Plant of the Month

Mojave Desert Sage, Desert Purple Sage Salvia dorrii Plant Form: Evergreen Sub-Shrub Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade Bloom Time: Spring (May), Summer (June-July) Native to: California, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington (between 2,500 – 8,500 feet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Mojave Desert Sage is an aromatic, native “shrublet” with striking blue-violet flowers that emerge from purplish, ball-shaped flower heads along the stems. This compact, herbaceous […]

Plant of the Month – March

Spanish Lavender Lavandula stoechas Plant Form: Evergreen perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 24 – 30 in. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring (Feb-May), Summer (June – August) Native to: Mediterranean region and North Africa Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Spanish Lavender can fulfill your desire for a durable evergreen plant with bright flowers, enchanting fragrance, drought resistance, and heat tolerance. Both flowers and foliage are wonderfully fragrant. Purple bracts on flower heads appear like rabbit ears, […]

Plant of The Month – January

Copper Canyon Daisy, Mexican Marigold Tagetes lemmonii Plant Form: Herbaceous evergreen perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3-5 ft. tall x 4-6 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun or part shade Bloom Time: Year-round; Heaviest bloom Fall – Winter (Sept – Jan) Native to: Southern Arizona, northern Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 5°F (roots); 20°F (foliage)     Copper Canyon Daisy is highly aromatic, releasing a strong fragrance when its foliage is rubbed or brushed against, which is likely the reason […]

Plant of the Month – July

Moonshine Yarrow Achillea taygetea ‘Moonshine’ Plant Form: Semi-evergreen Perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring – Early Fall (May – Oct) Native to: European parents Hardiness: Cold hardy to <0°F   Moonshine Yarrow combines some of the best hybrid characteristics of the genus, offering felty, blue-gray, fern-like, aromatic foliage with bright yellow flower heads. The flat-topped flower clusters attract butterflies, and make great bouquets of either fresh-cut or dried flowers. […]

Plant of the Month – June

Rose Sage Salvia pachyphylla Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 2-3 ft. tall x 3-4 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade Bloom Time: Late Spring – Summer (June – September) Native to: Southern California (5,000 – 10,000 feet elevation) Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F Rose Sage may be one of the most beautiful and fragrant sages in California. Bluish-purple flowers emerge from giant rose-purple bracts (flower-like leaves) on stems rising up to a foot above the […]

Plant of the Month – November 2014

Creosote Larrea tridentata   Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 6’ tall & 8’ wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Peak bloom Spring & Winter (Nov – May); sporadic rest of year Native to: California, Utah, Arizona, to W. Texas and Mexico below 3,500 feet Hardiness: Cold Hardy to 5°F   Creosote survives on its own in the hottest, driest deserts of the southwest US, but when invited into a landscaped setting, this open-branching plant will […]