Plant of the Month

Lion’s Tail Leonotis leonurus Plant Form: Semi-evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3 – 6 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Summer (Aug), Fall (Sept-Nov) Native to: South Africa Hardiness: Cold hardy to 20°F Lion’s Tail is prized for its dazzling, tubular flowers covered with a fur-like coat of fine hairs, said to resemble either lions’ tails or lions’ ears. Tiered whorls of orange blossoms encircle the square stems, which are covered with dark […]

Plant of the Month – July

White Sagebrush, Silver Wormwood Artemisia ludoviciana Plant Form: Evergreen sub-shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 2-3 ft. tall x 3-4 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Summer (July-Aug), Fall (Sept) Native to: North America Hardiness: Cold hardy to <0°F White Sagebrush is grown for its beautiful silver-white foliage. This attractive groundcover’s native range extends from Canada to Mexico. It spreads by underground stems (rhizomes) to create a bushy clump. Although its small yellow flowers are inconspicuous, its […]

Plant of the Month – June

Velvet Centaurea, Purple Bush Dusty Miller Centaurea cineraria Plant Form: Evergreen sub-shrub Water Use: Very low, low Mature Size: 2-4 ft. tall x 6-8 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), early Summer (June) Native to: Italy Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15-20°F Velvet Centaurea has been called a “Dusty Miller on steroids” due to its vigorous growth. Most garden plants either have brilliant flowers or striking foliage that complements all the plants around them. This beauty […]

Plant of the Month – May

Blue Emu Bush, Blue Bells Eremophila hygrophana ‘BlueBells’ Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall x 3-6 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Late Summer (Aug), Fall (Sept-Nov), Winter (Dec-Feb) Native to: Australia Hardiness: Cold hardy to 25°F Blue Emu Bush has been described as the perfect shrub: one that blooms throughout the year, thrives in hot temperatures but handles frost, needs no pruning, and even tolerates drought. Its only potential weakness […]

Plant of the Month – April

Orange Form Ice Plant Lampranthus aureus ‘Orange Form’ Plant Form: Succulent ground cover Water Use: Low, medium Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall x 3-6 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Winter (Dec-Jan) Native to: South America Hardiness: Cold hardy to 25°F Orange Form Ice Plant will knock your socks off when it is smothered with neon orange flowers in early spring. The 1 ½-inch shiny flowers open at 9 am and close at 5 pm…their work done […]

Plant of the Month – January

California Pepper Tree Schinus molle Plant Form: Evergreen tree Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 25-40 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Summer (June-August) Native to: Peru, South America Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F California Pepper Tree is an evergreen tree with a weeping form that creates expansive shade when given room to spread. This fast-growing tree needs only occasional watering when established, and develops a fantastically gnarled trunk with interesting peeling bark. Its bright green leaves […]