Plant of the Month – November

Desert Broom, Broom Baccharis Baccharis sarothroides Plant Form: Semi-deciduous shrub Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 6-12 ft. tall x 6-7 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Summer (June – August), Fall (September – October) Native to: Southern California, southwest US, Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Desert Broom has branches that are so green, you won’t notice that it drops its small, narrow leaves during drought, making this rounded shrub look like a giant, green broom. This fast-growing, […]

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 – October

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 – June

Sunray Coreopsis Coreopsis grandiflora ‘Sunray’ Plant Form: Perennial Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (March – May), Summer (June – August) Native to: North America Hardiness: Cold hardy to -10°F   Sunray Coreopsis is an outstanding variety of North American native prairie plant that blooms all summer with large, golden-yellow flowers held on long stems above its dark green foliage. Tolerant of almost any soil as long as it […]

Plant of the Month – July

Butterfly Bush Buddleja davidii  Plant Form: Deciduous shrub Water Use: Low, Moderate Mature Size: 6-8 ft. tall x 4-6 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Summer (June – August), Fall (September – November) Native to: Asia Hardiness: Cold hardy to -20°F   Butterfly Bush is valued for its showy flowers in summer and fall, when most other shrubs are done blooming. Fragrant purple flowers grow in spikes from July to October on long, arching stems of this […]

Plant of the Month – May

Bicolor Rock Rose Cistus x cyprius var. ellipticus f. bicolor Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3-4 ft. tall x 4-7 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Late Spring (April-May), Summer (June – August) Native to: Mediterranean region Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F   Bicolor Rock Rose looks so elegant in bloom that it may fool you with its sturdy, easy-care nature. This rock rose tolerates drought, poor soil, drying winds, and desert heat. […]