In our article section you’ll find helpful information on how to maintain your garden, take care of your plants, attract wildlife and see examples of inspirational native California gardens. Check back often as we’ll be adding new articles frequently.
Planting in Summer with California Natives!
This is an article I’ll be working on for a little while…and you can come back from time to time to check the progress… Summer can be a bit of a challenging season for your native garden. All of[…]
Zoom…..Gardening with Pacific Coast Irises March 24th!!!!!!
I will be giving a presentation on gardening with pacific coast irises on March 24th, at 7:00 to about 8:00 and it’s open to you! Then, for those who want more….we will have an open house at our nursery on[…]
I want to see the flowers before I buy and plant them!
I want to see the flowers before I buy and plant them! Bob Sussman 2/17/2021 We’re told early on that it’s better to plant plants/flowers before they bloom not while they’re blooming or worse after they bloom. Now there[…]
Our Pacific Coast Irises are Getting Ready to Travel…
A limited number of our pacific coast iris hybrids are ready to travel to your garden. Take a look and more will be added as they root out. How it all works is at the end! We are starting to[…]
Island Bush Mallows our Lavatera- Bob Sussman
Island Bush Mallows our Lavatera- Bob Sussman Lavatera or tree mallows are native to all the continents of the world with the exception of the poles. In North America, California they are native to our Channel Islands. There are[…]
Where Some New Irises Come From- Bob Sussman
Where Some New Irises Come From Plants do funny things because they are plants. We’ve been growing and crosses pacific coast irises for many years. In the western states there are some 11 or 13 irises that are native.[…]
A Distribution of Flower Children from the Same Parents
A Distribution of Flower Children from the Same Parents- Bob Sussman (Hardly a scientific peer reviewed article, maybe better) A little over 10 years ago, thanks to a visit from Dr. Richard Richards I learned how to cross or hybridize[…]
Lots Milkweed …Pick Your Favorite (Native)
Lots Milkweed …Pick Your Favorite (Native)- Bob Sussman Every year the monarchs come to our region, southern California to mate in both spring and again in fall. They lay their eggs on the various milkweed plants in the wild areas[…]
Preparing for Fall – Pacific Coast Iris Production
Preparing for fall pacific coast iris production– Bob @ Matilija Nursery This is the time of year when we clean up our pacific coast irises in their “big” pots and take a good inventory, so we can see what to[…]