Plant of the Month

Basketbush Sumac, Fragrant Sumac Rhus aromatica Plant Form: Deciduous Shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 5-6 ft. tall x 6-8 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May) Native to: California, western U.S., Canada to Mexico (below 7,500 feet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to -15°F Basketbush Sumac is a surprisingly lush plant to be found in dry desert habitats. It is a tidy shrub with arching stems and dense leaves, spreading by rhizomes to form a thicket. This […]

Plant of the Month – November

Smoke Bush ‘Young Lady’ Cotinus coggygria ‘Young Lady’ Plant Form: Deciduous Shrub or Tree Water Use: Low, Moderate Mature Size: 4-6 ft. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Summer – Fall (June – October) Native to: Southern Europe to Central China Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F Smoke Bush ‘Young Lady’ will treat you with billows of “smokey” flower clusters from summer through fall. Smoke Bush gets its common name not from the tiny, yellowish flowers in spring, but […]

Plant of the Month – October

Paperflower, Whitestem Paper Flower Psilostrophe cooperi Plant Form: Evergreen perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 2 feet tall x 3 feet wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring – Fall (Mar – Oct) Native to: S. California, Arizona, New Mexico, & Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Paperflower is a showy, mounded shrub named for its bright yellow flowers that persist on the flower head long after blooming, turning tannish-yellow and papery—giving the illusion of a much longer blooming season. […]

Plant of the Month – November

Black Dalea Dalea frutescens ‘Sierra Negra’ Plant Form: Semi-evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 4 ft. tall & 5-6 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Late Summer – Fall (Aug – Nov) Native to: Oklahoma & Texas to Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F     Black Dalea is a rare fall-blooming groundcover blanketed from late-summer to fall with purple flowers that attract butterflies and quail to your garden. Its fine-textured foliage of tiny leaflets contrasts nicely with […]

Plant of The Month – September

Whirling Butterflies, Gaura Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling butterflies’ Plant Form: Perennial Herb Water Use: Low Mature Size: 2-3 ft. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade Bloom Time: Late Spring – Fall (May – Oct) Native to: Central & Western US, Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F   Whirling Butterflies is a Gaura cultivar whose slender, arching stems rise from a basal mound of deep green foliage. Graceful, wand-like flower spikes grow above the foliage and move constantly in the […]

Plant of the Month – October 2014

California Fuchsia Epilobium canum/Zauschneria californica   Plant Form: Semi-evergreen Perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 2 feet tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade Bloom Time: Summer, Fall (June – October) Native to: California, Arizona, and Baja California below 10,000 feet Hardiness: Cold Hardy to 10°F     California Fuchsia is an easy-to-grow, herbaceous, perennial sub-shrub with tubular orange-red flowers that are an important nectar source for hummingbirds during migration (the plant is dependent on hummingbirds for pollination). Also […]