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Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa,
Greetings! We hope this newsletter finds you off to a great start to the new year and enjoying all the rain we've been receiving. Even in the middle of our "deep winter," the days are slowly getting longer and we have a beautiful forecast ahead for the weekend. 

So much to enjoy outdoors this time of year! Winter blooms are magical and the air is clean and refreshed from all the rainfall. With the extra time inevitably spent indoors, it's the perfect time to bring some of the outdoors inside with our first special of the year:
New Year Nursery Special:
20% Off 
2, 4 & 6-inch Indoor Houseplants
20% Off
Chive Pottery

Below you'll find  "What's New in the Nursery... " by Steven,  including  his recommendations for the best plant categories to keep your eye on   this winter plus monthly  Gardening Tips  for January to follow. 

We hope you doing well and feeling accomplished about your new year's resolutions thus far. Hopefully there's one in there about spending more time outside and in your garden this year! Thank you for allowing us to serve you and be your local independent nursery. 
We are stocked with beautiful plant selections and are ready and waiting for you! 

Marc,  Mariah and the Team at 
Anderson's La Costa Nursery
What's New at the Nursery
      Steven Froess

Hello Everyone!

2019 is officially underway and already we're getting a decent amount of rainfall and cold weather. This is great for most plants, especially stone fruit trees that require chill hours. This should make for a beautiful spring bloom throughout the county in our gardens and hiking trails. I trust everyone has had a great start to the new year, but now we must get back and tend to the garden!
As the rainy season continues, so will the germination of weed seeds. The best way to control weeds is to stay on top of them and eradicate them before they flower and set more seed. This can be done a number of ways...The easiest way for small gardens is hand pulling or using tools to uproot the weeds which can then be collected and disposed of. Another is using an organic spray such as Burnout or concentrated vinegar. There are also pre-emergent  weed   pellets like Amaze that can be applied before certain seasons that prevent the seeds from germinating in the first place. Mulching can be another effective method but needs to be done in thick layers (8"-12") to have any effect on weeds. 

Plants of all kinds benefit from natural rain water. Collect as much as possible if you have the ability to do so and your garden will reap the rewards. Remember to have your irrigation systems turned off or severely cut back this time of the year, no need to waste water. Plants are not so reliant on water for growth throughout winter as most are in a sort of dormant state, plus the periodic rainfall keeps the soil saturated (I haven't had my irrigation on since early November!) 

People always ask me if it's okay to plant in the winter, and with the exception of tropical plants I tell them absolutely! You might not notice a lot of top growth throughout the cold season but the roots are growing and with the benefit of rain, your plants will jump to life in the spring time.

Plant Talk...
We have a great selection of plants in a couple of categories right now, including indoor plants, succulents and cactus, and drought resistant/tolerant plants. Let's start with the indoor section...

Start the new year by filling your home with air-filtering, oxygen-producing houseplants. I love the way plants can make an indoor space feel more comfortable and natural. I believe there is a bond between humans and plants, we both need each other!

If you have larger spaces to fill try some of our taller plants such as Ficus lyrata (fiddle leaf fig) which we have in many different sizes, Ficus triangularis (more unusual, very unique), Areca palms (tall palms that are great for air filtration and oxygen), and different varieties of Dracaena (unique structural plants). 

Ficus lyrata
Ficus triangularis
Areca palm

If it's foliage your after, there is lots to choose from. Try one of the many varieties of Agleonema (white diamond, Maria, Lady Valentine), Croton (Zanzibar, Oakleaf, Mamey), and also a few Ficus 'Siam ruby', Pilea peperomiodes, Monstera deliciosa, and  Synagonium

Lush agleonema at left with dracaena marginata towering over it; cool varieties of croton above.

Many houseplants put on beautiful flowers as well.  Bromeliad blooms last several months and have many shapes and colors.  Anthuriums seem to bloom almost year-round and have a reputation for being easy to grow (check out the dark burgundy colored one below, right!)

One of my favorite categories, succulents and cacti , have not stopped growing in popularity. I believe the aspect of low-maintenance, low-water, and when done right, very unique landscapes can come out of a design containing these amazing plants. Our 2" and 4" selection are great year-round (perfect for small projects, planters, gifts, or to experiment with). 

I'm particularly excited about Aloes this time of the year (maybe because they really shine, i.e. bloom in the winter).  Tree varieities include Aloe thraskii, Aloe dichotoma, Aloe africana, and Aloe munchii. Other great varieties include Aloe striata, polyphylla (spiral aloe), distans, lineata, cameronii (red starfish aloe), vanbalenii, Erik the red (has the most beautiful red flower), Moonglow (yellow abundant flowers!) and capitata var. quartzicola (very unusual flower). 

Last is a quick list of some drought resistant unusual plants we have in stock at the moment: 
  • Leucadendron 'Jester' is always a pleaser with its bright colored foliage year-round
  • Leucospermums and Proteas are starting to bud up! 
  • Banksia speciosa and ericafolia compact are great for unusual flower shows. 
  • Calothamnus 'Spring torch' and Adenanthos 'Silver haze' make beautiful evergreen shrubs with textured foliage. 
  • Grevillea are really shining right now almost all are in bloom, filoba, 'Peaches and cream', 'Superb', 'Robyn Gordon', 'Magic lanterns', 'Coastal Gem' and 'Long John' (and all Grevillea flowers attract hummingbirds!) 
Leucadendron 'Jester'

Adenanthos 'Silver Haze'
Protea 'Pink Ice'

Grevillea 'Moonlight'

 There are of course more but I like to leave a little room for discovery (that's the best part!)

Thank you all for a great year in 2018 and I am looking forward to even more new and exciting things in 2019 and to seeing you at the nursery soon. Ciao for now!

Your local horticulturalist,

We would love to help you beautify your outdoor space! If you are interested in updating or creating a new and beautiful garden, our Garden Design Team will be happy to help you! 

A one-hour professional consultation at your home or office starts at $450. During the initial at-home visit, our designer will meet with you to learn about your vision, see your location and layout, take photos and measurements, and provide you with additional recommendations. The Designer will then develop a beautiful customized garden design for you including: 
  • an itemized recommended plant listing
  • a breakdown of costs associated with the proposed design
  • a follow up meeting at the nursery for a presentation of your design including plants samples and suggestions
  • a basic placement sketch for you to review
  • information on how to care for your new garden
For questions and more detail, please c all 760-753-3153  or stop by the nursery. You may also visit our website  to preview our designs and designers at 
January Gardening Tips

Tend to the garden in January? Absolutely! Apart from getting caught in a rainfall now and again, there are still lots of things you can do in your So Cal garden to start the new year off on the right foot. Winter-season chores will enhance your garden's health as spring approaches...everything you accomplish now, along with our recent rainfall, will make spring that much sweeter and more beautiful.  
Trees and shrubs
This month's tree and shrub tasks include planting, pruning and protecting. In San Diego County we can plant trees of all kinds: fruit trees, shade trees, and flowering trees. While you shouldn't prune flowering trees until after they've bloomed, you can now prune most shrubs and deciduous shade trees. Few birds are nesting in trees in the winter. This is an especially good time to prune coniferous trees like pines and cypress since their pests (various bark beetles) are not active at this time of the year.

To continue reading January Gardening Tips, click here.  
Newsletter Specials & Coupon

New Year
Nursery Specials

20% Off 
2, 4 & 6-inch
Indoor Houseplants

20% Off
Chive Pottery

Specials Expire Jan. 31st
Welcome Gardening Clubs!

Judy from the Happy Diggers Gardening Club of Fallbrook
love Garden Clubs and Members! 
We are grateful for the partnerships that we have established with area Garden Clubs, Horticultural Societies and other gardening and planting groups. We love having the opportunity to meet members of the groups, either when they visit the nursery or when we are invited to speak during a meeting. In many cases, affiliated groups receive discounts and other benefits at the nursery.
If you are a member of a gardening club and would like to schedule a visit to our nursery, or you would like for one of our staff to speak at an upcoming meeting, please have your membership chair contact us. We welcome the opportunity to be able to support one another!

Anderson's La Costa Nursery 
400 La Costa Ave  Encinitas, CA  92024   |  760-753-3153