Soquel Nursery Growers
November 2008 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.
Holiday Closure
Soquel Nursery Growers will be closed from November 27 through January 9. We reopen January 12.
We hope you’ll enjoy the holidays as much as we will. This is our last newsletter for 2009.
Acorus for us!

For our hydrophilic gardeners, we have two types of Acorus
gramineus (Sweet Flag)
available. A perennial evergreen,
Acorus is grown for its foliage. Its narrow grasslike leaves
are arranged in elegant curving fans.  It can be planted in
dry ground as well as submerged at a pond’s edge.
Acorus grows to about 1’x1’ and has inconspicuous flowers
that rarely appear when the plant is not partially submerged
in water. The plant spreads slowly by rhizomes, making it
easy to reproduce through divisions. We have two types:
Acorus gr. Ogon: Yellow-green variegated foliage.
Acorus gr. Variegatus: White-green variegated foliage.
Anemone coronaria
Anemones are great for spring color, and we’ve just introduced some new cultivars to our catalogue.  
They prefer well-drained soil with a lot of organic matter, and do well in sun or partial shade.
They possess an upright habit, growing to be 24” tall and 6” wide, and work well as cut flowers.
Anemones are poisonous, and should only be appreciated visually.
St. Brigid: Large double flowers of scarlet, lavender, purple, pink and white.
Mr. Fokker: Showy single flowers of violet/blue.
Hollandia: Bright single flowers of red with white centers.
Sorry, no photos yet!
We are Armeria’d to the teeth. Otherwise known as Thrift, Armeria is a great addition to a variety of gardens.
Salt and poor soil tolerant, it is one tough little perennial.
Coming out of small tufts of grass-like evergreen foliage,
Armeria prefers full sun, well drained to dry soil, and
is drought tolerant once established. This makes it great for adding color as well as foliage to xeriscapes, rock
gardens, and your friend’s yard where we both know it will never, ever, get watered. We have a few different
Armeria alliacea: Clumps reach 6”x20” wide and have bright pink flowers.
Armeria maritima: Slightly smaller form with finely textured leaves and pink flowers.  
Armeria maritima Rubrifolia: Similar to Maritima with red-bronze leaves. no photo yet
Armeria alliacea
Armeria maritima
Myrica californica or Pacific Wax Myrtle is perfect for a screen or as a
specimen shrub. Its bright green foliage looks fresh and tidy all year. Its
natural form is a uniform, rounded globe. You can also train it up as a small
tree to enjoy its smooth white bark. The leaves have a wonderful sweet
spicy smell. Occasionally it produces small, dry, waxy berries. Myrica
californica tolerates a wide variety of soils and watering conditions, but is
longest lived in somewhat dry, well-drained soil. It will grow to about 15’
tall and 8’ wide. Deer usually leave it alone. Like members of the Pea family
and Ceanothus, Myrica roots have nitrogen-fixing bacteria that enrich the
soil, making them useful in restoration plantings.
Calamagrostis ‘Overdam’

This showy grass has bright green leaves with creamy white
margins. In cool weather it develops a pink blush. The
feathery seed heads appear in June and start out pink,
turning to gold and tan. The seeds are sterile so you don’t
have to worry about it becoming invasive. Unlike many
ornamental grasses,
Calamagrostis ‘Overdam’ does well in
heavy clay. It will grow to 1’ x 2’. Plant it in full sun or light
shade. Cut it to the ground in late winter. Its bold texture
and color makes a nice contrast with fluffy flowers such as
Nemesias, Chrysanthemum frutescens, Diascia, and Ericas.

We are growing Hardenbergia violacea ‘Happy Wanderer’ in
both one and five gallon cans this year. This vine will be
covered with little purple sweet-pea flowers throughout the
winter and spring. Gophers love it almost as much as people do,
so you might want to plant it in a wire basket. This is a twining
vine so give it something to curl around. Give it rich, well-
drained soil in sun or light shade. Hardenbergia ‘Happy
Wanderer’ is one of the most hardy and vigorous selections.  
Euryops virgineus

Euryops virgineus has finely textured needle-like leaves and
masses of tiny yellow flowers. The sweet fragrance of the
flowers gives it the common name
Honey Euryops. This South
African native grows to 4’x 4’ in full sun. Its bright green
foliage looks fresh and tidy when out of bloom.