Crescent Hill Nursery October E-Newsletter 2011 The CHN e-newsletter is our show of gratitude to the loyal market customers at our many events around

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Crescent Hill Nursery October E-Newsletter 2011


Nursery guard-llama Top Gun basking in the late summer sun.

The CHN e-newsletter is our show of gratitude to the loyal market customers at our many events around the Central Coast. It will serve as a site for seasonal updates, "plant of the month" specials, the "ask a nurseryman" section, links to our partners, and a whole lot more. The e-newsletter is a way to stay connected with our thriving and knowledgeable garden community. Please send us your comments on how to make this e-newsletter more useful to all, and don't forget to pass along the link to a friend!

Happy Planting,
Nathan Krupa (owner/grower)

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Salvia Waverly just waiting for the hummingbird parade.

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Japanese Painted Fern, Athyrium nipponicum 'Red Beauty'


As we approach our 10th year in business providing rare and exotic stock to Central Coast gardeners, Crescent Hill would like to further our relationship with our loyal clients who have allowed us to keep on growing. During the months of October and November, we will be visiting the gardens of local customers to see our plants in their natural setting and "talk plant shop" in general. Over the years, so many of you "plant geeks" have invited us over, but the time always ran short. This year we would like to take time to see gardens at their peak summer expression, and thus understand more about the local microclimates where our customers (and plants) live. So if your garden is loaded with Crescent Hill specimens, and you would not mind the imposition of giving a brief tour, we would love to invite ourselves over. Please contact Nathan at 8312461128 or if you are interested.

Crescent Hill is proud to be participating in the new Foothill College Flea Market, starting Saturday November 13th, at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Ca. The long anticipated revival of this monthly market promises to be an interesting day out. More information and directions available at on our CALENDAR page.

Nursery tours are encouraged. Please come out and see our 2 acre facility in Watsonville. With over 225 varieties grown, the growing grounds are turning into a little botanical park. Please call for an appointment. Groups are welcome.

Please remember Crescent Hill recycles all 1,2, and 5 gallon plastic containers. Drop off available at all markets, or here at the nursery. Thanks again!!



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Coprosma 'Tequila Sunrise'

Mirror Plant

As the brisk mornings and last week's brush with rain remind us of fall's impending approach, Crescent Hill's October plant of the month seeks to temper the season' s change with warm, bright winter color. Native to New Zealand and the South Pacific, Coprosma is a wide ranging genus of subshrubs with many variations of waxy reflective foliage sure to catch the eye. As those of you who follow the e-newsletter know, it is not often that a foliage plant is chosen for plant of the month. We feel that Mirror Plant deserves special merit, and its unique features and landscape uses especially shine in the fall and winter. When gardeners touch its extra glossy almost jewel-like foliage, the first question asked is whether it is a real plant. While it is in fact living and breathing, it certainly is not your run-of-the-mill deep green-leaved subshrub. This "show off" of the subshrub world gives color all year, and some Dr. Seussesque varieties change color with the seasons. Coprosmas thrive in full sun on the coast to light shade inland, and most horticultural varieties grow 3-5 ft tall X 3-5 ft wide. Highly tolerant of pruning and relatively slow growing, they can be kept much smaller depending on space. This feature also allows for use as a low hedge, where the different species can be mixed in a dazzling collage of color. Picture the impact that would be created by replacing a boxwood hedge with a meandering line of these vivid, vibrant subshrubs. These members of the Rubiaceae (Coffee) family are multi-functional in terms of landscape design. They combine with bulbs, grasses, and Phormium-type plants, where their round compact form compliments the upright spiky foliage. They also pair well fronting other shrubs with dark green leaves, where their lustrous colors are set aglow. I've even seen them used as a weed smothering midsized groundcover under specimen trees like palms. Coprosma's show usually intensifies with the cold weather in fall/winter. The reds become darker and the pinks become deeper, just when the rest of the flowering garden is starting to fade away. Excellent in containers, their bright winter complexion is the perfect accompaniment to the Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas displays. However they are used, the rich variegation pattern allows gardeners to seamlessly combine color palettes previously thought distinct. Crescent Hill is proud to offer four species of Mirror Plant to brighten up the winter garden. 'Black Cloud' has chocolate brown foliage, while 'Evening Glow', 'Rainbow Surprise', and 'Tequila Sunrise' offer more intense variegation patterns and that Dr. Seussesque seasonal change. Hardy to 25 degrees, the Mirror Plant is sure to add a spark to any Central Coast garden.

Special E-Newsletter Price; $5 per 1-gallon container, $12 per 5-gallon container!! (normally $6 and $18 respectively)

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Collage of Coprosma color!!



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In this quarterly section, we introduce our industry partners that may be of interest to the Crescent Hill gardening family.

The Kestrel Group
ecological design and consultation

Utilizing skills based in restoration ecology, biology, permaculture, soil science, horticulture, and botany The Kestrel Group provides ecological design and consultation services to help our clients realize a greener future. With more than 10 years of diverse industry experience The Kestrel Group endeavors to widen the lens of ecological thinking to encompass a multidisciplinary approach which allows us to see beyond the mundane systematics of landscape design, and introduce a holistic approach to creating a design that not only meets the client’s expectations but increases the overall success of the environment from below ground to above.

Our goal is to provide current and relevant information that is tailored to your project needs. Using unique dialog based information sessions we are able to understand and interpret your vision, and collaboratively develop a design based on client desires and environmental conditions. Our years of experience in the field have provided us with the practical know-how to see a project through from concept to completion. No endeavor is too large or small; from outdoor living space revitalization to multi-acre restoration, we can help your dreams to bloom.

Based in the San Leandro, Ca and the greater Bay Area Region, we are home to numerous cutting edge industries in the environmental field. We have provided services for numerous communities throughout the Bay Area with clients from Marin to Monterey. Please contact us to find out how The Kestrel Group can help to inspire your outdoor living space.

Brendan T. Leathem
Senior Designer

The Kestrel Group
ecological design and consultation
760.943.7183 mobile
510.567.3858 office

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