2660 East Lake Avenue (Highway 152)
Watsonville, CA 95076
Across from the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
Open daily: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
(Winter hours: 4:30 p.m.)

Phone: 831-728-2532 | Fax: 831.728.2537 
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PINCUSHIONS and PROTEAS for Spring Planting

Fruit Trees

This is the season to plant and enjoy the Protea family.

We have a number of varieties of Leucospermum (pincushion flower), Leucadendron (cone flower) and Protea available for spring planting. Now that the frosts are gone it is a good time to plant, especially since we have more than moist soils from the recent deluges! The protea family is very drought tolerant once established, so a great choice for a water-conserving garden. Especially if you are taking out a part of (or all of!) your lawn for these new additions. Big water savings! (More about that later.)
We still have many fruit trees in stock growing in 5-gallon containers, ready for planting now or later as your time permits. Apricots, Apriums, Apples, Asian Pears, Cherries, Mulberries Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Persimmons, Pluots, Plums and more. Also Blueberries, Blackberries, Pomegranates, Figs and Kiwis.

NOW in STOCK! Check out our list from Dave Wilson Nursery.


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Spanish lavenders keep on blooming...


All Spanish Lavenders on sale: 20% off

You can't beat Spanish lavenders for attractive drought tolerant and deer proof color most of the year. While English lavenders are basically summer bloomers, the stoechas (Spanish) varieties may be in color 6-8 months of the year and can start blooming as early as January. The one pictured above 'Voodoo' is a locally developed new cultivar and possibly one of the best yet.

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Lithodoras are on sale, too: 20% off


Great low-growing ground cover perennial for edges of beds, near rocks or cascading down walls or big pots. All gallons on sale.

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Water-Wise Landscaping also known as Xeriscape

Water-wise gardening and landscaping are key components in the goal of greater water conservation. At Sierra Azul Nursery & Gardens, we have been growing and selling native and Mediterranean climate plants, as well as designing and consulting on water-wise gardens and lawn-to-plants conversions for the last 20 years.

We have recently quantified the significant water savings that can be realized by converting a 30'x30' sprinkler irrigated lawn/turf area to an attractive xeriscape planting on drip irrigation. A normal twice-weekly watering of this size lawn would use approximately 700 gallons/ week. Converting this total lawn area to a native/ mediterranean and succulent plant garden and planting approximately three dozen plants irrigated by 1 gallon per hour drip emitters would result in the new water use of approximately 50 gallons/ week. This is a stunning 650 gallons/ week savings or a reduction in usage by over 90%. This 650 gallon savings is the equivalent to saving 160 gallons/ week or 23 gallons/ day per person for a family of four. This is the weekly equivalent of 30 showers or 300 toilet flushes.

We believe this kind of landscape conversion will practically satisfy projected water district conservation goals for many current lawn-oriented customers.

Understanding that the above example is not a "one size fits all" solution, it does clearly demonstrate the potential for real-time water conservation by the conversion of lawn to xeriscape.

Xeriscape: "A method of landscaping that emphasizes water conservation in its use of efficient irrigation and drought -resistant plants."


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Garden Design and
Consultation Services at Sierra Azul

Garden Design Services

We offer a variety of design and consultation services through our nursery and garden center. Sierra Azul owner Jeff Rosendale is working with our new staff member, Nicole Douglas, to upgrade and enhance our services. Jeff has been designing gardens and landscapes since 1974 and, with the addition of Nicole's art/design and biology background, we can work with you in various ways to help design and implement small or larger scale gardens and landscapes.

We are associated with reliable gardeners ($30/hr.) who can help with plantings and other work as needed, as well as landscape contractors for bigger jobs and hardscapes. Our design and consultation rate is $85/hr. We will be happy to work with you on any level to make your existing or new garden a beautiful place to be. Give us a call @ 831-728-2532 or email us at sierrazulnursery@yahoo.com if you are interested!

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This mixture of seven red and hard fescues is a low-maintenance alternative to traditional turf-grass. It needs less mowing and less water, and can be kept unmowed for a natural, pastoral look. It is drought-tolerant and grows in full sun to shade. It can be planted year-round in the Bay Area and Central Coast, and once established needs watering only every two weeks. Simple and informative seeding instructions included. Great for garden paths and open seating areas. 5-pound bags cover 1000 sq. ft. and are $39.95.

In the Media


MAY: Artists prepare exhibit at Sierra Azul Nursery in the Register-Pajaronian (with photographs)

The San Francisco Chronicle features Sierra Azul in their article about "Parks and Beaches in Santa Cruz County." Bring a picnic!

JULY: An article in Pacific Horticulture, written by Jeff Rosendale, explores the incredible gardens at Laguna Ranch, situated on 400 acres, north of Santa Cruz on the Pacific Coast.

FEBRUARY: Here's a piece with great photographs and details about our operations at Bamboo, Succulents, and More. Thank you, Gerhard!

DECEMBER: Read a detailed article about our business—practices, the grounds, our history—here at the Town Mouse and Country Mouse blog: "A Trip to Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens."

Thanks for visiting, Country Mouse!

Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens specializes in plants and gardens for California's Mediterranean climate. Our goal is to promote the aesthetic use of Mediterranean climate adapted plants in water-conserving gardens and landscapes. This includes fruit trees and plants for shade gardens. (Check out our article on "Drought Tolerant Plant Families.")

Sierra Azul Nursery is a retail plant nursery specializing in Mediterranean plants from around the world. Our nursery includes two acres of demonstration gardens featuring mature plants in a garden setting, accented by sculptures from local artists. Be sure to check out our special sales, and the art workshops and events we host.

Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens holds a vision of the garden as a place to link with the natural world and its many wonderful contrasting elements. We hope to share our vision with you. Come visit the rich, aesthetic, physical world of Sierra Azul Gardens.

Group tours of the Sierra Azul Gardens are available upon request. Garden clubs are welcome! Contact us by email or phone.

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