Plant of the Month – November

Mountain Mahogany Cercocarpus betuloides Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 8-15 ft. tall x 10-12 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May) Native to: California, Oregon, Baja California (below 6,000 feet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to -30°F  Mountain Mahogany is a large, upright, evergreen shrub or small tree with beautiful, smooth, light gray bark. Small, wedge-shaped leaves with toothed edges resemble birch leaves, giving this plant its other name, Birch-leaf Mountain Mahogany. Its small, cream-colored, rose-like […]

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 […]

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Plant of the Month – December

Little John Dwarf Bottlebrush Callistemon citrinus ‘Little John’   Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3 ft. tall x 5 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring – Fall (March – November) Native to: Australia Hardiness: Cold hardy to 20°F Little John Dwarf Bottlebrush is a hummingbird’s delight that is compact enough to fit into any garden. This slow-growing evergreen shrub holds up in hot, dry landscapes, and resists the browsing of rabbits and deer while […]

Plant of the Month – November

Smoke Bush ‘Young Lady’ Cotinus coggygria ‘Young Lady’   Plant Form: Deciduous Shrub or Tree Water Use: Low, Moderate Mature Size: 4-6 ft. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Summer – Fall (June – October) Native to: Southern Europe to Central China Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F Smoke Bush ‘Young Lady’ will treat you with billows of “smokey” flower clusters from summer through fall. Smoke Bush gets its common name not from the tiny, yellowish flowers in spring, […]

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 […]