Kohuhu, grevillea, bougainvillea — oh my! Marina del Rey Garden Center has numerous varieties of those colorful, drought-tolerant plants and so much more. This is the sort of garden center one usually finds occupying vast tracts far inland, where land is cheap, not on more than 2 acres just off the 90 freeway in Marina del Rey. Wander the grounds, inhale the flowery scents and salty sea air, and envision your dream garden. The staff can explain how to grow roses and vegetables in pots, how to cover an eyesore with vines or how to create a stunning succulent display (of which they have plenty). An excellent selection of Vietnamese and Mexican Talavera ceramic pots, plus faux-terracotta (much lighter) containers ranging from tiny to big-enough-to-bathe-in, will provide homes for your purchases. They also have numerous fountains and garden ornaments. 13198 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-5956, marinagardencenter.com.

—Lisa Horowitz

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