Fellow Davis resident Sue whose garden I visited last month called me yesterday to let me know about a fresh delivery of succulents at our local Ace Hardware store. Needless to say I had to check it out myself and I agree—these are nice looking plants, and there is a lot of variety, too.
Unlike the big box stores like The Home Depot or Lowe’s, our local Ace Hardware store gets their succulents from Lone Pine Gardens, a small specialty grower in Sebastopol over in Sonoma County. Their offerings go far beyond the usual and often include rare plants that are hard to find.
Prices are very reasonable, about $1 per inch of pot size (plants in 2” pots are $1.99, 3” pots $2.99, 4” pots $4.29). Another big plus: The vast majority of plants come with plant tags so you know exactly what it is that you’re buying.
While I’m trying to be more selective with what I buy—considering how many plants I have already and how little room—I couldn’t resist getting three new additions, two of which are outlined below.
Here are my new purchases:
Agave verschaffeltii ‘Shoji Rajin’
Synadenium grantii ‘Rubra’
Astrophytum ornatum ‘Mirbelii’
And if yesterday’s post about echeverias whetted your appetite, I spotted some beautiful 3” specimens at Ace:
LEFT: Echeveria subsessilis
RIGHT: Echeveria agavoides
Davis Ace Hardware is at 240 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.
Lone Pine Gardens is at 6450 Lone Pine Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472.