Plant of the Month – October

Paperflower, Whitestem Paper Flower Psilostrophe cooperi Plant Form: Evergreen perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 2 feet tall x 3 feet wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring – Fall (Mar – Oct) Native to: S. California, Arizona, New Mexico, & Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Paperflower is a showy, mounded shrub named for its bright yellow flowers that persist on the flower head long after blooming, turning tannish-yellow and papery—giving the illusion of a much longer blooming season. […]

Plant of the Month – May

Firecracker Penstemon, Eaton’s Firecracker, Scarlet Bugler Penstemon eatonii Plant Form: Evergreen perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 2 feet tall and wide (flower stalks 2-4 feet tall) Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Late winter – spring (Feb – June) Native to: S. California, Colorado, Utah, Arizona Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F Firecracker Penstemon is irresistible to hummingbirds due to its nectar-filled, brilliant, scarlet flowers. It is among the first to bloom in spring, providing an early-season nectar source for hummingbirds. […]

Plant of the Month – March

White Evening Primrose, Tufted Evening Primrose Oenothera caespitosa Plant Form: Evergreen groundcover Water Use: Low Mature Size: 6 – 12 inches tall  x 2 – 3 feet wide Exposure: Full or filtered sun Bloom Time: On & off all year; most prolific in Spring, Summer, Fall (Apr – Sept) Native to: Western U.S. and Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F White Evening Primrose creates masses of fragrant, four-inch wide, snow-white flowers each evening that attract night-flying pollinators like hawk moths. […]

“Alter-Natives for Desert Gardeners”

  “Great Native Alternatives To Traditional Yard Plants” Presented as part of the 10th Annual Desert Garden Community Day  Saturday, October 17th, 2015 | Noon  A Presentation by Robin Kobaly | Exec. Director of The SummerTree Institute   Saturday, October 17, 2015 12  – 1 pm The Living Desert 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260 Free admission   A surprising variety of native plants can be used as alternatives to traditional exotic plants in solving your landscape challenges and fulfilling […]

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 – December 2014

Hollyleaf Cherry Prunus ilicifolia   Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub to Small Tree Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 7-18’ tall x 10’ wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade Bloom Time: Peak bloom Spring (Mar – May) Native to: Western California south to Baja California below 5,000 feet Hardiness: Cold Hardy to 0°F   Hollyleaf Cherry is a tightly-branched, long-lived, evergreen, shrub with lush, deep green, glossy leaves that have an almond-like scent when crushed. White flower clusters in spring produce […]