Plant of the Month – December

Firecracker Plant Coral Fountain Russelia equisetiformis Plant Form:Perennial shrub Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 3-4 ft. tall x 4-6 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun, filtered sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar – May), Summer (June – Aug), Fall (Sept – Oct) Native to: Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 25-30°F Firecracker Plant turns heads with its showy, 1-inch-long red flowers on arching stems throughout all warmer months of the year.  Hummingbirds and butterflies can’t resist it. Also known as […]

Plant of the Month – October

Palmer’s Indian Mallow Abutilon palmeri Plant Form: Shrub, perennial herb Water Use: Extremely low Mature Size: 4-6 ft. tall and 3-5 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar – May), Summer (June – Aug), Year-round Native to: Southern California, SW U.S., Northern Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 20°F Palmer’s Indian Mallow has lush subtropical foliage and fast growth that belies its extreme tolerance for heat, drought, and poor soil. This mallow is a relatively rare native of the […]

Plant of the Month – September

Autumn Daffodil Sternbergia lutea Plant Form: Perennial bulb Water Use: Low Mature Size: 0.25 – 0.5 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Fall (Sept – Oct) Native to: Southern Europe, Asia Hardiness: Cold hardy to 28°F Autumn Daffodil pops up through bare ground when you least expect it, just as autumn arrives. Its crocus-like, goblet-shaped, waxy yellow flowers each appear singly on 5 to 6-inch-tall stems. Soon after, deep green, strap-shaped leaves emerge that persist through winter, […]

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 – September

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 – December

Chinese Pistache Pistacia chinensis Plant Form: Deciduous tree Water Use: Low, Moderate Mature Size: 25-40 (to 60) ft. tall x 25-35 (to 50) ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part shade Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May) Native to: China, Phillipines, Taiwan Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Chinese Pistache delivers what few other trees do: vibrant fall colors in warmer climates. Besides transforming its foliage to crimson in autumn, it adds to its year-round interest with attractive bark and bright red fruit that turns […]