Sweet Daphne

smells amazing!

It’s that time of year- fragrant Daphne is here.

We have lots of these old-fashioned beauties in stock right now.

I can’t get enough of the potently fragrant flower clusters, reminiscent of citrus blooms. Mmmmm- heavenly! I cut new bouquets every few days, putting them where the scent can be enjoyed the most. I’ll even bring some along when I go to visit friends and neighbors- perfect little hostess gifts.

There are more reasons to love this old-fashioned beauty than just the flowers:

Deer resistance. This is one plant that is reliably impervious to deer, regardless of where you live.Yay! No spray!

Drought tolerance. Not only is daphne tolerant of drought, but it requires low water (especially in the summer months). Wow, no problem- I like to keep that water bill down.

Evergreen. The glossy leaves are showy on their own, true green with nicely contrasting cream margins. Each leaf is somewhat different than the next, so you’ll see variations in the pattern of color.It really pops next to deeper tones- I have it against a dark wooden fence.

Daphne is a moderate grower, topping out at about 4’X4′ over time. It does well in a fair amount of shade, but also in a fair amount of sun, so where you plant will perhaps depend more on daphne’s water needs than the sun exposure. I have mine planted beside my front walkway, to best enjoy the delicious fragrance.

We have a great selection of big healthy daphne plants right now, so stop by.

Hello, Gorgeous!



Peonies are Here!

We’ve got a nice big crop! Our peonies will bloom beautifully this season- no waiting for years to see a flower. Ready to spring forth with lush foliage and plump buds, and ready to take home now so you can enjoy the unfurling springtime show.

Never grown peonies before? If you like to cut bouquets you will LOVE them! You gotta see these things in bloom…..

‘Takara’ Itoh peony

We are thrilled to grow peonies every year. Lush plants that have ripe, colorful buds, exotic leaves and breathtaking flowers.

‘Pink Double Dandy’

The peony has always been my dream flower, with it’s distinctive petals and sweet old-fashioned perfume- almost too perfect looking to be real! A photo doesn’t do this beauty proper justice, and if you’ve seen these blooms in reality you know how breathtaking they are.

We’ve got several different kinds right now, grown in large enough containers so as to readily bloom this year. They’re long-lived perennials that can give you lifelong bouquets, and will thrive here in Sonoma County with minimal care when planted properly.

Fat juicy buds

To start, choose a spot that gets full (or at least afternoon) sun. If you’re putting your peony in the ground, work lots of rich compost like Paydirt into the hole, and add some starter fertilizer like Masterstart. This will not only add proper nutrients like nitrogen and phospherous, but will also break up heavy clay soil and promote good drainage. If you’d like to plant in a container, that’s fine- just use Planting Mix straight from the bag, but don’t forget that starter fertilizer.

‘Bowl of Beauty’ bush peony

The most recently developed peonies are exceptionally lush and leafy, with loads of flowers and a more extended bloomtime than old-fashioned kinds. These are the intersectional hybrids called Itoh (eye-toe), a vigorous cross between bush-type and tree-type. You really get the best of both worlds here- flower colors and foliage like the exotic tree peonies, but with the bushier habit and sun tolerance of standard bush peonies.

Cut flower aficionados are just wild about the blooms- extra-large, long-lasting, fragrant, and just downright show-stopping! When you cut a budded stem that is beginning to open, it will continue blooming in the vase for quite a while. Gorgeous!

Cruise on in to check out of our peony selection, and while you’re here we can certainly answer your questions and/or help you pick out the right one for your garden.


A List of 2017 Roses- In Stock Now!

Our 2017 roses are all planted! We only offer top notch, grade #1 roses, potted into 5 gallon cans with premium soil. Feel free to call or stop by and make your choices now for the best selection of the season:




Abbaye de Cluny’  hybrid tea

about face‘About Face’ grandiflora


adobe_sunrise_web_0‘Adobe Sunrise’ floribunda


all a twitter‘All A’Twitter’ miniature

bush and 18” tree


all my loving‘All My Loving’ hybrid tea




‘The Alnwick Rose’ English



altissimo II‘Altissimo’ climbing

always and forever‘Always and Forever’ hybrid tea


america‘America’ climbing

angel face‘Angel Face’ floribunda

bush and 24” tree

Anna's Promise‘Anna’s Promise’ grandiflora



barbra streisand‘Barbra Streisand’ hybrid tea

bush and 36” tree

baronne‘Baronne de Rothschild’ hybrid tea



 belindas-dream‘Belinda’s Dream’ floribunda



bella roma‘Bella’Roma’ hybrid tea



betty boop‘Betty Boop’ floribunda


bewitched‘Bewitched’ hybrid tea

‘Blaze’ climber

bolero‘Bolero’ floribunda

bush, 36” tree and 24” tree


bonica‘Bonica’ shrub

‘Boscobel’boscobel English


brandy‘Brandy’ hybrid tea

bush and 36” tree

brilliant pink iceberg‘Brilliant Pink Iceberg’ floribunda

24″ & 36” tree




‘Brilliant Pink Iceberg & Iceberg

36″ two-fer tree only



‘Burgundy Iceberg & Iceberg’

36″ two-fer tree only


candyland‘Candy Land’ climbing

cecille‘Cecile Brunner’ climbing


cherry parfait‘Cherry Parfait’ hybrid tea

chicago peace‘Chicago Peace’ hybrid tea


chihuly‘Chihuly’ floribunda




‘Children’s Hope’ shrub



china doll‘China Doll’ floribunda
36” tree only


chris evert‘Chris Evert’ hybrid tea

chrysler‘Chrysler Imperial’ hybrid tea

cinco de mayo‘Cinco de Mayo’ floribunda


Cloud 10‘Cloud 10’ climbing


coffee bean‘Coffee Bean’ miniature

colorific‘Colorific’ floribunda
bush and 36” tree



coretta scott king‘Crescendo’ hybrid tea



crimson bouquet‘Crimson Bouquet’ grandiflora

'daddy's little girl'‘Daddy’s Little Girl’ miniature

 18” tree only

dark night‘Dark Night’ hybrid tea


dee-lish‘Dee-lish’ hybrid tea


dick clark‘Dick Clark’ grandiflora


distant drums‘Distant Drums’ shrub


dolly parton‘Dolly Parton’ hybrid tea


don juan‘Don Juan’ climbing


doris day‘Doris Day’ floribunda

bush, 36” tree and 24” tree



double delight II‘Double Delight’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree



dream come true‘Dream Come True’ grandiflora


drop dead‘Drop Dead Red’ floribunda
bush and 24” tree


easy does it‘Easy Does It’ floribunda
bush, 36” tree and 24” tree


easy goin'-easy livin'‘Easy Going/Livin’ Easy’

36” two-fer tree only


‘Easy to Please’ floribunda


ebb tide‘Ebb Tide’ floribunda
bush, 36” tree and 24” tree


ebb tide-julia child‘Ebb Tide/Julia Child’

36” two-fer tree only


eden climber II‘Eden Climber’ climbing



‘Edith’s Darling’ shrub



elle‘Elle’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree



‘Elina’ hybrid tea


falling in love‘Falling in Love’ hybrid tea




  ‘Fallstaff’ English



firefighter‘Firefighter’ hybrid tea


fire n ice‘Fire N Ice’ hybrid tea


first prize II‘First Prize’ hybrid tea


Fourth of July up close‘Fourth of July’ climbing


fragrant cloud‘Fragrant Cloud’ hybrid tea


fragrant plum‘Fragrant Plum’ grandiflora


francis‘Francis Meilland’ hybrid tea


french lace‘French Lace’ floribunda
bush and 24” tree





‘Fruity Petals’ climbing


‘Gemini’ hybrid tea


the generous gardener‘The Generous Gardener’ English


gentle giant‘Gentle Giant’ hybrid tea


gertrude jekyll‘Gertrude Jekyll’ English


gina‘Gina Lollobrigida’ hybrid tea


gingersnap‘Gingersnap’ floribunda



girl's night out‘Girl’s Night Out’ hybrid tea



golden celebration‘Golden Celebration’ English


golden showers‘Golden Showers’ climbing

gold medal‘Gold Medal’ grandiflora
bush and 36” tree

good as gold‘Good as Gold’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

gourmet‘Gourmet Popcorn’ shrublet

graham thomas‘Graham Thomas’ English

grande dame‘Grande Dame’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree



happy go lucky‘Happy Go Lucky’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree



heirloom‘Heirloom’ hybrid tea

henry fonda‘Henry Fonda’ hybrid tea

heritage‘Heritage’ English

honor‘Honor’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

hot cocoa‘Hot Cocoa’ floribunda




Iceberg‘Iceberg’ floribunda
bush, 24” tree, 36” tree and climbing



icecap‘Icecap’ shrub

ingrid‘Ingrid Bergman’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

ink spots‘Ink Spots’ hybrid tea




intrigue‘Intrigue’ floribunda
bush, 24” tree and 36” tree


jfk‘John F. Kennedy’ hybrid tea



joseph's‘Joseph’s Coat’ climbing

julia‘Julia Child’ floribunda
bush, 24” tree and 36” tree


julio_iglesias_web‘Julio Iglesias’ floribunda

joey‘Just Joey’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

ketchup‘Ketchup and Mustard’ floribunda
bush, 24” tree and 36” tree




lady emma hamilton‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ English


‘The Lady Gardener’ English



lasting love‘Lasting Love’ hybrid tea



livin easy‘Livin’ Easy’ 24” tree floribunda
36” tree

liv‘Liv Tyler’ hybrid tea

love‘Love’ grandiflora

love & peace‘Love & Peace’ hybrid tea

love song‘Love Song’ floribunda
bush, 24” tree and 36” tree


mardi gras‘Mardi Gras’ floribunda

marilyn‘Marilyn Monroe’ hybrid tea

melody parfumee‘Melody Parfumee’ grandiflora

memorial day rose‘Memorial Day’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

midas‘Midas Touch’ hybrid tea

‘Miss Congeniality’ grandiflora


mr. lincoln‘Mister Lincoln’ hybrid tea

bush and 36” tree

moonstone‘Moonstone’ hybrid tea


Neil Diamond

‘Neil Diamond’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

neptune‘Neptune’ hybrid tea
36” tree

new dawn‘New Dawn’ climbing

night owl‘Night Owl’ climbing

new zealand‘New Zealand’ hybrid tea

oktoberfest‘Octoberfest’ grandiflora

oh my!‘Oh My!’ floribunda
bush, 36” tree and 24” tree

olympiad‘Olympiad’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

opening night‘Opening Night hybrid tea

oranges n lemons‘Oranges N Lemons’ shrub

orchid romance‘Orchid Romance’ floribunda

oregold‘Oregold’ hybrid tea

over the moon‘Over The Moon’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

pat austin‘Pat Austin’ English

peace‘Peace’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

pearly gates‘Pearly Gates’ climbing

perfect moment‘Perfect Moment’ hybrid tea

perfume delight‘Perfume Delight’ hybrid tea

peter mayle‘Peter Mayle’ hybrid tea


polynesian-punch‘Polynesian Punch’ floribunda

the poet's wife‘The Poet’s Wife’ English

the pope‘Pope John Paul II’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

pretty_in_pink_eden‘Pretty in Pink Eden’ climbing

pretty lady rose‘Pretty Lady Rose’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

princess alexandra‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’ English



‘Princess Charlene de Monaco’ hybrid tea



pumpkin patch‘Pumpkin Patch’ floribunda
24” tree

purple splash‘Purple Splash’ climbing

purple tiger‘Purple Tiger’ floribunda

queen elizabeth‘Queen Elizabeth’ grandiflora

radiant‘Radiant Perfume’ grandiflora

red eden up close‘Red Eden’ climbing

rio samba‘Rio Samba’ hybrid tea

rock n roll‘Rock & Roll’ grandiflora
bush and 36” tree

rouge royale‘Rouge Royale’ hybrid tea

_RubyRuby‘Ruby Ruby’ miniature

Sally‘Sally Holmes’ climbing

scentimental‘Scentimental’ floribunda
bush, 36” tree and 24” tree

secret‘Secret’ hybrid tea

secret's out‘Secret’s Out’ hybrid tea

sedona‘Sedona’ hybrid tea

sexy rexy‘Sexy Rexy’ floribunda

sheila's‘Sheila’s Perfume’ floribunda

shockwave‘Shockwave’ 24” tree

showbizz‘Showbiz’ 24” tree

silver star‘Silver Star’ grandiflora

sky's the limit‘Sky’s The Limit’ climbing

smokin' hot‘Smokin’ Hot’ hybrid tea

sparkle‘Sparkle & Shine’ floribunda
bush and 24” tree

stainless steel‘Stainless Steel’ hybrid tea

sterling‘Sterling Silver’ hybrid tea

st pat‘St. Patrick’ hybrid tea




‘Strawberry Hill’ English strawberry-hill



strike it rich‘Strike It Rich’ grandiflora

sugar moon‘Sugar Moon’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

sunset celebration II‘Sunset Celebration’ hybrid tea

sunsprite‘Sunsprite’ floribunda
bush, 36” tree and 24” tree



sunstruck II‘Sunstruck’ hybrid tea

Take_it_Easy‘Take it Easy’
24” tree

teasing-georgia‘Teasing Georgia’ English

tiddly winks‘Tiddly Winks’ miniature

tropical lightning‘Tropical Lightning’ climbing

tropicana‘Tropicana’ hybrid tea

trumpeter‘Trumpeter’ floribunda
bush, 24” tree and 36” tree



tuscan sun

‘Tuscan Sun’ floribunda

twilight-zone‘Twilight Zone’ grandiflora
bush and 36” tree

valencia‘Valencia’ hybrid tea



vavoom‘Vavoom’ 24” tree




veteran's‘Veteran’s Honor’ hybrid tea




violet‘Violet’s Pride’ floribunda

bush and 36″ tree


voodoo‘Voodoo’ hybrid tea


westerland‘Westerland’ climbing

white eden‘White Eden’ climbing

white licorice‘White Licorice’ floribunda
bush and 24” tree

wild blue yonder‘Wild Blue Yonder’ grandiflora

wwII‘WWII Memorial Rose’ hybrid tea

yves‘Yves Piaget’ hybrid tea

Giant-flowered Begonias

gigantic begonias 018The hottest flower bulbs in the nursery right now- begonias with extra-large flowers. We make sure to grow the very biggest and world’s best, from AmeriHybrid bulbs from California.

Large plants with succulent leaves, and downright gigantic flowers. Begonias like the kind you would see back in the day at the county fair, winning ribbons for their showy perfection….

We are the last place around that we know of, still growing and featuring this old-fashioned flower. It’s our pleasure to offer plump and premium American-grown begonia bulbs and help you grow them, too.

Have a shade garden, filtered light, north-facing porch? These babies will still bloom for you with low-maintenance care.They are also happy in morning sun, or catching the final few hours of the day. Put ’em in pots, hanging baskets, beds- but put ’em up close where you can enjoy the colorful blooms!

Plant begonias in the shade (or morning sun), in nice rich soil. They will sprout in early spring. The routine is pretty simple to make them happy as they grow: water them regularly, apply flower food regularly. They will give you consistent color into fall, no other strings attached….


Come by and see these super-sized beauties for yourself- we’re happy to talk tubers with you:)

Camellias in Bloom!

‘Pink-a-Boo’ camellia sasanqua

Boy, are we tending to some hogs right now…….

sasanqua perfection- ‘Kanjiro’

This crop of camellias are extra-vigorous, dark green and glossy, with plentiful buds that are starting to pop open. Back in the day these types of plants were called hogs, due to their voracious growth, robust size and top notch quality.

You can get the best selection right now, no slop required.

This is an ideal time to plant camellias. The roots will fill in nicely during these winter months, providing ample support for the plentiful flowers and new growth of the season ahead.

Use some Planting Mix straight out of the bag when you plant in pots, or incorporate Paydirt along with Planting Mix 50/50 with your native soil when installing them in the ground. It’s important to include a starter fertilizer or camellia food into this mix as well, so as to put nutrients right near the roots; this will encourage strong, fast-growing  new roots to form.

‘Debutante’ camellia japonica, just starting to open

Camellias are low maintenance and fairly drought tolerant once established. There are different types available to suit different planting sites- japonicas are generally shade-loving, while sasanquas will accept full sun as well as shade. Some, like the statuesque reticulatas, grow upright and tall, while others are meant to stay shorter and wider without trimming. Many will sport large, showy flowers, while others bear prolific clusters of bloom. We even have specialty espalier specimens on trellis and topiary tree camellias.

They’re one of those plants that is really versatile. I’ve seen them grown as a flower-filled hedge, as a stately specimen allowed to assume it’s natural form, even potted with colorful bedding plants beneath. I also enjoy cutting branches for flower arrangements, or floating a large blossom or two in a bowl on the table.

So if you’re hankering for a new hog, come take a peek in our pen………

‘Yuletide’ blooms just in time for the holidays

‘Setsugekka’ camellia sasanqua


Poop Happens- and It Happens to be Good for Plants

chicken in PaydirtLet’s tell the stinking truth! Poop happens to be good for plants (and if it doesn’t smell, it doesn’t work). We began to believe in this rich garden ingredient decades ago- dark, pungent Paydirt has been used at King’s for generations because, pure and simple, it makes flowers and vegetables thrive. There are lots of ways to enjoy the benefits:

Use it instead of potting soil to top off last season’s planter boxes. Add a layer a 3-6″ inches thick before you plant practically everything- flowers, perennials, broccoli and other edibles. It is much higher in nutrients, the kind that go directly into making your plants grow and take root. When you go to dig, make sure to mix it thoroughly into the existing soil at the root zone. If you’re planting citrus, trees or larger in-ground stuff, mix it 50/50 with the native soil. Good stuff…..

Sprinkle some Paydirt lightly over newly-sown seeds to help them germinate, dissuade birds from eating them. It will also help to ensure even moisture, and discourage weeds so the seedlings get a chance to take hold. Brew up some potent Paydirt tea, let it steep a bit, then pour it on your garden- your plants will take a nutritious drink and LOVE it! Use it to mulch beneath your trees and roses; it’ll keep the weeds out, water in, while delivering a nitro boost of nutrition.

And yes, it does smell. But only for a little while…..Paydirt_low

It is a great time, after all, to plant a whole new round of color and foliage. We’ve got loads of Paydirt ready to go, in addition to several other types of soil for various other projects- houseplants, succulents, etc. (plus winter-blooming shrubs and vines, cool season flowers, camellias and just about anything else you can think to plant). Pop by to get inspired- and get the garden rolling!






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