The garden center sits on a relatively small plot on Sepulveda Boulevard, surrounded by retail businesses on 3 sides and homes in the rear. The staff makes maximum use of the space they have available.
|The parking lot doubles as storage for fruit trees, like this Guava tree, and bedding plants|
|Entryway to the garden center's main area|
There are lots of succulents, although some of the most interesting are available only in large containers at hefty prices.
|I loved this Aloe greenii 'Icena,' seated next to a Beschorneria yuccoides|
|There were lots of small succulents|
|And some very big ones, like the Furcraea and Agave 'Blue Glow' here|
|I couldn't find the ID for this Agave but I liked the bright spines|
|This Aloe camperi 'Jennifer' was new to me|
|I think a spiral Aloe may go on my Christmas wish list|
|Dyckia 'Naked Lady' isn't as spiky as those I have but it was attractive|
|If I knew where to put this Synadenium grantii, a relative of the Euphorbia, it might have come home with me|
Beyond the succulents, there are shade plants.
|Maybe it was the red background but I fell for this Begonia 'Paul Hernandez,' which grows 4-6 feet tall but, with nowhere to put it, it was left behind|
|Unfortunately, Cordyline 'Caruba Black,' shown here with Persian Shield, requires lots of water|
Perennials can be found lined up at the other end of the garden center.
|I'm trying to think of a place for this purple smoke bush|
|Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame' looks great in front of a red wall|
Edible and water-wise plants are a few steps up and toward the back of the property. I came in looking for Leucadendron 'Jester,' which they had but only in large pots.
|The Leucadendron collection|
|A variety of drought tolerant plants arranged around a huge driftwood centerpiece|
I came home with a Grevillea 'Ned Kelly,' a Vitex agnus-castus, and 2 Pentas lanceolata. As a bonus, I got a good picture of a Gulf Fritillary.
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