Plant of the Month

Mojave Aster Xylorhiza tortifolia  Plant Form: Perennial sub-shrub Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (March-May), Fall (October) Native to: California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F   Mojave Aster adds unexpected color to the normally harsh habitat where it grows naturally. In your garden, the long-stalked flower heads on this perennial sub-shrub hold two-inch-wide, yellow-centered, lavender-petalled flowers that are beautifully iridescent. After plants are established with regular […]

Plant of the Month

Blue Palo Verde Parkinsonia florida  Plant Form: Tree Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 20-30 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (March-May) Native to: California, Arizona, Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 12°F   Blue Palo Verde is prized as much for its unique green branches and trunk as it is for the masses of lemon-yellow flowers that cover this fast-growing tree in spring. Its green limbs allow this graceful but thorny tree to continue to carry […]

Plant of the Month – March

Showy Penstemon Penstemon spectabilis  Plant Form: Perennial herb Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 2-4 ft. tall x 3-4 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (March-May), Summer (June) Native to: Southern California, Central California, Baja California Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F Showy Penstemon knocks you out with its spectacular blue, purple, and pink flowers, while their wide-mouthed, tubular blossoms also attract butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and other beneficial pollinators. The upper half of their leafy stems can produce up […]

Plant of the Month – February

Linear-leaved Goldenbush Narrowleaf Goldenbush Showy Goldenbush Ericameria linearifolia   Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 2-3 ft. tall x 3-4 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (March-May) Native to: California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Linear-leaved Goldenbush is a moderately fast-growing, erect shrub that is highly branched. One of its common names, Showy Goldenbush, was inspired by its prolific spring display of bright yellow, daisy-like flowers on long stems above dark […]

Plant of the Month – January

Rush Milkweed, Ajamete Asclepius subulata   Plant Form: Perennial sub-shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3-5 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun, reflected sun Bloom Time: Spring (April-May), Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Nov), Winter (Dec) Native to: California, Arizona, Nevada, Baja California, northwest Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 20°F   Rush Milkweed is an erect, perennial herb named for its dozens to hundreds of rush-like, leafless, green stems. Small, narrow leaves appear after rain and on new growth, but fall off […]

Plant of the Month – November

Great Basin Sage Big Sagebrush Artemisia tridentata Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3-6 ft. tall x 3-10 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Summer (July-Aug), Fall (Sept) Native to: Western North America, Canada, Baja California Hardiness: Cold hardy to -20°F Great Basin Sage is a study in silver and gray. This shrub forms the primary vegetation across vast stretches of the Great Basin desert. A member of the sunflower family, it develops a woody trunk […]