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 – March

Beavertail Cactus Opuntia basilaris Plant Form: Cactus Water Use: Extremely Low Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall x 3-6 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June) Native to: California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Mexico (below 7000 feet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Beavertail Cactus has flattened pads that truly resemble their namesake. This slow-growing California native from both the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts is dotted with clusters of tiny spines called glochids, which are set into dimples across the […]

Plant of the Month – February

Goldeneye Bahiopsis parishii (Viguiera deltoidea parishii) Plant Form: Semi-deciduous Shrub Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 2-3 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring (Feb-May), Summer (June), Fall (Sept-Oct) Native to: Southwestern California, southern Nevada, Arizona, northern Mexico (below 5000 feet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Goldeneye is blanketed with bright, golden flowers on long stalks, contrasting nicely with its dark-green leaves — which feel like a cat’s tongue due to their stiff hairs. A moderately fast-growing, winter-deciduous shrub […]

Plant of the Month – December

Little John Dwarf Bottlebrush Callistemon citrinus ‘Little John’   Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3 ft. tall x 5 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring – Fall (March – November) Native to: Australia Hardiness: Cold hardy to 20°F Little John Dwarf Bottlebrush is a hummingbird’s delight that is compact enough to fit into any garden. This slow-growing evergreen shrub holds up in hot, dry landscapes, and resists the browsing of rabbits and deer while […]

Plant of the Month – October

Sparklette Trumpet Bush Tecoma ‘Sparklette’ Plant Form: Evergreen or Semi-deciduous Shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3-5 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade Bloom Time: Spring – Fall (March – October) Native to: Texas, Florida, W. Indes, Mexico, Central and South America Hardiness: Cold hardy to 20°F Sparklette Trumpet Bush is a drought-tolerant, heat-loving perennial that appears much too lush and tropical to survive in the southwest, but it performs beautifully here. All Trumpet Bush species love […]

Plant of the Month – September

Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia Plant Form: Deciduous perennial Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 3-4 ft. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Summer – Fall (June – September) Native to: Asia (Afghanistan to Tibet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to -20°F Russian Sage is a hardy, drought- tolerant, heat-loving perennial that is underused in southwest landscapes. Small but brilliant violet-blue flowers seem to float in an airy cloud above its foliage from summer until a hard frost. Neither Russian nor […]