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 – 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 – 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. […]

“Alter-Natives for Desert Gardeners”

  “Great Native Alternatives To Traditional Yard Plants” Presented as part of the 10th Annual Desert Garden Community Day  Saturday, October 17th, 2015 | Noon  A Presentation by Robin Kobaly | Exec. Director of The SummerTree Institute   Saturday, October 17, 2015 12  – 1 pm The Living Desert 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260 Free admission   A surprising variety of native plants can be used as alternatives to traditional exotic plants in solving your landscape challenges and fulfilling […]

“Alter-Natives”

  “Great Native Alternatives To Traditional Yard Plants” Presented as part of the 9th Annual Desert Garden Community Day  October 18th | 10:30 AM  A Presentation by Robin Kobaly | Exec. Director of The SummerTree Institute   Saturday, October 18, 2014 10:30 AM The Living Desert 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260 A surprising variety of native plants can be used as alternatives to traditional exotic plants in solving your landscape challenges and fulfilling your landscape dreams. Using displays and […]

Nurseries that Sell Native Plants

  You can find CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS at these southland nurseries:   High Desert   Cactus Mart 49889 29 Palms Hwy Morongo Valley, CA 92256 (760) 363-6076 www.cactusmart.net   Unique Garden Center 56637 29 Palms Hwy Yucca Valley, CA 92284 (760) 365-1511   Oak Hills Nursery  13874 Ranchero Rd. Oak Hills, CA 92344 (760) 947-6261  www.oakhillsnursery.net   Low Desert   Bob Williams Nursery 48-575 Madison Indio, CA 92201 (760) 347-6397 www.bobwilliamsnursery.com   Moller’s Garden Center 72-235 Painters Path Palm Desert, […]