Alan's September Garden Tips

Fall begins with the last blooms on my Crape Myrtle tree, a golden color on a Gingko, and a reddish caste on the leaves of a Boston Ivy vine. Around Pasadena, our weather may be warm during the day, but the evenings are getting longer and cooler. Autumn brings excitement to our nursery!
Japanese Anemones: keep your eyes out for these, also called Honorine Jobert. They are a wonderful single white flower bound to be in bloom.
Fall flower buds: You may spot flower buds on Dogwoods, perennial White Asters, and colorful Garden Mums getting ready to burst.
Bulbs: It’s time to buy and plant drought tolerant bulbs; Watsonia Red Bugle Lily, Harlequin Flowers “Sparaxis”, and fragrant White Freesias.  Begin water culturing Paper White Narcissus.
Coming soon:  We are expecting a nice selection of California Natives soon!  Ceanothus, Rhamnus, Ribes, Romneya Coulteri, and a Salvia greggi (adopted from Texas) Autumn Sage.
Plant of the month:  Abutilon Palmeri, also know as Superstition Mallow and Indian Mallow. This native loves the sun, is drought tolerant and gets to be 4 to 5 ft tall. You’ll love the addition of the beautiful yellow flowers to your garden.