Soquel Nursery Growers
July 2010 Newsletter
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Soquel Nursery Growers 3645 North Main Street Soquel, CA 95073
(831) 475-3533 (800) 552-0802 (831) 475-1608 fax
We are not open to the public.
We sell to wholesale and retail nurseries, landscape contractors,
and landscaping professionals.
Gaillardia Oranges & Lemons

This lovely Gaillardia has ruffled semi-double petals with
serrated tips. The center is orange and the petals are peachy-
gold with yellow tips.
‘Oranges & Lemons’ will bloom
throughout the summer and fall. Its growth habit is more
upright than other Gaillardias, growing to about 2’ x 2’. Moist,
well-drained soil is best, but it will tolerate heat and drought.
Leave the spent flowers on so birds can enjoy the seeds. Grow
in full sun.
Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun'

Large showy flowers have scarlet center with yellow tips.  
Compact mounding habit to 8"x12".
Cordoba:  A mix of orange,
yellow and brown single
flowers with golden tips
and dark brown centers.
Compact mounding habit to
20” x 20”.
Indian Summer: Huge
golden yellow flowers with
dark brown centers. 40” tall.
Irish Eyes:  Single yellow
flowers with unique green
center.  18” tall.
Maya:  Large, fully
double golden flowers.
18”x 10”.
Prairie Sun:  Unique and
striking flower with green
center and petals that are
dark yellow at the base and
pale yellow at the tips.  32”
Sonora: Yellow and
burgundy flowers with dark
brown centers. 18” tall.
Tiger Eye: Long-lasting, 3"
semi-double golden blooms
with brown centers. Bushy
growth habit to 18"-24"
tall. Very mildew resistant.
Sunny and golden, carefree and easy…
No flower says “Summer” like
Rudbeckia, also known as Gloriosa Daisy or Black Eyed Susan.
These are all hybrids of Rudbeckia hirta, a short-lived perennial usually grown as an annual.
They thrive in many climates and soil types.  
They bloom for months and months and make wonderful cut flowers.  Grow in full sun with moderate water.  
Drip irrigation or a soaker hose is best to avoid wetting the leaves.
This year we are growing three of the ‘Little Miss’ series of clonal Alstroemerias in 2-gallon cans. Also known
as Peruvian Lilies, Inca Lilies, or Princess Lilies, Alstroemerias are exotically striped and spotted flowers that
resemble orchids or lilies. The ‘Little Miss’ series is very compact and mounding to about 1’x 1’. Clonal varieties
have a long bloom season from spring to fall.  Grow them in well-drained soil in cool sun or light shade with
medium water. They will appear on our availability list as “Alstroemerias Clonal Assorted”.
Little Miss Christine
Little Miss Sophie
Little Miss Tara
Gorgeous Gauras

We have both Gaura lindheimeri (White Beeblossom) and Gaura ‘Siskyou Pink.’ They are spectacular in the
summer and fall, when they look like a cloud of little pink or white butterflies. The foliage of
‘Siskyou Pink’ is
dark purple. Sometimes the leaves will be covered with darker purple spots, which may appear to be a disease, but
is a naturally occurring pigment that will spread out into a mottled look as the leaves mature.
Gaura is not
bothered much by pests or diseases. It has a deep taproot, which makes it drought tolerant but also makes it
difficult to transplant. Give it a sunny spot with good drainage and it will grow to about 3’x 2’, beautifying your
garden for years. If it sprawls you can prune it a bit, but its open, airy form is part of what makes it so lovely.
Solidago ‘Little Lemon’

The wild Solidago, or Golderod, is native to the Eastern U.S.
The hybrid ‘Little Lemon’ is the most compact, only 8”-10” tall
and wide. It has bright green foliage and spikes of fuzzy
yellow flowers.
Solidago makes a great cut flower and does
not cause hay fever, as is widely believed. Butterflies love it,
but deer and rabbits do not. Solidago ‘Little Lemon’ is very
easy to grow in sun or light shade in just about any soil,
requiring no supplemental fertilizer. It needs very little water
once established. It blooms summer through fall and needs
only an occasional light pruning to refresh it. This is a cute
and sturdy perennial for the front of a border, container
garden, or an informal meadow area.