Soquel Nursery Growers
November & December 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.
Fall Hours and Holidays

Throughout the fall and winter we are open 8:00 - 4:00 Monday-Friday.
The office and nursery will be closed November 26 & 27.
However, we can deliver on November 27th if you desire.
We will be closed December 21-January 1.
We will reopen January 4th at 8:00 am.
Gorgeous New Grasses
We have added some excellent grasses to our collection. Grasses add a lovely kinetic element to your landscape,
waving and shining in the wind. We have many colors and textures to enhance any design. Mix some of our grasses into
your flowerbeds. The linear element and subtle coloring of grass accentuates the colors of flowers the way eyeliner
brings out the beauty of the eye. Never underestimate the importance of texture in a landscape design. Wispy, bristly,
feathery, shaggy, shiny…you can have lots of fun mixing and matching grasses with shrubs.  We have grasses with soft
moplike shapes, bold upright shapes, and everything in between. We have little grasses for a meadow or a California-
style cottage garden and great big grasses for bold effects and fast-growing screens. Most of these new grasses are
available now. The others will be here in the spring or summer of 2010.
Our First Open House a Grand Success
On October 29 we invited all of our customers to tour the nursery, have lunch, and see what's in store for 2010.
More than 150 people showed up for perfect weather, delicious food, and wine.
The buffet was from Gayle's.
Pasta salad, chicken salad,
beet and spinach salad.
Wine tasting
featured Bargetto's
and Solo Vino.
Our Vice President,  Jeff Rosendale, gave a talk on
the history of the nursery since its beginning in
1982, when he was General Manager.
Calamagrostis foliosa: Leafy Reed Grass. Native to northern
California coastal chaparral and forests. Medium -width gray-
green leaves contrast beautifully with the horizontal cream-
colored plumes.  Mounding habit to 1’ x 2’. Likes good drainage and
medium to low water in sun or light shade.
Carex ‘Bronzita’: A hybrid of either C. comans or C. flagellifera,
depending on who you ask. Soft, shiny, finely textured brown
foliage with mounding habit to 1’x 2’. Grow in sun or part shade
with moderate water.
Carex oshimensis ‘Evergreen’: Lush, deep green, curving mop-like
leaves to 1’ x 2’. Flower heads are not showy. Excellent for rock
gardens. Likes regular water in sun or light shade.
Carex phyllocephala ‘Sparkler’:  Striped green and cream foliage
is arranged in fan shapes, like palm leaves. Forms an evergreen,
slowly spreading clump to 2’ x 2’. Likes moist, rich soil in light
shade.
Chasmanthium latifolium: Wild Oats. Native to eastern U.S.
Green bamboo-like foliage to 4’ x 3’. The intriguing flattened seed
heads turn from green to tan to bronze. They flutter in the breeze
and are great in dried arrangements. Cut to ground in spring. Give
medium to low water in sun or light shade.
Chasmanthium latifolium ‘River Mist’: A variegated form with
green and white stripes and silvery-white seed heads. Grows to 36”
x 36”. Tolerates light shade, salty coastal air and damp soil.
Juncus effusus spiralis: Curly Rush. A little grasslike plant with
corkscrew-shaped green leaves. Very fun in flower arrangements.
Plant in ponds or pots with medium to high water. Sun or light shade.
Grows to 2’ tall.
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Adagio’: Dwarf Maiden Grass.  Finely
textured silvery green foliage turns yellow in fall. Tassel-like
whitish plumes summer-fall.  Grows to 2’-3’ tall and wide. Good in
containers. Medium water.
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’: Maiden Grass. A fountain of
narrow green leaves with silver midribs to 3'-4' tall and wide.
Coppery tassel-like plumes to 6' in fall-winter.  Medium water.
Tough and easy to grow. Tolerates most soils. Cut to ground in
early spring.
Miscanthus sinensis 'Nippon': Green foliage with silver midrib.
Reddish plumes fade to cream fall-winter. 3'x3'. Cut to ground in
late winter. Medium water. Plant in sun or light shade.
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’: Zebra Maiden Grass.
Horizontally banded yellow and green foliage to 6’ x 8’. Arching
habit. Pinkish plumes in summer-fall.  Likes moist soil in full sun.
Muhlenbergia capillaris: Mist Grass. Bright green mounding
foliage to 3’ x 6’. Clouds of finely textured airy pinkish plumes to
4’ tall. Cut back in late winter to refresh. Low to moderate water.
Pennisetum ‘Burgundy Giant’: Dramatic stalks of bronze foliage to
6’ tall. Maroon or white flower spikes summer-fall. Plant in full sun
in a sheltered spot with good drainage and regular water.
Deciduous.
Pennisetum ‘Fireworks’: Mounding red, pink, white, and green
striped foliage.  2’-4’ wide with red plumes to 4’-5’ tall. Evergreen,
but benefits from being cut back in late winter. Full sun and
moderate water.
New Lavenders

We have added two varieties to our lavender lineup. L. x intermedia ‘Grosso’ is one of the most
fragrant lavenders. Its large, deep violet flower spikes are excellent for drying. It has a dense growth
habit to 30” x 30”.
L. x angustifolia ‘Munstead’ has bright lavender-blue flowers and a very sweet
fragrance. It grows to about 18” x 18”. Our
‘Munstead’ are grown from cuttings to ensure uniformity.