Plant of the Month

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, but […]

Plant of the Month – October

Sparklette Trumpet Bush Tecoma ‘Sparklette’ Plant Form: Evergreen or Semi-deciduous Shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3-5 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade Bloom Time: Spring – Fall (March – October) Native to: Texas, Florida, W. Indes, Mexico, Central and South America Hardiness: Cold hardy to 20°F Sparklette Trumpet Bush is a drought-tolerant, heat-loving perennial that appears much too lush and tropical to survive in the southwest, but it performs beautifully here. All Trumpet Bush species love […]

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 – August

Chaste Tree Vitex agnus-castus   Plant Form: Deciduous shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 15-25 ft. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Summer (June – August) Native to: S. Europe, W. Asia Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Chaste Tree is a beautiful large shrub or small tree with a profusion of fragrant lavender flowers in summer that attract butterflies, bees, and birds. Deep green leaves are divided into 5-7 lace-like leaflets, and the foliage is aromatic. Medieval legends tell […]

Plant of the Month – June

Desert Spoon Dasylirion wheeleri Plant Form: Cactus/Succulent Water Use: Low Mature Size: 4-6 ft. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Late Spring (May) – Summer (June – August) Native to: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, northern Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F Desert Spoon is beloved as an architectural workhorse in desert landscapes. This yucca-like plant has hundreds of long, narrow leaves edged with small, sharp teeth (so plant away from walkways and patios), each leaf starting from a […]

Plant of the Month – May

Bicolor Rock Rose Cistus x cyprius var. ellipticus f. bicolor Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3-4 ft. tall x 4-7 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Late Spring (April-May), Summer (June – August) Native to: Mediterranean region Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Bicolor Rock Rose looks so elegant in bloom that it may fool you with its sturdy, easy-care nature. This rock rose tolerates drought, poor soil, drying winds, and desert heat. Clusters […]