Plant of the Month-April

Foothill Penstemon, Bunchleaf Penstemon Penstemon heterophyllus Plant Form: Evergreen herbaceous perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 1-3 ft. tall x 1-2 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Spring (Apr-May), Summer (June-July) Native to: California (below 5,500 feet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Foothill Penstemon makes you smile just to look at it. Every one of its abundant blossoms appears to be stretching up to greet you personally. From its yellow flower buds, you would never guess the flower […]

Plant of the Month – April

Golden Barrel Cactus Echinocactus grusonii Plant Form: Cactus/succulent Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 1.5 ft. tall & 2 ft. wide (3 ft. tall and wide in very old plants) Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June – August) Native to: Central Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 18°F Golden Barrel Cactus is one of the most popular cacti in cultivation today—one look, and you’ll know why. Bright golden spines line the ribs of this spherical cactus, […]

Plant of the Month – October

Paperflower, Whitestem Paper Flower Psilostrophe cooperi Plant Form: Evergreen perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 2 feet tall x 3 feet wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring – Fall (Mar – Oct) Native to: S. California, Arizona, New Mexico, & Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Paperflower is a showy, mounded shrub named for its bright yellow flowers that persist on the flower head long after blooming, turning tannish-yellow and papery—giving the illusion of a much longer blooming season. […]

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 – August

Hummingbird Mint Agastache ‘Vivid’ Plant Form: Perennial Herb Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3 ft. tall x 2 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Summer – Fall (July – Oct) Native to: Hybrid of parents from Southwest US and northern Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0-10°F     Hummingbird Mint could just as well be called “Hummingbird Magnet”, as its spikes of vivid rose-purple flowers are irresistible to these flying nectar-sippers. This group of fragrant, perennial herbs includes various […]

Plant of the Month – July

Moonshine Yarrow Achillea taygetea ‘Moonshine’ Plant Form: Semi-evergreen Perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring – Early Fall (May – Oct) Native to: European parents Hardiness: Cold hardy to <0°F   Moonshine Yarrow combines some of the best hybrid characteristics of the genus, offering felty, blue-gray, fern-like, aromatic foliage with bright yellow flower heads. The flat-topped flower clusters attract butterflies, and make great bouquets of either fresh-cut or dried flowers. […]