The lavender plant is a beautiful and useful addition to any garden. It has fragrant blue-purple flowers and attracts wildlife. The flowers can be cut for indoor use, used in the kitchen, or made into essential oils. Proper care involves planting in a warm, sunny location with well-draining soil. Planting in fall or winter allows the plant to establish before summer. Pruning should be done in spring or after blooming to prevent woody appearance. Lavender plants do not require fertilization, as over-fertilization can reduce the fragrance of the blooms. SummerWinds Nursery offers various lavender plant varieties and can provide guidance on selecting the right one for your garden.

Peonies are a popular species planted in North America, known for their beautiful foliage and large, fragrant blooms. These herbaceous perennials, also called "Chinese peonies," are considered timeless and make a great addition to the Bay Area landscape. They thrive in well-drained soil with organic richness and a neutral pH. During the first growing season, regular and deep watering is necessary to establish a strong root system. Once established, the frequency of watering can be reduced