Plant of the Month – September

Desert Willow, Desert Catalpa   Chilopsis linearis Plant Form: Deciduous tree Water Use: Low Mature Size: 15-25 ft. tall x 18-20 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Spring (Apr-May), Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Oct) Native to: California, Arizona, Mexico (below 5000 feet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F Desert Willow is a fast-growing, multi-trunked tree or large shrub that twists and leans as it reaches skyward, creating an interesting, open crown in age. Its long, narrow, bright green leaves give a willowy […]

Plant of the Month – June

Mojave Desert Sage, Desert Purple Sage   Salvia dorrii   Plant Form: Evergreen Sub-Shrub Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade Bloom Time: Spring (May), Summer (June-July) Native to: California, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington (between 2,500 – 8,500 feet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Mojave Desert Sage is an aromatic, native “shrublet” with striking blue-violet flowers that emerge from purplish, ball-shaped flower heads along the stems. This […]

Plant of the Month-April

Foothill Penstemon, Bunchleaf Penstemon Penstemon heterophyllus   Plant Form: Evergreen herbaceous perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 1-3 ft. tall x 1-2 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Spring (Apr-May), Summer (June-July) Native to: California (below 5,500 feet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Foothill Penstemon makes you smile just to look at it. Every one of its abundant blossoms appears to be stretching up to greet you personally. From its yellow flower buds, you would never guess the […]

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 […]

Plant of the Month – July

Butterfly Bush Buddleja davidii  Plant Form: Deciduous shrub Water Use: Low, Moderate Mature Size: 6-8 ft. tall x 4-6 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Summer (June – August), Fall (September – November) Native to: Asia Hardiness: Cold hardy to -20°F   Butterfly Bush is valued for its showy flowers in summer and fall, when most other shrubs are done blooming. Fragrant purple flowers grow in spikes from July to October on long, arching stems of this […]