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 nor […]

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 […]

Plant of the Month – April 2014

California Buckwheat Eriogonum fasciculatum   Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 2’ tall x 4-5’ wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring, Summer, Fall (April – November) Native to: Southern California (below 7,000 feet), Arizona, Nevada, Utah Hardiness: Cold Hardy to 15°F     California Buckwheat is an extremely drought-tolerant, evergreen shrub forming a rounded clump with many stems. White to pink flowers grow in dense clusters on thin stalks above small, dark green leaves. The […]

Plant of the Month – February 2014

Desert Mallow Sphaeralcea ambigua   Plant Form: Evergreen Perennial/Subshrub Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 3’ tall x 3-4’ wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring, Summer, Fall (February – November) Native to: Deserts of southwest U.S. from California to Arizona, Utah, and Nevada, and into Mexico (below 7,500 feet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to -10°F   Desert Mallow is an easy-to-grow perennial with a relaxed form, even sprawling under the weight of stalks and flowers when in late bloom. This […]