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Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa Nursery, 

Happy Fall! Wow, we have one of the most pleasant autumn seasons imaginable. The mix of heat and cool is beyond delightful and even better when working in the garden. It is the perfect transition out of summer and into shorter, cooler days...eventually.

Our mid-October sale will help you with your garden re-set and getting ready for the holidays starting with Halloween! Enjoy the savings on the most essential plants for your garden:

20% off 
4-inch and 6-pack Bedding Plants
AND Ornamental Grasses

Lots of popping color for sun, bright tones for shade, and some colorful foliage as well. Ornamental grasses are awesome for movement, height and either one-off or mass plantings. 

"What's New in the Nursery..." by Steven is next, plus monthly Gardening Tips for autumn to follow. Don't miss 
Old Ben's Workshop article about birds and berries - super interesting! Please make sure next time you're in you also check out our newest shipment of amazing pottery for both indoors and out.

Thank you for being our awesome customers. Please let us know what you are looking for and if there is anything we can special order for you. Hoping you and yours are well and having a nice autumn.
Best regards,
Marc, Mariah, and the Team 
at Anderson's La Costa

WhatsnewWhat's New at the Nursery
                ~ by Steven Froess

Hello Everyone!

The cooler nights and shorter days remind me that we are in the best season of the year. Fall through winter create some of the most colorful and spectacular sunsets, in my opinion, probably due to the unique cloud formations and the angle of the sun as it sets. This time of the year planting conditions are more ideal as well.

The nursery is looking great this fall thanks to the amazing staff we have and all of their hard work. Fall plants have now arrived and are showing off their rich colors. Some of the plants that remind me of this time of the year are Chrysanthemums, Cyclamen, Pansies, Violas, blooming grasses (especially Muhlenbergia capillaris), Ornamental peppers, Camellias, and Azaleas to name a few. Plus, sun & shade bedding plants and ornamental grasses are now 20% off!

Check out Tibuchina organensis 'Blue Moon', Salvia 'Love and Wishes', and Salvia leucantha 'Midnight' for some beautiful flowers with shades of purple that repeat flowering cycles. 

Grasses, on sale now, such as Muhlenbergia capillaris have very showy flowers this time of the year. 

Lomandra 'Platinum Beauty' is one of my favorite grasses that provides brilliant foliage any time of the year. Other great plants with colorful foliage include Coprosma 'Tequila sunrise', Hemizygia 'Candy Kisses', Pseuderanthemum variegata, Ligustrum 'Sunshine', or Coleonema 'Sunset gold'.

Indoor plants are extremely popular right now and we are working hard to constantly re-stock our inventory. Specimen plants like Ficus lyrata and 'Audrey' are available, plus braided Ficus 'Alli'

We also have Coffee plants that can be grown both indoors (bright, warm location) or outdoors (sun to part sun) and will eventually produce coffee beans. 

Dracaenas are some of the most durable indoor plants and we have several varieties to choose from. Pleomele reflexa 'variegata' will brighten up any room but prefers bright indirect light. 

We have a small amount of more sought-after plants such as Stromelanthe triostar, Rhapidophora tetrasperma,
Tradescantia 'Nanouk', and Monstera adansonii, while supplies last (these four shown below left to right).

Indoor plants are so perfect for fall...

Croton, above, is variegated with some orange/black leaves. 
Tillandsias, bromeliads, and
ginger, at right, make a fine autumn display.

Cool-season veggies are now coming in full force on a weekly basis. The weather is ideal for beets, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuces, kale, Asian greens (bok choy, tatsoi, mizuna, etc.)  swiss chard, spinach, and peas to name a few. 

Three types of lavender at left, 
hearty Asian cabbage above.

Once the summer plants have been pulled, remember to re-amend the soil. I recommend E.B. Stone's Recipe 420 soil amended with worm castings. There is a new organic fertilizer that we carry called 420 Recharge which is a major nutrient booster without having to add more soil.

We also have a great selection of Bonsai: flowering and non-flowering, potted and ready to give as a gift, or individual plants, pots and soil to build your own creation. Bonsai is a Japanese art form which uses cultivation techniques to produce small trees in small containers that mimic the shape and scale of full-size trees.

Please let us know if there is anything we can special order for you. We love the trick of looking for new treats for your garden! I hope you all have a great and safe Halloween- see you before the sun sets on the fall.
Your local horticulturalist,

TipsFall Gardening Tips 

October is when we start to see our first true days of autumn. We have already experienced some cooler nighttime and morning temperatures between our summer-like hot spells. 

In Southern California, our mild Mediterranean climate makes it possible to plant year-round, but fall is one of the best times of the year to garden: the soil is still warm and the cooler season is soon upon us. As the temperatures start to cool down, working in the garden becomes even more glorious. 

October is the peak month for planting cool-season flowers and vegetables. Although you won't be able to enjoy their color until next spring, October is also a great month for planting perennials. By planting now, they will develop a strong root structure during our cool weather and then burst into glorious color in the spring.

For complete Fall/October Gardening Tips, click here.
Garden Design & 

We would love to help you beautify your outdoor space! If you are interested in redesigning or creating a new and beautiful garden, our qualified Garden Designers 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 an individually customized garden design for you including: 
  • an itemized recommended plant listing
  • a breakdown of costs of 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 call 760-753-3153 or stop by the nursery. You may also visit our website to preview our designs and designers at
N e w s l e t t e r   S p e c i a l s

October Special

20% Off 
4-inch + 6-pack
Bedding Plants 
Ornamental Grasses

Specials good through November 1, 2020
Pyracantha berries
Birds and Berries
Berries are an important food source for many birds during the winter, especially when the ground is frozen or extremely cold. It is hard for the birds to find worms, snails or insects during this time.

Some birds like thrushes, redwing blackbirds, and cedar waxwings find most of their winter food from berries. Some berries that are tasty for birds are poisonous to humans.

Some plants use berries as a clever way to entice birds and other animals to distribute their seeds. A plant that produces berries surrounds its seed in juicy, fleshy pith, rewarding the birds that eat them with vitamins and energy. 

Some berry seeds, like juniper, will actually grow better after passing through a bird's gut, which removes natural chemicals that would otherwise prevent the seed from growing. Other berry seeds, like mistletoe, are sticky, and must cause birds some frustration when they stick to their bills. The birds wipe their bills on other trees, unwittingly sowing more mistletoe plants.

Most berries are red or black. This makes the berries easier for birds to find. Evergreens and plants that produce berries when their leaves are still green, generally produce red berries, which show up well against a green background. Black berries are thought to show up better against leaves that have turned yellow or brown.

Birds feed in different ways. Thrushes and waxwings feed in flocks. Many other birds will feed by themselves hoping to keep the berries all to themselves.

Thrushes and waxwings prefer berries with smaller seeds, as they are really interested in the flesh. Other birds like grossbeaks can make use of the seed itself, and so are attracted to berries with large seeds, like hawthorn and cherries.

The winter is a good time to consider planting fruit and berry bearing trees and shrubs in your garden. The following plants are especially good for a wide range of birds: Pyracantha,  cotoneaster, berberis, hawthorn, honeysuckle, holly, raspberry, viburnum and many more. Ask your Anderson's La Costa Nursery associate for more choices.

Berry Benefits For Birds

Calories: High calorie berries provide critical nutrients, especially when its cold out and other food is hard to find.

Antioxidants: Research indicates many species of berries for birds
contain antioxidants that help them handle the stress of migration.

Shelter: Many berry bushes provide essential nesting habitat 
throughout the year while protecting birds from bad weather and

Please check out our full line of birdseed and wild bird products at Anderson's La Costa Nursery, your North County supplier of Old Ben's Wild Birdseed.

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