October 27, 2018

Salvia apiana ‘California White Sage’

(Bee Sage, Sacred Sage)

One of the most revered species of Sage, Salvia apiana ‘California White Sage’ is a cornerstone of the coastal sage scrub habitats of Central and Southern California, as well as Baja California. This majestic Salvia has been widely used in a variety of ways by generations of Native American people groups living along the Pacific Coast, including our local Northern Chumash Tribe. The Chumash Tribe historically inhabi...

October 19, 2018

Asteriscus maritimus ‘Gold Coin’   (Pallenis maritima, Odontospermum maritimum)

Native to the coastal bluffs of the Canary Islands, Southern Portugal and as far east as Greece, Asteriscus maritimus ‘Gold Coin’ is a perennial that can handle some of the toughest growing conditions around. Poor soil, wind and salt spray are no problem for ‘Gold Coin’. Limited rainfall and hot summer conditions will have little impact on its ability to survive in the landscape. It may go int...

October 13, 2018

Cymbopogon citratus ‘Lemon Grass’

For those of us that are fans of East Asian cuisine, the flavor of Cymbopogon citratus ‘Lemon Grass’ is very familiar. This tropical plant is native to India and is popular in Thai, Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian cooking, but is also a favorite in many other culture’s cooking including Indian, Mexican, Swedish, Ethiopian, Italian, Turkish, and American. Lemon Grass can be used in savory dishes such as marinades, curry pastes, soups and stir...

October 6, 2018

Myrica californica Pacific Wax Myrtle

Hailed as “one of the best-looking native plants for gardens” by The New Sunset Western Garden Book, Myrica californica is not only good-looking but extremely adaptable to a variety of growing conditions. This evergreen shrub is very tolerant of wind and salt-spray, so it’s a good choice for seaside landscapes. It thrives in moist areas but also gets along fine with minimal irrigation. It tolerates sandy, loamy or clay soils and is useful...

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