Plant of the Month – Mexican Blue Sage

Mexican Blue Sage Electric Blue Sage Salvia chamaedryoides  Plant Form: Evergreen perennial/subshrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part shade Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Oct); heaviest bloom Spring & Fall Native to: Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Mexican Blue Sage is a fast-growing, low, mounding perennial that spreads by underground runners. The small silvery-green foliage is a perfect backdrop for its electric blue flowers that are heaviest […]

Plant of the Month – November

Spanish Dagger Yucca gloriosa ‘Variegata’ Plant Form: Succulent shrub Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 2-4 (-8) ft. tall x 2-4 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Summer (July – Aug), Fall (Sept – Oct) Native to: Southeast U.S. Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Spanish Dagger is a beautifully symmetrical shrub native to coastal plains, dunes, and sandy woods from North Carolina to Florida. Sword-shaped, spine-tipped leaves radiate from its center. The variegated form has blue-green leaves […]

Plant of the Month – June

Creeping Thyme Thymus praecox ssp. articus Plant Form: Groundcover, perennial herb Water Use: Very low, low Mature Size: 2-3 in. tall x 1.5-2.5 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part shade Bloom Time: Summer (June – August), Fall (Sept) Native to: Europe Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Creeping Thyme is a low evergreen ground cover that fits into small spaces but seems to bring big smiles to everyone passing by. It has a pleasant, spicy fragrance when crushed, and it will tolerate […]

Plant of the Month – December

Cape Honeysuckle Tecomaria capensis Plant Form: Semi-evergreen vine, shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 5-6 (to 15) ft. tall x 3-4 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part shade Bloom Time: Fall (Sept-Nov), Winter (Dec) Native to: South Africa Hardiness: Cold hardy to 23°F   Cape Honeysuckle explodes into bloom late in the season with a welcomed burst of color. Clusters of red-orange trumpet-shaped flowers attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, just in time for migration. This beautiful shrub has glossy leaves […]

Plant of the Month – June

Velvet Centaurea, Purple Bush Dusty Miller Centaurea cineraria Plant Form: Evergreen sub-shrub Water Use: Very low, low Mature Size: 2-4 ft. tall x 6-8 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), early Summer (June) Native to: Italy Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15-20°F Velvet Centaurea has been called a “Dusty Miller on steroids” due to its vigorous growth. Most garden plants either have brilliant flowers or striking foliage that complements all the plants around them. This beauty […]

Plant of the Month – August

Chaste Tree Vitex agnus-castus   Plant Form: Deciduous shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 15-25 ft. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Summer (June – August) Native to: S. Europe, W. Asia Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Chaste Tree is a beautiful large shrub or small tree with a profusion of fragrant lavender flowers in summer that attract butterflies, bees, and birds. Deep green leaves are divided into 5-7 lace-like leaflets, and the foliage is aromatic. Medieval legends tell […]