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 – 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 […]

Plant of the Month – December

Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily, ‘Christmas Cheer’ Poker Plant Kniphofia rooperi hybrid       ‘Christmas Cheer’ Plant Form: Evergreen perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3 – 4 feet tall x  3 – 5 feet wide (flower spikes to 3 – 5 feet tall) Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Fall – Spring (Oct – Feb) Native to: S. Africa Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15 °F Red Hot Poker is known for brilliant hot scarlet “torches” of flower spikes with yellow bases. The […]

Plant of the Month – November

Hot Lips Sage Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’ Plant Form: Evergreen perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 2 – 3 feet tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade Bloom Time: Spring – Fall (Apr – Nov) Native to: Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15 °F   Hot Lips Sage is an early-blooming bi-color sage that you cannot look at without smiling. This plant always stops passers-by for a second look, including hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees that are attracted to […]

Plant of the Month – May

Firecracker Penstemon, Eaton’s Firecracker, Scarlet Bugler Penstemon eatonii Plant Form: Evergreen perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 2 feet tall and wide (flower stalks 2-4 feet tall) Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Late winter – spring (Feb – June) Native to: S. California, Colorado, Utah, Arizona Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F Firecracker Penstemon is irresistible to hummingbirds due to its nectar-filled, brilliant, scarlet flowers. It is among the first to bloom in spring, providing an early-season nectar source for hummingbirds. […]

Plant of the Month – December

Red Fairy Duster, Baja Fairy Duster Calliandra californica Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 5 ft. tall x 5-6 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Year-round; Heaviest bloom Fall – Spring (Sept – Apr) Native to: Baja California, Sonora Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 20°F   Red or Baja Fairy Duster produces exotic, feather duster-like flowers made up of clusters of deep red stamens that hummingbirds can’t resist. In fact, hummingbirds are extremely territorial of Fairy […]