Special Plants at the Fall Plant Sale

by Helen Englesberg, Nursery Manager

     It’s never too early to think about fall planting, so don’t miss out on this year’s Arboretum Fall Plant Sale, Saturday, October 14. The Arboretum sale is open 10 am-12 pm for members only, 12-4 pm to the public; the California Native Plant Society sale is open to all 10 am-4 pm. Memberships are available at the gate on the day of the event and are available online anytime on the Arboretum home page Membership tab or by calling 831.502.2998.

     Spice up your garden with something different from our diverse collection of native California and exotic plants. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions about the plants. The plant list will be available on our web site a week prior to the sale so you can come prepared to find the right plants for your garden. Watch for the signs directing you to our new location inside the Arboretum, along the main road. Below is a brief preview of some of our favorites available at this sale.

Protea ‘Pink Ice photo credit: Michael E. Clark
photo credit: Michael E. Clark

Protea 'Pink Ice"
Easier to grow than others, this Protea makes a wonderful cut flower. Growing around 8 feet tall and wide, it is best planted in full sun and well draining soil. It is fairly drought and frost tolerant to temperatures between 25°-30° F. And, as a bonus, deer tend not to dine on this plant. 

 

 

 

 


Hardenbergia ‘Mini Haha photo credit: Linda Willis
photo credit: Linda Willis

Hardenbergia ‘Mini Haha 
An evergreen small vining shrub growing 2-3 feet tall and 3-5 feet wide. It has mauve flowers during winter and spring and can grow in sun or shade in most soil types. It is fairly drought tolerant and hardy to 20-25° F.


photo credit: Linda Willis
photo credit: Linda Willis

 

 

 

 

Protea cynaroides (King Protea)
A spectacular Protea that grows 4 feet tall and wide and blooms in the springtime with large bowl shaped pink and cream flowers. It does best with regular water and well draining soil.

 

 


photo credit: Michael E. Clark
photo credit: Michael E. Clark

 

 

Banksia spinulosa ‘Birthday Candles’
A low growing evergreen shrub with large 5-6 inch brush like orange-yellow flowers, a good plant for a container or rock garden. This Banksia is moderately drought tolerant but will appreciate occasional watering.

 

 

 


photo credit: Michael E. Clark
photo credit: Michael E. Clark

Isopogon formosus (Cone flower)
An evergreen shrub growing 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide. It blooms in springtime with showy round purple/pink flowers. Its foliage with sharply divided leaves provide year round attraction. This plant is drought and frost tolerant and not likely to be eaten by deer.

 

 

 

 


photo credit: Linda Willis
photo credit: Linda Willis

Grevillea ‘Mason’s Hybrid’
A great plant for hummingbirds and bees with its year round bright orange-red flowers. It grows 4-6 feet tall and wide. Plant in full sun to partial shade; it’s drought tolerant once established.

 

 

 

 


photo credit: Linda Willis
photo credit: Linda Willis

Chrysolepis chrysophylla var minor (Chinquapin)
A locally occurring native large shrub or tree not often found growing for sale in nurseries. It blooms in the summer displaying catkins with male flowers. Spiny burs follow enclosing small nuts. The leaves are deep green on top and golden underneath. Best grown in full sun to light shade in soil with good drainage.