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 […]

Plant of the Month – August

Crape Myrtle Lagerstroemia indica Plant Form: Deciduous tree, shrub Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 2-22 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Summer (June – August), Fall (September – November) Native to: China Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Crape Myrtle’s claim to fame is its incredibly showy, ruffled flowers, but it has many other admirable qualities. This ornamental shrub or tree offers year-round interest: flowers from summer into fall, fall foliage color, sculptural branching in winter […]

Plant of the Month – May

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]