Plant of the Month – Purple Phlomis

Purple Phlomis Purple Jerusalem Sage Phlomis purpurea  Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 2-4 ft. tall x 3-4 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, light shade Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-Aug) Native to: Spain, Portugal, Morocco Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Purple Phlomis offers a beautiful solution for hot, dry areas of a yard, forming a large mound of wooly leaves with whorls of rose-lavender, hooded flowers skewered in tiers on long spikes of fuzzy stems. Its […]

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

Island Snapdragon  Gambelia speciosa Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 3-4 ft. tall x 8-10 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-Aug) Native to: Channel Islands, CA, & Guadalupe Island, Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 30°F Island Snapdragon is a magnet for hummingbirds with its bright clusters of lipstick-red, snapdragon-like flowers on the tips of arching stems from spring through mid-summer. This vine-like perennial, native to several offshore islands of […]

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 – October

Lion’s Tail Leonotis leonurus Plant Form: Semi-evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3 – 6 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Summer (Aug), Fall (Sept-Nov) Native to: South Africa Hardiness: Cold hardy to 20°F Lion’s Tail is prized for its dazzling, tubular flowers covered with a fur-like coat of fine hairs, said to resemble either lions’ tails or lions’ ears. Tiered whorls of orange blossoms encircle the square stems, which are covered with dark […]

Plant of the Month: April 2012

Palmer’s Penstemon Penstemon palmeri   Plant Form: Perennial Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 4’ tall, 3’ wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: April-June Native to: So. Calif., to Arizona & Utah Hardiness: Cold Hardy -10° F to 0° F   Penstemons are a group of showy perennial herbs that bring bright color to gardens while attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. This fragrant pink Penstemon is a real showstopper. Palmer’s Penstemon thrives in the hottest, harshest conditions, is naturally drought-tolerant, and […]