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Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa,

Happy May!


You will not believe how the nursery is exploding right now. Flowers and color everywhere you look! It's spectacular. We have solid inventory in all categories, so please come in soon while everything is in bloom and looking so colorful. Here is our May sale already in progress:

20% Off

Lavender &

Hanging Wall Art

Heading back to the Secret Garden...All Lavender is now on sale. We have quite a few varieties in stock to choose from, including the well-known English, French, and Spanish lavenders, and then, there's 'Sweet Lavender', 'Provence', 'Primavera', 'Goodwin Creek', 'Boysenberry' (Lavandula stoechys), 'Blue Spear', 'Meerlo', 'Shades o' Grey', and 'Violet White'.

Hanging wall art gives an extra touch to any garden. Metal and ceramic suns, butterflies, lizards, Talavera, and other whimsical designs bring a burst of cheerfulness to your garden.

Thank you for attending our sold-out Blueberry Talk with Mia McCarville last month. It was wonderful to see all of you who came out for it. Mia provided great information, tips, and stories. We look forward to holding more garden talks like this one in the future and seeing you again!

Save the date for our annual Midsummer Night's Dream Sip, Paint & Plant at the nursery on Wednesday, June 26 from 6-8 pm. We will be painting and planting Terra cotta pots! It is always a magical and memorable night that you will not want to miss!

For more details and to sign up please visit

In the next section, Steven talks about so many flowering and amazing plants to look out for this month. Then, you'll find May Gardening Tips next.

Please let us know if there's anything you are looking for that you can't find to complete your garden. With almost one hundred growers we source our plants from, we would be happy to try and track it down for you.

Summer is around the corner! Wishing you a great Memorial Day weekend coming up. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Best wishes,

Your Anderson's La Costa Team ~ Tandy, Hanna, Mariah, Manny, Marc, Jen, Courtney, Steven, Madeline & Grace (not pictured: June & Cypress)

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What's New at thο»Ώe Nursery Steven Froess

Hello Everyone,

If you haven't been to the nursery recently, it is worth your time to come visit! We now have a beautiful mural by Andy Davis at our entry that is especially visible coming from the coast along La Costa Ave. The detail ties into our location being near the ocean. Along with plants, animals, and the ocean, the colors are bright and eye-catching. And, another great reason to come visit us is that we truly have more plants in our inventory than at any other time of the year.

In my garden at home, I just finished planting my first round of warm-season crops. I decided to go with more of what I will use this year: tomatoes, onions, shallots, basil, Romano beans, shishito peppers, Carmen peppers, tomatillos, and cucumbers. I've been obsessed with growing from seeds recently. I have been starting seeds in trays since I have critters that would eat the vulnerable plants once they sprout. Once the seedlings mature, I separate them into 4" pots, let them grow for a week, then transfer them into the ground or bring them into the nursery. There is a rewarding feeling of having something come from a small seed to a plant that can be harvested. 

It's also time to thin out my peaches. Stone fruits tend to overproduce and benefit greatly from being thinned out at an early stage. The benefits are less stress on the branches (can be prone to breaking) as well as better quality and larger fruit. My early blueberry varieties are beginning to ripen (Misty and Oh my Darlin) and they are abundant and tasty this year. 

In my front garden blooms are abundant, but I'm once again battling gophers and snails. I am seeing more decollate snails this year so I won't be using Sluggo anymore since they help control small to medium-sized brown snails, but not slugs. Snails are eating my flowers as well as the foliage on my plants, and the gophers are taking out my California poppies one at a time. I'm ok with that as long as they don't kill the perennials. Since my garden is mostly established I use GopherHawk (you can get it on Amazon) to try and eradicate them. If I plant anything new, I will begin using the gopher shield baskets we carry as well as the gopher scram to help keep those persistent critters away from my plant roots. 

Roses are going gangbusters and yes, we have been stopping to smell them! We still have a nice selection of Hybrid Tea, Grandifloras, David Austin, and more, and there are lots of flavors to choose from. Please let us know if you're looking for one that we don't carry - we would be happy to try to order it for you. 

Plants, plants, and more plants! The variety of blooming perennials and annuals is probably the largest it will be for the year. The early spring bloomers such as anigozanthos (Kangaroo Paw), grevillea, and California natives are still in bloom while the mid/late spring bloomers (lots of pollinators) such as pentas, lavender, verbena, bougainvillea, buddleja (butterfly bush), and mandevilla have already started their flowering for the season. 

Here are a few more beauties for our springiest spring yet, like sun-loving dahlias and California poppies, mixed sun/shade abutilon, and outdoor bromeliads.

Plus, don't forget the large selections of year-round favorites like succulents and cactus, and indoor plants.

We have plenty of narrow leaf and tropical milkweed (asclepias) for the very hungry caterpillars, a.k.a. Monarch butterflies who have already begun their seasonal migration.

We are finally receiving lots of hanging baskets, just in time for Memorial Day! Yes, we will be open for the holiday...just closing a little early on Sunday & Monday, May 26 & 27.

ο»ΏCan't wait to see you all soon!

Your Local Horticulturalist,



May Gardening Tips

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May usually brings prime planting conditions to Southern California gardens and landscapes. Temperatures are mild, the soil has warmed up, and we'll often have high overcast skies that will help new plants ease gradually into warmer weather conditions.

May is the best month to plant summer flowering shrubs, the majority of your summer fruits and vegetables, and to start transplanting indoor plants to the outdoors. If temperatures are cooperating, this month will be your busiest until September with planning, planting, and projects to head into summer. We could not find a more pleasant place or time of the year to be out working in the garden in our area than during the month of May! 

To continue reading May Gardening Tips, click here.

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20% Off

All Lavender & Hanging Wall Art

Offer good through May 31, 2024


Tah Dah!

Thank you, Andy Davis.

We love our new mural soooooo much! | Instagram @andydavisstudio


Anderson's La Costa Nursery

400 La Costa Ave, Encinitas, CA 92024

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