September 17, 2020

Stachys byzantine ‘Lamb’s Ear’

This herbaceous perennial is native to the Caucasus and Iran and is surprisingly drought tolerant once established. It is named for its soft fuzzy leaves that look and feel very much like a lamb’s ear. This is a great choice to plant in a Sensory Garden (See, Touch, Smell) along with Lavender, Rosemary, Mint, Thyme, Lemon balm, Pineapple Sage and/or Lemon Verbena. The soft feel of the leaves have a very calming effect and is a favorite plant of m...

September 12, 2020

Convolvulus cneorum ‘Bush Morning Glory’ (Silver Bush)

Pronounced con-VOL-vu-lus KNEE-or-rum, this tried and true perennial has been around for many years, and those people who know it, love it. Convolvulus cneorum was awarded the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) 1993 Award of Garden Merit for its outstanding qualities and landscape performance. The attractive silver-green foliage is covered with delicate silver-grey hairs that reflect in the sunlight, earning its...

September 5, 2020

Papaver nudicaule ‘Champagne Bubbles’ (Iceland Poppy)

One of the first signs that autumn is rapidly approaching is when we add Poppy ‘Champagne Bubbles Mix’ to our Weekly Availability list. These delightful plants add a touch of whimsy to any garden as they sway and nod in the wind. When mass planted in a flower bed, Poppy ‘Champagne Bubbles Mix’ (or any of the solid colors) causes people to stop and take notice. The mix is a combination of red, yellow, white, pink, cream and...

August 29, 2020

Rosa ‘Iceberg’ Shrub Rose

Introduced to the horticultural market in 1958 by plant breeders Kordes, Rosa ‘Iceberg’ is one of the best-selling roses of all time. ‘Iceberg’ is a robust Florabunda shrub rose that is well-branched, with smooth, slender stems and glossy deep green foliage. An abundance of bright white, 3” double flowers bloom from late spring through first frost.

The plants grow 4-5 ft tall x 4 ft wide and create an elegant display when mass planted. Rosa ‘Iceberg’...

August 21, 2020

Mentha suaveolens ‘Apple Mint’

Native to southern and western Europe as well as the Mediterranean region, Mentha suaveolens ‘Apple Mint’ is part of the family Lamiacea. Other aromatic-culinary herbs in this family include Sage, Marjoram, Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Savory, Hyssop and Lavender. ‘Apple Mint’ grows on sturdy stems that reach 1 ½ - 3 ft tall and spread by rhizomes.

The gray-green foliage is rounded and slightly hairy, with a sweet-minty flavor and scent. The pale-pu...

August 15, 2020

Plumbago auriculata 'Imperial Blue'

is one of those perennials, when mass planted, catches your eye and makes you say wow! The powder-blue flower clusters that virtually cover this evergreen shrub really make a statement. ‘Imperial Blue’ is a very versatile shrub as it can grow upright and climb to 20 feet tall, or can be pruned to form more manageable rounded mound.

If given the opportunity, this plant will ramble along the ground, sending out graceful arching branches that ca...

August 8, 2020

Epilobium canum ‘Hollywood Flame’

(Zauschneria canum)

As summer fades into fall there are some plants that really begin to show their stuff. Epilobium canum ‘Hollywood Flame’ is one such plant. The deep red tubular flowers begin blooming in late summer, attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies from far and wide. These California Natives can be found growing in rocky outcroppings and seasonal creeks banks in the hills around Los Angeles, CA. They are moderately drought tolerant,...

August 1, 2020

Chrysocephalum apiculatum ‘Desert Flame’

This low growing perennial is native to Australia and is listed as one of Australia’s “Aussie Winners” for its excellent performance in Mediterranean climate gardens. Chrysocephalum apiculatum ‘Desert Flame’ has a decumbent growth pattern which means that the stems lie flat along the ground with a spread of 20-30 inches, and the tips, which bear flowers, turning upwards to a height of 6 inches.

This plant is an excellent choice for many...

July 27, 2020

Erigeron karvinskianus ‘Spindrift’

A compact form of Santa Barbara Daisy, ‘Spindrift’ grows 8-12” tall and wide, and is covered with dainty white daisy-like flowers that fade to deep rose as they age. This perennial is at home when planted along the edge of a garden path, or tucked in between stones in a rock garden. It’s graceful trailing habit makes it the perfect plant for window boxes and mixed containers.

‘Spindrift’ prefers full sun but will tolerate light shade as well....

July 18, 2020

Kapoor Tulsi (Holy Basil)

Native to India and South East Asia, Kapoor Tulsi has a complex scent – spicy and sweet, with hints of cloves, fruit and chocolate. The plant itself has a similar look to the perennial Basil ‘African Blue’, however the leaves have a different taste and scent.  Small pinkish-purple flowers grow in whorls along spikes that stand out above the foliage. The sweetly fragrance flowers attract beneficial pollinators to the garden, however the scented foliage...

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