Plant of the Month

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

Yellow Bells, Esperanza Tecoma stans ‘Gold Star’ Plant Form: Semi-deciduous shrub Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 4 – 6 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Spring – Fall (Apr-Nov) Native to: Florida, Texas, W. Indies, Mexico, Central & South America Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15-20°F Yellow Bells, or Esperanza, impresses everyone with its large clusters of golden yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers, bending the branch tips into arches with their weight. The profuse, 1 to 2-inch-long blossoms […]

Plant of the Month – August

Thorncrest Agave Agave univittata (A. heteracantha, A. lophantha) Plant Form: Succulent Water Use: Very low, low Mature Size: 1.5 ft. tall x 2 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Summer (Aug), Fall (Sept-Oct) Native to: Southern Texas, Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0-10°F Thorncrest Agave is an attractive, small, rosette-forming succulent. Its dark green leaves have a pale green mid-stripe, and their edges are lined with sharp teeth. Several cultivars are available with various shades of color-stripe patterns […]

Plant of the Month – May

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 – November

Shiny Xylosma Xylosma congestum Plant Form: Evergreen shrub, tree Water Use: Low, Moderate Mature Size: 8-15 ft. tall x 10-12 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part shade Bloom Time: Fall (September – November) Native to: China, Japan Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Shiny Xylosma is a loose, spreading, graceful, evergreen shrub or small tree with arching branches that is used as a versatile hedge or privacy screen. Its shiny, clean, yellowish green leaves are its most attractive feature; new growth emerges […]