Our Pilgrimage to Annie’s Annuals in the Bay Area

If you are a gardener, you already know about Annie’s Annuals, and like me, you regularly jump for joy whenever their catalog arrives in your mailbox. If you are new to gardening, you must order a catalog from them asap. Each edition is complete eye candy and the plant descriptions are really well written. It makes for amazing bedside reading, and it will fill you dreams with so many blooms you’ve not yet dreamt about, but you will…I promise.
If anything during this last trip made me want to move to California, it was this nursery, along with all of the other amazing gardens and native plants we met along the way. That day we drove in from camping along the Sonoma Coast and though we were dirty and tired, both my husband and I wandered around the nursery in some kind of a floral daze.
Many of the plants below are special native plants in California. Reading about them really blew me away and I hope that my husband can purchase some for the vineyard in the future.
Uncinia uncinata ‘Red’ or ‘Rubra with Sisyrinchium.
I don’t think I have ever seen Sweet Peas as sweet (Lathyrus odoratus).
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Senator’.
Grindelia hirsutula.
Mimulus aurantiacus ‘Point Molate’.
Lotus formossisimus ‘Western Trefoil’.
Lupinus succulentus ‘Rodeo Rose’.
Mimulus pictus ‘Calico Monkey Flower’.
Thistle Sage, Salvia carduacea.
Butterfly Mariposa Lily, Calochortus venustus.
Phacelia viscida.
Antirrhinum multiflorum ‘Rose Snapdragon’.
Lathyrus vestitus.
Tufted California Poppy, Eschscholzia caespitosa.
I love the blue of this Anchusa azurea ‘Alkanet’.

It is safe to say that shopping that day at Annie’s Annuals was like visiting plant nerd paradise. Oh how I love that I can’t take plants into California, but I sure can bring them out of The Golden State!

5 thoughts on “Our Pilgrimage to Annie’s Annuals in the Bay Area

  1. Patricia,
    This is only the tip of the iceberg! I was seriously blown away and could have spent days wandering there. I cannot wait to go back sometime this season.


  2. The only problem I have with Annie's is that there are too many plants I want! I love their catalogs and website. Thank you for sharing so many awesome photos. I bet you had a great time visiting.


  3. Paul

    This spring I decided to create and dedicated a memorial garden to a lost love one who past away from a four year battle of bone cancer. As I started my endeavor I decided I wanted the garden to be a pollinator garden with only a majority of perennial plants that would rebloom over years in his memory.

    I purchased my plants starting in late March and continued to do so up to the week of May 15, 2023 from Annie’s annuals and perennials located in Richmond California. As the orders came in I started to plant the plants and some of the pants died. Others were shipped with exposed roots as not enough topsoils was placed in the containers for the plants. As I started to contact this company they did not answer the phone initially and when they did I explained the situation and the reason for the garden and ask that they replace the plants that died. To date even knowing the reason for the garden they continue to respond to my requests with silence. I share this with you so you do not ended up in the same place I am in.

    I ask you to be a wise consumer and view this as nothing more then another company that will not guarantee its product. In addition I suspect if a response is provide by this company it will be done for the readers benefit and not in response to its product. I ask that you think twice before purchasing anything from this company


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