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 – January

Queen Victoria Agave Agave victoriae-reginae Plant Form: Evergreen succulent Water Use: Low Mature Size: 18 inches tall and wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Summer (June – August) Blooms once after about 10-15 years in the garden Native to: Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Queen Victoria Agave is among the most striking century plant species in cultivation, and looks so perfect, you’ll wonder if it’s real. Each thick leaf of the symmetrical rosette is edged with precise white lines wherever […]

Plant of the Month – September

Texas Ranger, Rain Sage Leucophyllum species Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3 – 8 feet tall and wide, depending on selection Exposure: Full and reflected sun Bloom Time: Summer – Fall (Mar – Oct) Native to: Texas, Mexico, SW U.S. Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Texas Rangers belong to a genus of flowering shrubs that are prized for their profuse flowers, long bloom season, exceptional drought-tolerance, and low maintenance. Over a dozen species and selections are […]

Gardening with Native Plants Workshop

Beautiful, drought-tolerant southwest desert plants can add richness and enjoyment to your garden, supplement your edible garden offerings, and enhance the  lives of your neighborhood songbirds and wildlife. Learn how to plant, irrigate, and care for your native plant garden, with inspiring classroom instruction inside, then move outside into a “nearly native” demonstration garden, with over a hundred examples of mature desert native plants.  Our classes and workshops show you easy, fun, and healthy ways to incorporate our native plants […]

“Alter-Natives for Desert Gardeners”

  “Great Native Alternatives To Traditional Yard Plants” Presented as part of the 10th Annual Desert Garden Community Day  Saturday, October 17th, 2015 | Noon  A Presentation by Robin Kobaly | Exec. Director of The SummerTree Institute   Saturday, October 17, 2015 12  – 1 pm The Living Desert 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260 Free admission   A surprising variety of native plants can be used as alternatives to traditional exotic plants in solving your landscape challenges and fulfilling […]

Plant of the Month – December 2014

Hollyleaf Cherry Prunus ilicifolia   Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub to Small Tree Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 7-18’ tall x 10’ wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade Bloom Time: Peak bloom Spring (Mar – May) Native to: Western California south to Baja California below 5,000 feet Hardiness: Cold Hardy to 0°F   Hollyleaf Cherry is a tightly-branched, long-lived, evergreen, shrub with lush, deep green, glossy leaves that have an almond-like scent when crushed. White flower clusters in spring produce […]