Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar is a 7-acre dream for green thumbs and outdoor-living enthusiasts
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1. One-stop garden shopping
Roger’s Gardens is a 7-acre dream for green thumbs and outdoor-living enthusiasts. Besides plants, pots, and tools, Roger’s carries a huge selection of modern and classic Mediterranean containers, patio furniture, fountains, and garden accessories.
2. Get ideas
Roger’s demonstration gardens offer great ideas to take home, including a planting that highlights agaves. The pair in front is ‘Blue Glow’.
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3. Shop for California-friendly plants
Drought-tolerant plants from Mediterranean climates are a Roger’s Gardens specialty. Seen here, assembled underneath a rustyleaf fig tree, is a collection of ‘Kanga’ dwarf kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos).
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4. Stock up on succulents
Succulents are Roger’s top sellers, and the nursery makes sure there are plenty to choose from. Shown here is Aeonium ‘Sunburst’.
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DRY-CLIMATE PLANTS Seaside Gardens More than a nursery, it’s a world tour through plant habitats, from Australian and Mediterranean to native. 3700 Via Real, Carpinteria; seaside-gardens.com
HERBS Pearson’s Gardens Vietnamese cilantro (rau ram), Japanese parsley (mitsuba), and hundreds of other herbs, plus heirloom tomatoes, wild salad greens, and more. Closed Sun; 1150 Beverly Dr., Vista; 760/726-0717.