Plant of the Month – Purple Phlomis

Purple Phlomis Purple Jerusalem Sage Phlomis purpurea  Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 2-4 ft. tall x 3-4 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, light shade Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-Aug) Native to: Spain, Portugal, Morocco Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Purple Phlomis offers a beautiful solution for hot, dry areas of a yard, forming a large mound of wooly leaves with whorls of rose-lavender, hooded flowers skewered in tiers on long spikes of fuzzy stems. Its […]

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 – September

Autumn Daffodil Sternbergia lutea Plant Form: Perennial bulb Water Use: Low Mature Size: 0.25 – 0.5 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Fall (Sept – Oct) Native to: Southern Europe, Asia Hardiness: Cold hardy to 28°F Autumn Daffodil pops up through bare ground when you least expect it, just as autumn arrives. Its crocus-like, goblet-shaped, waxy yellow flowers each appear singly on 5 to 6-inch-tall stems. Soon after, deep green, strap-shaped leaves emerge that persist through winter, […]

Plant of the Month – August

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’ Plant Form: Perennial grass Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 2-3 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar – May), Summer (June – Aug) Native to: Southern California, Canada, North America, Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to -30°F Blue Grama Grass is a long-lived bunchgrass with distinctive seed heads that look like curved combs or blonde sets of eyelashes. Its unique seed heads hover horizontally above green foliage from summer […]

Plant of the Month – October

Lion’s Tail Leonotis leonurus Plant Form: Semi-evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3 – 6 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Summer (Aug), Fall (Sept-Nov) Native to: South Africa Hardiness: Cold hardy to 20°F Lion’s Tail is prized for its dazzling, tubular flowers covered with a fur-like coat of fine hairs, said to resemble either lions’ tails or lions’ ears. Tiered whorls of orange blossoms encircle the square stems, which are covered with dark […]

Plant of the Month – May

Bicolor Rock Rose Cistus x cyprius var. ellipticus f. bicolor Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3-4 ft. tall x 4-7 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Late Spring (April-May), Summer (June – August) Native to: Mediterranean region Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F   Bicolor Rock Rose looks so elegant in bloom that it may fool you with its sturdy, easy-care nature. This rock rose tolerates drought, poor soil, drying winds, and desert heat. […]