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Welcome to our 21st Fall Extravaganza!All plants organic; all the time!


It  is time once again for our annual Fall Extravaganza.
This is the only sale we have each year!

This year we are focusing on diversity in the garden. As pollinators, beneficial insects, birds, butterflies and bees decline, it is empowering to know that you can make your yard a safe place for them to feed, rest and reproduce. It is important to plant flowering plants as well as shrubs and trees. The greater the variety in your garden, the more productivity you will have in the vegetable garden and the fewer pests and problems you will experience.

In addition to the dozens of plants on sale, you will also find we have discounted our Wildlife Six Pack Garden and our 36 Pack Butterfly Attractor Assortment which also helps to attract beneficial insects and birds. Some of our favorite plants for creating diversity include butterfly bushes. We see not only butterflies enjoy them but also bees and hummingbirds. They provide shelter and high perches for other birds to nest and feed.

As we encourage wildlife and nature to share our garden, we also make a more peaceful and, yet exciting, place for ourselves. A place that we can continue to refine and create and enjoy.

If you haven't planted in fall before or have questions about what is the best planting practice at this time of year, be sure to read our TIPS FOR FALL PLANTING.

The ordering links are below but first---

Please note these particulars:

Due to the way we ship, we have a minimum order of six plants. It can be any six plants (a mix or all the same). You may order any number of plants over 6. Your best shipping value comes in ordering a full box. We have boxes that hold 6, 12, 18, 24 or 36.

As the sale begins we have 165 plants on sale!! However, supplies are VERY limited. We are sorry but we will not be able to contact you if a sale item is sold out. If you like, you may list alternates in the comment box on the order form. Items are subject to change online. We will be both adding and deleting items throughout the sale. Discounts are taken at checkout and do not appear on plant pages.

Because of the heat, we are still not shipping with a guarantee to Arizona or Las Vegas. We hope to resume shipping to these areas in a couple of weeks. Customers in these areas may order and we will schedule the order for that time, but we cannot guarantee availability on delayed shipments.  You always have the option to waive your guarantee and have plants sent now. Just note this in the comment box on your order form.

Sale ends midnight PST on September 28th.

Happy shopping!

These links allow you to view and order both plants that are on sale and those that are not (just in case you need some of both!)
Plants A-F
Plants G-M
Plants N-R
Plants S-Z

Vegetable Plants


We have all heard "Fall is for Planting". And, indeed when the weather starts to break from the incredibly hot days of summer, we do feel like getting back into the garden. However, fall gardening is a little trickier than spring gardening. The best fall planting time is as soon as your weather is consistently around 90 degrees or below. Sooner is better than later because as the sun gets weaker and the days get shorter, many plants start heading into dormancy. The goal with fall planting is to coax some root growth out of the plant before winter hits. This is important because plants that don't get established properly can rot over winter. Please allow at least six weeks before the first frost in your area.

And, while, in the spring, we might grow some plants that aren't rated for our zone as annuals, fall planting is all about choosing the right plant for your zone. Choosing a zone 7 plant for a zone 4 climate spells disaster.

If your weather is like ours, where the heat really doesn't subside until the middle or end of September, then some extra special care is need when your Fall Extravaganza plants arrive. Here are a few pointers for hot weather planting.

1. Try to be home when your plants arrive. If you can't be home, consider having UPS leave them in a shady spot near your door. We can always leave brief instructions for the UPS driver, just type these instructions in the comment box on our order form. Do be aware though, that if you instruct UPS to leave the box, and it disappears, they are not responsible, nor are we.

2. Get the plants out of the box ASAP. To insure their safe arrival, our plants are shipped in high-tech cardboard, lots of it. This needs to come off the plants so they can breathe (just another reason to be home when the plants arrive).

3. Set them in a spot that gets morning sun and afternoon shade for a few days. This helps them to get over their jet lag. Don't put them in the house. Herbs don't do well, under normal circumstances, indoors. They need fresh air and sunshine.

4. Check for water. Make sure the soil in the pots is thoroughly moist. Water so that the water drains all the way through the pot. There is no rush to plant them, as long as they are outside and they don't dry out. Check often. Small containers dry out quickly.

5. When you do plant, make sure that the rootball of the plant is completely wet and the potting soil or garden is also moist. The most common reason for transplants to die in hot weather is not enough water during the transplant phase. The transplant phase lasts about three weeks, so keep checking to make sure that your plants and the soil around them are wet. You don't want the soil to be so soggy you can make mud pies, but you want it to be moist enough that it crumbles gently in your hand.

6. For more information, check inside your box under the plants for our Getting Started With Your New Plants pamphlet.


Fun Hummingbird Facts


California Sunset Sage

  • Found only in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Contains about 338 species. (Only the American Flycatcher has more)
  • Range in size from 2 1/4 inches, the smallest bird known to man, to one found in the Andes that gets a whopping 8 1/2 inches.
  • Wings beat 78 beats per second
  • Only bird that can fly backward.
  • Can also fly upside down.
  • Can only fly when body temperature reaches 86 degrees or more.
  • Eyes have a transparent membrane that covers and protects the eye during windy flights.
  • Bills range from 4 inches on the Swordbilled Hummingbird (which also happens to be almost the entire length of this bird) to 5/16 of an inch on the Purple-backed Thornbill (which isn't even as long as its head!
  • Bills are normally blackish but some have red or partially red bills.
  • Eat both nectar and insects.
  • Feed on nectar by licking (really quickly) not sucking.
  • Snatch insects in mid air with their bills.
  • Visit flowers of all colors, testing for the sugars necessary to support their huge caloric expenditure.
  • Salvias are a hummingbird favorite. California Sunset Salvia is pictured on the left and Big Pink Salvia is pictured on the right.

For more on Hummingbirds and their incredible life, check out Hummingbirds: Their Life and Behavior.

Big Pink Texas Sage

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