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Save the Monarch Butterfly!







Among our hottest items this year have been three varieties of Asclepias. These milkweeds are vital for the propagation of monarch butterflies, whose worldwide numbers are dwindling dramatically. We sell Showy Milkweed (A. Speciosa), Tropical Milkweed (A. Curassavica), and Narrowleaf Milkweed (A. Fascicularis). In addition to providing sustenance to monarchs, these plants also attract other butterflies and hummingbirds. Our old friends at Magic Growers and our new friends at Mariposa Gardens supply us with these beauties!


Also known as Passionfruit. With lots of delicious fruit for salads, sherbets or eating right out of hand, the intricate 3.5" flowers will delight you and the Gulf Fritillaries from early summer through fall. Wait until the fruit darkens to purple and drops from the vine before eating. You can leave the fruit to ripen further for a sweeter taste, or add sugar. Evergreen and quick growing, ‘Frederick’ can easily reach 15' high and wide but can be made smaller by cutting back to 1' in winter. It’s is one of the hardiest of the Passifloras, surviving winter wet and brief frosts (to 20 degrees F) with grace, going semi-deciduous. Takes heat well, too! An annual side-dress of compost will keep it lush and happy. Self-pollinating. Does not self-sow. Sun/part Sun, average water.



Marmalade 2012 is in stock NOW! Arlington Garden’s 48 Washington Navel orange trees have become more than a colorful representation of Pasadena’s past. In 2010, they decided to make orange marmalade from the orange crop. The marmalade, made by E. Waldo Ward of Sierra Madre, was a smash hit. They sold some 1,200 ten oz. jars in just 4 months, using word of mouth alone. And now this locally grown and processed fine marmalade is available right here at Bellefontaine Nursery!


Bellefontaine Nursery is proud to announce we are now carrying Bee Bar® from Honey House Naturals®. We believe you will agree that the product is "a serious treat for dry skin." Moisten and mend dry and gardening damaged skin by enveloping it in the warmth of lush shea butter and dew drenching, vitamin rich oils. 

When chemical treatents fail, return to the tried and true remedies of nature's own skin sustenance. Restores summer heels to velvey smoothness and soothes irritating winter itch to calm suppleness. Waterless and greaseless.  


Otis and Sally Marston met and married during their college years. They both had a passion for creativity -- Sally's passion was planning and planting gardens and Otis's passion was creating innovative and delicious dishes. Their pursuits eventually led them to create and run Marston's Restaurant which opened in Pasadena in 1988.Their rightfully famous San Pasqual Salad Dressing is now being sold at Bellefontaine Nursery!

Water-conserving Plants, Practices, and Designs

Cachuma Press 2011, $27.95 paperback

Californians are avid gardeners, and for good reason. Throughout much of the state, outdoor gardening activities are enhanced by mild weather, frost-free nights, and relatively fertile soils. Like elsewhere in the country, water-loving lawns have been a major element in our gardens. (more)