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 – June

Mojave Desert Sage, Desert Purple Sage   Salvia dorrii   Plant Form: Evergreen Sub-Shrub Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade Bloom Time: Spring (May), Summer (June-July) Native to: California, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington (between 2,500 – 8,500 feet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Mojave Desert Sage is an aromatic, native “shrublet” with striking blue-violet flowers that emerge from purplish, ball-shaped flower heads along the stems. This […]

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 […]

Plant of the Month – January

Feathery & Desert Cassia Senna artemisioides & Senna artemisioides filifolia (formerly Cassia nemophila) Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 6’- 8’ tall and wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade Bloom Time: Winter to Spring (December – May) Native to: Australia Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F     When flowers are scarce in the middle of winter, these two Cassias burst out with masses of fragrant yellow flowers, and steal the show in Southwest landscapes. Both Feathery […]

Plant of the Month – October 2014

California Fuchsia Epilobium canum/Zauschneria californica   Plant Form: Semi-evergreen Perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 2 feet tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade Bloom Time: Summer, Fall (June – October) Native to: California, Arizona, and Baja California below 10,000 feet Hardiness: Cold Hardy to 10°F     California Fuchsia is an easy-to-grow, herbaceous, perennial sub-shrub with tubular orange-red flowers that are an important nectar source for hummingbirds during migration (the plant is dependent on hummingbirds for pollination). Also […]

Plant of the Month – September 2014

Desert Marigold Baileya multiradiata   Plant Form: Perennial Flower Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 18”- 20” tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring – Summer, Fall (April – July, and again in Oct. if summer rain occurs or if watered) Native to: All of Western US and Mexico at elevations below 6,000 feet  Hardiness: Cold Hardy to 10°F     Desert Marigold is a cheery, fast-growing but short-lived perennial with bright yellow flowers from spring through fall. At […]