Plant of the Month

Blue Chalk Sticks Senecio mandraliscae Plant Form: Succulent groundcover Water Use: Low Mature Size: 1-1.5 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Summer (June – August) Native to: South Africa Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Invite this succulent ground cover into your yard for year-round interest from its chalky blue color and sculptural leaves. Blue Chalk Sticks is especially attractive when nestled next to red-tinged foliage, orange flowers, or dark purple flowers or leaves. Blue Chalk […]

Plant of the Month

Heavenly Bamboo, Sacred BambooNandina domestica Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 4-8 ft. tall x 2-4 ft. wide Exposure: Part Sun, full shade Bloom Time: Spring (May), Summer (June – Aug) Native to: China, India, Japan Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Heavenly Bamboo provides year-round interest with very little care. Sprays of tiny white flowers in late spring and summer are followed by bright red berries in autumn (plant several for more berry production). Lacy new leaves emerge pink or […]

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 – April

Mexican Grass Tree Dasylirion longissimum Plant Form: Succulent Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 4-6 ft. tall & wide (to 10 feet tall in age) Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-Aug) Native to: Northern Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F  Mexican Grass Tree is neither a grass nor a tree, but that doesn’t detract from its superb qualities for landscaping. Stiff but arching grass-like foliage seems to flow out of the center of this tidy, sculptural succulent related to […]

Plant of the Month – October

Sulfur Buckwheat Eriogonum umbellatum Plant Form: Evergreen Sub-shrub Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall x 1-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Oct) Native to: California, Western North America, Central Canada (4,000 feet – 10,000 feet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Sulfur Buckwheat creates a big garden impact despite being such a diminutive plant. This exceedingly variable species can vary from a small perennial herb only 3 inches tall to a […]

Plant of the Month: October 2012

Silver Sage, Artemisia Artemisia x Powis Castle   Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 2’-3’ tall & 3-4’ wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part sun Bloom Time: Rarely blooms Native to: Mediterranean, Europe Hardiness: Cold Hardy to 0° F   Silver Sage is a dense, mounded, evergreen shrub with soft silvery leaves. While the tiny flowers of this hybrid are insignificant, its attractive foliage makes it a star. The aromatic foliage is finely cut like filigreed silver lacework, […]