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Summer Plant Guide: Top 10 List for Summer Success

Wed, May 27, 2020
It’s true that summer is not the best time of the year to install new plants, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t. Watch the latest Ask the Garden Gnomes video below for advice or scroll down to find some quick tips.

Chasing Your Pozo Blues Away

Fri, April 24, 2020

By Taylor Lewis, nursery manager

Hello again! Back in January, 2020 while doing some winter cleanup for a client, the question arose of what to do with a huge, happy Salvia ‘Pozo Blue’. Can it be pruned? How far back? Do it in stages to avoid shocking the plant? Just deadhead spent blooms?

Not Kitten Around: Pruning Catmint

Mon, March 02, 2020
While passing the catmint, I can see it’s time for a haircut. They’re looking rather winter haggard wearing a grayish-brown coat from last years fall line. Nepeta x faassenii, better known as a Catmint, is one of my favorites groundcovers. You can cut this cat back anytime of the year, as hard as you want and as often as you want.

Low Down on Leucantha

Mon, March 02, 2020
If it’s January in the Valley and you’ve got a Salvia leucantha (Mexican bush sage) planted in your yard, there’s a good chance it looks very much like this one. I promise you they appreciate a hard cut in the winter.

Sage Advice: How to prune Salvia

Thu, February 27, 2020
Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy Salvia greggii and microphylla. Most of the questions I get asked about Salvia are in regards to pruning.

Demystifying Myrtles: Pruning Lagerstroemia

Fri, February 21, 2020

By Taylor Lewis, nursery manager

Months of color, drought-tolerant, Valley-appropriate, fast-growing, easy-care — these traits are a few reasons that crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia indica), and their many cultivars, have become one of the most widely used home landscape, commercial, parking lot, median strip, landscape trees in the Sacramento Valley. So, what’s the mystery?

Nursery Manager Added to Committee Combating Invasive Species

Thu, January 09, 2020
Taylor Lewis, Nursery Manager at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, was recently added to PlantRight’s Plant List Committee. On the committee Lewis will be assisting the organization in its commitment to stopping the sale of horticultural invasive plants.

Taylor’s Pollinator-Friendly Picks

Mon, December 09, 2019
The Arboretum Teaching Nursery is here for you at the turn of the year to bring you another edition of “Tried and True and something New.” Find some perennial favorites that are sure to brighten up your garden as the weather warms.

Taylor's Top 5 "New to Us" Pollinator Plants

Tue, September 24, 2019

By Taylor Lewis, Nursery Manager 

With the Arboretum Teaching Nursery nearly at plant capacity, we finally have a moment to appreciate many of the new pollinator plants we have been growing for you this fall. It was way too easy to come up with a list full of fabulous plants that will look great in your garden, attract one or another pollinator, be drought tolerant, and handle our Sacramento Valley conditions. (Download the complete inventory on our plant sale information page.)