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After this unseasonably warm, dry winter I am more thankful than ever for our beautiful and hardy California native plants! If you are struggling with a thirsty landscape there are solutions for you. We hope you find some of the links helpful as you strive to conserve water but retain a beautiful and vibrant landscape.

  • Watersmart San Diego is a good place to start for both commercial landscapers and homeowners looking for ideas to conserve water and save money.
  • Families with children may wish to start a conversation about saving water using these top tips on how to conserve water,
  • We can all learn more about rainwater harvesting for when it does rain.
  • Finally don't forget to check out your own local water district for lawn replacement rebates.


The warm weather has brought about earlier flowering of some of our natives. We've been enjoying the blooms on our manzanitas, the San Diego Sunflowers are going crazy along roads and in freeway plantings, the early blooming sages are already providing a great show and the lilacs are in bloom! This is not only a beautiful sight for us, but is welcome sustenance for the bees and other wildlife searching for nectar. Additionally, the warm weather should allow us to supply milkweeds earlier than usual which can only be good news for the sadly depleted and at risk Monarch Butterfly.

So stay positive and plant native!


To see our extensive list of  all our native plants in our inventory download our availability listOur wholesale customers should call us for wholesale pricing, or for contract growing at 760-749-3216. 

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Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'
Coast Silk Tassel 'James Roof'


This large shrub or small tree produces long, showy flower tassels up to 12' in length in winter. Its spectacular flower show, combined with sturdy evergreen foliage and a tolerance of pruning make this a popular landscape specimen. It is ideally suited to the coast, which is its natural environment but will tolerate inland planting, where some light or partial shade is recommended. Plant in well draining soil and add some supplemental water. You should expect a mature height of around 12' and a similar spread in a garden situation in Southern California.
Horticultural Selection G. elliptica: origin = cuttings (19__) by James Roof, Prairie Creek State Park, Humboldt Co.; intro Saratoga Horticultural Foundation. 


Every purchase of our "Plant of the Month" at our retail nursery partners will generate a $0.50 donation to PLANT WITH PURPOSE to help villages in third world economies restore farms, plant trees and create local jobs.


Agua Hedionda Discovery Center, Carlsbad.



The Agua Hedionda  native garden contains over 750 plants, comprising over 50 different species. There are eight different types of sage plants, five varieties of manzanita, four species of wild lilac, and a variety of buckwheat, coffeeberry, currants, honeysuckle and hummingbird fuschia plus many others! All of these native plants are drought tolerant and require very little water. Many of the species are labeled with informative identification signs. The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center is a nature center dedicated to environmental education and outreach. It is located on the eastern end of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon estuary and wetland area in Carlsbad. The center hosts public programs and outreach activities and houses exhibits and displays which pertain to historical and environmental aspects of the Lagoon. In addition, the Discovery Center hosts numerous festivals, lectures, seminars and programs throughout the year. The gardens can be visited and enjoyed at any time but for the Discovery Center hours and programs click here.


Su, Abi, Adolfo, Dario, Emeterio, Maria, Mariano, Teresa and Susan
Moosa Creek Nursery