4 Flower and Herb Favorites of 2016

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:

Calamondin

Lime ‘Purut’ (‘Kuffre’)

Limequat ‘Eustis’

Mandarin Clementine ‘Nules’

Mandarin ‘Kishu seedless’

Mandarin ‘Pixie’

Mandarin ‘Poukan’

Mandarinquat ‘Indio’

Orange (Blood) ‘Moro’

Orange ‘Red Valencia’

Orange ‘Vaniglia Sanguino’

Pummelo ‘Mato Buntan’

Tangelo ‘Orlando’

#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!

Fuji Apple

Malus domestica

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

Chamelaucium

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’
  • ‘Jasper’
  • ‘Purple Pride’
  • ‘Sterling Range’
  • ‘Sweet 16’
  • ‘University’