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Edition 19.08 Yamagami's Garden Center February 21, 2019
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM
Featured Quote

Featured Quote:

Away in a meadow all covered with snow
The little old groundhog looks for his shadow
The clouds in the sky determine our fate
If winter will leave us all early or late.

~ Don Halley

Our Picks This Month

The end of winter is in sight! Spring has yet to make its official appearance, but signs of its impending arrival are everywhere. Stop by the nursery to see the first romantic blossoms of the season, and maybe add a few to your own garden.

Flowering Trees

Need a springtime focal point for your yard? Consider one of these budding beauties! Known for their jaw-dropping displays of early-spring blossoms, flowering trees herald the end of winter in dramatic fashion.

Weeping Cherries

  • 'Pleno Rosea' - Large magenta buds along the graceful weeping boughs open to double pink flowers. Essential for Japanese gardens.
  • 'Snofozam' - Naturally weeping branches are covered with a fountain of snow white flowers, made even more dramatic by the stunning mahogany bark of its grafted Tibetan cherry trunk.

Flowering Quince
  • 'Toyo Nishiki' - Exciting combination of reddish, pink and white blooms precede foliage. Prized in Japan for its large flowers and bonsai potential.
  • 'Clarke's White' - Pure white single blooms on bare branches in January to February. Small glossy green leaves, reddish tinged when new. Deer resistant.

  • 'Vulcan' - Huge blooms glow with rich, ruby-red color. The young tree is slender and elegant, making a fine specimen, mass planting, or accent in the garden.
  • 'Black Tulip' - The darkest, most dramatic tulip magnolia of any on the market, with fragrant, deep burgundy-red 6" blooms. The slender, multi-branched form is suited to a variety of landscape uses.

  • 'Avondale' - Showy, dark rose-purple flowers coat the stems of this small, sturdy-branched tree before being replaced by glossy, green, heart-shaped leaves.
  • 'Forest Pansy' - Brilliant scarlet-purple new foliage, maturing to maroon. Rosy-pink flowers on bare branches.


Also known as 'Lenten Roses' or 'Christmas Roses', hellebores flower in the winter when most other plants are dormant. They have a variety of uses in shade or woodland gardens, but don't let their delicate aesthetic fool you: they are rugged beauties! Frost-resistant, deer-resistant, shade-loving, and evergreen, hellebores are a quadruple threat.

  • 'Flower Girl' - Vanilla blushed, light pink to maroon-tinted flowers with delicate ruffled petals surround a center of ivory stamens.
  • 'Maid of Honor' - Ranging in shades of dark to light pink, the double blossoms are accessorized with ivory anthers.
  • 'Wedding Bells' - Clear white 2-2.5" double ruffled blooms with a green eye accent.


Peonies add gorgeous, old-world panache to any garden. Did you know there are different varieties of peony? We have both tree and shrub peonies in stock. Come browse our selection, and add this classic charmer to your yard!

Bush Peonies

Herbaceous, or "bush", peonies are the most common type of garden peony. Their stems die back to the ground each winter.

  • 'Shirley Temple' - Huge, fully double, white blooms with a hint of rose coloring are backed by a lush mound of glossy green.
  • 'Raspberry Sundae' - Large, luscious, fragrant, soft pink, double flowers with sweet cream tones for classic charm and endearing springtime color.

'Raspberry Sundae'

Tree Peonies
Tree peonies have woody stems that stay above ground all year. They are deciduous and drop their leaves every fall.

  • 'High Noon' - Huge, silky lemon yellow flowers accented with red create a stunning display in late spring to summer, occasionally repeat blooming into summer.
  • 'Purple' - Fully double, goblet-shaped flowers are a rich, gleaming purple and measure up to 8" wide, with foliage that is lush and deep green.


To keep your peonies well-nourished and happy, fertilize with GBO Rose & Flower Fertilizer at the end of February to early March, after blooming, and again in the fall.


It's that time of year!

Starting seeds for your summer garden is fun, rewarding, and cost-efficient. At Yamagami's, we carry a wide variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds, including heirloom varieties you won't find in other stores. We also carry everything you need to set up your own seed-starting station. Come by and let us help you get started!

Tips & Tricks
  • Before you plant, read the package. Different seeds have different growth requirements.
  • Seeds like it warm! For best results, start your seeds on top of a seed-heating mat.
  • Wherever you set up your seed-starting station, ensure your seeds get consistent light by using a grow lamp.
  • Don't fertilize seedlings until the first set of leaves appear; after that, use 1/4 strength liquid fertilizer.
  • Over-plant initially, but don't be afraid to thin; mature plants need space!
  • Use a sterile starter mixture to avoid damping off.

Springtime Support Crew

A garden is more than the plants that go in it. Now is a good time to take stock of the bones of your garden: things like soil, pots, trellises. Before spring hits its stride, make sure your supporting players are up to snuff!

A Pot For Every Plant

With pots, functionality is only half the show! Going the container route allows you to design your small-space or patio garden in whichever way best suits your own unique style. When it comes to pottery, we have a large selection of colors, sizes, textures, and materials. No matter what kind of plant you're choosing a home for, we have a container to match your needs.

Never potted a plant before? Our potting table behind the Info Center is open to customers. Pick a plant and a pot, and let us walk you through it!

Elevate Your Situation

Sometimes no matter what you do, the soil in your yard simply doesn't want to cooperate. Don't despair - plant your garden in raised beds instead!

With raised beds, you decide the soil and the nutrients that go into it, which allows you to create any kind of garden you wish! We have an excellent selection of raised beds, pre-fabricated to make your life easier.

Tips & Tricks

  • Fill raised bed 3/4 of the way with G&B Raised Bed & Potting Mix .
  • Fill rest of the way with G&B Harvest Supreme.
  • Mix everything together with a pitchfork.

Stand By Me

Help your garden rise to new heights with one of our sturdy, striking trellises. Perfect for plants that love to trail and vine their way to the light, trellising is often good for a plant's overall health, enhancing air flow and reducing problems with powdery mildew and other diseases that thrive in moist, stale conditions.

This time of year, we have many support structures for you to choose from. Come by the nursery to find your match!

Tips & Tricks

  • Establish trellises on a site compatible with the plants you plan to grow.
  • Choose a north/south row orientation for the best utilization of sunlight.
  • Leaving 12"-14" of open space along the bottom of the trellis frame helps increase air flow and makes it easier to keep the bed free of debris.
  • Place multiple trellises far enough apart that they won't cast unwanted shade on one another.
  • Be sure to erect all trellises before adding the plants.

Say "No" To Chemical Warfare In Your Garden!

by Hannah Soriano, Yamagami's Landscape Designer

Walking past the fertilizer aisle in any store can be so intimidating.

What kind should you choose? Should you go organic, or chemical based? What's the difference? Here at Yamagami's, we advocate organic, Earth-friendly practices to keep our plants healthy and do less harm to the planet.

To understand the fertilizers available today, a quick history lesson is in order. Shortly after World War II, humanity went through a period known as "The Green Revolution". Scientists discovered that wartime practices once used to produce nitrogen for explosives could also be used to produce nitrogen for plants. This allowed farmers to increase yields dramatically while decreasing labor. It also meant an end to the backbreaking (and smelly) work of shoveling manure for fertilizer.

While convenient, chemical-based fertilizers come with challenges. Home gardeners tend to overuse them, thinking more fertilizer will give them more vigorous, prosperous plants. However, plants only absorb the nutrients they need, and any excess runs off and ends up in waterways.

Gulf of Mexico dead zoneThis has disastrous consequences for aquatic ecosystems. Too much nitrogen in the water causes algae blooms that die quickly, sink, and deplete the water of oxygen. Without oxygen, no other aquatic life can survive. Much of the Gulf of Mexico is recognized as a dead zone due to nitrogen runoff from the Mississippi river.

Chemical-based fertilizers (such as Miracle-Gro) also strip the soil of naturally-occurring nutrients, and leave excessive salt deposits over time. This causes plants to become completely dependant on these chemical inputs, which you need to apply in greater quantities over time to achieve desired results.

As an avid gardener, it is important to me that my practices heal rather than harm. My own yearly fertilizing schedule is designed to avoid overfeeding:

  • A main dose in spring.
  • A lesser dose in midsummer for my edible crops.
  • One more main dose in fall.

My primary sources of fertilizer are my worm bin and my compost bin. When I do buy fertilizer, I focus on using ones with an OMRI label. OMRI stands for Organic Materials Review Institute. It is an international nonprofit organization that determines which input products are allowed for use in organic production and processing.

G&B has an excellent array of user friendly OMRI listed products. For landscape plants in the spring, I love G&B All Purpose Fertilizer. For edible plants in spring, I use G&B Tomato & Vegetable Fertilizer, and G&B Citrus and Fruit Tree Fertilizer. Another product that improves plants' relationship with the soil is Mykos, a mycorrhizal fungi. A couple of tablespoons with all new plantings will improve the overall health of your garden.

Coming Events

Sunday, March 17th from noon to 2 PM | Citrus-Tasting Event | FREE!
Join us for a citrus extravaganza, hosted by Generation Growers! Taste 20+ different varieties of citrus, then decide which ones will be right for your edible landscape. Treats made with citrus will be available, too!

March 23rd at 11 AM | Veggie-Planting Class | FREE!
Join one of our Nursery Pros for tips & tricks on getting the most out of your vegetable garden.

Garden Center Scrapbook

Take a peek at some of the exciting things at the nursery this month!

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Rose Planting Mix
Especially formulated for all varieties of roses, flowers and blooming shrubs

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 & Flower fert
Use for roses and flowers for the best blooms possible.

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

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

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

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

Finally, the perfect soil for raised beds!

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.

Planting Mix
Great for in-ground projects including planting, amending, mulching or seed cover.

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