Plant of the Month – September

Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia Plant Form: Deciduous perennial Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 3-4 ft. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Summer – Fall (June – September) Native to: Asia (Afghanistan to Tibet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to -20°F Russian Sage is a hardy, drought- tolerant, heat-loving perennial that is underused in southwest landscapes. Small but brilliant violet-blue flowers seem to float in an airy cloud above its foliage from summer until a hard frost. Neither Russian nor […]

Plant of the Month – March

Spanish Lavender Lavandula stoechas Plant Form: Evergreen perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 24 – 30 in. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring (Feb-May), Summer (June – August) Native to: Mediterranean region and North Africa Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Spanish Lavender can fulfill your desire for a durable evergreen plant with bright flowers, enchanting fragrance, drought resistance, and heat tolerance. Both flowers and foliage are wonderfully fragrant. Purple bracts on flower heads appear like rabbit ears, […]

Plant of the Month – February

Trailing Indigo Bush Dalea greggii Plant Form: Evergreen groundcover Water Use: Low Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall & 3-9 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring (Feb-May), Summer (June – August) Native to: New Mexico, Texas, Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Trailing Indigo Bush creates a mounding, low-maintenance, easily established groundcover for any arid location. Silvery blue-green foliage adorns this spreading plant that roots at the nodes of long, trailing stems, covering everything in its path and making […]

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 – June

Santolina, Lavender Cotton Santolina chamaecyparissus Plant Form: Evergreen perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 1 foot tall x 2 feet wide Exposure: Full sun – Part shade Bloom Time: Late spring to Summer (May – August) Native to: Mediterranean Basin Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F   Santolina is a tiny powerhouse when it comes to useful, beautiful, drought-tolerant plants. This soft, gray-green plant grows tight and compact, and holds bright yellow, button-like flowers on tall stems high above the rounded […]

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. […]