Melinus nerviglumis ‘Pink Champagne’ (Ruby Grass)

Melinus nerviglumis ‘Pink Champagne’ (Ruby Grass) One of the prettiest grasses around, Melinus nerviglumis ‘Pink Champagne’ is absolutely spectacular when mass planted in the landscape. Not only that, it is the perfect addition to this summer’s mixed container plantings. The height and color it provides is perfectly paired with Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherry Brandy’, Salvia nemorosa ‘Bordeau Steel Blue’ and Origanum x hybrid ‘Kirigami’. The soft panicles sway in the wind, adding movement and a touch of whimsy to any area of the garden. ‘Pink Champagne’ is a lush clumping grass with long and narrow blue-green foliage that is topped with colorful plumes that open deep pink to purplish red, and over t

Baccharis pilularis ‘Pigeon Point’ (Dwarf Coyote Bush)

Baccharis pilularis ‘Pigeon Point’ (Dwarf Coyote Bush) Native to the dunes, bluffs, dry slopes and open woods of California, Baccharis pilularis ‘Pigeon Point’ is an evergreen groundcover that is excellent for erosion control and slope stabilization. ‘Pigeon Point’ grows 1-2 feet tall and spreads 8-10 feet wide. This is a Habitat Plant, meaning its expansive branches and foliage provide shelter for ground-dwelling birds, lizards, insects and other wildlife. This CA Native is tolerant of a wide variety of soils, climates and regional conditions; from the cool and windy salt spray along the coast, to the heat of inland summers, ‘Pigeon Point’ will thrive. Once established, it requires little w

Bracteantha bractea ‘Cottage Yellow’ (Strawflower)

Bracteantha bractea ‘Cottage Yellow’ (Strawflower) One of the coolest perennials for your summer garden is Bracteantha bractea ‘Cottage Yellow’. (Pronounced Brac-tee-ann-tha brac-tee-ah) The ‘Cottage’ series is fairly new on the market, coming in with strong genetics, resulting in solid disease resistance. ‘Cottage Yellow’ grows 6-12” tall and wide, with strappy, deep green foliage and bright golden-yellow flowers. At first glance the flowers look like a typical mum-type flower, but when touched, it is evident that these are truly unique! They have the look and feel of dried flowers, but are growing fresh on the plant! One touch is just not enough…you’ll want to feel these delightful flowers

Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’ (Blue Beard, Blue Mist Spirea)

Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’ (Blue Beard, Blue Mist Spirea) This low-mounding, deciduous shrub has fragrant foliage and is topped with clusters of small blue flowers that are an excellent nectar source for Bees and Butterflies. ‘Dark Knight’s growth habit serves well in providing wildlife habitat for ground-dwelling birds and reptiles. It is also both Rabbit and Deer resistant. This variety of Caryopteris grows 2-3 feet tall and wide, and thrives in full to partial sun. Plant in well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter, and avoid heavy clay soil. The subtle fragrance of the foliage makes it well suited along the edge of a garden path or an entry way. Valued for its long b

Echeveria ‘Rosea’

Echeveria ‘Rosea’ An elegant, rosette-forming succulent with wavy, gray-blue leaves that also have slight have lavender-rose overtones. These are truly beautiful plants that are spectacular when clustered in groups of three or five in a rock garden, or as a showy specimen plant in a container. Either way, you’re sure to fall in love with these fabulous succulents. As with most Echeverias, ‘Rosea’ is well-adapted to dry conditions. In fact, this is what they prefer. They don’t like “wet feet”, so it’s important to plant them in very well-drained soil. Provide occasional, deep watering, and allow the soil to dry before the next watering. If planted in a pot, make sure that it has good drainage

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