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 – 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 […]

Sundrops

Sundrops, Fendler’s Sundrops Calylophus hartwegii fendleri Plant Form: Perennial subshrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 1 ft. tall x 2 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part shade Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Oct) Native to: Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F Sundrops cheer up drab spots in your garden, and quickly spread by underground rhizomes into rounded, flower-filled mounds. Masses of yellow 1-2 inch flowers appear over a long season above […]

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 – 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 […]