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 – 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 – 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 […]

Plant of the Month – March

Pink Rockrose Cistus x skanbergii Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3 – 4’ tall; 3 – 6’ wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Peak bloom Spring; Summer –Fall (March – Sept) Native to: Greece Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F   A charmer in informal cottage gardens, this sturdy Mediterranean shrub is blanketed in spring with pale pink, one-inch flowers with yellow centers, offering a lighter smattering of flowers in summer and fall. This low-maintenance shrub tolerates […]

Plant of the Month – April 2014

California Buckwheat Eriogonum fasciculatum   Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 2’ tall x 4-5’ wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring, Summer, Fall (April – November) Native to: Southern California (below 7,000 feet), Arizona, Nevada, Utah Hardiness: Cold Hardy to 15°F     California Buckwheat is an extremely drought-tolerant, evergreen shrub forming a rounded clump with many stems. White to pink flowers grow in dense clusters on thin stalks above small, dark green leaves. The […]

Plant of the Month: August 2012

Sandpaper Verbena Verbena rigida   Plant Form: Evergreen groundcover Water Use: Low Mature Size: 2’ tall & 4’ wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: March – November Native to: South America Hardiness: Cold Hardy to 15° F Sandpaper Verbena is a showy groundcover, with large, rough sandpaper-like leaves and ruffled, purple flowers in spring, summer, and fall. It is very hardy, resistant to rabbits, and attractive to butterflies. Sandpaper verbena plants can be grouped together to form a continuous ground […]