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Edition 18.45 Yamagami's Garden Center November 8, 2018
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM
Featured Quote

Featured Quote:

"It was November - the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines."
~ Anne of the Island, L.M. Montgomery

Our Picks This Month


Why We Love Them

Easy-to-grow and evergreen, winter-blooming camellias are workhorse plants with a delicate aesthetic. They shine as hedges, screens, or specimen plants, and make stunning cut flowers. Some varieties are also fragrant, and will perfume your garden with their ethereal scent.

Staff Favorites

'Yuletide' - elegant red blooms make their appearance close to Christmas, lending much-needed color to the winter garden.

'Pink-A-Boo' - deep pink, deliciously fragrant flowers bloom near Christmas as well; another excellent winter garden choice.


Why We Love Them

In the Bay Area, cyclamen are synonymous with splashy winter color. In addition to making excellent potted plants, hardy cyclamen are known for performing well in dry shade, one of the most challenging locations in the garden. Noncompetitive root systems mean cyclamen can play well with others. Take advantage of this by planting them among the roots of neighboring trees and large shrubs.

Winter Daphne

Why We Love Them

Striking flowers, luxuriant fragrance, and evergreen foliage team up to give Winter Daphne a winning personality. The tidy shrubs rarely need more than a light pruning, and look right at home in both woodland and cottage-style gardens. Though they can require some delicate handling, these deer-resistant beauties more than earn their keep!

Staff Favorites

'Leucanthe' - extremely vigorous and disease resistant; has lush, dark green foliage and clusters of cream-colored blossoms with pink backing.

'Jim's Pride' - semi-evergreen; begins flowering in early April, and can continue as late as November; produces very fragrant, champagne-white flowers.

'Maejima' - semi-dwarf; variegated leaves are lively and eye-catching; fragrant blooms begin as dark pink buds and open to lighter pink and lavender flowers.

'Summer Ice' - evergreen in USDA zones 5 through 9, is deciduous in cooler climates; variegated leaves and pale pink star-shaped flowers; blooms spring, fall, and sometimes in between.

Crape Jasmine

Why We Love Them

Don't let the name fool you; crape jasmine is not a *real* jasmine. With its beguiling fragrance, pure white blooms, and glossy leaves, however, such distinctions quickly fall by the wayside. Crape jasmine is aesthetically versatile: use the elegant shrubs as a hedge or screen, or prune them to resemble small trees. Their intoxicating scent is most pronounced in the evening, so be sure to plant them where you can enjoy the fragrance!

Staff Favorites

'Flore Pleno' - double-blooming variety; clusters of fragrant, frilly bright white blooms are set against shiny, deep green leaves.


Why We Love Them

Also known as Flowering Maple, abutilons bloom continually and require little fuss. With their enchanting, crepe-textured flowers and graceful growth habit, abutilons lend their charm to a multitude of uses: plant along an entryway arbor, train as espaliers along fences and walls, or grow as container specimens. There are even varieties that do well as hanging plants!

Staff Favorites

'Lil Red' - stunning, orange-red flowers.

'Soft Sunrise' - bell-shaped flowers open salmon, then age to pale pink.

'Tiger Eye' - orange, turban-shaped flowers are laced with striking red veins.

'Mardi Gras' - festive variegated leaves; flowers are deep gold with vibrant pink veins.


Why We Love Them

They may look like tiny oranges, but these flavor firecrackers exist in a category all their own. Grow them for their cold-hardy, evergreen foliage and jewel-like fruits, and let their unique, sweet-sour flavor carry you from late winter into early spring.

Staff Favorites

'Marumi'- round fruits with a thin peel and pleasant flavor.

'Nagami'- most widely available kumquat in North America.

Passion Fruit*

Why We Love Them

Nothing says "summer" like the rich, sweet flavor of passion fruit. Grow your own to enjoy fresh, or add to drinks, ice cream, sauces, and more. Passion fruit vines also grace you with stunning flowers that lend a wild, lush appeal to any fence or trellis. Now is the perfect time to plant this slice of paradise in your own backyard!

Staff Favorites

'Nancy Garrison' - cold-hardier variety; fast-growing vine can fruit after one year; fruits have delicious, juicy, bright orange pulp.


Why We Love Them

In 2013, the avocado was officially recognized as the State Fruit of California. While that distinction only lasted for one year, our love affair with them is ongoing. Nutritious and delicious, there are varieties perfect for virtually every home gardener. Whether you want to grow your avocado in a container on your patio or a sunny corner of a large backyard, we have a tree for you!

Staff Favorites

'Mexicola' - grows 25-30 feet; small, delicious fruit; great option for cold-winter climates.

'Hass' - grows 30-40 feet; soft, creamy fruit with good oil content and a rich, nutty flavor.

'Lamb Hass' - grows 30-40 feet; fruit is larger and rounder than most other avocado varieties, flesh is creamier than its better known Hass relative; has a slightly nutty taste.

'Little Cado' - grows 6-10 feet; best avocado variety for containers; medium-sized fruits with consistently good flavor.

'Holiday' - grows 9-15 feet; ideal for home gardeners who want to grow their own avocados without an abundance of space; fruit is large and tasty.

* Both passion vines and avocados will need protection from frost over the coming winter; even so, plant now so they can set strong roots for the coming spring!

Chinese Money Plants Are Here!

Pilea peperomoides is known by many names: Chinese money plant, pancake plant, UFO plant, lefse plant, and missionary plant. Whatever the name, many of our customers have expressed an interest in this beautiful-yet-elusive plant. After much searching, Yamagami's is proud to announce we've finally found a source for it!

Keep an eye out for 4-inch Pileas in our Houseplants department, and bring the beauty and prosperity of this plant into your home in time for the holidays.

Baker Creek Seeds Have Arrived!

Yamagami's is proud to stock Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds! Baker Creek's complete catalog sports nearly 2,000 varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs, and includes both European and Asian varieties dating back to the 19th century. While we can't carry everything, we have recently added a few more Baker Creek seeds to our collection:

  • Dwarf Moringa - dwarf variety from India, well-suited to container growing; prized for its high-protein leaves, rich concentration of minerals and vitamins, and heavy load of anti-oxidants.
  • Golden Purslane - upright habit; large, tender leaves are a peppy yellow-green; has high concentration of healthy omega-3 fats and is rich in anti-oxidants.
  • Mugwort - large plant; a popular woman's medicinal herb from Asia.
  • Valerian - delicate-looking, low-growing plant, very attractive in borders or herb gardens; root has been used medicinally for centuries, and modern research has confirmed its value (we make no recommendations, and use of herbs should be undertaken only under medical supervision).
  • Stinging Nettle - don't be scared: drying or cooking eliminates the sting; young shoots taste like spinach and are rich in vitamins and iron; used in salt-reduced diets.

Get The Jump On Jack Frost

Help your garden overwinter in style by covering your frost-tender plants. Frost covers offer 2°F to 6°F cold protection, and unlike plastic sheeting or blankets, can be draped directly over foliage AND left on plants for up to 6 weeks.

Yamagami's carries a variety of frost covers, all made from 100% polypropylene. Reuse them season after season, and recycle when you're finished!

Products We Carry

  • FrostProtek Row Covers
  • FrostProtek Container Covers
  • FrostProtek Hanging Basket & Small Shrub Covers

How To Use

Step 1: Place cover over plant and/or container.

Step 2: If cover has a drawstring (not all do), tighten drawstring and set cord locks.

Dress Your Plants For Winter

Why Mulch?

Save Time & Money

  • Reduce weeds by as much as 90%.
  • Decrease cost of buying and applying herbicides.
  • Reduce need for trimming grass around trees and poles.
  • Cut cost of irrigation

Promote Healthy Plants

  • Reduce weed competition.
  • Keep soil moist.
  • Add beneficial organic matter.
  • Improve soil structure by preventing compaction.
  • Insulate plant roots against extreme temperatures.
  • Hold seeds, fertilizers, and topsoil in place

Protect The Environment

  • Reduce green waste.
  • Minimize soil erosion.
  • Conserve water

Look Good!

Mulch 101
Get your mulch on in just a few basic steps!

Step 1: Remove weeds, water area thoroughly

Step 2: Replace grass with mulch under trees and around poles

Step 3: Keep mulch 6-12 inches away from the bases of trees and shrubs

Step 4: Apply a layer of mulch that settles 2-4 inches deep; use less on poorly-draining soils

Mulches We Carry

At Yamagami's, we have an extensive selection of mulches to choose from. Whatever your garden needs, we have a mulch for you!

  • Soil-Building Conditioner
  • Purely Compost
  • Cocoa Mulch
  • Cedar Mulch
  • Shredded Redwood
  • Professional Decorative Bark - Mini Mulch
  • Professional Decorative Bark - Small
  • Professional Decorative Bark - Medium

Coming Events

November 17

Christmas Tree Lot opens

November 22- CLOSED: Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 23rd thru Sunday, November 25th -
Black Friday SALE

30% off all gallon and larger outdoor plants, all houseplants, all pottery, statuary, fountains, and bulbs.

November 26 - Christmas Tree deliveries begin; schedule yours ASAP!

Garden Center Scrapbook

Happy Yama-ween from all us miscreants at the garden center!

Yamagami's gets all kinds of visitors, including this Gray Bird Locust.

Steve and Flower, hard at work rebuilding the Soil & Tool Room.

Newly re-imagined Soil & Tool Room, open for business!

The holidays are coming! Moving plants and making bays for the Christmas trees.

3 day forecast

3 day forecast


Native Planting Mix
Ideal for CA natives and other water-wise plants.

Since 1948, Yamagami's Garden Center 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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Rose Planting Mix
Especially formulated for all varieties of roses, flowers and blooming shrubs

GBO Fruit Tree Fertilizer
Grow better tasting, more nutritious fruit, with more abundant crops.

Eden Vally
G&B Organics Eden Valley Blend Potting Soil with BiocharMax™. BiocharMax™ is a soft-wood biochar that provides soil, plant and environmental benefits.

Acid Planting Mix
Made especially for acid-loving, shade-dwelling plants.

Finally, the perfect soil for raised beds!

Vegetable fertilizer
Helps produce more abundant, better tasting and more nutritious vegetables.

Harvest Supreme
Improves a variety of soils for vegetable gardens or flower beds.

Potting Soil
The perfect container mix. It drains well, yet retains just the right amount of moisture around tender roots.

Planting Mix

Soil Building Compost
Great for breaking up hard clay soils to improve drainage.