Plant of the Month

Island Snapdragon  Gambelia speciosa Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 3-4 ft. tall x 8-10 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-Aug) Native to: Channel Islands, CA, & Guadalupe Island, Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 30°F Island Snapdragon is a magnet for hummingbirds with its bright clusters of lipstick-red, snapdragon-like flowers on the tips of arching stems from spring through mid-summer. This vine-like perennial, native to several offshore islands of […]

Plant of the Month – December

Firecracker Plant Coral Fountain Russelia equisetiformis Plant Form:Perennial shrub Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 3-4 ft. tall x 4-6 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun, filtered sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar – May), Summer (June – Aug), Fall (Sept – Oct) Native to: Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 25-30°F Firecracker Plant turns heads with its showy, 1-inch-long red flowers on arching stems throughout all warmer months of the year.  Hummingbirds and butterflies can’t resist it. Also known as […]

Plant of the Month – April

Daylily Hemerocallis varieties Plant Form: Perennial herb Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 2-3 ft. tall x 1-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part shade Bloom Time: Spring (March – May), Summer (June – August) Native to: Asia Hardiness: Cold hardy to – 20°F Daylilies are one of the most adaptable flowering plants in the world, with over 80,000 varieties, and more being developed every year. Sometimes discounted because they are so common world-wide, they have good reason to be […]

Plant of the Month – January

Lace Aloe Torch Plant Aloe aristata Plant Form: Succulent Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 0.8-1 ft. tall x 1-2 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, light shade Bloom Time: Spring (May), Summer (June – Aug) Native to: South Africa Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Lace Aloe is a dwarf succulent species perfect for edging, ground covers, or in pots. It only asks for well-draining soil and not too much water, especially in hot summers, needing watering only 2 to 4 times […]

Plant of the Month – December

Ocotillo Fouquieria splendens   Plant Form: Deciduous succulent shrub Water Use: Very low, low Mature Size: 8-20 ft. tall x 5-10 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, reflected sun Bloom Time: Spring (March – May), Summer (June – Aug) Native to: Southern California, southwest US, Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0-10°F Ocotillo is an iconic symbol of the southwest that forms a vase-shaped shrub with up to 100 wand-like, thorny stems that radiate from the crown. Small, oval, fleshy leaves appear […]

Plant of the Month

Blue Palo Verde Parkinsonia florida  Plant Form: Tree Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 20-30 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (March-May) Native to: California, Arizona, Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 12°F   Blue Palo Verde is prized as much for its unique green branches and trunk as it is for the masses of lemon-yellow flowers that cover this fast-growing tree in spring. Its green limbs allow this graceful but thorny tree to continue to carry […]