March 25, 2017

Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Electric Blue’ (Beardtongue)

Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Electric Blue’ has iridescent lavender-blue trumpet-shaped flowers that grow in a spike. The purplish-blue stems contrast well with the bright shiny green foliage. At maturity it grows to be 15”-18” tall, and 10”-12” wide. With Penstemon, less really is more. It requires less water and less fertilization than many other perennials. They in full sun, in almost any soil as long as it is well-drained....

March 17, 2017

Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Gorizia’ 

Named after the Italian Town where it was discovered, ‘Gorizia’ is a unique and beautiful Rosemary.  It has an upright habit, has lovely large flat slender leaves and large blue-lavender flowers that bloom in the Spring. Rosemaries are in the mint family; Lamiaceae along with many other aromatic and culinary herbs such as basil, mint, sage, savory, marjoram, oregano, hyssop, and thyme. The family Lamiaceae contains 236 genera and over 7,000 sp...

March 11, 2017

Portulacaria afra ‘Variegata’

Portulacaria afra ‘Variegata’, also called Rainbow Bush or Elephant Bush, belongs to the family Didiereaceae, which was considered endemic to Madagascar until recently, when Portulacaria and two other African genera were added.  This elegant, sprawling succulent grows up to 8 feet at maturity but with selective pruning can be kept to a manageable size.  ‘Variegata’ is smaller than the green form of the same name, which can grow up to 12 feet at ma...

March 4, 2017

Strawberry: Fragaria x ananassa

     Belonging to the family Rosaceae containing 4,828 species, many of them are fruit such as apples, almonds, apricots, cherries, peaches, plums, prunes and strawberries. Strawberries are one of California’s largest agricultural crops, with over 3.0 billion dollars in sales last year.  Most modern strawberries grown for their fruit are hybrids of the genus Fragaria x ananassa. Fragaria, named after the lovely fragrance of the plant, has 20 spe...

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