Plant of the Month – October

Sulfur Buckwheat Eriogonum umbellatum Plant Form: Evergreen Sub-shrub Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall x 1-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Oct) Native to: California, Western North America, Central Canada (4,000 feet – 10,000 feet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Sulfur Buckwheat creates a big garden impact despite being such a diminutive plant. This exceedingly variable species can vary from a small perennial herb only 3 inches tall to a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]