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MADIA elegans, Elegant Tarweed MADIA elegans
Elegant Tarweed

Annual: Deer, drought & clay tolerant. CA native to grasslands & open forests. Large, 2" daisy-like blms are solid ylw or may have a red spot at the base of each petal forming a ring. Bright, showy & pineapple scented! Blms mid-summer to fall. Late season nectar source for bees, butterflies & other beneficial insects. The seeds are loved by small mammals & birds, especially finches. Size: 3-4' x 3'. Full sun. Water: mod.-dry.

Photo unavailable MANDEVILLA laxa
Chilean Jasmine

Climber: Deciduous vine with bronze tinged leaves and clusters of large 3" trumpet-shaped fragrant flowers. Heavy bloomer with gardenia-like perfume. Bloom time: summer-fall. Bloom color: white. Height: 10-20'. Width: 15'. Exposure: sun/part shade. Water: moderate. USDA Z9. (syn. M. suaveolens)

MANDEVILLA Tropical Breeze 'Velvet Red', MANDEVILLA Tropical Breeze 'Velvet Red'

Climber: A vigorous tropical that produces abundant clusters of very dark, velvet red flowers. Dark glossy green leaves with excellent disease resistance. Vigorously covers trellis in pots or in the sunny garden. Better heat and cold tolerance than other mandevillas and is fast growing. Bloom time: summer-fall. Height: 15-20 feet. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z10.

Photo unavailable MANGAVE 'Bloodspot'
Agave x Manfreda Hybrid

Shrub: Drought tolerant. A gorgeous hybrid of Japanese origin. Forms an upright, compact rosette. Grey-green leaves are dashed w/spots of cranberry & edged w/maroon. Lime green tubular flowers are displayed atop tall spikes. Perfect for smaller gardens, this slow grower rarely produces offsets. Attractive in rock gardens or combined w/other succulents. Elegant choice for containers. Ht.: 12" (6' w/flower) Width: 15". Exp.: full sun. Water: dry. USDA Z9.

Photo unavailable MANGAVE 'Macho Mocha'
Agave x Manfreda Hybrid

Shrub: Evergreen. Drought tolerant. A slow-growing succulent that forms a rosette. Thick, fleshy blue-green lvs are thickly covered w/reddish-brown spots, especially towards the tips. A reddish flower spike topped by creamy-white flowers rises from the center, at which time new plants emerge from below the rosette. Attracts hummingbirds. Bloom time: spring. Size: 2-3' (8' w/flower) x 4-6'. Exp.: full sun/part shade. USDA Z8.

MARIGOLD 'Lemon Gem', Organic Marigold MARIGOLD 'Lemon Gem'
Organic Marigold

Produces tons of petite bright lemon-yellow flowers atop neat, low mounds of lacy foliage. Compact dwarf. Deer resistant. Good for beds, borders, containers or rock gardens. The leaves and flowers have a subtle citrus aroma and the flowers can be used as an edible salad garnishment. Height: 8-10". Bloom time: spring-fall. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. (Tagetes tenuifolia 'Lemon Gem')

Photo unavailable MARIGOLD 'Queen Sophia'
Organic Dwarf French Marigold

Named for Queen Sofia of Spain. Compact, early blooming. Large, showy 2.5-3" fully double blooms are rusty red-orange with gold edges. Flowers change color as they mature. Good bed, border, container or cut flower plant. Deer resistant. Height: 10-12". Width: 6". Bloom time: spring-fall. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate.

Photo unavailable MARIGOLD 'Red Gem'
Organic Marigold

Produces tons of petite reddish-orange flowers atop neat, low mounds of lacy foliage. Compact dwarf. Deer resistant. Good for beds, borders, containers or rock gardens. The leaves and flowers have a subtle citrus aroma and the flowers can be used as an edible salad garnishment. Height: 8-10". Bloom time: spring-fall. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. (Tagetes tenuifolia 'Red Gem')

Photo unavailable MARIGOLD 'Tangerine Gem'
Organic Marigold

Produces tons of petite tangerine flowers atop neat, low mounds of lacy foliage. Compact dwarf. Deer resistant. Good for beds, borders, containers or rock gardens. The leaves and flowers have a subtle citrus aroma and the flowers can be used as an edible salad garnishment. Height: 8-10". Bloom time: spring-fall. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. (Tagetes tenuifolia 'Tangerine Gem')

Photo unavailable MARJORAM, SWEET-
Organic Marjoram

A milder, sweeter relative of oregano. Use fresh or dried. Like basil, pinch flowers to promote leaf growth. Many gardeners have successfully over-wintered this tender perennial, while others pot it up in the fall to bring delight to a winter kitchen. To dry, harvest stems to hang in bundles. Lvs can be easily stripped off when dry. Ht: 1-2 ft. Exp: sun. Water: moderate/dry. USDA Z9-10. (Maturity: 85 days) (Origanum majorana)

Photo unavailable MATTHIOLA incana 'Vintage Mix' (Stock)
Dwarf Garden Stock

Annual: Deer resistant. Popular plant for cottage grdns or as a cut flower. More than half will have fully dbl blms, antique shades of rose, blue, carmine, ylw, red, & lilac. Spicy clove scent. Use in beds, borders, containers & cutting gardens. Culinary note: Flowers are usually added raw to salads or garnish to desserts, can also be candied. Their flavor is perfumed. Attracts butterflies. Ht: 12-24". Exp. full sun/pt shade. Water: mod.

MECARDONIA hybrid 'GoldDust', MECARDONIA hybrid 'GoldDust'

Small deep yellow flowers appear late spring/early summer. Excellent heat tolerance. Low maintenance landscape plant that also works well in baskets and planters. Attracts butteflies and hummingbirds. Height: 2-5". Width: 1-2'. Exposure: sun.

MELIANTHUS major, Honey Bush MELIANTHUS major
Honey Bush

Evergreen shrub: Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Has an irregular growth habit, where some branches sprawl and some are semi-erect. The foliage is grayish green to blue-gray. Bloom time: winter-spring. Bloom color: brownish crimson to deep brick-red. Ht: 6-10'. W: 3-10'. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate/dry. USDA Z8.

Photo unavailable MELICA 'Silky'
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Photo unavailable MELICA mutica
Two-flowered Melic

Perennial Grass: Given to us by John Greenlee & part of the Greenlee Meadow Collection. Found primarily in open areas in woods. Blooms early June through late July. Tolerates dry or rocky soils. Excellent for attracting wildlife. The birds love to eat the dried seed heads.

Photo unavailable MELICA nitens
Three-flowered Melick Grass

Perennial Grass: Deciduous. Given to us by John Greenlee & part of the Greenlee Meadow Collection. A very graceful-looking, rhizomatous, cool-season grass that's clump-forming & slowly spreads. Carpets of thick blade-like bt. green accompanied by cream feather-like flower spikes in late spring-summer. The grass has spikelets w/2-4 flowers each. Wonderful woodland grass. Ht: 3-5'. Exp.: pt shade. Water: mod.

Photo unavailable MELICA nutans
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MELISSA officinalis (Lemon Balm), Organic Lemon Balm MELISSA officinalis (Lemon Balm)
Organic Lemon Balm

Perennial. Lemon balm is a strongly aromatic herb with a lemony fragrance and excellent medicinal and culinary qualities. Best to use when fresh. Use in warm or cold drinks, deserts and salads. Great to use when cooking. Forms a nice green clump of heart shaped leaves 12-18" tall. Best to harvest in mid to late afternoon when the oils are strongest.
Exposure: sun/part shade. Water: mod. USDA Z4.

Photo unavailable MELON 'Crane'
Organic Heirloom Melon

Heirloom - Devolped by local Sonoma County farmer Oliver Crane by crossing a cantaloupe with a Japanese melon. This Crenshaw-type melon produces 4-6 pound teardrop-shaped fruit that have light-orange flesh that is very sweet and juicy. The skin is green with orange spots when ripe. Plant in sun. (Maturity: 75-85 days) (Cucumis melo 'Crane')

Photo unavailable MELON 'Emerald Gem'
Organic Melon

Heirloom-Most popular melon of the late 1800's, hailed as “altogether unapproached in delicious flavor & luscious beyond description.” Small 2-3 lb fruits ripen from emerald green to ylw-brown. Pale orng flesh is juicy, sweet, & somewhat spicy in flavor. Fruits are borne on compact plants. Heavy producer. Plant in sun. Short harvest window; pick melons when skin becomes netted & fruits slip from the vine. (Maturity: 70-90 days)

Photo unavailable MENTHA 'Berries and Cream'
Berries and Cream Mint

Perennial Herb: A delectable mint! Its lvs have a fruity scent and taste, making it a wonderful garnish for summer drinks, fruit dishes, and some meat dishes. More compact than other varieties, perfect for smaller spaces or containers. Easy to dry or freeze. Fairly drought tolerant. Attracts butterflies and bees. Blooms: summer-fall. Bloom color: mauve. Height: 18-24". Width: 12-18". Exp.: sun/part shade. Water: mod. USDA Z5.

MENTHA 'Hillary's Sweet Lemon', Sweet Lemon Spearmint MENTHA 'Hillary's Sweet Lemon'
Sweet Lemon Spearmint

Perennial Herb: A hybrid of apple mint & lime mint. It has the crisp flavor & vigorous growth of apple with the lovely leaf & citrus undertones of lime. Very unusual & delicious. Great for tea & bar drinks. Named after Hillary Clinton, First Lady of the United States & herb enthusiast. Fairly drought tolerant. Attracts butterflies. Height: 2-3'. Exposure: sun/part shade. Water: moderate. USDA Z5.

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