Out of Africa: Pelargoniums for California Landscapes
Who are Gary's Nebula, Queen of Orange and Veronica Contreras?
They are floriferous, California-bred hybrid pelargoniums derived from tough South African natives that are perfect for our climate.
At our April meeting, John Schoustra, Nurseryman and owner of Greenwood Daylily Gardens, will introduce a whole palette of pelargoniums, from ground covers to shrubs that provide year-round color and fragrance.
John will describe the six main Pelargonium groups that grow well in Southern California, and he'll discuss the trade-offs between the bloom, fragrance and pest resistance that they offer. As he notes, “Mother Nature never provides a free lunch."
John will also share a few images of his 30-year nursery adventure, which began when he started Greenwood Daylily Gardens by purchasing 170,00 daylilies from a nursery in Goleta in 1989. All 170,000 plants were dug and moved to Whittier, CA. Three counties and three moves later, John and his wife Cynthia now live on their 40-acre ranch in Somis, surrounded by acres of organic avocados on the hillsides and their nursery on the more level areas.
Over the years, the nursery has evolved to include what John calls "urban warriors" -- other plants that are as resilient as daylilies, such as reblooming irises, agapanthus, low-chill lilacs and pelargoniums.
After his talk, John will sell a broad selection of plants from his nursery.