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The Garden Romance Issue Yamagami's Garden Center February 13, 2020
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Featured Quote:

"In February there is everything to hope for and nothing to regret."

~ Patience Strong

Our Picks This Month

Spring is still a few weeks off, but here at the nursery, we're catching glimpses of it everywhere. From the budding fruit trees to the first tantalizing Forsythia blossoms, Mother Nature is gearing up for her annual show. We have many plants sure to look spectacular for Valentine's Day, so come see us if your true love is a gardener - we'll help you find the perfect gift to express your affection!

Shrubs & Color -

Ditch the cut roses! This Valentine's Day, up your game and give your sweetheart a gift that will thrive for years to come. Here are a few plants that will remind you what love-at-first-sight feels like...


Profess your love in style! Although Peonies are not a common sight in the Bay Area due to their need for frosty winter weather, we've tracked down some hybrid varieties happy to make a home in our climate. The lush, full blossoms are traditional symbols of romance and prosperity, making them the perfect gift for that special someone.

'Singing In The Rain' - Creamy yellow, semi-double blooms with a soft, pleasing scent that become flushed with salmon coloring as they mature; lush mound of foliage; blooms profusely every spring.

'Shirley Temple' - Huge, fully double, white blooms with a hint of rose coloring and glossy green, deer resistant foliage; provides excellent backdrop for spring bulbs; also shines in beds and borders.


Once upon a time in Greek mythology, there was a beautiful nymph named Syringa (Lilac's botanical name). She caught the attention of the god Pan, who pursued her through field and forest until Syringa finally escaped by turning herself into an ethereal, fragrant shrub. To this day, purple lilacs symbolize purity, innocence, and the first emotions of love..

'Lavender Lady' - Produces spectacular clusters of fragrant lavender flowers, even without winter chill; mid-season bloomer; open branched, upright form is useful as a hedge, screen or accent.

'Miss Kim' - Upright, compact lilac blooms later than others; deep purple buds open to fragrant, lavender-blue flowers.


Rosette-shaped Ranunculus are one of the first - and loveliest - miracles of spring. We stock these beauties in as many brilliant shades as we can get our hands on. Stop by and grab yours before they're gone!

Edibles -

Wake up your taste buds with some exciting new flavors! Homegrown herbs are a great way to travel the world from the comfort of your garden. Here are some garden goodies guaranteed to dazzle your palate...

Can't make it to Paris this Valentine's Day? C'est bon! This delicate herb is a classic of French kitchen gardens, and adds a dash of je ne sais quoi to any dish. The City of Lights can wait...

You may think you've tried Wasabi... but you probably haven't had the real thing. That green paste served at most sushi restaurants is most often a mix of mustard, European horseradish, and food coloring. True Wasabi is one of the most difficult plants to grow commercially, which means if you want to experience it, you should grow it yourself!

Houseplants -

We've kicked off the "Roaring Twenties" with some exciting changes to our Houseplant Room! Come check out our new setup, browse plants and pottery, and find your next indoor garden project. Here are a few plants that have recently earned top billing...

Rhapidophora tetrasperma - Mini Monstera

Don't have enough room to participate in #MonsteraMonday? We've got you covered! This gorgeous, ultra-rare plant is similar in form to the much-coveted Monstera, but its vining habit makes it a popular option for those who are pressed for space. Give this fast-grower a bright location and something to climb, then stand back and watch it take off!

Dracaena 'Sun Ray'
With variegated leaves in intriguing shades of green, chartreuse, and maroon, this stunning Dracaena is a welcome ray of sunshine!

Easy to care for, it requires little fertilizer and should be watered only when the top half of soil is dry.

Pilea peperomioides - Chinese Money Plant
This charming houseplant has become one hot commodity in recent years.

We love Pilea for its cheerful growth habit and coin-shaped leaves, which traditionally symbolize wealth and invite good luck into the home. Find your own starter size in our Houseplant Room while stock lasts!

A Little Something Extra

Fall in love with our brand new selection of garden gifts! We have everything you need to spiff up your garden... or to bedazzle that Valentine's Day gift plant you just bought. With baubles and trinkets for every style and price range, there's no reason not to get yourself a little something extra...

Great Scott, More Pots!

Our new Indoor Pottery Room is something to behold! Thanks to Yamagami's Pottery Buyer, Naomi, browsing for your next indoor pot is both easy and fun. Enjoy a feast for your senses with our new, expanded selection of decorative indoor pottery, and get some great ideas for your own indoor garden!

Need An Expert?

Stop by our Info Center, located outside on the nursery floor, to receive "green tech support" from one of our Garden Pros. We have all the tips and tricks you need to help make your garden a success!

Coming Events

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

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.

Mar. 7, 11AM | All About Citrus Talk | FREE

Sit down and talk about all things Citrus with Nursery Pro Rose. Learn about soil, Citrus Planting 101, and how to select varieties to ensure year-round harvests.

Mar. 15, TBA | Citrus Tasting Event | FREE

Join our friends from Generation Growers for the Citrus tasting event of the year! Time and further details To Be Announced.

Apr. 12, 9AM - 2PM | Easter Sunday SALE

Celebrate spring with our annual Easter Sunday Sale! Pick an egg at checkout to receive 20% to 50% off your entire purchase.

Garden Center Scrapbook

Come and take a stroll around Yamagami's. We've got unique plants, cute pots, garden statuary, and lots of blooming plants.

Featured Recipe: Scampi-Style Steak & Scallops

Skip the crowded restaurants and treat your true love (or yourself) to a sumptuous Valentine's Day dinner at home! This is the perfect recipe to make with a partner; one person can make the steaks while the other sees to the scallops. Bon appétit, and bon amour...

Serves 2

Steak & Scallops

  • 10 ounces beef tenderloin steaks 2 (5 ounce) steaks, 1 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 teaspoon Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ounces sea scallops (6 large scallops), rinse and pat dry
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions (about 4 scallions), white and light green part
  • 3 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil cut into thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Dash hot pepper sauce
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

2 skillets - we suggest cast iron for searing steak and scallops; stainless steel (non-reactive) for sauce

Steak & Scallops
  1. Season steaks with salt and pepper.
  2. In a 10 to 12-inch skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat until hot and bubbly (more can be added, if needed).
  3. Add steaks to skillet and brown on one side for 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Begin the sauce in another small, non-reactive skillet or wide sauce pan as described in Sauce Preparation below.
  5. Turn the steaks on end and rotate to brown the sides (this will take about 3 minutes), then turn over to brown the final side for 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. When turning the steak to brown the last side, add scallops to the skillet to brown at the same time, about 2 minutes on each side.
  7. Once the scallops are browned on each side, stir the fresh basil, parsley, lemon zest, and hot pepper sauce into the scampi sauce.
  8. Reduce heat to low, add the scallops, spooning the sauce over the scallops.
  9. Once the steaks reach an internal temperature of 125°F (the rare side of medium-rare), add to the pan with the scampi sauce and spoon sauce over the steaks.
  10. Divide the steaks and scallops evenly between two plates and serve immediately, spooning more sauce over both the scallops and the steak.
  1. In the separate skillet, sauté onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat 3-4 minutes, until fragrant.
  2. Add wine and lemon juice; simmer to reduce slightly, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons butter and stir until melted into the sauce.
  4. If the steak and scallops are not yet done, slide the sauce off heat until they are ready.

Serving Suggestions:

Perfect Pairing: light red wine like a Beaujolais
Roasted Asparagus (recipe below)

Roasted Asparagus


  • 16 ounces asparagus -- ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Position top oven rack in the middle of the oven, approximately 12 inches under broiler and turn broiler on HI.
  2. Prepare asparagus by trimming fibrous ends. Arrange asparagus on a rimmed baking sheet so that each spear is touching the pan and separate.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and roll asparagus to coat well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Set asparagus under the broiler for 10-12 minutes, checking and turning (rolling 1/4 turn) asparagus every few minutes until lightly browned in spots and crisp tender.
  5. Cook slightly longer if a softer texture is preferred.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Finally, the perfect soil for raised beds!

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