Plant of the Month – June

Desert Spoon Dasylirion wheeleri Plant Form: Cactus/Succulent Water Use: Low Mature Size: 4-6 ft. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Late Spring (May) – Summer (June – August) Native to: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, northern Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F   Desert Spoon is beloved as an architectural workhorse in desert landscapes. This yucca-like plant has hundreds of long, narrow leaves edged with small, sharp teeth (so plant away from walkways and patios), each leaf starting from […]

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 […]

Surrounded By Ancients

“Surrounded By Ancients” Hosted by the Redlands Horticultural Society   Thursday, November 19th, 2015 | 7 pm A Presentation by Robin Kobaly | Exec. Director of The SummerTree Institute         Thursday, November 19, 2015 7 pm Church of the Nazarene 1307 E. Citrus Ave., Redlands, CA – Assembly Hall off Grove Street church parking lot Free admission ~ Public Invited   Many of our desert plants live much longer than us. Learn about some of our incredibly old […]

Mushrooms to the Rescue!

Native desert plants are faced with a big dilemma: how to gather nutrients and moisture from soils that are practically devoid of either. To the rescue are fascinating, symbiotic root partners: fungal relatives of truffles, attached to plants’ roots by thread-like hyphae called mycelium. These living, microscopic fungal partners, or mychorriza (literally “fungus root”), attach to plant roots and spread outward like a three-dimensional net, expanding the surface area and absorption capability of the plant’s root system by magnitudes, and […]

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 […]

Plant of the Month – November 2014

Creosote Larrea tridentata   Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 6’ tall & 8’ wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Peak bloom Spring & Winter (Nov – May); sporadic rest of year Native to: California, Utah, Arizona, to W. Texas and Mexico below 3,500 feet Hardiness: Cold Hardy to 5°F   Creosote survives on its own in the hottest, driest deserts of the southwest US, but when invited into a landscaped setting, this open-branching plant will […]