Soquel Nursery Growers
July 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
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We sell to wholesale and retail nurseries, landscape contractors,
and landscaping professionals.
Rehmannia elata

Rehmannia elata or Chinese foxglove produces fabulous towers
of deep rose-pink flowers, which can reach 3’ tall. The flowers
will appear again and again throughout the summer.
Rehmannia elata is not popular with rabbits or deer. The bold
serrated leaves form a dense clump that chokes out weeds. This is
a great plant for dry light shade. Moderate water will keep it
from spreading too much.  In moist areas it may take over.
Fabulous Phygelius
Funfare Orange
Funfare Wine
The common name of Phygelius is Cape Fuchsia, but they are not Fuchsias at all. They are more closely related to
Penstemons
. They are much tougher, more drought- and heat- tolerant than fuchsias. Phygelius are native to the Cape
region of South Africa.

Trewidden Pink and the Funfare series have intriguing yellow and red star patterns inside. You can plant them in a
hanging basket so you can enjoy looking up inside the flowers.

Phygelius are evergreen to 20° F. and will survive 0° F. They enjoy full sun or light shade and tolerate a wide range of
soil types and watering conditions. The varieties we grow are selected to stay compact and bushy. They bloom
repeatedly and profusely throughout the summer and fall. Trim periodically to refresh. They spread slowly by
underground runners. Their dense growth habit chokes out weeds year round. Deer are reported to dislike
Phygelius.
Snow Queen
Trewidden Pink
Moonraker
The long, pendulous tubular flowers of Phygelius come in a
variety of luminous sorbet colors. They look very dramatic
mixed with dark-leaved plants such as
Heucheras, Geranium
Cheryl’s Shadow,
and Ajuga Catlin’s Giant.  Add some
grasses and Fancy Pelargoniums for a marvelous textural
contrast.  A bright splash of
Chrysanthemum parthenium
aureum
makes your planting complete.   
Helleborus orientalis

We have a fine crop of Helleborus orientalis in one-gallon
cans. They won’t bloom much this year, so give up worrying
about what color flowers you are going to get and plant
several of them. They are a lovely mix of many shades of
cream, white, rose, and purple. They all look good, especially
together, and the surprise will be pleasant for you.  The colors
are subtle enough to complement any planting design.

Their common name
Lenten Rose comes from Lent, the start of
their most profuse bloom season: late March and early April.
In our climate they are evergreen. They will bloom in the
winter, too.  The flowers are 2”-3” wide, and elegant in an Art
Nouveau sort of way. They look a bit more like their cousins
the buttercups then like roses. The intricate patterns and
structures inside the flowers can be appreciated if you plant
them atop a retaining wall or on a hillside.

Hellebores are an excellent choice for shady woodland
gardens. They love moist, humus-rich soil and undisturbed leaf
litter. The foliage is glossy dark green. Its bold texture looks
good mixed with ferns,
Heucheras and Ajuga. All parts of
Helleborus orientalis are poisonous to humans and pets. Deer
usually do not eat Hellebores.  They will grow slowly to about
1 ½’ x 1’.
Non-Stop Begonias

We are growing the ‘Non-Stop’ series of Tuberous Begonias in 4”
pots.  We have both black and green foliage types. The flowers are a
wide range of shades of yellow, pink, and red.  They are so big and
heavy they hang down, making them ideal for hanging baskets.  
Tuberous Begonias need humus-rich, well-drained soil in light shade.
If you bring them inside in the winter they will continue to bloom all
year.  
Dichondra argentea

You will be charmed by these strands of little silver hearts.
‘Silver Falls’ Dichondra makes a great low groundcover,
only 3” high. It looks wonderful flowing out of a hanging
basket.  Give moderate water and good drainage.  Grow in
full sun or light shade. Mix it with
Convovulus
mauritanicus (Groundcover Morning Glory)
for a
delightful contrast.
Correa ‘Carmine Bells’





Correa ‘Carmine Bells’ thrives in a challenging variety of conditions. This is an
excellent shrub for coastal areas, windy hillsides, and dry light shade under
oaks. It is very neat in appearance, tolerates poor rocky soil, and requires
little maintenance. It is not bothered much by pests, diseases or deer. It has a
low, dense spreading habit to 2’ tall and 8’ wide.
Correas are tough and drought resistant when well established.  Its natural form is dense and
symmetrical, but can be sheared.
Correa ‘Carmine Bells’ has dark olive-green leaves that make a
wonderful contrast with amber-hued grasses like
Carex testacea.  Its bell-like red flowers
appear in late fall and winter, providing nectar for hummingbirds in a lean season.
Beam in some Beauty

The lovely Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’ forms a billowy cloud of dark
finely textured leaves. The cool-yellow flowers of this coreopsis combine
beautifully with pink and blue.  Try it with pink
Salvia greggi ‘Watermelon’
and blue
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’. Because it’s deciduous, it’s
important to mark the planting spot so you don’t forget it’s there in the
winter.  Grow in full sun with regular water.