Plant of the Month

Blue Emu Bush, Blue Bells Eremophila hygrophana ‘BlueBells’ Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall x 3-6 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Late Summer (Aug), Fall (Sept-Nov), Winter (Dec-Feb) Native to: Australia Hardiness: Cold hardy to 25°F Blue Emu Bush has been described as the perfect shrub: one that blooms throughout the year, thrives in hot temperatures but handles frost, needs no pruning, and even tolerates drought. Its only potential weakness […]

Plant of the Month – Lantana

Lantana Lantana camara Plant Form: Shrub Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 2-6 ft. tall x 4-6 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-August), Fall (Sept-Nov) Native to: Central and South America Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Lantanas are prized not only for their performance during long hot summers, but also for their extremely long bloom season. Tiny 5-lobed flowers in dense hemispherical clusters from spring to fall attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and pollinators. Most Lantanas are […]

Plant of the Month – May

Catmint Nepeta faassenii Plant Form: Perennial Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Late spring (May), summer (June, July) Native to: Asia, Europe, Africa Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F Catmint is beloved by gardeners for a host of features: it is fast-growing, long-lived, low-maintenance, resistant to browsing animals and pests, attractive to butterflies and bees, water-wise, and is graced with periwinkle-blue flowers over a long bloom season. This cornerstone […]

Plant of the Month – March

Lady Banks RoseRosa banksiae Plant Form: Evergreen to semi-deciduous vine Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 15-20 ft. tall x 10-20 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Spring (March – May), Early Summer (June) Native to: China Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Lady Banks Rose is a fast-growing, climbing vine that can easily cover a fence, trellis, arbor, or patio. Prized as a vigorous climber, this thornless vine explodes with clusters of slightly fragrant, yellow or white miniature flowers […]

Plant of the Month – August

Golden Dogbane Thymophylla pentachaeta Plant Form: Perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 6-10 in. tall x 1-2 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring (March-May), Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Nov) Native to: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Northern Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F  Golden Dogbane is a dainty, colorful plant that brings happiness to both gardeners and butterflies. Because it provides both nectar and food for butterflies and their larvae, it is perfect for butterfly gardens. Gardeners can plant just a few […]

Plant of the Month – July

Peruvian Verbena Glandularia (Verbena) peruviana purple Plant Form: Perennial groundcover Water Use: Low, Moderate Mature Size: 6-12 in. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring (March-May), Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Nov) Native to: South America Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F  Peruvian Verbena is a fairly fast-growing groundcover that trails and spreads with new herbaceous roots to form a dense mat. This desert-friendly, rabbit-resistant perennial produces clusters of colorful flowers at the end of each stem, with colors ranging from purple […]