Snapdragon: Antirrhinum majus

Snapdragon: Antirrhinum majus Snapdragons are among the most sought after flowering plants in the fall. They provide dense, bushy floral displays, seeming to represent the American dream of a peaceful and happy home. Their deep green leaves provide the strength to support these dense flowers arrayed on spikes above. The flowers have five lobes, and by pinching their sides, you can make the jaws ‘snap’ open. Here at Clearwater Color Nursery, we grow dwarf, intermediate, and large (or cut flower) Snapdragons: Great bedding flowers, the dwarf Snapdragons we are growing are the ‘Montego’, ‘Snapshot’, and ‘Floral Showers’ series. These little gems come into bloom earlier than their larger co

Leonotus leonurus ‘Lion’s Tail’

Leonotus leonurus ‘Lion’s Tail’ Family: Lamiaceae Sunset Climate Zones 8-24 This unique plant will add texture and volume to your fall garden, in just the right color: Orange! This open branching African shrub grows 4-6 feet tall by 4-6 feet wide and would look PERFECT with last week’s special blog plant: Verbena bonariensis ‘Buenos Aires’. The bold combination of purple and orange will create the seasonal color you’re looking for. Both ‘Lion’s Tail’ and ‘Buenos Aires’ attract beneficial pollinators (the bees, butterflies and Hummingbirds can hardly resist them!) They both grow well in Mediterranean climates, such as our slice of paradise here on the Central Coast. Leonotus leonurus ‘Li

Verbena bonariensis ‘Buenos Aires’

Verbena bonariensis ‘Buenos Aires’ (Purple Top Vervain) Of the 250 species contained in the genera Verbena, bonariensis definitely stands out with its tall, willowy 3-6 foot tall branches that provide enough open space within them to grow amongst other plants without squeezing them out. Beautiful clusters of lavender/pink flowers wave atop the long slender stems mid-summer through first frost. The deep green, lance-shaped leaves grow at the base of the plant, adding to the see-through quality of this surprisingly vigorous plant. A perennial in mild climates, it is happiest in Sunset Climate Zones 8-24 and it will re-seed and spread in sunny areas with well-drained, fertile soil. Verbena b

Agastache mexicana ‘Forever Summer Berry’ & ‘Forever Summer Melon’

Agastache mexicana ‘Forever Summer Berry’ & ‘Forever Summer Melon’ These late-summer bloomers will surprise and delight you with their bright and cheerful whorls of salvia-like flowers. An upright variety in the Lamiaceae family, these beauties are packed with rosy-pink, violet, and salmon blooms. They are a great addition to herb gardens, with their lemon-mint fragrance drawing in Hummingbirds, Butterflies and other beneficial pollinators. A few months ago, we did our blog on an Asian variety of Agastache, however this week we want to introduce a variety that is grown a little closer to home. Agastache mexicana ‘Forever Summer Berry’ & ‘Forever Summer Melon’ are brightening up our nurser

Lavandula stoechas ‘Silver Anouk’ (Spanish Lavender)

Lavandula stoechas ‘Silver Anouk’ (Spanish Lavender) Lavender is one of the most beloved perennials found in home gardens, flower farms and public landscapes. For centuries people have cultivated the many different varieties of Lavender for their culinary, medicinal, and fragrance qualities. Lavandula stoechas ‘Silver Anouk’ is fairly new in the horticultural industry and has quickly become a favorite at Clearwater Color Nursery. ‘Silver Anouk’ has a compact growth habit with brilliant silver foliage that contrasts beautifully with its dark purple and lavender flowers. The two-toned flowers have a shape similar to a pineapple, with sweet little “rabbit ears” emerging from the top. These attr

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