Correa ‘Ivory Bells’ (Correa alba x Correa backhousiana)

Correa ‘Ivory Bells’ (Correa alba x Correa backhousiana) Correa ‘Ivory Bells’ is native to eastern Australia and is one of those tried and true perennials that perform well in a variety of growing conditions including full sun to part shade. ‘Ivory Bells’ is one of those unique plants that thrive in seaside conditions, not being bothered by the wind and salt spray. Because it is drought tolerant it will also thrive when planted under Oaks. This durable perennial has felted oval-shaped leaves and creamy-white, bell-shaped flowers that bloom from fall through early spring. Hummingbirds and other beneficial pollinators are attracted to the sweet nectar of ‘Ivory Bells’, but the densely felted l

Climate Zone (Aka Hardiness Zone)

Climate Zone (Aka Hardiness Zone) We in the horticultural industry talk a lot about climate zones, but do you really know what a climate zone is? Do you know your climate zone? Wikipedia describes climate/hardiness zones as “geographically defined area in which a specific category of plant life is capable of growing.” The two most commonly used climate zones are the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plant Hardiness Zones and the Sunset Western Climate Zones. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zones are divided into 10 degree Fahrenheit zones. These zones give a rough guide to landscaping and gardening. Although this guide is informative; taking into consideration the extremes of winter co

Olea europaea compacta

Olea europaea compacta Graceful, timeless olive twigs and sprigs, with their lovely silvery-green under leaf have been widely prized for their foliage and ancient lore throughout history. These lovely plants would make a uniquely appropriate Christmas gift for your gardening friends, as they have been a symbol of peace and prosperity throughout time. They are beautiful arranged in a vase as a centerpiece of the holiday table. This cultivar Olea europaea compacta is a shrub version of the tree, but can be trained as a tree if chosen. It has the deep green leaves and silvery underside of the classic tree, but will only grow 6-8 feet tall and wide. It is often used as topiary, being trained t

Seslaria ‘Greenlee Hybrid’

Seslaria ‘Greenlee Hybrid’ (Greenlee’s Hybrid Moor Grass) Native to slopes and mountains of South Eastern Europe, Seslaria is a part of the 5th largest plant family, Poacea, the grass family. This family is the most economically important of all plant families, as it contains plants that produce cereal, maize, wheat, rice, barley, millet, bamboo, straw, and even fuel (ethanol). Seslaria ‘Greenlee’s Hybrid’ is a hybrid of Seslaria autumnalis and Seslaria caerulea, discovered by John Greenlee on his Pomona, California nursery in 2006. Seslaria ‘Greenlee Hybrid’ is a tough evergreen perennial that is very drought tolerant once established. It will benefit from occasional watering while becom

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