Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Still want CHEAP plants? Better stop in soon!

Don't forget our 25% off ALL plant sale is ending soon! It was suppose to end today, but we're gonna keep it alive until Friday.

After Friday = no more store wide sale. For now.
HOWEVER, after Friday also = lots of NEW plants for those of you ready to start your spring garden, so we feel it's a fair exchange.

Hope to see you soon!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Plant of the Week January 29th

Phormium Sundowner
Originally uploaded by Brande Jackson.
Like all of our “Plants of the Month’ this January, we are picking those plants that have withstood those nasty cold snaps (believe us, our tropical plants are looking just as bad as yours are right now!) and still are providing us with some color. With that in mind, our plant of the week this week is Phormium ‘Sundowner’.

We are big fans of phormium, or ‘flax’ as they are commonly called, These New Zealand natives are a GREAT addition to any garden – their blade like leaf structure provides much needed contrast and interest to any landscape, and they come in some spectacular colors. We love Sundowner for its very awesome pink and green and brown shades – very trendy colors for all design this spring, we might add!

Phormium Sundowner takes full sun to part shade, little to moderate water and this giant variety (there are also ‘dwarf’ phormiums that only grow to two or three feet) can get up to 6 to 8 feet tall and another 3 to 4 feet wide, depending on where it is planted. And, as we said, it is cold hardy – the grower says it can withstand cold of 15 to 20 degrees, and it appears to have done fine in our garden during those nights early this month with the temperature dipped below freezing.

Plant it at the back of your garden for some spectacular looking color and foliage – and yes, we do have it in stock right now!!!!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Plant of the Week January 15th

Originally uploaded by Brande Jackson.
This week's plant of the week is probably our favorite plant of all time: Scabiosa! Despite having a name that sounds like a gross skin infection, scabiosa, or 'pin cushion' plant as it is sometimes called, is a great addition to any garden. It's one of the few plants that you'll find blooming in our nursery right now - in fact, we've really never noticed a time when this perennial wasn't blooming!

Scabiosa takes full sun, though it seems to be okay with a little shade, average water, and when it's done blooming or just isn't looking so great, cut it way back and before you know it, it'll be looking better than ever!

There are purple, pink and 'bluish' varieties, and Native Sons, one of our favorite growers, also grows two unique varieties we frequently carry: one has a yellow flower, and the other has variegated foliage. Very cool!

Originally uploaded by Brande Jackson.

We like to plant scabiosa in nearly every garden setting you can image - it looks especially awesome with lavender and roses when you're going for an English or cottage garden look.

And yes, we do have them in stock right now - and they are even on sale this month, so stop in and give them a try!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Did you say SALE?

Annie's Annuals
Originally uploaded by Brande Jackson.
Yep, we said SALE!

As in, our annual January sale, where we clean house to make room for all the nifty stuff we've got coming in this spring!

25% off of ALL plants ALL this month - only keep in mind that stuff goes fast! And we aren't talking weed-infested-half-dead plants here - no sir, we mean our finest and best, from the last season, in need of nothing more than a little pruning and a new place to call home.

Be sure to stop in to get some great deals and get your garden looking its finest!

Don't forget, Johnnye Merle's will also design your garden - call us at 714-744-4981 or send an email to johnnyemerle (at) for more information!

Happy planting!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Johnnye Merle's January Newsletter

sedum 'dragons blood'
Originally uploaded by Brande Jackson.
“Garden Geek Monthly”
the newsletter of
Johnnye Merle’s Gardens
where we grow weird plants....

January 2007

This month, we are proud to start the year off with some resolutions!

We did the work for you, our loyal fellow garden geeks, and came up with a list of New Years Garden Resolutions for the year to come!

Enjoy your garden! This may seem obvious, but often times we are so busy pruning,
weeding and replanting that we forget to enjoy all that our gardens have to offer. Take some time to sit back and enjoy your garden space this year – add a comfortable seating area into your space so you can sit back, relax, and watch the flowers bloom!

RESOLUTION #2: Remember: color isn’t just limited to flowers! At Johnnye Merle’s, we are very big believers in the importance of utilizing uniquely colored foliage in one’s garden – it adds diversity and keeps your garden looking unique and interesting year round. Don’t pass up on plants that may not offer much •ower wise – they
probably have a lot to give when it comes to their foliage! And remember, flowers come and go, but foliage stays year round!

Break beyond your set garden preferences! Think you hate cactus plants? Try out some cool looking succulents this year! Not so into tropicals? Give some of our rare South American plants a try this year! The point is, one of the easiest and best ways to get out of a design ‘rut’ is to try something that you might normally have an aversion to – once you see it in the ground, mixed in with the rest of your garden, you might be shocked at what it can do! One of our biggest battles – and victories! - when working with our garden design clients is getting them to see beyond the boundaries they have set for themselves. Once we move past those assumptions and try new things, we always find that people begin to see their gardens and design taste in a whole new light!

Go native! There are so many great plants
native to California, and it’s a shame that they get overlooked! They have much to
offer – they’ll do better than any other ‘import’ you plant, they’ll usually not need as much care and water and they’ll be helping the
environment out in turn. Likewise, those
heavily pruned hedges and shrubs aren’t exactly what we would call ‘natural’ – let your garden take on it’s own natural shape, pruning with care only to keep plants manageable for the space they grow in. For more info on
pruning, check out our garden blog at, where we’ll be
featuring monthly gardening and design

Use your love of plants and gardening skills to do good! Plant a tree to improve air quality, donate to fight global warming, build a compost bin to help your household recycle, give your time and help your local school start a community garden: there are a million ways that gardeners can help out their community and world!

Watch for next months “Garden Geek” Newsletter in early February!
Don’t forget, Johnnye Merle’s is now designing gardens for our fellow garden geeks! Leave a voicemail at 714-744-4981 or email us at johnnyemerle (at) for more info. Check out our blog for weekly plant updates and garden advice:

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Happy New Year!

Originally uploaded by Brande Jackson.
Everyone here at Johnnye Merle’s is excited about what 2007 will bring us! As we enter our third ‘official’ year, we want to take a moment to thank all of you that have been supportive, AND we also want to let everyone know of some very cool changes that the year ahead will bring.

First big news: our annual January big spring cleanin’ sale is officially underway! All plants are now 25% off this month – we’re talking KILLER plants too, good stuff, but we’ve got it on sale so we can make room for all of the new product we are expecting. We’ll be replanting and remodeling the nursery all this month, so be sure to stop in and check out what we are up to.

We are, by popular demand, finally bringing back our garden design services! We’ve been designing gardens all throughout Southern California for some 10 years now – previously under the name Picket Fence – and we are excited to bring back affordable, innovative and unique design to our clients. If you are interested, call and leave us a voicemail at 714-744-4981, or send us an email: johnnyemerle (at) and we can get you more info. We’re real nice, easy going people, so don’t be afraid to contact us!

We’ll be the first to admit we’ve sucked at updating our blog – the garden takes up a lot of time! – but we’ve made a New Years resolution to start giving you all sorts of regular updates from here on out! We’ll be featuring weekly plant spotlights, gardening and design tips and more. Don’t want to miss anything? If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to our RSS feed by clicking that little orange button at the top of the left hand column. For more info on RSS feeds, check out this web page. Also, if you want to get on our email list – we sent out info on sales, and special email only coupons – send an email to johnnyemerle (at) with ‘Add me!’ as your header and we’ll, well, add you!

Also, mark your calendars – we’ll be at the 2007 Spring Garden Show this year. There are all SORTS of cool garden related things going on at South Coast that weekend – it’s definitely not to be missed!

We look forward to meeting even more devoted gardeners in the year to come. Feel free to call or email us at any time – we’d love to hear from you, and are happy to answer questions or give advice.

Happy New Year!