Achillea x ‘Moonshine’ (Yellow Yarrow)

Achillea x ‘Moonshine’ (Yellow Yarrow) Achillea is a genus in the Asteraceae family along with sunflowers. Its composite flowers appear to hover like balloons over their foliage, carefree and cheerful. Their 2’ tall stems rise out of delicate blue/grey ferny foliage that forms mounds that can be divided in the spring or fall as needed. The canary-yellow flowers make lovely cut flowers in a bouquet, but will be enjoyed for 2 weeks to a month in the garden. Achillea x ‘Moonshine’ will withstand extreme heat and drought, and is deer and rabbit resistant. This is a great rock garden plant, or grown along borders. Butterflies find the wide composite umbel flower platform irresistible, and w

Salvia dorrii ‘Desert Purple Sage’ (Desert Sage, Purple Sage, Great Basin Blue Sage)

Salvia dorrii ‘Desert Purple Sage’ (Desert Sage, Purple Sage, Great Basin Blue Sage) If you have hiked around Joshua Tree National Park or other high desert, Pinyon-Juniper woodland areas of California, you are probably familiar with the enchanting blue-gray glow of Salvia dorrii ‘Desert Purple Sage’. This herbaceous perennial is the premier desert sage of California, but also grows in other western states of North America. It is an especially showy bloomer in the late spring and summer months, with each stem bearing 3-5 broadly spaced whorls of brilliant blue blossoms. This stately and strong woody shrub grows up to 2-3 feet tall and 2-4 feet wide and is highly aromatic. At the day’s end,

Begonia Hybrid ‘Funky Pink’

Begonia Hybrid ‘Funky Pink’ Native to the brightly shaded forest understory of Central and South America, Africa, and South East Asia, Begonias are grown for their lovely flowers and textured foliage. Most grow best in containers where their environment is more easily controlled. They need rich, fast draining soil, consistent, but light feeding, allowing the soil to almost dry out prior to rewatering. They are easily propagated from stem cuttings. Begonia ‘Funky Pink’ has been hybridized to add more sun tolerance, hardiness of leaves, and profuse flowering. It is a compact, semi/trailing mounding plant (8-12” tall & wide) that will tolerate shade, partial sun, or morning sun with afterno

Coreopsis auriculata ‘Nana’

Coreopsis auriculata ‘Nana’ Coreopsis is a beautiful, rugged Native American prairie and woodland perennial that is part of the sunflower family. Easy to care for, this dwarf version ‘Nana’, often referred to as ‘Mouse ear Coreopsis’ makes a great border or edging plant. Native to the Eastern and Southern United States, this cultivar is only propagated by cuttings, and will not come true from seed. It is clump forming (6-9 inches tall and wide), and will spread by root runners in your garden if given the space. It grows well in Sunset Zones 1-24. Plant Coreopsis auriculata ‘Nana’ in full sun, in well-drained soil. The spectacular 2 inch wide golden- yellow flowers attract butterflies and t

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