong winds. It holds its deep purple color best when planted in partial shade. It’s the perfect choice for focal point tree in a small landscape. USDA Zones: 5-8.
How to Care for Acer ‘Bloodgood’ and ‘Emperor 1’:
- Plant in full sun to part shade.
- Plant in rich, moist, slightly acidic and well-drained soil.
- Improve soil drainage by digging in amendments to lighten the soil.
- Plant slightly high so water does not collect around the root flare.
- Prefers moderate and regular watering, keeping the soil moist.
- Fertilize with a high nitrogen, slow release plant food in spring.
- Mulch around the base (keeping it away from the trunk) to keep the roots cool.
House Plant of the Month: Monstera deliciosa
Monstera deliciosa means ‘delicious monster’. When ripe, its long, cone-like fruit are said have tropical flavors like pineapple and banana. Be careful not to eat the fruit when they are green, as they are full of toxins that will cause bad stomach aches!
The Swiss cheese plant has heart-shaped leaves. Some are deeply divided and some of contain holes – this is where the Swiss cheese plant name comes from. These holes are called fenestrations, thought to allow more sunlight to filter through them and down to the forest floor.
These plants are easy to care for. They thrive in indirect, bright light. Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out in between watering. Treat any pests promptly with Neem oil.
We have Monstera deliciosa for sale in 6″ containers. This plant is fast-growing – it can grow up to 2′ per year. Before you know it, you’ll have a large, elegant house plant!
Our beautiful Monstera deliciosa growing at the Nursery. (Not for sale – we love it too much!)
Pick up some 2″ or 4″ assorted succulents and make your own fabulous centerpieces and displays. Place planters bursting with succulents on the steps leading up to your house and combine them with pumpkins for a colorful fall display. We have all of your favorites: Echeveria, Aeonium, Crassula, Senecio, Aloe, and more. You’re certain to find what you need. Plant in E.B. Stone Organics Succulent and Cactus Mix for good drainage.
Featured Perennials: Heuchera
Heuchera are wonderful perennials for Bay Area gardens. Commonly, they are known as ‘coral bells’. Their name refers to the delicate, bell-shaped flowers that develop in late spring and summer. The blooms, usually white or pink, are clustered along the thin flower stalks that emerge from the basal plant. The flowers are characteristic of the Saxifragaceae family to which Heuchera belongs.
Heuchera can range in size from 6-16″ tall and 12-36″ wide. The tall flower spikes range from 1-3′ tall. Plant them in soil amended with compost. This plant prefers well-drained, rich, moist, soil that’s slightly acidic or neutral, with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. Water regularly. They can be somewhat drought tolerant once established.
The leaves of Heuchera are round or heart-shaped and can range in color from pale lavender-gray to muted apricot, deep red, purple, chartreuse, bright orange as well as bold green. Often the venation of the leaves is darker, with lighter colors highlighted in between, or effective, contrasting colors of purple venation on bright green leaves. This effect gives the leaves an interesting texture and depth of color. The undersides of the leaves are sometimes a different color, for example, orange on the upper leaf and purple below, which provides a striking contrast.
Plant at the front of mixed Mediterranean borders with colorful ornamental grasses or in shadier borders with ferns. Generally Heuchera thrive in partial shade – morning sun with afternoon shade are ideal conditions for many varieties. Preferred exposure can depend upon the cultivar though, so be sure to read the label on the container. Attracts bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. USDA Zones: 4-9.
Heuchera ‘Plum Pudding’
This stunning cultivar has beautiful light purple emerging new leaves. These fade to a gray-silver upper leaf surface with curled edges. The undersides of the leaves are purple, making a striking contrast. Plant with darker purple Heuchera for great visual impact. Works great as a container plant. Grows to 8-10″ tall and 12-16″ wide. Plant in moist, rich, well-drained soil. Sun to mostly shade.
Heuchera ‘ Electra’
Heuchera ‘Electra’ is a fantastic cultivar which will light up your shady garden. The upright leaves are chartreuse, which brighten to yellow, with eye-catching deep red venation. The plant sends up short flower stalks of delicate, white blooms.
It is a vigorous grower, reaching 8″ high and 14″ wide. Plant in moist, rich, well-drained soil. Likes full shade.
This large plant grows to 9″ tall and 14″ wide. Sun to part shade. Plant in moist, rich, well-drained soil.
In Your Garden: Fall Activities
- We have loads of ornamental squashes and pumpkins to decorate for fall!
- Treat hydrangeas with B. Stone Naturals True Blue in order to keep blue hydrangeas blue. Treat with E.B. Stone Agricultural Lime to turn hydrangeas pink.
- Think fall & winter color:Violas and pansies are perfect for creating mass color in containers or flowerbeds. Available in a variety of hues, they’re a terrific top cover for spring bulbs.
- For a hardy alternative, consider planting ornamental grasses. Grasses require little upkeep and can create a beautiful screening effect against the side of a house or fence. Come in and select from the many colors of fall grasses.
- Fall is for planting! Get shrubs, perennials and trees into the ground this month. Winter rains will help develop a strong root system. Use E.B. Stone Sure Start to ensure strong root development and sturdy growth.
- Plant Cyclamen in October or early November.It’s also a great time to plant ground covers and sweet peas.
- Decorate for fall: We have ornamental kale, mums, Iceland poppies, snapdragons, stock and ornamental grasses for waves of autumn color.
- Time to plant daffodils for spring flowering. Also force paper white Narcissus (lilies) for the coming holidays.
- Winter vegetables are available for planting.We have your favorite seeds or seedlings in stock: kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, beets, radish, and carrots.
- Plant garlic, onion, & shallot bulbs for harvesting the following summer.
- Top-dress perennial beds, azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, and other spring blooming shrubs with GreenAll Micro Bark and feed with E.B. Stone Organics Ultra Bloom fertilizer (0-10-10) monthly until bloom time in the spring.
- Feed citrus with Maxsea Acid Formula. Supplement with E.B. Stone F.S.T. to keep them green all winter.
- Prepare planting beds for winter. Clear weeds and rocks. Till soil and add soil amendments such as E.B. Stone Soil Booster for vegetables or GreenAll Planting Mix
- Plant perennials such as Agapanthus, Yarrow, and Iris.
- Lightly prune Japanese Maples while still in leaf. Select and plant maples (now is the time to see fall color).
- Continue to compost fallen leaves and plant debris.
- Adopt a houseplant to improve your interior air quality. Talk to one of our houseplant experts to help you select a perfect plant.