One way to get your share of herbs and flower varieties is tea. Tea is a nice treat to be had year around. You can have it iced or warm according to your preference. Select teas with quality ingredients for the best experience.
#1 Specialty Citrus & Sweet and Sour Citrus
Sweet citrus, like Oranges, Sweet Limes, and Tangerines, produce fruit once a year for up to six months. So pick out three or four sweet citrus varieties and enjoy them year-round. Plus, the fragrance of their flowers is a real bonus!
Sour citrus, like Lemons and Limes, set fruits two times a year. For this reason, they are called everbearing.
Our Specialty Citrus includes:*
‘Australian Finger Lime’ – use as garnish
‘Kaffir Lime’ – use for Thai cooking
‘Sudachi’ – use for Japanese cooking
‘Yuzu’ – use for Japanese cooking
*Note: These varieties are hard to find; we sometimes have them.
Additional unusual varieties that we often offer include:
Lime ‘Purut’ (‘Kuffre’)
Mandarin Clementine ‘Nules’
Mandarin ‘Kishu seedless’
Orange (Blood) ‘Moro’
Orange ‘Red Valencia’
Orange ‘Vaniglia Sanguino’
Pummelo ‘Mato Buntan’
#2 Citrus Trees for Year-Round Enjoyment
Kumquat, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange, Tangelo, Tangerine
There are many varieties of tasty citrus trees that you can grow in your garden besides Meyer Lemons and Bearss Limes. Plus, the planting season around here lasts from now through September. Here are some varieties that Mia recommends:
Kumquat ‘Ngami’ – fruit ripens Dec-late Spring
Lemon ‘Pink Lemonade’ – fruit is Everbearing
Mandarin/Tangerine ‘Gold Nugget’ seedless – fruit ripens Mar-Aug
Mandarin/Tangerine ‘Kishu Mini’ – fruit Ripens late Oct-Feb
Mandarin/Tangerine ‘Satsuma’ – fruit ripens Dec-Feb
Mandarin/Tangerine ‘Tango’ seedless – fruit ripens Jan-July
Mandarin/Tangerine ‘Yosemite Gold’ – fruit ripens late Jan-April
Orange ‘Cara Cara Pink’ – fruit ripens Jan-May
Orange (Blood) ‘Tarocco’ – fruit ripens Feb-May
Tangelo ‘Minneola’ – fruit ripens Feb-April
#3 Fuji Apple, California’s New Favorite!
Recent introduction from Japan that quickly became California’s favorite apple. Sweet, very crisp and flavorful, excellent keeper. Dull reddish-orange skin, sometimes russeted. Ripe mid-September. Excellent pollenizer for other apple varieties. Low chilling requirement (less than 500 hours). Self-fruitful.
A Hardy Australian Shrub for Dry Spots
#4 Wax Flower, Geraldton Wax
Native to South Western Australia, Chamelaucium is an easy-to-grow, drought-tolerant shrub. Has a long bloom period (mid-Winter thru Spring) during which plant produces tall stalks of blooms which make for great, long-lasting cut flowers. Some of our favorite varieties include:
- ‘Bridal Pearl’
- ‘Purple Pride’
- ‘Sterling Range’
- ‘Sweet 16’