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In the Spotlight!
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Kleim's Hardy Gardenia
Star-like single flowers having an intense fragrance appear most profusely in early summer, sporadically through the season. This extremely hardy selection will grow in Lake Tahoe! It prefers light shade. It’s a handsome plant in containers, low borders, along walkways, anywhere it’s fragrance can be enjoyed. Slow growing, low mounded form to 2 to 3 feet high and wide.

“Angel's Blush”

Long-lasting, 10-inch long white flower clusters turn rosy-red in late summer and fall as they age, adding color to the garden when few plants are in bloom. Best used as an accent specimen.  Partial sun is best. This is a fast-growing shrub to 8 to 12 feet tall, 6 to 10 feet wide.  This plant will fill up a large blank wall with brilliant late-season color and lovely foliage. Stands well as a specimen where it will receive plenty of room to create a mountain of long lasting flowers.

Citrus trees are ornamental as well as producing edible fruit. These evergreen shrubs have shinny green leaves, fragrant flowers, and delicious fruit. Grow citrus in the full sun. Citrus make great container plants, and here in the upper foothills you would want to protect the plant from hard frost. In a container they can be kept small with pruning, thus easily covered with a frost blanket or moved under a covered patio. We grow Meyer Lemon, Lisbon lemon, navel oranges, and mandarins.

Hardy Water Lily
Water lilies are one of the most beautiful water plants. With flat leaves that float on the surface of the water they provide needed shade for the pond. They grow best in full sun, but will tolerate light shade. They are also useful in container water gardens. The flowers are beautiful floating on the water, in shades of red, pink, white, orange, or yellow. Every pond, big or small should have at least one water lily.
Golden Variegated Sweet Flag
(Acorus ‘Ogon’)
This is one of our favorite grasses. We grow it in part sun or light shade where its golden yellow color can brighten a shady spot. It also is a great container plant, with its soft look and feel. Growing quickly to about 10 inches high, it spreads slowly forming a clump. ‘Ogon’ grass is great as an accent, especially around larger rocks, or plant them in mass for a sea like effect.

Streibs Findling Cotoneaster
(Cotoneaster dammeri 'Streibs Findling')
One of the lowest growing Cotoneasters! Excellent, flat-growing ground cover displaying dense, tiny blue-green leaves. Use on banks, berms, and to cascade over walls. This evergreen shrub grows in the full sun. This ground-cover is fast-growing to only 6 inches high, spreading to 8 feet. Deer Resistant!

“Stellar Pink” Dogwood
(Cornus x 'Rutgan')
Near perfect understory accent tree bears soft, shell pink flowers in early spring followed by a show of autumn foliage. Use as an accent or plant against background of deep evergreen conifers. Grow this tree in full sun to partial shade. “Stellar Pink” grows vigorously to about 25 feet tall and wide.  This pink dogwood is very disease and borer resistant, which can be a problem for some dogwoods in the foothills. There is also a white version called “Aurora” which has the same disease and insect resistance. Both these varieties are blooming right now at the nursery. Don’t miss out!

Common Lilac
(Syringa vulgaris)

One of our favorite spring blooming plants is the Common Lilac (Syringa vulgaris). It has been a favorite of foothill gardeners for years. You will find old lilac plants that are over 100 years old in the gold rush communities.
The fragrance is legendary. Nothing says spring like the fragrance of lilac. While there are many hybrid lilacs available, with different colored flowers, it’s the old fashioned lilac that has the most refreshing smell. Cut a few flowers and place in a vase to bring spring inside.
The lilac likes full sun, and if un-pruned will grow over 10 feet tall and wide. You can keep it smaller by pruning in the spring right after flowering. Don’t prune in winter as that will remove the flower buds for spring.
We have lilacs budded and ready to bloom this spring.  Bring the legendary fragrance of lilac to your world today.

Forest Pansy Redbud
(Cercis occidentalis)
This beautiful landscape tree is valued for its brilliant scarlet-purple colored new foliage, maturing to maroon. Rosy-pink flowers on bare branches bridge the gap between winter and spring! Growing to about 20 feet tall and 25 feet wide this small tree is perfect for a sunny patio as the root system is non-invasive and will not lift pavement. It turns yellow just before dropping its leaves in fall, thus allowing the sun to shine through. This tree is related to our native redbud, which is quite fussy about growing in our garden. “Forest Pansy” Redbud is an eastern redbud type, which are more tolerant of the kind of conditions existing in our gardens.
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