Soquel Nursery Growers
April 2009 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.
Spring Hours Begin April 1st
We are open weekdays 8:00 – 4:30
until further notice.
Celebrate Earth Day April 22nd

Every day is Earth Day if you are a gardener. On the official holiday you can celebrate with others in your
community. Try a beach cleanup party, a wildlands restoration project, or helping seniors or children plant a
garden. Every human should get a chance to put her fingers in the soil and feel the power of spring.

Orthrosanthus multiflorus, aka Blue Flag or Morning Iris, is an
Australian native in the Iris family. It has sprays of lovely sky-blue
star shaped flowers spring through fall. Its grasslike foliage is
attractive all year. It forms a clump 18” tall and wide. It is drought
tolerant, needing only an occasional deep watering in the summer.
It is also low-maintenance and deer resistant. Plant it in sun or
light shade.
Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’

We sell this relative of Potato Vine staked up as a vine, but you can train it as
a topiary, espalier or informal shrub. It grows fast with sturdy, flexible
stems to 6’ tall or more.  Clusters of purplish-blue stars with bright yellow
centers appear in late spring and continue through fall. Solanum crispum likes
full sun or light shade and rich, moist soil.
South African Daisies
We grow two varieties of clumping
Gazanias, Chansonette and Talent.
Both are a mix of many oranges,
yellows, pinks, purples, and creamy
white, most with an intriguing little
geometric pattern at the base of the
ray petals. Chansonette mix has
green leaves and Talent mix has grey
leaves. Both grow to about 1’ x 3’
and require full sun. They require
very little maintenance or water.
Artichoke ‘Green Globe’

Artichokes are not just for dinner anymore. Use this wonderful bold-
textured plant as an accent in your sunny perennial border. Ours are
seed grown, so they don’t produce as heavily as clonal types, but
they will still give you large, flavorful flower buds for several
months each year. Eat them or let them develop into fabulous fuzzy
purple flowers.
Gaura ‘Siskyou Pink’

Gaura ‘Siskyou Pink’ is spectacular in the summer and fall,
when it looks like a cloud of little pink butterflies. The
foliage is dark purple. Gaura is not bothered much by pests
or diseases. 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 ‘Siskyou Pink’
has a deep taproot, which makes it drought tolerant but
makes it difficult to transplant. Give it a sunny spot with
good drainage and it will grow to about 2’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.
Where would we be without Penstemon gloxiniodes hybrids?  They are untroubled by snails or deer, thrive without
fertilizer, and bloom profusely in the sunny low-water garden. We have five varieties in 1 and 2 gallon cans.
We also have 1-gallon
Penstemon campanulatus, Pale lilac-blue and white. 2’ x 2’.
Bev Jensen
Holly's White
P. campanulatus
Helictotrichon sempervirens

Helictotrichon sempervirens or Blue Oat Grass forms a 2’ clump of finely
textured blue-grey leaves. It makes a wonderful contrast with bronze foliage
such as
Phormium tenax atropurpureum. It is native to the Mediterranean and
thrives in Pacific Northwest climates.  It is drought tolerant once established
and needs good drainage. As the species name suggests, it does not go dormant
in winter.  By springtime it will have some dead leaves mixed in with the new
growth. Instead of cutting it back, stroke it with a rake or your fingers and
the dead leaves will pull out easily.