What To Plant

  • September and October are prime months to plant permanent plants that are not frost tender.

  • It's not too late to plant fall vegetables and herbs. Vegetable starts for cool season vegetables continue to be in great supply. Plant cool weather vegetables; peas, beets, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, chard, radishes, spinach, lettuces, arugula, Asian greens...

  • Seed sowing continues into October for the fall/ winter vegetable garden. Many great varieties available.

  • Onion sets, garlic, and shallots arrive this month for Fall planting.

  • Plant new lawns or patch an existing lawn now while conditions are at their prime.

  • This is the ideal time to plant cool season annual color to last through winter: primroses, pansies, Iceland poppies, snapdragons, paludosum daisy, alyssum, calendula....

  • Spring flowering bulbs are here until they sell out. Shop early for best selection: Daffodil, Narcissus, Tulip, Hyacinth, Paperwhites, Crocus, Iris, Ranunculus, Anemone, Freesia, Calla Lily....

  • Sow wildflowers now for Spring blooms. California natives like Poppies, Lupine, and Baby Blue Eyes are some of our favorites.

Plant Nutrition

  • Start to treat hydrangeas with aluminum sulfate if you want blue blooms.

  • Start feeding Cymbidiums with bloom food and bring them inside for the Winter to force the blooms.

Maintenance

  • Divide and trim clumping plants like Clivia, Daylilies, Gazanias, Shasta daisies...

  • Divide hardy water lilies.

  • Cut back on watering if you haven’t already but watch out for Fall heatwaves!

  • Clean up spent flowers and any decaying fruits and vegetables that will invite pests to the garden.

  • Continue planting and feeding Fall annuals while soil is warm so that they are full for Winter.

Fun

  • Pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins!!! We grow our own pumpkins that you will find for sale throughout the garden center. 

  • Our Gift Shop is full of Autumn and Halloween themed decor and gifts.