Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2001
Regional Report

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Yerba Buena Nursery
Yerba Buena Nursery

is California's oldest native plant nursery. They specialize in native plants and exotic ferns. The nursery has a large demonstration garden showcasing various native plants. Visitors are welcome to stroll the gardens, as well as the handsome garden shop that sells garden accessories and books to complement their unique collection of plants. They also offer a tea terrace which features beverages and pastries on weekends and catered high tea on weekdays. This is a great destination for the avid California native plant collector. If you can't visit this spectacular treasure in person, visit their web site to find all your favorite native plants.

Favorite or New Plant

Hellebore
Hellebores are hardy perennial plants that bloom in early spring and on through the summer in our region. I love them because they have a woodsy look. The flowers last well when cut and used in arrangements. Hellebores grow to about 18 inches tall and have flowers that range in color from white and green to pink and lavender. The bold and handsome foliage emerges from the ground in early spring in a rosette shape. Flowers form on stalks held above the foliage and usually face downward, giving them an almost shy appearance. Once established, hellebores naturalize quickly. They prefer a shady location with well-drained soil rich in organic matter. If possible, don't move the plants once established; it may take them several years to bloom in the new location.

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