Plant of the Month – Mexican Blue Sage

Mexican Blue Sage Electric Blue Sage Salvia chamaedryoides  Plant Form: Evergreen perennial/subshrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part shade Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Oct); heaviest bloom Spring & Fall Native to: Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Mexican Blue Sage is a fast-growing, low, mounding perennial that spreads by underground runners. The small silvery-green foliage is a perfect backdrop for its electric blue flowers that are heaviest […]

Plant of the Month

Island Snapdragon  Gambelia speciosa Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 3-4 ft. tall x 8-10 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-Aug) Native to: Channel Islands, CA, & Guadalupe Island, Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 30°F Island Snapdragon is a magnet for hummingbirds with its bright clusters of lipstick-red, snapdragon-like flowers on the tips of arching stems from spring through mid-summer. This vine-like perennial, native to several offshore islands of […]

Plant of the Month – October

Palmer’s Indian Mallow Abutilon palmeri Plant Form: Shrub, perennial herb Water Use: Extremely low Mature Size: 4-6 ft. tall and 3-5 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar – May), Summer (June – Aug), Year-round Native to: Southern California, SW U.S., Northern Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 20°F Palmer’s Indian Mallow has lush subtropical foliage and fast growth that belies its extreme tolerance for heat, drought, and poor soil. This mallow is a relatively rare native of the […]

Plant of the Month – August

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’ Plant Form: Perennial grass Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 2-3 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar – May), Summer (June – Aug) Native to: Southern California, Canada, North America, Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to -30°F Blue Grama Grass is a long-lived bunchgrass with distinctive seed heads that look like curved combs or blonde sets of eyelashes. Its unique seed heads hover horizontally above green foliage from summer […]

Plant of the Month – July

Carob Tree Ceratonia siliqua Plant Form: Evergreen tree, shrub Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 30-45 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Fall (Sept – Nov) Native to: Mediterranean region, Iran Hardiness: Cold hardy to 20°F Carob Tree, best known for its cultivated seed pods used as a substitute for chocolate, is also valued for its ornamental landscape qualities. Its dense canopy of glossy, evergreen foliage makes a wonderful shade tree. Allowed to grow naturally, it retains […]

Plant of the Month – May

Smokey Coast Rosemary Westringia fruticosa ‘Smokey’ Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3-6 ft. tall x 4-5 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part shade Bloom Time: Spring (March – May), Summer (June – August) Native to: Australia Hardiness: Cold hardy to 20°F Smokey Coast Rosemary is a rugged Australian native with dainty evergreen leaves covered in soft white hair that makes the whole plant appear “smokey”. Its dark green leaves are edged in creamy white margins, creating […]