Plant of the Month – Purple Phlomis

Purple Phlomis Purple Jerusalem Sage Phlomis purpurea  Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 2-4 ft. tall x 3-4 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, light shade Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-Aug) Native to: Spain, Portugal, Morocco Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Purple Phlomis offers a beautiful solution for hot, dry areas of a yard, forming a large mound of wooly leaves with whorls of rose-lavender, hooded flowers skewered in tiers on long spikes of fuzzy stems. Its […]

Plant of the Month – Mexican Blue Sage

Mexican Blue Sage Electric Blue Sage Salvia chamaedryoides  Plant Form: Evergreen perennial/subshrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part shade Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Oct); heaviest bloom Spring & Fall Native to: Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Mexican Blue Sage is a fast-growing, low, mounding perennial that spreads by underground runners. The small silvery-green foliage is a perfect backdrop for its electric blue flowers that are heaviest […]

Sundrops

Sundrops, Fendler’s Sundrops Calylophus hartwegii fendleri Plant Form: Perennial subshrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 1 ft. tall x 2 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part shade Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Oct) Native to: Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F Sundrops cheer up drab spots in your garden, and quickly spread by underground rhizomes into rounded, flower-filled mounds. Masses of yellow 1-2 inch flowers appear over a long season above […]

Plant of the Month

Apache Plume Fallugia paradoxa Plant Form:Semi-evergreen shrub Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 4-6 ft. tall x 5 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (Apr – June) Native to: So. Calif, SW U.S. Hardiness: Cold hardy to -10°F Apache Plume is one of our showiest native desert shrubs. Rose-like, white flowers in spring produce eye-catching, silky pink seed plumes that cling to the stems into winter, adding months of interest. These feather-like seed heads are said to resemble […]

Plant of the Month – April

Daylily Hemerocallis varieties Plant Form: Perennial herb Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 2-3 ft. tall x 1-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part shade Bloom Time: Spring (March – May), Summer (June – August) Native to: Asia Hardiness: Cold hardy to – 20°F Daylilies are one of the most adaptable flowering plants in the world, with over 80,000 varieties, and more being developed every year. Sometimes discounted because they are so common world-wide, they have good reason to be […]

Plant of the Month – March

Greek Sage Salvia fruticosa Plant Form: Perennial sub-shrub Water Use: Very low, low Mature Size: 3-3.5 ft. tall x 3-5 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, very light shade Bloom Time: Spring (March – May), Summer (June – Aug) (Sept – Nov) Native to: Mediterranean region, North Africa, Canary Islands Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15 – 20°F Greek Sage is as beautiful as it is useful, from its aromatic leaves to its tall spikes of striking blue flowers. No pampering is […]