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The Winter Madness Issue Yamagami's Garden Center January 27, 2020
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"Lots of people go mad in January. Not as many as in May, of course. Nor June. But January is your third most common month for madness."

~ Karen Joy Fowler

Our Picks This Month

Winter still has us in its icy grip, but there are signs that below the surface, magic is happening! This is the time to plant early-blooming shrubs and trees so you can enjoy their show in a month or two. Spring is almost here!

Flowering Cherry

In Japan, cherry blossoms represent the ephemeral beauty of life. Short-lived though their blossoms may be, Flowering Cherry trees pack a year's worth of "wow" into their blooming season. Plant one in a central spot in your garden to herald the coming spring.

'Weeping Extraordinaire' - A cascade of profuse, large, pink, fluffy, double flowers provide a fantastic early spring show. Shiny copper-colored spring foliage turns a glossy deep green in summer, and rich burgundy in the fall.


It's Rhodie season! Rhododendrons inspire a large and fanatical following, and a look at one in bloom makes it easy to see why. These splashy, cheerful shrubs are equally stunning as container specimens, accent plants, flowering hedges, or in mass plantings, so tuck one into an empty spot and watch your garden glow...

'Dreamland' - A dense-growing evergreen shrub valued for its large trusses of showy, soft pink flowers. Prefers cooler regions, but some protection from winter wind is helpful.


Don't let the delicate flowers fool you; Hardenbergia is a garden workhorse. Its low-growing habit makes it a great groundcover option, or let it climb and trail its way over unsightly fences and walls. It even helps support unstable soil!

'Happy Wanderer' - An evergreen vine that climbs by twining stems to 12-16 feet. Pinkish-purple flowers with a chartreuse spot in the center cascade like small Wisteria blossoms from winter to early spring.

Bulbs, Bulbs, Bulbs!

Summer-blooming and edible bulbs have arrived in the nursery! Get a head start on Spring with Garlic, Potatoes, Rhubarb, Dahlias, and more. You can also score the last of our spring-blooming bulbs for 50% Off!

Designer Trends: 2020 Edition

By Hannah Soriano, Yamagami's Landscape Designer

As we enter a new decade, consider revamping your garden to meet the Roaring Twenties in style. With so many exciting landscape design trends on the horizon, I submit my own 'Trends for 2020' to help you achieve your goals.

1. Sustainability

If 2019 taught us anything, it's that the generations behind us are worried for their future. It is time we start listening to the children, and do what we can to mitigate climate change. The good news is there are changes we can make in our own gardens to achieve this goal.

I want to level with you: I believe front lawns in California are a thing of the past. Unless it is your only space for recreation, there are many more interesting options available. Why not consider a wildlife garden that encourages bees, birds, and other life to reenter your space? Or go native with local plants proven to thrive in our geography and climate.

Sustainability is something all of us can achieve, one step, one habit, and one plant at a time.

Hannah's Plant Picks

* Ceanothus 'Skylark'
* Arctostaphylos 'Dr. Hurd'
* Heuchera 'Wendy'
* Garrya elliptica

2. Fruit Trees As Ornamentals

Did you know most of the fruit you eat has to travel hundreds of miles before it reaches your plate? Do yourself and the planet a favor and grow your favorites in your own yard.

Perhaps more than any other landscape plant, selecting a fruit tree is highly subjective. A good rule of thumb is to plant what you most often eat. Homegrown fruit tastes better, increases sustainability, and may even make you new friends as you share your bounty with the neighbors.

That being said, there's more to fruit trees than just fruit. Pomegranates have beautiful red flowers and get a lovely golden color in fall. Apples, pears, and stone fruits put out lovely flowers in the spring (I get compliments on my white-blossomed apple tree every Easter). Short on space? Semi-dwarf citrus grow happily in half wine barrel pots and smell delicious.

Planting a fruit tree is an investment in the future. You will most likely be waiting a few years for your first harvest, so cultivate your patience along with your orchard.

Hannah's Plant Picks

* Punica (Pomegranate) 'Wonderful'
* Citrus (Mandarin) 'Clementine'
* Citrus (Lemon) 'Improved Meyer'
* Prunus persica (Apricot) 'Blenheim'
* Malus domestica (Apple) 'Fuji'

3. Blue Foliage

Finally, the biggest trend I see for 2020 is plants with blue foliage. Adding one of these will give your garden an instant update.

For an ultra-contemporary look, keep the palette muted and pair blue plants with variegated foliage and other cool colors. Renowned San Francisco designer Daniel Nolan has popularized this aesthetic. Blue Agaves look lovely mixed with plants like Lomandra 'Platinum Beauty' or Ceanothus 'Skylark'.

For a more playful look, pairing blue plants with chartreuse and hot pinks and purples creates a winning combo. I love the way Podocarpus 'Icee Blue' pairs with Coleonema 'Sunset Gold' and Cordyline 'Electric Pink'. Another great combo is Festuca 'Elijah Blue' with Nandina 'Lemon Lime' and Loropetalum.

Hannah's Plant Picks

* Podocarpus 'Icee Blue'
* Senecio 'Blue Chalkstick'
* Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'
* Agave
* Dianella
* Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar, Serpentine

At the end of the day, your garden should be a reflection of you, your interests, and your own personal style. If you fill your space with things you love, it will be beautiful.

Coming Events

Saturday, February 15 - 11AM | Fruit Tree Grafting Demo with Rose

Stop by the nursery and let Yamagami's staff member Rose show you how to graft a variety of different fruit trees. All class attendees will receive a 20% off coupon to use in the store that same day. More information to come!

Garden Center Scrapbook

Got the winter blahs? Come and browse around and plan your spring garden. We've got bareroot roses and fruit which we've potted up, so you can plant at leisure. We've got plants with fabulous foliage - and even plenty of plants in bloom.

Featured Recipe: Zinfandel-Braised Beef Short Ribs with Rosemary-Parsnip Mashed Potatoes

Trade in rich holiday roasts for comforting winter stews! These mouthwatering braised short ribs are the perfect antidote to a chilly, rainy evening. Cook your next favorite cold-weather dinner tonight...



  • 3 tablespoons room-temperature butter, divided
  • 8 3- to 4-inch-long meaty beef short ribs (about 4 pounds)
  • Coarse kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped red onions
  • 2 cups 1/2-inch cubes peeled parsnips
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 750-ml bottle Zinfandel (make sure it's drinkable!)
  • 2 cups low-salt beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pound large parsnips, peeled, peeled, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

Large ovenproof pot


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy large ovenproof pot over medium-high heat.
  3. Sprinkle ribs with coarse salt and pepper.
  4. Add to pot in single layer and sauté until brown on all sides, about 10 minutes.
  5. Transfer ribs to large bowl.
  6. Add 1 tablespoon butter to pot. onions; sauté until brown, about 6 minutes.
  7. Add parsnips; sauté until beginning to color, about 6 minutes.
  8. Mix in garlic, then rosemary. Add wine and broth; bring to boil, scraping up browned bits.
  9. Return ribs and any accumulated juices to pot, arranging in single layer.
  10. Bring to simmer; cover and place in oven.
  11. Braise until ribs are very tender, about 2 1/2 hours.
  12. Using tongs, transfer ribs to clean bowl.
  13. Spoon fat from pan juices. Boil juices until just beginning to thicken, about 10 minutes.
  14. Mix 1 tablespoon butter and flour in small bowl to smooth paste. Whisk into juices in pot; simmer until thickened enough to coat spoon, about 5 minutes longer.
  15. Season gravy with coarse salt and pepper. Return ribs to pot; spoon gravy over.
  1. Cook potatoes and parsnips in large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring milk, butter, and rosemary to simmer in small saucepan.
  3. Drain potato mixture and return to pot. Stir briefly over medium heat to evaporate excess moisture.
  4. Add milk mixture and mash well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Transfer ribs and gravy to large shallow bowl. Serve short ribs with mashed potatoes.

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Perfect Pairing: The same Zinfandel you used in the short ribs!
Simple mesclun salad with balsamic vinaigrette, pine nuts, and cracked pepper

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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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