Plant of the Month

Crape Myrtle Lagerstroemia indica Plant Form: Deciduous tree, shrub Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 2-22 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Nov) Native to: China Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Crape Myrtle’s claim to fame is its incredibly showy, ruffled flowers, but it has many other admirable qualities. This ornamental shrub or tree offers year-round interest: flowers from summer into fall, fall foliage color, sculptural branching in winter after leaves drop when […]

Plant of the Month – Mexican Blue Sage

Mexican Blue Sage Electric Blue Sage Salvia chamaedryoides  Plant Form: Evergreen perennial/subshrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part shade Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Oct); heaviest bloom Spring & Fall Native to: Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Mexican Blue Sage is a fast-growing, low, mounding perennial that spreads by underground runners. The small silvery-green foliage is a perfect backdrop for its electric blue flowers that are heaviest […]

Plant of the Month

Apache Plume Fallugia paradoxa Plant Form:Semi-evergreen shrub Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 4-6 ft. tall x 5 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (Apr – June) Native to: So. Calif, SW U.S. Hardiness: Cold hardy to -10°F Apache Plume is one of our showiest native desert shrubs. Rose-like, white flowers in spring produce eye-catching, silky pink seed plumes that cling to the stems into winter, adding months of interest. These feather-like seed heads are said to resemble […]

Plant of the Month – November

Spanish Dagger Yucca gloriosa ‘Variegata’ Plant Form: Succulent shrub Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 2-4 (-8) ft. tall x 2-4 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Summer (July – Aug), Fall (Sept – Oct) Native to: Southeast U.S. Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Spanish Dagger is a beautifully symmetrical shrub native to coastal plains, dunes, and sandy woods from North Carolina to Florida. Sword-shaped, spine-tipped leaves radiate from its center. The variegated form has blue-green leaves […]

Plant of the Month – October

Palmer’s Indian Mallow Abutilon palmeri Plant Form: Shrub, perennial herb Water Use: Extremely low Mature Size: 4-6 ft. tall and 3-5 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar – May), Summer (June – Aug), Year-round Native to: Southern California, SW U.S., Northern Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 20°F Palmer’s Indian Mallow has lush subtropical foliage and fast growth that belies its extreme tolerance for heat, drought, and poor soil. This mallow is a relatively rare native of the […]

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, […]