• The Plant That Has It All

    by  • April 3, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Barberry; the plant of many colors.

    Do you ever want the plant that has it all? A variety of colors, drought tolerant, full sun and little-to-no pruning. Well, look no further…Barberry is the match for you.

    This plant will add great interest to your yard, but is still easy to maintain. Here are a few varieties, but come in to pick your favorite!


    Disclaimer: Barberry is as it’s name describes, it has barbs which makes it a great barrier plant as well.


    Cabernet variety. Photo Credit: Bailey Nurseries


    Inspired by Art

    by  • March 27, 2017 • 1 Comment

    How to turn that peaceful garden painting into your backyard reality!

    Painted in WaterlogueMonet, Renoir, Kinkade &  Bob Ross are all artists we are familiar with because of the beautiful garden landscapes they painted. A cottage in the woods, lush gardens by the pond and a party in the garden are all images we daydream of having for ourselves. So, why not? Here are some seriously spectacular shrubs that are surely the source of many painters’ inspiration and are readily available to plant in your garden today!


    Weigela Minuet is a shrub bursting with color and is sure to inspire any painter. Photo Credit: Bailey Nurseries


    Spirea Superstar will always leave a lasting impression. Photo Credit: Bailey Nurseries


    Pink Lightning is sure to spark your gardening imagination.

    Snow in the Valley?

    by  • March 23, 2017 • 0 Comments

    No, it’s a flowering cherry tree!

    These trees are sure to bring a flurry of flowers to brighten up your yard. I highly recommend driving by The Greenery to witness this “pink cloud” tree in it’s full glory. Even better, take a stroll through their rose garden and enjoy the flowering beauty up close and personal.


    Akebono Flowering Cherry


    Even the 5 gallon trees they have for sale are bursting with blossoms!


    The Lush Look with the Drought Drip

    by  • March 20, 2017 • 0 Comments

    These are my garden must haves for a healthy garden when the valley heats up again!

    Farmer’s Tip – Plant shrubs and trees now, while the weather is perfect to ensure a healthy well rooted plant before next year’s heat. Your plants will also be taking advantage of any rain that comes our way this winter!


    Ground Cover


    Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)- Beautiful color all summer! These flowers reseed themselves but I haven’t found them to be invasive.



    Salvia Greggii-Lots of colors to choose from! The color pictured is called “Hot Lips.” Fast grower that does well when nurtured or neglected. Hungry Hummingbirds love this plant. If you plant it, they will come…

    Small Tree


    Feijoa (Pineapple Guava)- Get a multi-trunk tree to add structural interest to your yard!

    Large Tree


    Schinus (California Pepper)- The look of a willow tree without being a water waster! You will see some of these well-established trees along the freeway where there is no irrigation!

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    For the Love of Sod

    by  • March 13, 2017 • 0 Comments

    If you love the look of sod but dislike the maintenance, try these water wise alternatives to keep you loving your field of greens…

    I’ll admit that I do love the look of sod…but I don’t enjoy wasting water, fixing lawn mower blades, lifting heavy lawn mower bags, edging and fighting gophers over lawn territory. Well, guess what, we have other options! There are California friendly grasses that are water wise and look beautiful when planted in masses to fill small and large areas in your yard.

    IMG_4515 Some are low growing and others are taller with more pronounced blades.

    The Greenery even has evergreen varieties to keep your lawn area looking beautiful year round without all the maintenance that typically comes with owning a lawn. While the weather is still cool and the skies are blue, now is the time to establish your lawn areas.

    What’s Your Style?

    by  • March 6, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Set the trend in your neighborhood with these new stylish pots.

    A few weeks ago I wrote a blog called “Potted Paradise” that talked about filling un-plantable areas in your yard with potted plants. Well, just recently I was walking through the Greenery and felt compelled to take pictures and show you the trend-setting stylish pots that I saw.


    This style will give so much old world charm to your yard, it will inspire you to invite family and friends over for a European inspired dinner party…




    These contemporary pots will make all the color in your yard “pop” when paired with this clean, white, glossy glaze. It will certainly be a stylish addition to any cocktail party or happy hour in your backyard!


    Add organic color and texture to your boring patio and you will certainly enjoy those outdoor summer nights forevermore!

    I know that pots can be pricey, but think of them as furniture for your yard. They can set the mood and style of your yard AND don’t forget that you can always take them with you if you move!

    Rain Chains

    by  • March 3, 2017 • 0 Comments

    These rain chains will add curb appeal and the ability to catch all this wonderful rain for future use in your yard! Wherever you hang this chain, place a large container underneath it and it will guide all this needed water into the container for future use in your garden. Add beauty and save water for your yard with no extra work? Uh, yes please!


    I had no idea that yard art could also be functional!


    Tea Time in the Garden

    by  • March 2, 2017 • 0 Comments

    A tree that inspires us to get ready for spring…

    Open your eyes as you drive around town and you will notice more and more of these breathtaking trees. They are called Teacup or Saucer Magnolias because of their large teacup blooms that eventually open up to be saucer sized flowers that cover the tree with springtime joy. I would definitely call this a “specimen” tree that should be used as a focal point in your garden landscape. There are a few different varieties available that vary in size and flower color but ANY variety is definitely worth planting! If you don’t have room for a large tree, then plant one of the smaller varieties. I highly recommend planting them in a spot that you can view from a window inside your house because it will inspire and entice you to get outside and enjoy the onset of spring!

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