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Edition 15.28 Yamagami's Garden Center July 9, 2015
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM

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"There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling."
~Mirabel Osler


Got Shade?
Get It Now!

Trees are the backbones of a garden. The shade they cast protects your home and the garden around them from high heat and drought stress. Everything else in the garden is a sidekick and can be changed fairly easily. It's important to choose trees with well-behaved root systems that can tolerate a wide range of conditions without scheming on your plumbing or lifting pavement. These days, with water use so critical, it's also important to choose water-wise trees. If you are in the process of removing part or all of your lawn, consider adding a shade tree or two. Not only will they lend structure and dimension to your yard, the shade they cast will end up saving you a lot of water. Here are a few of our favorite well-behaved trees to consider:

Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia) love full hot sun, are water-wise and offer changing color interest all year. In spring they leaf out a lovely green. In summer they produce bountiful blossoms in a wide range of colors from white to pink to purple to red.

In fall, they turn vibrant reds and yellows before leaf drop. In winter, their bark is the star, as it peels and offers color and texture. Mature sizes range from 12 feet to 20 feet+.

Crape Myrtle

African Sumac (Rhus lancea) has a lovely weeping form and is a really sturdy evergreen choice, drought-hardy, frost-hardy and deer-resistant. It has dark green narrow leaves and a shaggy reddish bark.

It doesn't look like much in a can but it quickly fills out and attains a lovely shape. It grows 20 to 30 feet tall.

African Sumac

Brisbane Box (Tristania conferta) is a handsome evergreen tree offering glossy green leaves, creamy flowers in summer and a colorful peeling bark.

It adapts well to lawns, parking strips or small spaces. It grows 25 to 35 feet tall and 25 feet wide, fairly quickly.

Brisbane Box

'Keith Davey' Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis) is prized for its remarkably vibrant fall color.

It can be grown in almost any garden situation, providing filtered shade.

'Keith Davey' is guaranteed male, so there will be no messy seedpods. It grows 30 to 40 feet tall.

'Keith Davey'
Chinese Pistache

'After Dark 'Peppermint Willow (Agonis f. 'After Dark') is a small, weeping, evergreen tree with red foliage that matures to a deep, almost black, burgundy color.

In spring and summer it has small white flowers. It has long narrow leaves that have a peppermint fragrance and an open form.

It's as delicate in appearance as a Japanese maple, but much happier and well adjusted in the sun. It does tolerate part shade too, as long as care is taken not to over-water it. It grows 15 to 20 feet tall.

Arriving July 15.

'After Dark '
Peppermint Willow

Follow our Tree Planting Guide for guaranteed success. We also have some garden supplies to help your new tree adapt to its new home.

• Add Mykos Pure Mycorrhizal Inoculant to your soil mix as a source of beneficial microbes. They enable roots to process water more efficiently and promote a more vigorous tree

• Soaker hoses are the best way to water a tree, especially a newly planted one. Simply coil them around the planting hole.

• If you prefer not to use a soaker hose, use a Dew Right Tree Watering Bag which slowly dispenses 20 gallons of water.

• Spray your new tree with Cloud Cover to slow down its water loss.

Dew Right
Tree Watering Bag


For the Sweet
Fragrance of Vanilla:
Chilean Jasmine

Chilean Jasmine (Mandevillea laxa) is a hardy Jasmine (to 10ºF) that blooms profusely with fragrant white trumpet flowers. Its perfume is of sweet vanilla without being heavy or cloying. It is well behaved, growing 12 feet tall, without being invasive. It tolerates sun or part shade and grows well in containers.

This Mandevillea will not freeze in the winter but may go partially deciduous. Trim back in early spring, and it leaps back into action. It is perfect for planting around your deck and outdoor entertaining areas.


Ruben's Picks:

We trust Ruben to find new and interesting veggies and he doesn't disappoint. Here are a couple of his latest finds:

Magenta Spreen is a pretty garden "green" with a dusting of magenta on the new growth. It's easier to grow than spinach, but prepared and eaten the same way with a very similar flavor. It is related to many other veggies, including spinach and beets. Use it in salads for color as well as flavor.

Toothache Cress (Spilanthes aleracea) leaves have a grassy taste and are used in Northern Brazilian cuisine, both fresh and cooked. The flower buds are the most interesting part of the plant and where they got their various common names. The buds have been used medicinally because biting them produces a tingly sensation, numbing the mouth and causing salivation. The buds have been called "buzz buttons" or "Szechuan buttons". Toothache Cress is an edible ornamental, as the flowers are interesting too.

Consider adding these interesting choices to your garden and check our edible selection regularly for new introductions.

If you should see Ruben on your visit, thank him for all his hard work!


Featured Water-Wise Plant:
Penstemon Margarita BOP

Margarita BOP is a gorgeous cultivar of a native Penstemon, bearing spikes of blue flowers spring through summer. Its name is interesting, in that the BOP stands for "bottom of porch," where the original seedling first appeared. Pollinators love it and so will you.

It grows 1 to 2 ft. tall and about that wide. It is an evergreen perennial that should be cut back once a year after its big summer bloom. Once established, it is quite water-wise. It plays well with others in beds or containers.


Yamagami's News Flash:

Last week we learned we are now in a quarantine area due to a find of Oriental Fruit Fly a mile or so away.

That means we had to strip ALL fruit from our trees, bag it and dispose of it. It really hurt, but we were happy to comply if it stops the spread.

All it takes is one smuggled infected fruit or plant to trigger an infestation. Please don't do it.

Here's Liz harvesting away and some of the harvest.

It has taken days to complete, and the effort will be ongoing for the foreseeable future.


Coming Events

Sunday, July 12th
Fairy Garden Class

$40 fee covers materials to create and bring home a whimsical creation of your own. Class limited to 10.


Saturday, July 25th
Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer by bringing in your buddy to our summer garden display and take his or her photo surrounded with flowers. We will post the best ones on our Facebook page. Your buddy does not have to be a K9.

Saturday, August 8th, 10 AM to 2 PM
Bearded Iris Rhizome Sale
Sale to benefit the Clara B. Rees Iris Society. Members are selling divisions from their own collections. Get great prices on some great Iris varieties!

67th Anniversary Evening Sale
Thursday, August 20th, from 6 PM to 8 PM

Spin the wheel for 20% to 67% OFF your entire purchase.


 Cucumber, Tomato and
Zucchini Salad

What You'll Need:

  • 2 lg. cucumbers, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1/2 lg. red onion, cut into quarters & very thinly sliced
  • 3 lg. tomatoes, diced
  • 1 green or red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 (3.8 oz.) cans sliced black olives
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) chopped, fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons (or more) fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Mediterranean sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper (white or black)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  • In a large salad bowl, combine the cucumbers, zucchini, red onion, tomatoes, bell pepper, olives, basil and thyme - mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, sugar, pepper and olive oil.
  • Sample the dressing and adjust seasonings as desired.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad (add a little at a time, mixing in between, to avoid using too much dressing--you will probably have a little more dressing than you need).
  • Cover and place in refrigerator and let marinate (stirring a couple of times) for at least 4 hours.
Serves 6


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Finally, the perfect soil for raised beds!

Since 1948, Yamagami's Nursery has been committed to the promotion of beauty and the plants, products and friendly, professional support needed to attain and maintain that Beauty. In my parents' footsteps (and Taro Yamagami's before them), I promise to continue that tradition. I invite you to visit us in the nursery and on our website, for help in making your yard into a beautiful garden.
Thanks for visiting,

Preston Oka

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