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...

July 11, 2020

Basil Everleaf ‘Emerald Towers’ (Ocimum basilicum)

‘Emerald Towers’ is the perfect description for this variety of Basil. It has an upright, columnar growth habit and is adorned with glossy, emerald green leaves.

Boasting the traditional Genovese flavor, ‘Emerald Towers’ is perfect for eating fresh in Caprese salads and chopped into pesto, soups, and sauces. It is an excellent source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It is also a good source of calcium,

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July 4, 2020

Hyssop officinalis (Hyssopus officinalis)

A perennial herb in the Lamiaceae family, that is originally from areas of Southern Europe near the Caspian Sea. Hyssop has been used for generations as both a culinary herb and as a medicinal herb. The flavor is slightly minty, slightly lemony, with floral overtones. When used sparingly, it adds a bright flavor to roasted meats, soups and sauces.

Hyssop is also used in teas and cocktails and is one of the ingredients in the alcoholic...

June 27, 2020

Convolvulus mauritanicus ‘Moroccan Beauty’ (c. sabatius)

(Blue Casbah Morning Glory, Ground Morning Glory)

This Mediterranean native is a member of the Convolvulaceae (Morning Glory) family, however unlike other Morning Glories (Ipomoea) that can be extremely invasive, Convolvulus mauritanicus has a moderate growth habit and is not prone to becoming a nuisance in the garden. It grows 1-2 feet tall and has a spread of 3-4 feet wide, creating a dense gray-green carpet covered wit...

March 28, 2020

Euphorbia x martini ‘Tiny Tim’ (Spurge)

Originally from the United Kingdom, Euphorbia x martini ‘Tiny Tim’ is a hybrid between E. amygdaloides and E. characias. As its name implies, this is a compact Euphorbia and it grows in tight mounds, 12-18” tall and wide. The long narrow leaves are a bluish-green and are tinged with maroon at the tips. The true highlight of this plant is the dense clusters of chartreuse flowers that have brick-red centers. They grow on red stems and appe...

March 14, 2020

Aquilegia x hybrid ‘Swan’ Series (Columbine, Granny’s Bonnet)

Aquilegia, pronounced aqui-le-gia is a genus of approximately 70 species that are grown throughout the Northern Hemisphere. They are commonly found growing naturally in meadows and wooded areas. Over the years many new varieties have been introduced to the Horticultural market, bringing with them unique color combinations and growth habits. We are currently growing ‘Swan White’, ‘Swan Blue & White’ and ‘Swan Yellow’...

March 7, 2020

Cistus purpureus ‘Orchid Rockrose’

One of the showiest and hardiest of Rockroses, Cistus purpureus is a hybridized perennial that has embraced the best qualities of its two parents, C. ladanifer and C. criticus. It grows 4-6 feet tall x 4-5 feet wide, with dark green foliage and 3” magenta-rose flowers that have a deep burgundy spot on each petal base. The bright golden-yellow stamens attract a wide variety of beneficial pollinators.

‘Orchid Rockrose’ is a durable evergreen shr...

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