Osteospermum ecklonis, Astra ‘Orange Sunrise’, ‘Terra Cotta’, & ‘Serenity Bronze’

Osteospermum ecklonis, Astra ‘Orange Sunrise’, ‘Terra Cotta’, & ‘Serenity Bronze’ Native to Africa, these lovely, full mounding plants like cool mornings and evenings and bright sunny days. If grown in the right conditions, these beautiful plants will reward you with an abundance of daisy-like blooms from spring through fall. They have a beautiful composite flower, with a contrasting center, and the bright green leaves add a nice contrast to their warm flower color. They will spread into a 1-4 foot wide bush, and grow 10-30 inches tall. Osteospermums prefer a rich, well-drained soil, but will also do fine in less suitable conditions. They are drought and heat tolerant, and the deer stay

Guara lindheimeri ‘Siskiyou Pink’

Guara lindheimeri ‘Siskiyou Pink’ Gaura lindheimeri, also called wand flower is an herbaceous perennial that is native to Texas and Louisiana. ‘Siskiyou Pink’ is a cultivar developed by a rare plant nursery in Medford Oregon. It has lovely 4 pedaled rose-pink ‘butterfly’ flowers that flutter 18-24” above the lower foliage early summer through fall. The plant grows in a basal mound that will spread 12-30” wide, with dark green leaves tinged with burgundy. Guara ‘Siskiyou Pink’ is drought tolerant, heat and deer resistant, and has low water needs. It needs full sun, (afternoon shade in hot-summer climates) and does best when planted in well-drained soil. The Sunset climate zones are 2B -

Salvia greggii ‘Maraschino’ (Autumn Sage)

Salvia greggii ‘Maraschino’ (Autumn Sage) Salvia greggii ‘Maraschino’ is a hybrid of Salvia microphylla, native to Southern Arizona and Mexico, and Salvia greggii, native to Texas and Mexico. It has deep cherry-red flowers that bloom profusely from spring through fall. It is an evergreen shrub in mild winter areas, and a deciduous shrub in colder winter areas. At full growth ‘Maraschino’ will grow to be a 36” tall by 18” wide bush, so be sure you plant it in an area where it won’t be overtaken by the shade of surrounding plants, as it loves full sun, and will bloom best in that environment. It is drought resistant, but will tolerate moderate water, and minimal shade. Plant ‘Maraschino’

Gerbera Daisy ‘Jaguar Formula Mix’

Gerbera Daisy ‘Jaguar Formula Mix’ Asteraceae Gerbera jamesonii It is difficult to decide which flower to feature in our blog this time of year, as we are starting to see so many of our popular plants burst into color. We could not resist sharing this vivaciously merry specimen of early summer with you, as it glows with robust color and light. Most of us are familiar with Gerbera Daisies as cut flowers, as most grow on long stems, and they are indeed among the 5 most popular cut flowers in the world. (Make your best guess, and I’ll tell you the other 4 most popular cut flowers at the end of the blog.) ‘Jaguar Formula Mix’ grows the same large cheerful flowers on a shorter stem, allowing y

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