Toyon, Christmas Berry

Heteromeles arbutifolia

 

  • Plant Form: Evergreen shrub/tree
  • Water Use: Low

    Christmas Berry or Toyon

    Toyon or Christmas Berry – an evergreen beauty with berries for the holidays

  • Mature Size: 8-10’ (to 25’) tall & 8-10’ wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun, Part sun
  • Bloom Time: June – August
  • Native to: Southern California
  • Hardiness: Cold Hardy to 0° F

 

Toyon, also called Christmas Berry and California Holly, is an evergreen shrub or small tree from California’s chaparral communities. This very adaptable, dense shrub is valued for its holly-like foliage, clusters of white flowers in summer, and showy bright red berries all winter that are popular for Christmas decorations, and relished by birds. Fire resistant if watered every 2 weeks during spring and summer. Toyon can be pruned into a handsome tree, or left in its natural form for a dense evergreen border or privacy screen as a native substitute for oleander.

French Lavender

French Lavender—a tidy and beautiful evergreen shrub.

French Lavender


Lavandula dentata 

 

  • Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub
  • Water Use: Low
  • Mature Size: 3’ tall & 4’ wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: March – November
  • Native to: Spain, Greece, North Africa
  • Hardiness: Cold Hardy to 20-25 °F

French Lavender is a tidy, evergreen shrub that thrives in dry conditions and prefers arid, alkaline soils, needing no fertilizer and very little water once established. Purple blooms and gray leaves with serrated edges emit a fresh, clean scent. Full sun and minimal pruning in spring and after flowering will stimulate continued blooming. French lavender blooms from spring to frost and attracts bees, butterflies and birds throughout the blooming season.

Silver Sage, Artemisia

Silver Sage – an aromatic shrub whose silvery foliage complements other colorful garden plants

Silver Sage, Artemisia

Artemisia x Powis Castle

 

  • Plant Form: Evergreen shrub
  • Water Use: Low
  • Mature Size: 2’-3’ tall & 3-4’ wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun, Part sun
  • Bloom Time: Rarely blooms
  • Native to: Mediterranean, Europe
  • Hardiness: Cold Hardy to 0° F

 

Silver Sage is a dense, mounded, evergreen shrub with soft silvery leaves. While the tiny flowers of this hybrid are insignificant, its attractive foliage makes it a star. The aromatic foliage is finely cut like filigreed silver lacework, making this plant suitable for moonlight gardens, rock gardens, containers, or to complement other flowering plants and grasses. Striking next to dark-leaved plants, silver sage is also a perfect complement to plants with red, pink, purple, or blue flowers. Prune it back in early spring to about 6 inches (never to the ground). Loves full sun and good drainage.

 

 

Autumn Sage

The Autumn Sage attracts hummingbirds.

Autumn Sage

Salvia greggii

 

  • Plant Form: Evergreen shrub
  • Water Use: Low
  • Mature Size: 2’-3’ tall & wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun, Part sun
  • Bloom Time: March – November
  • Native to: Texas, Mexico
  • Hardiness: Cold Hardy to <0° F

Autumn Sage is an erect, bushy, evergreen shrub whose scarlet red flower spikes attract hummingbirds. Its long flowering season extends from late spring, through fall, and even into winter in our area. Prune old flowering wood by half after flowering declines to start a new flush of growth, usually in mid-February, mid-May, and late August. This valuable xeriscape plant loves hot, dry areas, and requires well-drained soil. Autumn sage is great for hummingbird and butterfly gardens, and is effective when planted in masses. Plant near paths to enjoy its clean fragrance.

Sandpaper Verbena—Showy Groundcover

Sandpaper Verbena—Showy Groundcover

Sandpaper Verbena

Verbena rigida

 

  • Plant Form: Evergreen groundcover
  • Water Use: Low
  • Mature Size: 2’ tall & 4’ wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: March – November
  • Native to: South America
  • Hardiness: Cold Hardy to 15° F

Sandpaper Verbena is a showy groundcover, with large, rough sandpaper-like leaves and ruffled, purple flowers in spring, summer, and fall. It is very hardy, resistant to rabbits, and attractive to butterflies. Sandpaper verbena plants can be grouped together to form a continuous ground cover and used on banks or slopes for erosion control. Cut it back to the ground if it looks ragged (usually in fall or winter), and fresh growth will sprout from hardy underground stems.

 

Close-up of Apache Plume with Seeds

Close-up of Apache Plume with Seeds

Apache Plume

Fallugia paradoxa

 

  • Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub
  • Water Use: Very Low
  • Mature Size: 4-6’ tall & 5’ wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: April – June
  • Native to: So. Calif, SW U.S.
  • Hardiness: Cold Hardy to -10°F

Apache Plume is one of our showiest native desert shrubs. Rose-like, white flowers in spring produce eye-catching, silky pink seed plumes from May to December, said to resemble an Apache headdress. This fast-growing, semi-deciduous shrub with dark green leaves is extremely tolerant of heat and drought, and is an important erosion control plant. Apache Plume likes full sun but accepts part shade, and needs only occasional if any irrigation after it becomes established. Give this plant ample room—it doesn’t stay small for long.