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Arctostaphylos

Manzanita/Bearberry

Sinuous and smooth, earthy red-tinged branches, waxy urn-style blossoms and tasteful rounded evergreen leaves—that’s Manzanita. An enormous clan mostly indigenous to the far western U.S., these easily cultivated durable woody plants call for excellent drainage, but can endure poor soil, thriving in rocky, sandy or acidic sites with minimal water. Light afternoon shade and occasional watering are appreciated in hotter locales.

This natty tightset ground cover hosts dainty urn-shaped white flowers amid small lustrous gray-green leaves that burst forth with cozy bronze hues. A low, fast spreading evergreen gem introduced by Saratoga Horticultural Foundation in 1972, ‘Carmel Sur’ takes on heat, heavy clay soil, dry conditions and regular summer irrigation, better than most Manzanitas. It smothers weeds, stabilizes slopes and serves as a verdant lawn replacement.

Blooms March–April

Size: 12" high x 4' 0" – 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Full of vigor and bright, fine textured greenery, this coastal California native spreads to form a low, handsome mound. Rubescent brown branches gracefully sweep upwards and sometimes grow in twisted shapes, forming a framework for the upfacing, pointed leaves, reddened stems and dainty white flowers.

Always appreciative of well drained sites, and when grown inland, summertime watering with a little shade, ‘Wayside’ is a superb candidate for banks, rock gardens or native plantings accompanying Erigeron ‘Ron’s Pink’ and Deschampsia ‘Goldgehänge’.

Blooms February–April

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 6' 0" – 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Flat growing reddish brown branchlets with gleaming miniature dark greenery, an unmatched profusion of flowers and berries plus superb disease resistance set ‘Little Leaf Massachusetts’ apart. Exhibiting exceptional cold tolerance and perhaps the tiniest, stylish spot-free leaves of all uva-ursi species, this wildly popular prostrate ground cover turns burgundy when cold weather arrives, cascades down banks or over walls and thrives in poor, acidic sandy soil.

Blooms April–May

Size: 6" – 12" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.

Zone 2b.

Lustrous, trim and fresh-looking, this prostrate evergreen ground cover keeps its composure all year long. Small, leathery rich green leaves glow with wintertime reddish purple tinges, while ushering in quantities of urn-like light pink flowers, followed by showy, apple-shaped red berries that birds adore. A sturdy, northern California native reputed to possess astringent qualities, ‘Radiant’s lush close-to-the-ground mat brings verdant low maintenance accents to a native or Mediterranean setting.

Blooms March–April

Size: 6" – 8" high x 3' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

A tidy low growing mainstay for the rockery, the oblong and narrow, vivid deep green leaves and red-tinged petioles clasp long slender stems to create a closely knit, polished ground cover. Aptly named ‘Vancouver Jade’ premiers pale pink flowers in early spring, broadcasts reddish bronze tones in winter and boasts a vigorous disease-resistant habit.

Blooms March–April

Size: 6" high x 3' 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

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Our featured plant: Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

Fresh Fern Fronds, Early-blooming Clematis, Marvelous March Foliage!

Fresh Fern Fronds...

Coveted for their artfully hewn fronds, the deciduous ferns featured above unfurl spritely new fiddleheads every spring. Varying shades of green, silver, henna and burgundy embellish their delicate-looking foliage. Tailor-made for shady nooks, these easily-grown flowerless perennials can be planted as specimens or en masse in shade gardens, mixed borders and woodland settings. They also lend exquisite feathered accents to patio containers or cut arrangements. Ferns flourish in cool moist well-drained locales enriched with compost or well-rotted manure. Feel free to peruse the Perennial section of our website for other Athyrium & Dryopteris species.

Exquisite early Clematis and marvelous March foliage...

Early-blooming Clematis herald spring with charm to spare. The armandii, alpina and montana Clematis species are generally the first to flower, with some even wafting sublime scents. Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’ and Clematis montana ‘Elizabeth’ sprout larger statures than the more petite Clematis alpina ‘Constance’ or ‘Jan Lindmark’, while all showcase beguiling blooms. These delightful vines can twine up arbors, trellises, walls or trees, offering vertical accents to the fresh flourish of head-turning foliage that blankets the beds beneath. The new growth featured in this newsletter was photographed this week in our garden and nursery.

All of us plant wranglers at the nursery, along with Boobah, our wee greeter and self-appointed nursery manager, and shy kitty, Parker, wish you countless happy hours digging in a garden of your own! 

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