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ABELIA

‘Kaleidoscope’:  “Kaleidoscope Glossy Abelia”. This is a sport of Abelia x grandiflora ‘Little Richard’. A compact shrub noted for its stable bright gold & green, variegated foliage & bright red stems on new growth. With cooler fall temperatures foliage takes on a combination of golden yellow, vivid orange, & bright red colors. Foliage will not fade or burn with full sun exposure. Light pink buds produce white, tubular flowers blooming mid-summer & persist into fall. It has a dense, low, mounding habit; 2-2½’ tall by a 3-3½’ spread. Full sun-partial shade, but color is more distinct in full sun. Zones 6-9.

x. grandiflora ‘Twist Of Lime’™: (Abelia x.grandiflora ‘Hopley’s) “Twist Of Lime Abelia”. An evergreen shrub with multi colored foliage that is yellow with green centers when young and matures to ivory & green. Light pink flowers in summer-fall. A moderate grower to 4-5’tall & wide. Low maintenance. Deer resistant. Zone 6. A Garden Debut® Plant.

x. grandiflora ‘Twist Of Orange’™: (Abelia x.grandiflora ‘sPg-3-069) “Twist Of Orange Abelia”. An evergreen shrub with multi colored foliage that is green, gold, orange, & red. Fragrant, white flowers in summer-fall. A moderate grower to 4-5’tall & wide. Low maintenance. Deer resistant. Zone 6. A Garden Debut® Plant.

ABUTILON

‘Nabob’: “Red Flowering Maple”. Evergreen. A fast growing, upright plant with very dark green, trifoliate foliage that resembles a maple foliage. Dark maroon flowers are produced nearly year-round. 8-10’tall & 4-5’wide. Sun-part shade on the coast, partial shade inland. Zones 8-10.

‘Tiger Eye’: “Tiger Eye Flowering Maple”. Evergreen. A fast growing, upright plant with very dark green, trifoliate foliage that resembles a maple foliage. Yellow flowers with dark red veins are produced spring-summer or nearly year-round in frost free areas. 5-8’tall & 3-4’wide. Sun-part shade on the coast, partial shade inland. Zones 9-11.

ACACIA

cognate ‘Cousin Itt’ PPAF: (Acacia cognate ‘Mini Cog’). “Cousin Itt Acacia”. A low mounding, evergreen shrub with a weeping habit. Light green, finely textured foliage matures to dark green. 2-3’tall & 4-6’wide. Drought tolerant. Thornless. Full sun. Zone 9. A Garden Debut® Plant.

ACER

palmatum: “Japanese Maple”. Deciduous shrub or tree. Growing red spring foliage color, summer soft green, & fall scarlet, orange, yellow. Leaves are deeply cut into 5-9 toothed lobes. Needs filtered shade in valley. 20-25’tall & wide. Zones 5-8.

palmatum ‘Bloodgood’: “Bloodgood Maple”. Very popular large leaf, upright growing tree to 18-20’tall & wide. Foliage color is red or black-red & holds its color into late summer better than most red leafed forms. Dark red petioles, shiny dark green underside. It will not bronze out. Sun-partial shade. Group: palmate. Zones 5-8.

palmatum dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’: “Crimson Queen Maple”. Good deep red colored foliage through the growing season, not bronzing out in the summer. Fall color ranges into the extreme bright scarlet tones. Scarlet petiole. Strong growing dissectum variety, beautifully cascading form. Tree grows 10’tall & wide. Partial shade-sun. Group: dissectum. Zones 5-8.

palmatum dissectum ‘Ever Red’: “Ever Red Maple”. New spring growth is its show. New Foliage has fine silvery hairs which makes the new growth appear to be gray. It soon loses the pubescence & attains the rich deep red foliage. This variety will not hold its color through summer, the more shade it has the longer it will hold its color. Grows to 10-12′ tall & an equal spread. Partial shade. Group: dissectum. Zones 5-8.

palmatum dissectum ‘Sieryu’: “Sieryu Maple”. This dissectum is an upright form. Foliage is a bright green with a light tip of red as it unfolds. The reddish tip fades to a bright green soon after it unfolds. Short stiff petiole. Bark is a dark brown green. Fall color is a bright gold to a light yellow with a tinge of crimson in most leaves. Strong upright growth, but not overly vigorous to about 10-15′ tall & 8-12’wide. Partial shade-sun. Group: dissectum. Zones 5-8.

palmatum dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’: “Tamukeyama Weeping Maple”. New foliage is a deep crimson red when unfolding, but soon turns dark purple red. Color holds all summer long. Fall color is bright scarlet. The bark of the twig & young branches is a deep maroon red, overcast with a white tone. A strong, cascading variety. 6-8’tall & 8-12’wide. Partial shade-sun. Group: dissectum. Zones 5-8.

palmatum dissectum ‘Viridis’: “Green Lace leaf Maple”. Weeping bright green foliage holds well through the summer. Partial shade is where this variety does its best. In the fall, foliage color is a golden color with splashes of crimson. Strongly cascading, branching habit. 4-6’tall & 6-8’wide. Partial shade-sun. Group: dissectum. Zones 5-8

palmatum ‘Emperor I’: “Emperor I Maple”. Attractive foliage with rich dark red coloring in summer turns brilliant scarlet in fall. Interesting blackish-red bark. Airy form well suited for use as a small lawn tree. More cold hardy than others. Leaf buds appear later in spring, avoiding danger of late frosts. Deciduous. Filtered sun. More vigorous grower than others to 15-20 feet tall & wide. Grafted. USDA zones 5-8.

palmatum ‘Oshio Beni’: “Oshio Beni Maple”. Coloration of foliage is more of a orange-red than a purple red. The new foliage is very bright, but as the season advances, it becomes bronzed to a dull reddish-green. It doesn’t retain its color as well as ‘Bloodgood’ or ‘Moonfire’. Fall color is a bright scarlet. Petiole are reddish in color. 12-18’tall & 15-20’wide. Partial shade-sun. Group: palmate. Zones 5-8.

palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’: “Coral Bark Maple”. Brilliant coral color of the bark is this maple’s outstanding feature. The color is brilliant in the fall then intensifies as winter approaches. The younger the wood, the stronger the color. Bright green leaves with a tinge of red on the outer margins, but fading as the leaf matures. Fall color is yellow gold with a strong blend of apricot & light red. Overall height of 20-25′ tall & 15-20’wide. Partial shade-sun. Group: unusual feature. Zones 5-8.

palmatum ‘Shirazz’: “Gwen’s Rose Delight Maple, Shirazz Japanese Maple”. USPP# 18,728P3. A spectacular new cultivar originating at The Duncan & Davies Nursery. This uniquely colored variegated plant is exceptional. Fully mature leaves give a multi colored effect being tones of olive-green-grey flecked with silver & a striking marginal variegation of white highlighted with pink blushed tips. New growth is red & autumn tones are of bright crimson-red. Deciduous. Height 12-15′ tall; spread 10′. Partial shade-sun. Zones 4-8.

rubrum ‘October Glory’: “October Glory® Red Maple”. Outstanding large fall color tree. Deep reddish-purple foliage color is reliable even in warmer climates, not ideally suited for good color & the leaves are retained later than most cultivars. This maple produces a tall, rounded form bearing light green foliage in spring & summer. A super choice for high profile shade tree in front or backyard. Well suited to larger sites in groves for dramatic effect. Line a drive or boulevard for a stately entry. Full sun. Deciduous. Moderate to fast growing 40-50′ tall, 30-40′ wide. Zones 3-9.

x freemanii ‘Jeffersred’ P.P. #4864: “Autumn Blaze Maple”. Upright branching, broadly oval shape. Medium green foliage turns to brilliant, long lasting, orange-red in fall. Height to 50′ with a 40′ spread. Zone 3.

x freemanii ‘Autumn Fantasy’: “Autumn Fantasy Maple”. A Red & Silver Maple hybrid. Summer color resembles Silver Maple. In the fall, the leaves turn a bright red on top with magenta pink on the back, even in mild climates. As fall progresses, top side of leaf darkens but underside remains magenta pink. Colors the first year. Mature height 40-50′ & spread up to 40′. Zone 4.

ACHILLEA

hybrid ‘Moonshine’: “Moonshine Yarrow”. Perennial. Bright canary yellow flowers on upright, 24″ stems in summer. Aromatic, silvery gray foliage. 18-24″tall & wide. Full sun. Waterwise. A good cut or dried flower. Attracts birds & butterflies. Zones 3-9.

‘King Edward’: “Yarrow”. Soft yellow flowers in late spring-summer. Full sun. 6-8″ tall & 8-12″ wide. A low carpet-forming species of Yarrow is suitable for edging a sunny border, in the rock garden or alpine trough garden. Deer & rabbit resistant. Attracts butterflies. Drought & salt tolerant. Zones 3-9.

millefolium ‘Desert Eve™ Red’ P.P. #22,333: “Yarrow”. Large, brick red flower clusters on fragrant, ferny foliage in summer-fall. Full sun. 12-18″ tall & wide. Deer & rabbit resistant. Attracts hummingbirds & butterflies. Heat & drought tolerant. Zones 4-9.

millefolium ‘Desert Eve™ Yellow’: “Yarrow”. Large, bright yellow flower clusters on fragrant, ferny foliage in summer-fall. Full sun. 12-18″ tall & wide. Deer & rabbit resistant. Attracts hummingbirds & butterflies. Heat & drought tolerant. Zones 4-9.

millefolium ‘New Vintage™ Red’ P.P. #25,618: “Yarrow”. Showy, red, flat-top flower clusters with creamy white eyes over compact, ferny, green foliage in late spring-summer. Full sun. 12-14″ tall & 10-12″ wide. Excellent for cutting, fresh or dried. Deer & rabbit resistant. Attracts butterflies. Drought & heat tolerant. Remove faded flowers regularly to promote continued blooming. Zones 4-9.

millefolium ‘New Vintage™ Violet’ P.P. #25,750. “Yarrow”. Showy, violet purple, flat-top flower clusters with creamy white eyes over compact, ferny, green foliage in late spring-summer. Full sun. 12-14″ tall & 10-12″ wide. Excellent for cutting, fresh or dried. Deer &  rabbit resistant. Attracts butterflies. Drought & heat tolerant. Remove faded flowers regularly to promote continued blooming. Zones 4-9.

millefolium ‘Paprika’: “Paprika Yarrow”. This striking perennial yarrow forms a spreading mat of fern-like, mid-green foliage. Rising 18″ above the foliage, are large flat heads of yellow centered scarlet red flowers that age from red through salmon pink, creamy yellow to brown in late spring thru the summer. Full sun. Attractive to butterflies & deer tolerant. Height 1-2′; width 2-3′. Hardy to at least 0ºF. Zones 3-9.

millefolium ‘Terra Cotta’: “Terra Cotta Yarrow”. Perennial. Multi-colored flowers in orange, peach, terra cotta, & yellow bloom in summer. They retain this color when cut & dried. Moderate-fast growth to 1’tall, 2-3’when in bloom, & 5’wide. Full sun. Attracts birds & butterflies. Deer resistant. Heat & drought tolerant. Zones 3-9.

AGAPANTHUS

africanus ‘Dwarf White’: “Dwarf White Lily of the Nile”. Beautiful mini version of the popular original. Small clumps give rise to white flower clusters on erect stalks. Exciting rock garden or border item. Excellent in containers. Evergreen perennial. Full sun-partial shade. Moderate grower to 8-12″ tall & wide, stalks up to 18″ tall. Zones 8-11.

africanus ‘Peter Pan’: “Dwarf Blue Lily of the Nile”. Beautiful mini version of the popular original. Small clumps give rise to deep blue flower clusters on erect stalks. Exciting rock garden or border item. Excellent in containers. Evergreen perennial. Full sun-partial shade. Moderate grower to 8-12″ tall & wide, stalks up to 18″ tall. Zones 8-11.

africanus ‘Queen Anne’: “Queen Anne Lily of the Nile”. Beautiful clumps of strap-like foliage & dense flower clusters on tall stalks. Good for firescaping. Evergreen. Full sun-partial shade. Foliage to 12-15″ High & wider, flower stalks to 2′ tall. Zones 8-11.

africanus ‘Tinkerbell’: “Tinkerbell Lily of the Nile”. Unique variegated foliage, light green with a cream edge, makes this a striking accent plant. Grows to 16″ tall in a clump. Blooms light blue flowers on 18″ stems in May & June. Tender to prolonged freezing temperatures. Zones 8-11.

hybrid ‘Elaine’ PP#7,303: “Elaine Lily of the Nile”. This hybrid variety differs from other Agapanthus selections in its exceptional vigor and in having large heads, 6-8″ in diameter, of dark blue-violet flowers. On 4-4½’ flower stalks. Plant height is 24-30″. It has an upright leaf, 2½-3″ wide. Blooms 3-4 weeks later than regular Agapanthus. Very similar to ‘Mood Indigo’. Developed by L. A. County Arboretum. Zones 7-10.

hybrid ‘Storm Cloud’: “Storm Cloud Lily of the Nile”. Evergreen in warmer part of range. Developed from deciduous ‘Mood Indigo’ & an evergreen Agapanthus. It has deep blue-violet flower clusters on 4′ stems. 2-3’tall & wide. Full sun – partial shade. Zones 7-11.

AGASTACHE

rugosa ‘Little Adder’ P.P. #26,514: “Hummingbird Mint”. Lavender blue flowers in late spring-fall on emerald green, licorice-scented foliage.  15-18″ tall  & 18-22″ wide. Full sun. Little Adder is more compact and produces more flowers than most Agastache. Attracts bees, butterflies, & hummingbirds. Drought tolerant. Zones 3-8.

AGAVE

hybrid ‘Blue Glow’: “Blue Glow Agave”. Succulent. A single, symmetrical rosette of blue-green leaves with a red margin edged in yellow. Each leaf tip has a short, red spine. Slow growing to 1-2’tall & 2-3’wide. Sun-partial shade. Infrequent blooming. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant. Zones 8-11.

victoriae-reginae: Short, stout, deep green leaves with white markings form a tight rosette. The leaves have toothless edges and end in a small terminal spine. 12-18″ tall & 18″ wide. Full sun. Blooms with red-purple flowers only once after about 10-15 years in the garden. After flowering, the mother plant will expire, but will often produce numerous offset. Very slow growing & long-lived, taking many years to reach flowering size. Zones 9-11.

AJUGA

reptans ‘Black Scallop’: “Black Scallop Carpet Bugle”. Dark as night foliage with gorgeously scalloped leaves that are larger than Mahogany’s’, and darker than ‘Catlin’s Giant’. A knockout in patio pots, combos, and as a striking accent with white, gold, or light colored plants. Sun – shade. Height 4-6″. Zones 4-11.

reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’: “Burgundy Glow Carpet Bugle”. A spreading groundcover with white, pink, & green tricolor foliage. Deep blue flowers in late spring-summer. Sun-partial shade. 3-6″tall & 10-14″wide. Drought & heat tolerant. Zones 4-10.

reptans ‘Chocolate Chips’: “Chocolate Chips Carpet Bugle”. A dwarf, evergreen, spreading groundcover with bronze-brown foliage. Bluish-purple flowers in late spring-summer. Sun-partial shade. 2-3″tall & 2-3’wide. Attracts butterflies. Zones 4-9.

ALOE

‘Safari Sunrise’ PP#23,267: “Safari Sunrise Aloe”. Succulent. A fast growing, compact Aloe with medium green leaves with lighter green teeth. Orange, pink, & cream colored flowers in summer-mid winter. 3-4’tall & wide. Full sun. Drought & heat tolerant. Zones 9a-11.

ALOYSIA

triphylla: “Lemon Verbena”. A small, evergreen shrub. Lemon-scented foliage adds fragrance to the entire garden & flavor to teas & cold beverages. Small, pale lilac purple flowers appear in summer. Moderate grower. Height from 12-36″; width to 18″. Partial to full sun. Zone 8-10.

ALSTROEMERIA

‘Princess’ Series: “Peruvian Lily “. These do best in high light & cool temperatures. Growing from underground rhizomes, the plant sends up small vegetative growth. When the plant is ready to bloom, new shoots come springing out & quickly to nice sturdy stems with blooms. Sun-partial shade. 10-12″tall & 16″wide. Zones 8-11.
        ‘Fabiana’: Creamy yellow flowers on variegated foliage.
        ‘Kate’: Striking red flowers.
        ‘Letizia’: Deep red flowers with a yellow throat.
        ‘Oxana’: Raspberry pink flowers with a yellow throat.

ANGELINA

angustifolia ‘Archangel Cherry Red’ PPAF: “Summer Snapdragon”. Huge, cherry red  flowers are vibrant against glossy dark green foliage in summer-fall. Full sun. 12-14″ tall & 10-12″ wide. Drought & heat tolerant.  Thrives in extreme heat, humidity and drought. Excellent landscape performance. Zones 3-9.

ANIGOZANTHOS

rufus ‘Backdraft’: “Red Kangaroo Paw”. Evergreen perennial. Blue-green strap-shaped foliage. Downy, deep red, tubular flower buds open to flared tips that resemble paws in spring-summer. Full sun. 2-3’tall & wide. Medium water needs. Attracts hummingbirds. Zones 9-11.

ARBUTUS

hybrid ‘Marina’: “Marina Strawberry Tree”. Evergreen tree to 40′, usually less. Hybrid of uncertain parentage. Resembles A. unedo, but has larger leaves, rosy pink flowers in the fall. Good garden substitute for madrone. Zones 8,9,14-24.

unedo ‘Compacta’: “Dwarf Strawberry Tree”. Evergreen. Deep glossy green foliage. White flowers in fall-late winter are followed by showy, strawberry-like fruit. 6-10’tall & 5-10’wide. Sun-partial shade. Drought tolerant. Attracts birds & butterflies. Zone 8.

ARCTOSTAPHYLLOS

densiflorus ‘Howard McMinn’: “Howard McMinn Manzanita”. One of the most popular of the Manzanitas, for several good reasons. It is rounded in form & profusely branched, growing 7-10’tall & wide. It has shiny green leaves & abundant light pink flowers. It responds exceptionally well to pruning – even shearing, & tolerates a far greater range of soils & watering regimes than most manzanitas. Full sun. Zones 8-10.

‘Emerald Carpet’: “Emerald Carpet Manzanita”. This fine introduction by the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden has already surpassed some old standard uva-ursi cultivars in popularity. It forms a dense mat of narrow, shining, emerald green leaves. Decorated by white flowers in winter-spring & followed by red fruit. It requires moderate watering in hot summer areas. 8-14″tall & 3-5’wide. Full sun. Zones 8-10.

‘Pacific Mist’: Evergreen groundcover shrub. Fast growing  to 2-3′ tall & 6-12′ wide. Grey-green foliage on twisting branches. Reddish brown bark. Small white flowers in winter. Full sun-partial shade. Low water needs. Attracts birds & butterflies. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant. Zones 7-10.

ARCTOTIS

‘Opera Fire’: Bright red-orange & yellow, daisy-like blooms are held above a compact rosette of silvery green foliage in spring-summer. 6-8″ tall & 12-16″ wide. Full sun. Early-flowering, tough annuals are ideal for the landscape and small containers. Heat tolerant. Drought tolerant. Attracts butterflies & birds. Zone 3-10.

‘Opera Rose’: Rose pink, daisy-like blooms are held above a compact rosette of silvery green foliage in spring-summer. 6-8″ tall & 12-16″ wide. Full sun. Early-flowering, tough annuals are ideal for the landscape and small containers. Heat tolerant. Drought tolerant. Attracts butterflies & birds. Zone 3-10.

x. hybrida ‘Bumble Bee’™ PP#19,170: “African Daisy”. A compact grower with silver foliage. Bright yellow, daisy flowers in spring-summer. 8-10″tall & 12-16″wide. Sun-partial shade. Attracts butterflies. Zones 9a-11b.

x. hybrida ‘Cherry Frost’™: “African Daisy”. A compact grower with silver foliage. Deep red, daisy flowers in spring-summer. 8-10″tall & 12-16″wide. Sun-partial shade. Attracts butterflies. Zones 9a-11b.

x. hybrida ‘Pink Sugar’™: “African Daisy”. A compact grower with silver foliage. Pink, daisy flowers with an orange & yellow eye in spring-summer. 10-14″tall & 12-16″wide. Sun-partial shade. Drought tolerant. Zones 9a-11b.

x. hybrida ‘Pumpkin Pie’™ PP#14,732: “African Daisy”. A compact grower with silver foliage. Dark orange, daisy flowers in spring-summer. 10-14″tall & 12-16″wide. Sun-partial shade. Drought tolerant. Zones 9a-11b.

ARDISIA

japonica ‘Treasure Crown™’: (Ardisia japonica ‘sPg-3-011’). “Treasure Crown™ Ardisia”. An evergreen groundcover with burgundy new growth that matures to a gold with green margins. Slow growing to 12-18″tall & 30-36″wide. Shade. Provides year-round interest in beds, containers, & borders. Zone 7. A Garden Debut® Plant.

ARMERIA

alliacea: “Thrift”. Clumps 2-6″ high & 20″ wide produce 8-16 blossom stalks with bright pink flowers. Blooms spring to early summer. Full sun. Zones 1-9,14-24.

maritima ‘Splendens’: “Common Thrift”. Hot pink blossoms give some color year round in mild climates. Blooms April-July. Grows in compact tufts with grass-like green foliage. Excellent choice for rock gardens or seaside conditions. Evergreen foliage. Height 6-10″. Zone 3.

ARTEMISIA

schmidtiana ‘Silver Mound’: ” Silver Mound Artemisia”. Soft, feathery, aromatic, silver foliage forms a cushion-like mound. Fast growing to 6-12″tall & 12-18″wide. Full sun. Non-invasive. Zones 3-9.

ASCLEPIAS

curassavica ‘Silky Deep Red’: “Red Butterfly Weed, Scarlet Milkweed, Bloodflower”.  Rich red flowers with a golden yellow center in summer. 3-4′ tall & 2-3′ wide. Full sun, but is shade tolerant. Be wary of the milky sap, which can cause irritation and injury to eyes and is poisonous if ingested. Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees are attracted to the flowers. Monarch butterflies lay eggs on this plant and the resulting larvae (caterpillars) use the plant leaves as a food source. Deer resistant.  Zones 8-11.

AZALEA

ReBLOOM™ ‘Blush Elegance PP#24,467: (Rhododendron x ‘RLH1-12PO). “Blush Elegance™ ReBLOOM™ Azalea”. An evergreen, reblooming Azalea produces masses of large, single, light pink flowers in spring. It sporadically blooms in summer & reblooms with masses of flowers in late summer-fall. Dark green foliage.  1½-2’tall & 2½-3’wide. Partial shade-shade. Heat tolerant. Zone 6. A Garden Debut® Plant.

ReBLOOM™ ‘Cherry Pink Prestige™ PPAF: (Rhododendron x ‘RLH1-5P1’). “Cherry Pink Prestige™ ReBLOOM™ Azalea”. An evergreen, reblooming Azalea produces masses of semi-double, cherry pink flowers in spring. It sporadically blooms in summer & reblooms with masses of flowers in late summer-fall. Dark green foliage.  1-1½’tall & 2-2½’wide. Partial shade-shade. Heat tolerant. Zone 6. A Garden Debut® Plant.

ReBLOOM™ ‘Coral Amazement™ PP#24,495: (Rhododendron x ‘RLH1-6P4’). “Coral Amazement™ ReBLOOM™ Azalea”. An evergreen, reblooming Azalea produces masses of triple-petaled, coral flowers in spring. It sporadically blooms in summer & reblooms with masses of flowers in late summer-fall. Dark green foliage.  2-2½’tall & 2½-3’wide. Partial shade-shade. Heat tolerant. Zone 6. A Garden Debut® Plant.

ReBLOOM™ ‘Firebrick Fame™’ PP#24,494: (Rhododendron x ‘RLH1-8P1’). “Firebrick Fame™ ReBLOOM™ Azalea”. An evergreen, reblooming Azalea produces masses of large, single, orange-red flowers in spring. It sporadically blooms in summer & reblooms with masses of flowers in late summer-fall. Dark green foliage.  2-3’tall & 2½-3’wide. Partial shade-shade. Heat tolerant. Zone 6. A Garden Debut® Plant.

ReBLOOM™ Pink Adoration™ PP#24,752: (Rhododendron x ‘RLH1-7P14’). “Pink Adoration™ ReBLOOM™ Azalea”. An evergreen, reblooming Azalea produces masses of large, single, pink flowers in spring. It sporadically blooms in summer & reblooms with masses of flowers in late summer-fall. Dark green foliage.  1½-2’tall & 2-2½’wide. Partial shade-shade. Heat tolerant. Zone 6. A Garden Debut® Plant.

ReBLOOM™ ‘Purple Spectacular™ PP#24,781: (Rhododendron x ‘RLH1-13P11’). “Purple Spectacular™ ReBLOOM™ Azalea”. An evergreen, reblooming Azalea produces masses of single, purple flowers in spring. It sporadically blooms in summer & reblooms with masses of flowers in late summer-fall. Dark green foliage.  1½-2’tall & 2½-3’wide. Partial shade-shade. Heat tolerant. Zone 6. A Garden Debut® Plant.

ReBLOOM™ Red Magnificence PP#24,467: (Rhododendron x ‘RLH1-10P18’). “Red Magnificence™ ReBLOOM™ Azalea”. An evergreen, reblooming Azalea produces masses of double, red flowers in spring. It sporadically blooms in summer & reblooms with masses of flowers in late summer-fall. Dark green foliage. 1½ -2’tall & 2½-3’wide. Partial shade-shade. Heat tolerant. Zone 6. A Garden Debut® Plant.

ReBLOOM™ ‘White Nobility’™ PP#24,750: (Rhododendron x ‘RLH1-15P3’). “White Nobility™ ReBLOOM™  Azalea”. An evergreen, reblooming Azalea produces masses of large, single, white flowers in spring. It sporadically blooms in summer & reblooms with masses of flowers in late summer-fall. Dark green foliage.  2½-3’tall & 3-4’wide.  Partial shade-shade. Heat tolerant. Zone 6. A Garden Debut® Plant.

rutherfordiana ‘Alaska’: “Alaska Azalea”. Evergreen. Single to semi-double, snow-white blooms with distinctive chartreuse blotch on throat in late winter-early spring. Partial shade. Sun tolerant. Mid-season to late. Plants can reach 3-5′ tall, 4-6′ wide. Zones 9-11.

southern indica ‘Brilliant’: “Brilliant Azalea”. Sun grown azalea when given proper growing conditions produce a mass of early spring color that brightens any planting. They grow well where they receive full sun-partial shade, but should not be planted where they will get reflected heat. Excellent foliage backs the blooms. Evergreen. Single, watermelon red flowers in early spring. One of the most reliable azaleas for the southern U.S. Moderate grower to 6-8′ tall & wide. Midseason to late. Zones 8-9.

southern indica ‘Duc de Rohan’: “Duc de Rohan Azalea”. Sun grown azalea when given proper growing conditions produce a mass of early spring color that brightens any planting. They grow well where they receive full sun-partial shade, but should not be planted where they will get reflected heat. Excellent foliage backs the blooms. Evergreen. Single, salmon pink flowers in winter-mid-spring. Slow grower to 2-3’tall & wide. Early to midseason. Zones 8-9.

southern indica ‘Fielder’s White’: “Fielder’s White Azalea”. Sun grown azalea when given proper growing conditions produce a mass of early spring color that brightens any planting. They grow well where they receive full sun-partial shade, but should not be planted where they will get reflected heat. Excellent foliage backs the blooms. Evergreen. Frosty white flowers in spring. Mid season. 4-6’tall & wide. Zones 8-9.

southern indica ‘Phoenicia’: “Phoenicia Azalea”. Sun grown azalea when given proper growing conditions produce a mass of early spring color that brightens any planting. They grow well where they receive full sun-partial shade, but should not be planted where they will get reflected heat. Excellent foliage backs the blooms. Evergreen. Brilliant, single lavender blooms are displayed against excellent dark green foliage in spring. Moderate grower to 6-8′ tall & wide. Midseason. Zones 8-9.

southern indica ‘Pride of Dorking’: “Pride Of Dorking Azalea”. Sun grown azalea when given proper growing conditions produce a mass of early spring color that brightens any planting. They grow well where they receive full sun-partial shade, but should not be planted where they will get reflected heat. Excellent foliage backs the blooms. Evergreen. Brilliant red flowers in spring. 3-5’tall & wide. Zones 8-9.

southern indica ‘Southern Charm’: “Southern Charm Azalea”. Sun grown azalea when given proper growing conditions produce a mass of early spring color that brightens any planting. They grow well where they receive full sun-partial shade, but should not be planted where they will get reflected heat. Excellent foliage backs the blooms. Evergreen. Masses of large, showy single blooms of deep rose in spring. Moderate grower to 6-8′ tall & wide. Midseason. Zones 8-9.

southern indica ‘White April’: “White April Azalea”. Sun grown azalea when given proper growing conditions produce a mass of early spring color that brightens any planting. They grow well where they receive full sun-partial shade, but should not be planted where they will get reflected heat. Excellent foliage backs the blooms. Evergreen. Pure white flowers in spring. Mid-late season. 6-8’tall & wide. Zones 8-9.

BACCHARIS

pilularis ‘Twin Peaks’: “Dwarf Coyote Brush”. An evergreen groundcover/shrub. Discovered in the Twin Peaks area of San Francisco. Small, dark green, toothed leaves are set closely on the branches. 8-24″tall & 5-10’wide. Sun-partial shade. Inconspicuous flowers.  Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Zones 7-11.

BEGONIA

x. benariensis ‘Whopper’ Series: Big, vigorous plants with an excellent heat tolerance. Fills out containers and beds equally well. 2-3’tall & 1½-2’wide. Partial shade. Both green leaf & bronze leaf varieties. Blooms in summer-fall. Selling ‘Red’ & ‘Rose’ varieties. Hardy to 50ºF.

BELLIUM

minutum: “Miniature Mat Daisy”. A vigorous groundcover with tiny, light green, spoon-shaped foliage. Little, white daisy-type flowers in late spring-summer. 2″tall & 15″wide. Part shade-shade. Works well between pavers or flagstone & will take some foot traffic. Zones 5-9.

BERBERIS

thunbergii atropurpurea ‘Crimson Pygmy’: “Crimson Pygmy Dwarf Japanese Barberry”. A dwarf, densely branched form displaying deep crimson colored foliage all season long, best in full sun. Excellent for borders or small hedges. Deciduous. Full sun. A slow grower to 2′ tall, 3′ wide. Zones 4-8.

thunbergii ‘Orange Rocket’: “Orange Rocket Japanese Barberry”. Upright, columnar habit covers the landscape with colorful, rusty orange foliage. Plants have passed the USDA Cereal Rust Disease Trials in MN. This variety has been added to the Federal Register as an approved cultivar. Works well in the landscape in a mass planting, as a specimen plant, or in a container. 51″ height x 16″ wide. Full sun-part shade. Zone 5.

thunbergii ‘Rose Glow’: “Rose Glow Japanese Barberry”. Graceful branching makes a wonderful hedge, barrier planting or single accent. Deep rose-red glow over mottled white & green foliage in spring. Bright red berries in fall & winter. Deciduous. Full sun. Slow grower to 5′ tall,4′ wide. Zones 4-8.

BERGENIA

cordifolia: “Heartleaf Bergenia, Saxifraga”. Excellent evergreen perennial displays large heart-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves in bold rosettes. Stalks of pink flowers are lovely spring accents. Effective in shaded foreground plantings & borders. Partial shade. Foliage to 12″ high, clumps to 24″ wide. Flower stalks to 12-15″ tall. Zones 4-8.

BETULA

jacquemontii: “Whitebarked Himalayan Birch”. Exhibits the brightest white bark of any tree for a truly distinctive & exciting show. Graceful, open-branched pyramidal form. A wonderful large yard tree with terrific yellow fall coloring. Deciduous. Full sun. Fast grower to 35-40′ tall, 18-20′ wide; larger with age. Zones 4-7.

nigra ‘Dura Heat’: “Dura Heat River Birch”. Heat resistant, glossy, deep green foliage gives this cultivar a fresh look through the heat of the summer, even in the Southern U.S. It branches freely, giving it better density & a more compact appearance than the species. Attractive exfoliating bark is a medley of cream & tan colors. Height to 40′; spread to 30′. Broadly pyramidal shape. Yellow fall color. Reported to have good resistance to bronze birch bore. Zone 5.

BIDENS

ferulifolia ‘Goldilocks Rocks’™ PPAF: Bright gold flowers from spring to fall. Vigorous. Heat & drought tolerant. Self-cleaning, no deadheading necessary. Full sun. Height 12-14″; spread 10-14″. Use in hanging baskets, window baskets, & landscaping. Hardy to 30ºF. Zones 9-11.

ferulifolia ‘Hawaiian Flare™ Orange Drop Improved’: Yellow orange & orange-red bicolor flowers in summer-fall. Upright, trailing habit. 12-18″ tall & 24-36″ wide. Full sun. Use in baskets, rock gardens, or as a garden accent. Zones 9-11.

ferulifolia ‘Hawaiian Flare™ Radiant Sunset’: Orange flowers with a red & yellow ring in spring-frost. Upright, trailing habit. 12-18″ tall & 24-36″ wide. Full sun. Use in baskets, rock gardens, or as a garden accent. Zones 9-11.

ferulifolia ‘Hawaiian Flare™ Red Drop’: Red & orange-red bicolor flowers in summer fall. Upright , trailing habit. 12-18″ tall & 24-36″ wide. Full sun. Use in baskets, rock gardens, or as a garden accent. Zones 9-11.

ferulifolia ‘Marietta® Gold Spark®’ P.P. 16,863: ‘Marietta Gold Spark’ brings masses of single, brilliant yellow flowers in spring-fall. 14-18″ tall & 24-30″ wide. Full sun. Heat loving. Everblooming. Attracts butterflies. Zones 9-11.

ferulifolia ‘Peter’s Gold Carpet’: Larger, brighter yellow flowers & tighter internodes (more compact) than ‘Goldie’ or ‘Goldmarie’. 10-15″tall & 18-24″wide. Trailing habit. Full sun. Heat & drought tolerant. Fragrant. Zones 9-11.

ferulifolia ‘Sun Drop’ PP# 25,668: An early-flowering, compact variety that forms a tiny mound in the garden. Large, bright golden yellow flowers in spring-fall. 10-12″tall & 16-18″wide. Full sun. Ideal for tight spaces. Zones 9-11.

hybrid ‘Majesty’ PPAF: Bright golden yellow flowers in late spring-summer. 8-12″tall & wide. Full sun. Drought tolerant. Great in landscape & containers. Zones 9-11.

x. hybrida ‘Cupcake™ Strawberry’: Elegant bicolor flowers in cheery pink & pure white tones in summer-fall. Tiny, rounded, compact habit to 10″ tall & 14″ wide. Sun-partial shade. Nectar rich blooms are beneficial to pollinating insects. Zones 9-11.

BRACHYCOME

hybrida ‘Radiant Magenta’ PP#22,686: “Radiant Magenta Swan River Daisy”. Bright magenta, daisy flowers with a yellow center in spring-fall. Dark green foliage to 5-7″tall & 6-8″wide. Full sun. Hardy to 33ºF.

hybrid ‘Toucan Tango’: “Toucan Tango Swan River Daisy”. This brilliant, deep lavender daisy will keep home gardeners in the pink all the way through the hottest summer months because it never stops flowering. Formerly known as Ultra’. Easier to grow & more attractive than the already popular ‘Hawkesbury River Daisy’. Its greatest asset is its compact growth habit. Its foliage stays very tight, even in warm night conditions. This tends to extend shelf life. The flowers are larger, deeper blue, & more numerous than the standard Brachycome. 8-12″tall & wide. Sun-partial shade. Zones 9-11.

BUDDLEIA

davidii ‘Funky Fuchsia’ PP# 26,278: (Buddleia davidii ‘PIIBD-II’). “Funky Fuchsia Butterfly Bush”. With a rounded to upright, tidy habit, Funky Fuchsia boasts dark green foliage and rich reddish-pink flowers that are fragrant, upright and non-sterile. This Butterfly Bush blooms into fall if deadheaded and is easily rejuvenated by pruning back to 12″ tall. Funky Fuchsia is crown hardy in zone 5 and will flush from the base in spring. Full sun. 6-8’tall & wide. Zones 5-9. A First Editions® Plant.

davidii ‘Psychedelic Sky’ PP#26,306: (Buddleia davidii ‘PIIBD-III’). “Psychedelic Sky Butterfly Bush”. Fragrant, clear blue flowers on upright stems average 6-8″ long on the Psychedelic Sky Butterfly Bush. It has a rounded to upright, tidy habit, and flowering continues into fall if deadheaded. It is easily rejuvenated by pruning back to 12″ tall. Flowers are not sterile. Psychedelic Sky is crown hardy in zone 5 and will flush from the base in spring. Full sun. 4-6’tall & 4-5’wide. Zones 5-9. A First Editions® Plant.

x. ‘Asian Moon’: “Asian Moon Butterfly Bush”. Fragrant, light purple flowers bloom from summer until frost.  The seeds of these flowers are sterile and this results in more flowers. Will reach 5-7′ tall and wide at maturity. Full sun. Deer & rabbit resistant. Zone 5. A Garden Debut® Plant.

x. ‘Blue Heaven’ PP# 22,069: (Buddleia x. ‘Podaras #8). “Blue Heaven Butterfly Bush”. Continuous masses of blue flowers from summer to frost.  Silvery gray leaves on a compact plant that will reach 2-2.5′ tall and 2-3’ wide. Full sun. Deer & rabbit resistant. Drought tolerant. Zone 5. A Garden Debut® Plant.

x. ‘Tutti Fruitti’ PP# 22,177: (Buddleia x. ‘Podaras #13). “Tutti Fruitti Butterfly Bush”. Featuring bright fuchsia-pink blooms from early summer to frost, and scented foliage, this plant is great for use in smaller areas of the garden. Will reach 2-3’ tall and wide. Full sun. Deer & rabbit resistant. Drought tolerant. Zone 5. A Garden Debut® Plant.

BULBINE

frutescens ‘Hallmark’: “Orange Stalked Bulbine, Hallmark Cape Balsam”. An evergreen,  succulent groundcover with gray green foliage. 1-2’tall & 3-4’wide, spreading by rhizomes. Full sun-partial shade. Star-like, orange flowers with yellow stamens in spring-summer. Attracts hummingbirds. Deer resistant. Waterwise.  It is sometimes commonly called Jelly Burn Plant as it contain glycoproteins, similar to many aloe species, and is touted for similar healing properties as Aloe vera to ease burns, rashes and itches. Zones 8-11.

BUXUS

microphylla ‘Golden Dream’: “Golden Dream Boxwood”. The beautiful golden edged leaves of this Boxwood truly live up to its name. ‘Golden Dream’ is a compact, evergreen shrub that grows nearly 2′ tall & will take on a more or less naturally rounded shape. The leaves are bright green, decoratively bordered with gold. This fully hardy plant prefers fertile, well-drained but somewhat damp soil. The plant is wonderful in a patio or balcony container & is attractive on its own in a border or in small groups. Its compact proportions also make it very suitable for planting in perennial gardens or mixed containers. Full sun. Zone unknown, but at least tolerant of 6-9.

microphylla japonica: “Japanese Boxwood”. A small, dense rounded shrub favored for hedges. ½” leaves are fine textured & oblong. Slow growth in warm climates is valuable for low maintenance once mature. Performs in colder regions with increased vigor. Winter cold may cause a slight bronze cast to leaves. Suited to low to medium height sheared hedges & topiary forms. Does equally as well unclipped for a more naturalistic barrier. Evergreen. Full or partial shade. Slow to moderate growth 4-6′ tall & as wide. Zone 6.

microphylla var. japonica ‘Baby Gem’ PP#21,159: (Buxus microphylla var. japonica ‘Gregem’). “Baby Gem Boxwood”. A great, compact, evergreen Boxwood reaching 4′ tall and 4-5′ wide is excellent for borders and focal areas. The dense mass of dark-green leaves holds its color throughout the year. Partial shade. Drought & heat tolerant. Deer resistant. Zone 5. A Garden Debut® Plant & A Sunset Western Garden Collection Plant.

microphylla japonica ‘Green Beauty’: “Green Beauty Boxwood”. Excellent compact evergreen shrub for small hedges. Retains its dark green foliage in the coldest winters & hottest summers. Full to partial sun. Moderate grower to 4-6′ tall & wide, when unpruned. Zones 5-9.

microphylla japonica ‘Winter Gem’: “Winter Gem Boxwood”. Excellent densely branched evergreen shrub for small hedges. Among the hardiest of boxwoods, retains it’s dark green velvety foliage color in winter. Full sun to partial shade. Moderate grower to 4-6′ tall & wide. Zones 5-9.

sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’: “Dwarf English Boxwood”. Evergreen. Compact, slow growing, rounded shrub ideal for hedges, topiary, & containers. Sun-partial shade. 3-5’tall & wide, but can be kept smaller with pruning. Deer resistant. Zones 5-8.

x. ‘Green Mountain’: “Green Mountain Boxwood”. Vigorous growing boxwood when young. Dense, upright form with bright green leaves that retain their color through winter. Natural cone-shaped form if left unsheared, excellent hedge. Evergreen. Full sun-partial shade. Moderate grower to 5′ tall & 3′ wide. Zones 4-9.

CAESALPINIA

pulcherrima: “Red Bird Of Paradise, Pride Of Barbados, Peacock Flower”. Evergreen. Can be grown as a shrub or small tree. Fast growing to 10-20’tall & 6-12’wide. Bright orange-yellow flowers with red stamens in spring-fall are followed by seed pods. Full sun. Drought tolerant. Zones 9-11.

CALANDRINIA

grandiflorus: “Rock Purslane”. Bright purple flowers with golden stamens on succulent, grey-green foliage in summer. Sun-partial shade. 12-18″ tall & 4′ wide. Low water. Drought tolerant. Zones 9-11.

CALIBRACHOA

Cabaret®’ Series: The most uniform Calibrachoa series on the market. Plants are well-branched, mounded, & trailing with full centers & abundant blooms. Free-flowering & early blooming Cabaret® tolerates cool temperatures. Dark green foliage. Height 6-10″; spread 10-12″. Full sun. Zones 9-11.
        ‘Bright Red’: Fire engine red flowers.
        ‘Deep Blue’: Dark violet blue flowers.
        ‘Deep Yellow’: Dark yellow flowers.
        ‘Hot Pink’: Dark pink flowers.
        ‘Lavender’: Lavender purple flowers.
        ‘Lemon Yellow’: Lemon Yellow flowers.
        ‘Orange’: Bright orange flowers.
        ‘Pink Star’: Bright pink flowers with a yellow star.
        ‘Purple Improved’: Violet purple flowers.
         ‘Rose’: Rose pink flowers.
         ‘Scarlet’: Scarlet red flowers.
         ‘Sky Blue’: Light blue flowers.
         ‘White’: White flowers.

Conga™’ Series: A well-branched & trailing plant with an abundance of blooms in spring-fall. 6-10″tall & 10-12″wide. Full sun. They are self-cleaning, so they stay neat & tidy all season long. Hardy to 0ºF.
         ‘Coral Kiss’: Coral flowers with a orange-red center.
         ‘Pink Kiss’: Pink flowers with a magenta center.
         ‘Rose Kiss’: Rose pink flowers with a red center.
         ‘Strawberry Burst’: Strawberry red flowers with a cream center.
         ‘Sun Kiss’: Yellow flowers with an orange-red center.
         ‘White’: White flowers with a yellow center.
         ‘Yellow’: Bright yellow flowers.

‘Superbells’ Series: With their unique colors & outstanding performance, ‘Superbells’ add a new dimension to the fall garden. Semi-upright & very heat tolerant. Particularly lovely in color combos, window boxes, hanging baskets, & pedestal containers. The red is really red & truly outstanding. Hummingbirds & butterflies find it irresistible. Sun – partial shade. Height 6-10″. Zones 9-11.
         ‘Cherry Star’: Cherry red flowers with a yellow star on mounding foliage.
         ‘Coralberry Punch’: Peachy pink flowers with a red eye.
         ‘Evening Star’: Amethyst purple flowers with a royal purple throat & yellow star center.
         ‘Grape Punch’: Purple flowers with a deep velvet purple ring around a yellow eye.
         ‘Holy Moly’: Mottled yellow & cherry -red star bicolor flowers.
         ‘Lemon Slice’: Bright yellow & white pinwheel patterned flowers.
         ‘Pomegranate Punch’: Velvet red flowers with a black eye.
         ‘Red’: A true red flower. Attracts hummingbirds.
         ‘Spicy’: Yellow to Orange flowers with red veins.
         ‘Yellow Chiffon’: Soft, creamy yellow flowers.

CALLICARPA

d. ‘Wine Spritzer™’: (Callicarpa dichotoma ‘sPg-3-013′). “Wine Spritzer™ Beautyberry”. Striking green and white leaves are highlighted by red stems. Lavender flowers in summer are followed by bright purple berries in the fall. Moderate to fast grower that matures at 6′ tall and 4-6’ feet wide. A perfect accent plant. Partial shade. Deer & rabbit resistant. Zone 5. A Garden Debut® Plant.

CALLISTEMON

citrinus ‘Little John’: “Dwarf Bottlebrush”. Small, 1½-2″ blood red blooms cover the top of this colorful grower for an extended season. Dense branches are covered with blue-green leaves. Versatile, dwarf size is perfect for today’s smaller gardens. Evergreen. Full sun. Slow grower to only 3′ tall & 5′ wide. Zones 8-11.

viminalis ‘Red Cascade’: “Red Cascade Bottlebrush”. Evergreen. Pendulous branching. Fast growing to 15-35’tall & 12-20’wide. Large, abundant, bright scarlet, bottlebrush-like blooms in spring-summer. Full sun. Attracts hummingbirds. Deer resistant. Zones 8-11.

CAMELLIA

sasanqua: These graceful evergreen shrubs clothe themselves with hundreds of blossoms set against a lavish background of dark green leaves. Their ability to flourish in full sun or shade allows for greater freedom of use in the landscape as an untrimmed low hedge or high screen, espalier, borders, or groundcovers. Upright growers can reach 10′ high & wide, low spreaders at 4-5′ high & wider; those with weeping habit at 2-3′ high & wider. These sizes are approximate to suit local conditions & care. Zones 7-10.
        ‘Yuletide’: Single, brilliant, fiery red blooms centered with bright yellow stamens. Upright. Late season.

CAMPANULA

portenschlagiana: (muralis) “Dalmatian Bellflower”. Perennial. Low, leafy, mounding mats. Roundish, heart-shaped, deep green leaves with deeply toothed, slightly wavy edges. Flaring bell-shaped, violet blue flowers to 1″ long; 2 or 3 on each semi-erect stem. Blooms May – August. Fine plant for edging or as small scale groundcover. In warm regions best in partial shade. Spreads moderately fast, is sturdy, permanent, & not invasive. Easily increased by division. 4-7″ tall & 1-2’wide. Hardy to 0-10ºF. Zones 4-8.

CARYOPTERIS

‘Sapphire Surf’: (Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Blauer Splatz’). This compact, low-maintenance shrub produces a swell of stunning deep blue  flowers from top to bottom in late summer and fall when few other plants are blooming. Deer and drought resistant. Use it in mass, in a perennial border or as an accent plant. 2- tall & 3′ wide. Full sun. Zones 5-9. A First Editions® Plant.

CEANOTHUS

‘Concha’: “Concha Wild Lilac”. Densely clad foliage in dark green, 1″ leaves. Dark blue, 1″ flower clusters. One of the best for gardens. Tolerates summer water. Hardy to 15°F/-9°C 6-7′ tall, 6-8′ wide. Zones 6-9,14-24.

Dark Star’: “Dark Star Wild Lilac”. Evergreen shrub. Full sun. Height 5-6′ tall, 8-10′ wide. Tiny, ¼”, dark green leaves with dark cobalt blue 1½” flower clusters in spring. Similar to ‘Julia Phelps’, maybe better. Deer proof. Zones 8-10.

griseus horizontalis: “Carmel Creeper California Lilac”. One of the most popular Ceanothus on the west coast. Excellent as a large scale groundcover or bank planting. Glossy, bright green leaves back light blue 1″ flower clusters in spring. Evergreen. Full sun. Moderate growing to 18-30″ tall, spreading 5-15′. Zones 9-11.

griseus horizontalis ‘Yankee Point’: “Yankee Point Carmel Creeper”. One of the best groundcover types. Looks refined. Glossy, dark green, 1½” leaves. Medium blue 1″ flower clusters. Height 2-3′ tall, 8-10′ wide. Full sun. Zones 8-10.

maritimus ‘Valley Violet’: “Valley Violet Maritime Ceanothus”. California native plant. Best small Ceanothus for the Central Valley garden. Clusters of dark violet flowers blooms in spring. Attracts beneficial insects. Full sun-part shade. 2′ tall x 4′ wide . Zones 8-10.

‘Ray Hartman’: “Wild Lilac”. A fast growing, mounding evergreen shrub/small tree growing to 15-20′ tall and about as wide. It has large, rounded smooth dark green leaves & medium blue flower spikes in late winter through early spring. Full sun. Tolerates both well drained sandy soils or heavier clay. Drought tolerant. Needs protection from deer as they like the new growth. Great on the coast but also tolerates inland heat. Hardy to 10ºF but will be severely damaged below 5ºF. Zones 9-11.

thyrsiflorus ‘Cool Blue’ P.P. #24,884: “California Lilac”.  An evergreen form, with small dark green and creamy white variegated foliage, and clusters of soft blue flowers in late spring. Full sun-partial shade. 6-10′ tall & wide. Zones 7-11. A Sunset Western Garden Collection Plant.

thyrsiflorus var. griseus  ‘Diamond Heights’: “Diamond Heights Ceanothus”. Evergreen shrub. Chartreuse and green variegated leaves. Pale blue flowers in spring. 1’tall & 4-5’wide. Partial shade-shade. Low water once established. Water wise. Zones 9-10. A Sunset Western Garden Collection Plant.

CEDRUS

atlantica ‘Glauca’: “Blue Atlas Cedar”. Bold, pyramidal form with sparkling silvery-blue foliage. One of the most popular evergreen conifers. A spectacular specimen for large landscape areas. Full sun. Slow grower to 40-50′ tall, 20-25′ wide. Larger with age. Zones 6-9.

atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’: “Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar”. A dramatic, drooping form makes this evergreen plant a special addition to any landscape. Use as a large specimen or accent. Pendant branchlets display icy-blue needles. Full sun. Slow grower with spreading branches 15-20′ wide. Zones 6-9.

deodara ‘Pendula’: “Weeping Deodar Cedar”. Attractive silvery gray-green foliage grows flat on ground or will drape attractively over rocks or wall. Evergreen. Full sun. Zones 7-9.

CERASTIUM

tomentosum: “Snow In Summer”. A multitude of small white flowers decorate silvery gray foliage. Blooms May – June. Height 6″. Zone 3.

CERATOSTIGMA

plumbaginoides: “Leadwort”. Highly dependable, easy to grow, & very decorative. It sports attractive foliage that changes from green to bright red during cool temperatures. Prolific, true blue flowers appear in early July & continue for many weeks. Adds color & beauty to any container, landscape, or fall-themed planting. Sun – shade. Height to 6″. Zones 6-11.

CERCIS

canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’: “Forest Pansy Redbud”. Beautiful landscape tree valued for its brilliant scarlet-purple colored new foliage, maturing to maroon. Rosy-pink flowers on bare branches bridge the gap between winter & spring. Deciduous. Full sun. Moderate grower to 20′ tall, 25′ wide. Zones 5-9.

occidentalis: “Western Redbud”. A deciduous, California native plant. This plant provides all-year interest. Magenta flowers bloom in the spring before blue-green, heart-shaped leaves appear. Attractive reddish seed pods adorn the branches in summer & are held thru winter. Very drought tolerant. Height to 10-18′ tall & wide. Full sun-partial shade. Zones 6-9.

reniformis ‘Oklahoma: “Oklahoma Redbud”. Beautiful garden tree valued for its timing; petite purple-red flowers on bare branches bridge the gap between winter & spring. New foliage has soft pink tint, maturing to lustrous rich green. Deciduous. Full sun. Moderate grower to 15′ tall & wide. May develop multiple trunks. Zones 6-9.

CHAENOMELES

japonica ‘Texas Scarlet’: “Flowering Quince”. A dense, broad-rounded, deciduous shrub. Bright red flowers are produced in early spring before the foliage emerges. Full sun. 3-4’tall & 4-5’wide. Greenish-yellow fruit follows the flowers and mature in fall. Quinces are edible, but are usually considered too bitter to be eaten directly from the shrub. Quinces are sometimes used in preserves and jellies. Attracts birds. Zones  5-9.

CHOISYA

‘Aztec Pearl’: “Mexican Mock Orange”. Evergreen shrub. Pink buds open to fragrant, white flowers, similar to citrus blossoms, in spring & summer.  4-6’tall & wide. Full sun. Deer resistant. Zones 8-9.

ternata: “Mexican Orange Blossom”. Evergreen shrub with a mounded form to 6-8’tall & wide. Rich green foliage is held at the end of the branches in fans of 3 leaflets. Clusters of fragrant, white flowers in spring & summer. Full sun-partial shade. Attracts birds & butterflies. Deer resistant. Zones 7-9.

ternate ‘Goldfingers’: Evergreen shrub. Narrow, bright yellow foliage, with sweet smelling orange blossom white flowers in  spring & fall. Sun-partial shade. 3-6′ tall & 4-5′ wide. Zones 8-10.

CISTUS

corbariensis ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ PP#22,364: “Little Miss Sunshine Rock Rose”. Evergreen shrub with butter yellow and green variegated foliage. Pure white flowers in spring.  12″tall & 18-24″wide. Full sun. Attracts butterflies. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant. Zones 8-10. A Sunset Western Garden Collection Plant.

‘McGuire’s Gold’ PPAF: “McGuire’s Gold Rock Rose”. Cistus ‘McGuire’s Gold’ is the first all gold leaf cistus hybridus. The evergreen has a low-mounding habit and is perfect for creating contrast or can be used as an accent in a sun garden. 18″tall & 30″wide. , with 18″high, white  flowers that bloom in May and June. Full sun. ‘McGuire’s Gold’ is deer-resistant and drought-tolerant. Attracts butterflies. Zones 7-10.

‘Mickie’ PP# 23,024: “Mickie Rock Rose”. Brilliant gold leaves with a splash of green in the center. The evergreen has a low-mounding habit and is perfect for creating contrast or can be used as an accent in a sun garden. 18″tall & 30″wide. , with 18″high, white  flowers that bloom in May and June. Full sun. ‘Mickie’ is deer-resistant and drought-tolerant. Attracts butterflies. Zones 7-10.

purpureus:”Orchid Rock Rose”. Evergreen shrub. This compact grower has dark green leaves with hairy, gray undersides. 4’tall & 4-6’wide. Reddish purple flowers with maroon spots in late spring-summer. Full sun. Attracts butterflies. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant. Zones 8-11.

CLEMATIS

armandii ‘Snowdrift’: “Snowdrift Evergreen Clematis”. A vigorous climber with evergreen, dark glossy foliage. Fragrant, pure white, 3″ flowers in early to late spring. Sun-partial shade. Length 15-20′. Zones 7-11.

‘Ascotiensis’: Very large, deep blue flowering clematis. Blooms June & August. Zone 4.

‘Bees Jubilee’: Large, deep pink with rose bar flowers. Light brown anthers. Free flowering plant. Lower growing, compact shrub. Should face north, east, or west. Blooms May, June, & August. Zone 4.

cl. ‘Bonanza’™ Evipo031(N): An Evison/Poulson cultivar& introduced at Chelsea in 2006. Very free flowering mauve/blue flowers with pale yellow anthers. Blooms mid-summer to early autumn. Zones 4-9. Part of the Festoon™ Evison™/Poulson® Collection

‘Comtesse de Bouchard’: Velvet rose-pink, large flowers with yellow anthers. Very profuse bloomer. Best selling pink Clematis. Full sun-partial shade. Moderate growing to 6-10′ long. Zones 4-9.

‘Duchess of Edinburgh’: Rosette shaped, double white flowers with yellow anthers. Blooms May, June, & September. Zones 4-10.

‘Elsa Spath’: Large, mid-blue flowers with red anthers. Strong free flowering plant. Blooms May – September. Zones 4-9.

‘General Sikorski’: Large, dark lavender flowers with a tint of red in June & September. Zones 4-9.

‘Gillian Blades’: Large, white flowers with ruffled edges in May, June , & September. Zones 4-11.

‘Hagley Hybrid’: 4″, rosy-mauve to shell pink flowers with red anthers. Blooms early summer to lat summer. Plant in a shady location as flowers will quickly fade in full sun. Zones 3-9.

‘Jackmanii’: The most profuse blooming dark purple Clematis. June, July, & September blooming. Deciduous. Full sun-partial shade. Fast growing to 18′ long. Zones 4-9.

‘Lady Northcliffe’: Deep royal blue flowers with creamy white anthers. Blooms May-June, August-September. Deciduous. Sun. Zones 5-10.

‘Lincoln Star’: Raspberry-red with light edge petals. Very large pointed flowers with dark red anthers. Blooms May, June, & September. Zones 4-9.

‘Miss Bateman’: Star-shaped, pure white flowers with dark showy stamens. Very free flowering plant. Zones 5-9.

‘Multi-Blue’:Very double, dark blue to purple, 4-5″ flowers. Blooms late spring / early summer & again late summer on to fall, but always double flowers. One of the best double flowering Clematis. Zones 4-9.

‘Nelly Moser’: Produces an amazing display of flowers; pink petals with a dark pink bar in center & reddish- brown stamens. Woody vine with leathery textured, dark green foliage. Deciduous. Full sun-partial shade. Fast growing vine to 15′ long. Zones 4-9.

‘Niobe’: 6″, deep red flowers with yellow anthers. Blooms late spring to early autumn. Flowers become very dark in hot climates. Suitable as a cut flower. Zones 4-9.

‘Pink Champagne’: 5″, deep rosy-pink, very free flowering, compact plant. Also known as ‘Kakio’, from Japan. Blooms May, June, August, & September. It is a real eye catcher. Zones 4-9.

‘Pink Fantasy’: Beautiful, 4-5″ pale pink flower with darker pink bar and very attractive anthers. Blooms late June – September. A good repeat bloomer! Zones 4-8.

‘Rouge Cardinal’: 4″, velvety crimson flowers with brown anthers, fade as the flower ages. Blooms mid-summer to early afternoon. Zone 3-9.

‘Sunset’: Dark velvet red, 5-7″ flowers with purple petal edges. Vigorous growing plant that blooms continuously from May thru September. Zones 4-9.

‘The President’: Large, rich purple flowers. A good, reliable, free flowering plant. Suitable as a cut flower. Attractive seed heads. Blooms May – September. Deciduous. Full sun. Moderate grower to 6-10′ long. Zones 4-9.

‘Warsaw Nike’: A rich, velvet purple variety which produces 5″ wide open flowers in late May through September. Grows to a height of approximately 8-10′. Zones 4-8.

‘Will Goodwin’: True blue flowers with large overlapping sepals & gold stamens. Zones 4-7.

CLIVIA

miniata hybrid: “Kaffir Lily”. Showy perennial displays large, deep green, strap-like leaves & intense orange flower heads on tall stems. An absolutely gorgeous accent, border plant, or container specimen. Evergreen. Prefers dry partial to full shade. Moderate growing to 1½ – 2½’ tall & wide. Zones 9-11.

CLYTOSTOMA

callistegioides: “Lavender Trumpet Vine”. Evergreen vine with rapid-growing woody branches. Glossy dark green leaves are a lovely contrast to the light lavender, trumpet-like flowers, over a long blooming period. Grows in full sun-partial shade. Fast grower to 15-25′ long. Zones 9-11.

COLEONEMA

pulchrum ‘Compacta’: “Dwarf Pink Breath of Heaven”. Evergreen. A compact medium-sized shrub to 2-3’tall by 4-6’wide with aromatic, soft needle-like foliage and small, star-like, light pink flowers spring-fall. Best in full sun-part shade. Attracts birds & butterflies. Drought tolerant once established. Zones 9-11.

pulchrum ‘Sunset Gold’: “Sunset Gold Pink Breath of Heaven”. Evergreen shrub. Pink flowers. Bright yellow new growth, usually hiding the bright green older leaves & stems. Grows 1½’ tall & 4′ wide. Good on banks or hillsides, along paths where you can break off & bruise a twig to enjoy the foliage’s fragrance. Frequently used next to buildings, though a little wispy for such use. Zones 8-11.

COLEUS

‘Colorblaze®’ Series: (Solenostemon scuttellarioides). Adaptable as a houseplant. Annual. Use in beds, borders, & containers. Attracts hummingbirds & is deer resistant. Heat tolerant & low maintenance. Part sun or shade. Annual, except in zones 10-11. Hardy to 35ºF.
         ‘Dipt In Wine’: Smooth, shiny, rounded crimson leaves with lime-green edge. Upright grower to 20-36″.
         ‘Lime Time’ PPAF: Bright chartreuse green foliage. Upright grower to 20-36″tall & 18-30″wide.
         ‘Royal Glissade®’: Jagged moss-green leaves with raspberry venation. Upright grower to 24-36″tall & 12-16″wide.
        ‘Sedona’: Lobed,rounded leaves with a unique rusty orange color with shades of a desert sunset – bronze, orange, purple, rose pink, & maroon. Named after the Sedona Mountains. Upright grower to 24-30″.

hybrids: These new, bigger, sun & heat loving varieties have revolutionized container gardens. Their brilliant colors explode in sunny locations. Excellent mid-height fillers in pots. Coleus do best in temperatures above 45ºF & need protection from the cold. Zones 10-11.
        ‘Big Red Judy’: A large, bold plant with rich red leaves & an upright habit. With a height & width of 3-4′ & a preference for either sun or shade. It’s an excellent choice for just about anywhere.
         ‘Coco-Loco™’: Interestingly shaped leaves splotched & splashed with near black, burgundy, purple & green. Adaptable as a houseplant. Attracts birds & hummingbirds. Deer resistant. Heat tolerant. Sun or shade. Upright habit. Height to 24-30″ tall; spread 24-36″.
         ‘Henna’: Very uniform with serrated foliage in a unique chartreuse to copper color complimented by dark burgundy undersides. Mounded, upright habit. Height 18-24″. Sun or shade exposure. Hardy to 32ºF.
         ‘Red Head’: Perfectly matched to ‘Henna’ for habit, ‘Red Head’ displays bright red leaves that are the truest red color. Well-branched & late to flower. Sun-shade. Height 18-24″;spread to 28″.
         ‘Sultana’: Large, scalloped leaves combine a deep burgundy center with chartreuse netting pattern at the edges. Similar vigor to ‘Henna’, with a beautiful habit. Sun or shade. Height 18-28″.
         ‘Trusty Rusty’: Copper leaves are outlined in golden yellow. Large-leafed, late to flower & more vigorous than ‘Rustic Orange’. Sun-shade. Height 18-24″; spread to 28″.
         ‘Vino’: Deep wine-colored leaves edged in light green. Grows darker in the sun. Upright medium habit. Height 18-30″;spread 24-28″.
         ‘Wasabi’: Durable & rugged for a Coleus. Wasabi’s serrated chartreuse leaves hold their brilliant color without fading or spotting. Looks great with ‘Redhead’. Sun or shade. Height 18-28″.

‘Kong Jr.’ Series: Large, heart shaped leaves in unique color combinations add interest to the garden. Mounded upright habit. 18-24″tall & 20-35″wide. Shade. Heat & shade tolerant. Low maintenance. Hardy to 50ºF.
         ‘Lime Vein’: Lime green foliage with burgundy center & veins.
         ‘Rose’: Lime green foliage with bright pink & burgundy centers.
         ‘Scarlet’: Scarlet red foliage with a light green-lemon yellow edge.

COMBO BASKETS

PROVEN WINNERS

‘Bermuda Skies’: Petunia hybrid ‘Supertunia® Bernuda Beach, Lobelia ‘Laguna® Sky Blue’, & Calibrachoa ‘Superbells® Yellow Chiffon’.
‘Fired Up’: Bidens f. ‘Goldilocks Rocks’, Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Dreamsicle’, & Verbena ‘Tukana Scarlet’
‘Picasso’s Fantasy’: Ipomoea Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Light Green, Lobularia hybrid ‘Snow Princess®’, & Petunia hybrid Supertunia® Pretty Much Picasso
‘Pledge Of Beauty’: Calibrachoa ‘Superbells® Scarlet, Lobelia Lucia® Dark Blue, & Sutera Snowstorm® Giant Snowflake®
‘Summer Punch’: Calibrachoa ‘Superbells® Apricot Punch’, Calibrachoa ‘Superbells® Grape Punch’ & Calibrachoa ‘Superbells® Pomegranate Punch’
‘Velvet Skies’: Lobularia Blushing Princess™, Petunia Supertunia® Mini Silver, & Petunia ‘Supertunia® Royal Velvet’

RED FOX CONFETTI GARDEN

Confetti Garden: Recommendations are mixed varieties of plants matching in color, timing, & vigor. The Calibrachoa display an semi-upright habit, big tropical colors, & large flower heads. The ‘Tiki’ varieties have a dark red center on the flower. The Potunia varieties can tolerate cold temperatures, have an early blooming time, & are not light sensitive. They are a consistently round growing plant that holds true value & does not go bald.
  Aloha Confetti
         ‘Hawaiian Flamingo’: Calibrachoa ‘Aloha Purple’. Calibrachoa ‘Aloha Tiki Hot Pink’ & Calibrachoa ‘Aloha Tiki Soft Pink’.
         ‘Hawaiian Hula Lili’: Calibrachoa  ‘Hula Orange, Calibrachoa ‘Hula Hot Pink’ & Calibrachoa ‘Aloha Kona Pineapple’.
         ‘Hawaiian Luau’: Calibrachoa ‘Aloha Red’ (bright red with a yellow center), Calibrachoa ‘Aloha Tiki Orange (yellow orange with red center), & Calibrachoa ‘Aloha Purple’.
         ‘Hawaiian Mahalo’:  Calibrachoa ‘Aloha Kona Hot Pink’. Calibrachoa ‘Aloha Kona Cherry Red’, & Calibrachoa ‘Aloha Kona Dark Lavender’.
         ‘Hawaiian Summer’: Calibrachoa ‘Aloha Kona Dark Red’, Calibrachoa ‘Aloha Kona Hot Orange’. & Calibrachoa ‘Aloha Kona Pineapple.

  Trio Confetti
         ‘Calypso’: Potunia ‘Dark Red’ (dark red with darker veins), Verbena ‘Empress Royal Blue’ & Calibrachoa ‘Tiki Orange’.

CONVOLVULUS

cneorum: “Bush Morning Glory”. Evergreen shrub.  Native to southern Europe. Rapid growing to 2-4′ tall & as wide. Silky-smooth, silvery gray, lance-shaped leaves 1-2½” long. Pink tinted morning glories with yellow throats open from pink buds, May – September. Sun-partial shade. Give light soil & fast drainage. Prune severely to renew plant; can get leggy if left alone. Best in zones 7-9, 12-24; marginal in zones 5 & 6.

mauritanicus: “Ground Morning Glory”. A low-growing, evergreen perennial. It has trailing branches that hold hairy, round, gray-green leaves. Lavender -blue, funnel-shaped flowers in summer. Fast growing to 1′ tall & 1 ½-3′ wide. Full sun. Waterwise once established. Useful as a groundcover or border specimen. Zones 7-9.

COPROSMA

repens ‘Evening Glow’: “Evening Glow Mirror Plant”. Incredibly colorful foliage shrub for tropical gardens. Glossy green leaves feature golden variegation in spring & summer, turning rusty orange-red in winter. Fabulous accent for foundation, border, or containers. Performs best in well drained soils & avoid heavy pruning during the hot summer months. Full sun-partial shade. Moderate growth to 5′ tall & wide. Zones 9-11.

repens ‘Lemon Lime’ PPAF: “Lemon Lime Mirror Plant”. An exciting new selection of this compact grower. Its brightly variegated leaves with a glossy sheen are perfect in small pots or small landscapes in a mass planting. Great in mixed containers & a good grower, this plant is sure to please. Fall color is suffused with pink as cool nights set in. Height & spread to 3′. Full sun-part shade. Zones 8-11.

repens ‘Pina Colada’: “Pina Colada Mirror Plant”. An excellent new sister variety to the best selling C. ‘Tequila Sunrise’, this golden leaved plant becomes suffused with orange when the nights are cooler. Height & spread to 3½’. Full sun-partial shade. Zones 8-11.

repens ‘Plum Hussy’ PPAF: “Mirror Plant”. Plum-purple rounded leaves make this exciting new variety a great specimen plant as well as superb in mixed containers & landscapes. A more open & elegant habit, the deeper tones of color are more prominent in the cool weather or winter. 3½’ high & wide. Full sun-partial shade. Zones 8-11.

repens ‘Scarlett O’Hara’ PPAF: “Scarlet O’Hara Mirror Plant”. Evergreen shrub with a  glossy, vibrant, dramatic red foliage. Upright habit to 2-3′ tall & wide. Full sun. Salt and drought tolerant. A dramatic range of colors year-round. Use in the garden or in a container. Similar habit to Coprosma ‘Tequila Sunrise’. Zones 8-11.

repens ‘Taupata Gold’: “Taupata Gold Mirror Plant”. An upright habit & variegated evergreen shrub with soft gold foliage & bright green centers. ‘Taupata Gold’ shines as a hedge or accent plant in mixed containers. Growing to 5’x2½’ when mature. Tolerates coastal winds & salt spray. Use as hedging, beds, borders, houseplant, bonsai, or containers. Full sun – partial shade. Zones 8-11.

repens ‘Tequila Sunrise’ PP#18392: “Tequila Sunrise Mirror Plant”. A superior, easy-to-grow new variety with an upright divergent habit. Stunning foliage changes from lime green & yellow in the spring to sunset orange & burgundy as the weather cools. Grows to 3½’x3½’ when mature. Use in gardens, landscapes, beds, containers, hedging, or bonsai. Full sun – partial shade. Zones 8-11.

x.’Karo Red’: “Karo Red Mirror Plant”. This shrub has dark-red, shiny leaves. New growth is green darkening with age. A beautiful landscape specimen, its equally at home in large containers. It is a very easy plant to maintain. Height to 4′; spread to 3′. Full sun-part shade. Zones 8-11.

CORDYLINE

‘Electric Flash’ PP #26,267: A dwarf Cordyline which promises to be as popular as its sister Cordyline Electric Pink. Narrow leaves have a brown central stripe and cream colored margins. Creamy white flowers in spring. 47″ tall & 59″ wide. Sun-partial shade. Drought tolerant. A perfect container specimen. Zones 9-10.

‘Electric Pink’ PP #19,213: An outrageously bright pink colored plant with an upright habit of many narrow dark maroon leaves that are edged with bright pink – truly electric! It’s growth habit appears similar in appearance to other brightly colored Cordyline australis cultivars, though it seems to be more clump forming. Light shade – full sun, but color is enhanced in full sun. White, fragrant flowers in spring. 47″tall & 59″ wide.. Zones 8-10.

‘Design-A-Line Burgundy’ PP #24,764: A low-maintenance plant with  rich, burgundy color all year. Small white flowers in summer. Sun-partial shade. 3′ tall & wide. Slow-moderate growth rate. Deer, disease, & pest resistant. Water-wise.  Its cascading grass-like habit is ideal for containers, on patios, along walls or walkways, or as accent plants in mixed borders, and works great with succulents. Zones 8-11.

COREOPSIS

auriculata ‘Nana’: “Dwarf Tickseed”. Perennial. Low growing mound of lobed, oblong, mid-green leaves. Bright yellow-orange, daisy-like flowers in spring-summer. Blooms best when cutting off spent flowers. 6-8″tall & 1-2’wide. Sun-partial shade. Attracts birds & butterflies. Good cut flower.  Zones 4-9.

grandiflora ‘Early Sunrise’: “Tickseed”. Yellow, semi-double flowers. Spreads to form a large clump. Height to 1-2′ tall & 3′ wide. Blooms June – September. Full sun. Drought tolerant. Zone 4-9.

grandiflora ‘Flying Saucers’ USPP #10,299: A noteworthy introduction by David Tristram, breeder of Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’ & Spiraea ‘Magic Carpet’. Large, glowing golden flowers appear in June & just keep blooming right through summer & well into fall. Perfect for front of border or for patio pots, & also a sturdy cut flower. Full sun. Height 18-24″ tall & 18″ wide. Zone 5-11.

‘Pumpkin Pie PP#22,519: “Tickseed”. Coreopsis ‘Pumpkin Pie’ forms a low growing mound to 12-15″tall & 17-20″ wide. Numerous red-eyed, pumpkin-orange flowers bloom from early summer-fall. Sun-partial shade. Great in containers, mixed beds, or borders. Zones 9-10.

verticillata ‘Moonbeam’: “Tickseed”.  Delicate, needlelike foliage forms a spreading clump.. Pale yellow flowers are  heavy from June through August, with repeat bloom till frost. 1-2′ tall & 12-18″ wide. Full sun. Good for cut flowers. Attracts butterflies. Seaside & salt tolerant. Zones 3-9.

CORREA

‘Carmine Bells’: “Australian Fuchsia”. Velvety, gray-green leaves densely cover this low evergreen shrub. Deep red flowers from late fall-spring. 24-30″ tall & 5-8′ wide. Sun-partial shade. Attracts birds & butterflies. Low water use. Drought tolerant. Seaside tolerant. Zones 9-10.

COTINUS

coggygria ‘Royal Purple’: “Royal Purple Smoke Tree”. Dramatic, long-lasting, pinkish-purple, smoke-like airy seed clusters backed by reddish-purple foliage creates a prized small tree or large accent shrub. Foliage holds color all summer, turning scarlet in fall. Deciduous. Full sun. Moderate grower to 15′ tall, 10-12′ wide. Zones 4-8.

CRASSULA

radicans ‘Large Red Carpet’: “Large Red Carpet Stonecrop”. Green, dense, oval leaves edged with red, crowd the upright stems. Sun-partial shade. Leaves flush bright red in winter when grown in full sun. 6-10″ tall. Use in containers and rock gardens. Excellent houseplant. Drought and heat tolerant. Needs good drainage. Does not tolerate frost. Zones 10-12.

CUPHEA

hyssopifolia: “False Heather”. Compact shrublet with flexible, leafy branchlets. Leaves evergreen, ½ – ¾” long, very narrow. Tiny summer flowers in pink, purple, or white are scarcely half as long as leaves. White form the most useful. Takes ordinary soil; sun-partial shade; lots of moisture. Height 1-2′. Zones 8-11.
         ‘Lavender’: Lavender pink flowers.
         ‘White’: White flowers.

rosea ‘Lavender Lace’: “Mexican Heather”. Lavender purple flowers in spring-fall. Sun-partial shade. 10-12″ tall & wide. Heat tolerant. Drought tolerant. Attracts birds & butterflies.  Zones 8-11.

CUPRESSOCYPARIS

leylandii ‘Emerald Isle’: Similar to Cupressocyparis leylandii, but has bright green foliage on a plant 20-25′ tall, 6-8′ wide. Grows very fast. Most often planted as quick screening. Long, slender, upright branches with flattened foliage sprays give youthful trees a narrow, pyramidal form, though they can become open & floppy. Produces small cones composed of scales. Will accept a wide variety of soils & climate conditions; takes strong wind. Zones 5-9.

leylandii ‘Shorty’ (Reco) PP#19,618: Evergreen. Dwarf habit. Unusually deep green foliage. 6-8′ tall & 3-4’wide. Loves the heat & humidity. Drought & heat tolerant. Full sun. Zones 6-8.

CUPRESSUS

sempervirens ‘Glauca’: “Blue Italian Cypress”. Outstanding classic Mediterranean cypress with attractive blue-green foliage. An ideal conifer to dominate a landscape with its densely branched, narrow columnar form. Evergreen. Full sun. Fast grower to 60-80′ tall, 2-3′ wide; can be larger. Zones 7-10.

sempervirens ‘Monshel’ P.P. #12933: “Tiny Tower™ Italian Cypress”. The perfect compact Italian cypress that retains its small size indefinitely. Exceptionally dense, blue-green foliage on a rigid, columnar form is a valuable architectural accent both in the summer & under winter snow. Perfect in containers & for small, high profile city gardens. Requires no shearing but, adapts well to topiary applications. Full sun. Very slow growth to just 8′ tall & 2′ wide in first decade, then 25-30′ tall & to 3′ wide at maturity. Evergreen. Zones 7-10.

CYCLAMEN

Latinia: The blooms of the Cyclamen twist and turn like tiny wings. The silver & dark green, marbled coloring of the foliage accents the beautiful flower colors in fall-winter. 8-14″ tall &  6-8″wide. Partial shade. Shade Tolerant. Deer Resistant. Low Maintenance. Hardy to 20ºF.
         ‘Deep Rose’: Dark rose pink.
         ‘Purple’: Violet purple flowers.
         ‘Rose Eye’: Rose pink flowers with a purple eye.
         ‘Scarlet Red’: Dark red flowers.
         ‘Select Fantasia Red’: Red flowers with a white edge.
         ‘White’: Pure white flowers.

DALEA

frutiscens: “Black Dalea”. Fine, gray-green feathery foliage forms a low, mounding shrub. Masses of small, purple flowers in late summer-fall. Full sun. 4’tall & 5’wide. Drought tolerant. Zone 6.

DIANELLA

tamanica ‘TR20’ Tasred PP# 18737: “Tasred® Flax Lily”. Evergreen perennial. An Australian native with unique foliage that is green with yellow tones in the margins and red base. Color is stronger in colder months but fades to green in summer. Red stems produce showy blue flowers in spring followed by purple berries. Full sun-shade. Fast growth to 18-24″ tall and wide. Zones 7-11.

DIANTHUS

‘Early Bird’™ Series: Very early flowering & long blooming. ‘Early Bird™’ Dianthus are compact, forming dense cushions of blue-green foliage. Prefers well-drained soil. Do not over water. Will often re-bloom if fertilized regularly & spent flowers removed. Blooms April-July. Full sun. Use in borders, window boxes, or patio pots. USDA zone 6.
         ‘Chili’ USPPP: Dark coral flowers on 7″ stems . Height 4″;spread 8″.
         ‘Radiance’ PP# 21,824: Double, crimson flowers on 8″ stems. Height 5″;spread 10″.

x ‘Star’ Series: “Cottage Pinks”. An exciting new series of Dianthus with compact, mounding foliage & long blooming period.Height 5-7″. Blooms May – September. Zone 5.
         ‘Fire Star’: Vivid fire red blossoms with darker crimson around the eye. Grayish green leaves. Lovely fragrance of cloves.
         ‘Neon Star’: Bright neon magenta flowers & compact, silvery blue foliage.

DICENTRA

spectabilis: “Bleeding Heart”. Perennial. Sun – partial shade. Pink outer petals with white inner petals. Arching stems have dainty, heart-shaped flowers May – June. Clump forming. Summer dormancy. 2-3′ tall & wide. Zones 3-9.

DICHONDRA

argentea ‘Silver Falls’: Vigorous, fan-shaped silver foliage on trailing silver stems. 2-6″tall & 18-24″wide. Partial sun-sun. Heat & drought tolerant. Ideal for hanging baskets, containers or ground cover. Low maintenance. Zones 9-11.

DIETES

bicolor: “Fortnight Lily, African Iris”. Iris-like plants with fans of stiff, narrow evergreen leaves; form dense, long-lasting clumps. Flowers resembling small Japanese irises consist of three outer & three inner segments. Stems are 2-3′ tall. Flowers about 2″ wide & circular in outline, light yellow with dark brown to maroon blotches. Each flower lasts only one day, but supply of flowers on a stem is seemingly endless. Flower stems last only one year. Excellent in permanent landscape plantings with pebbles & rocks, shrubs, & other long-lived perennials. Full sun-partial shade. Zones 8-10.

bicolor ‘Premium Yellow’: “Fortnight Lily, African Iris”. Iris-like plants with fans of stiff, narrow evergreen leaves; form dense, long-lasting clumps. Flowers resembling small Japanese irises consist of three outer & three inner segments. Stems are 2-3′ tall. Lemon yellow flowers have a brown blotch & are about 2″ wide & circular in outline. Each flower lasts only one day, but supply of flowers on a stem is seemingly endless. Flower stems last only one year. Excellent in permanent landscape plantings with pebbles & rocks, shrubs, & other long-lived perennials. Full sun-partial shade. Zones 8-10.

‘Lemon Drop’: “Fortnight Lily, African Iris”. Iris-like plants with similar growth habit of Dietes bicolor, except with darker green leaves. Flowers resembling small Japanese Irises consist of three outer & three inner segments. Stems are 2-3′ tall. Flowers about 2″ wide & circular in outline, are creamy white with bright yellow blotches. excellent in permanent landscape plantings with pebbles & rocks, shrubs & other long-lived perennials. Full sun-partial shade. Zones 8-11.

vegeta: (Dietes iridioides, Moraea iridioides). “Fortnight Lily, African Iris”. Stems to 3′ tall. Waxy, white flowers to 3″ across have yellow-orange blotches, a few orange marks bases of inner three segments; three style arms – appendages radiating from flower’s center – are usually pale violet. To prevent self-sowing & prolong bloom, break off blossoms individually. Don’t cut flower stems (they last for more than a year) until they clearly have stopped producing blooms; then cut back to lower leaf joint near base of stem. Zones 8-11.

DIGIPLEXIS®

‘Illumination® Apricot’: Deciduous. Foxglove was crossed with a shrubby Isoplexis, which resulted in a perennial re-blooming apricot-orange garden wonder. Bi-color orange to apricot blooms spring-fall. Full sun in coastal climates & partial shade in hotter areas. 24-36″ tall  x 18″ wide. Deer resistant. Attracts pollinators. Use in borders, containers, cut flowers/foliage, garden bed. Zones 8-11. A Sunset Western Garden Collection Plant.

‘Illumination® Flame’: Bright reddish orange, tubular flowers with a yellow throat are densely packed on tall stem in spring-fall. Sun-partial shade. 3′ tall & 18″wide.  Prefers moist soil with good drainage. Deer resistant. Attracts pollinators.  Ideal for beds, borders and patio pots; good cut flower. Zone 8-10.

‘Illumination® Raspberry’: Flower spikes of raspberry-pink flowers with salmon throats and pink speckles in spring-fall. 2′ tall & wide. Sun-partial shade. Deer resistant. Attracts pollinators. Prefers moist soil with good drainage. Ideal for beds, borders and patio pots; good cut flower. Zone 8-10.

DISTICTUS

buccinatoria: “Scarlet Trumpet Vine”. Amazing warm season color display for fences, high walls, or arbors. Produces blood-red trumpet-shaped flowers with a yellow throat. Climbs by tendrils. Evergreen. Full sun. Vigorous grower to 40-50′ long. Zones 9-11.

buccinatoria ‘Rivers’: “Royal Trumpet Vine”. Hybrid with light rosy lavender flowers, throats aging to pink. Handsome dark green foliage on stems 15-20′ long. Leaves are slightly more rounded, lighter green, & glossier. More tender than D. buccinatoria. Sunny location. Evergreen. Zones 10-11.

DISTYLIUM

‘Cinnamon Girl’ PPAF: (Distylium’PIIDIST-V’). This new small leaf selection is a viable alternative to boxwood and other fine-leaf plants beleagured by insects and diseases in the south. Cinnamon Girl™ has plum-purple new growth which turns to blue-green as the leaves mature. The small leaves give this plant a more refined look than other Distylium on the market. In 2013-2014 this selection survived 4-6*F in an above ground container with no injury. 2-3’tall & 3-4’wide. Sun-partial shade.  Bred by Plant Introductions, Inc. Zones 7-9. A First Editions® Plant. 

‘Coppertone’ PP25,304: (Distylium ‘PIIDIST-III’ ). Coppertone™ is a mid-sized spreading to rounded evergreen with coppery-red new foliage that matures to blue-green. A member of the witch hazel family, it produces petite red flowers that appear in the winter. It grows best in full sun to moderate shade with well-drained soil (on the acid side), but tolerates drought, heat and wet soil. It also displays exceptional resistance to disease and insects. This adaptable plant is a good alternative for boxwood, cherry laurel, holly and juniper in foundation plantings or anywhere you want low maintenance evergreen shrubs. 3-4’tall & 4-5’wide. Sun-partial shade. Zones 7-9.  A First Editions® Plant. 

‘Linebacker’ PPAF:  (Distylium ‘PIIDIST-IV’ ). This compact, upright evergreen takes on the shape of a white oak whiskey barrel in youth and matures into an excellent screening and hedge plant. Reddish new growth matures to a lustrous dark green. A member of the witch hazel family, petite red flowers appear in the winter. It grows best in full sun to moderate shade with well-drained soil (on the acid side), but tolerates drought, heat and wet soil. It also displays exceptional resistance to disease and insects. This adaptable plant is a good alternative for boxwood, cherry laurel, holly and juniper in foundation plantings or anywhere you want low maintenance evergreen shrubs. 8-10’tall & 6-8’wide. Sun-partial shade. Zones 7-9.  A First Editions® Plant. 

‘Vintage Jade’ PP23,128: (Distylium ‘Vintage Jade’ ). This lovely spreading shrub with dark green evergreen foliage forms a low spreading mound in the landscape and offers a refreshing touch of green throughout the year. A member of the witch hazel family, petite red flowers appear in the winter. It grows best in full sun to moderate shade with well-drained soil (on the acid side), but tolerates drought, heat and wet soil. It also displays exceptional resistance to disease and insects. This adaptable plant is a good alternative for boxwood, cherry laurel, holly and juniper in foundation plantings or anywhere you want low maintenance evergreen shrubs. 2-3′ tall & 4-5’wide. Sun-partial shade. Zones 7-9.   A First Editions® Plant. 

x. ‘Spring Frost’ PPAF: (Distylium x ‘sPg-3-007′). White-tinged new growth and red tassel-like blooms in early spring make this spreading evergreen shrub an excellent addition to any garden. Will grow 2-3′ tall and 3-4’ wide. Sun-partial shade. Drought tolerant. Use in mass planting, bed, edging. or borders. Zone 7.  A Garden Debut® Plant.

DODONEA

viscosa ‘Purpurea’: “Purple Hopseed Bush”. Great color show, bronzy-green foliage turns purple-red in fall; pinkish fruit brightens summer. Dense branches can be trimmed as a hedge or espalier; unpruned it makes a superb evergreen screen. It can also be trained as a standard tree. Full sun. Fast grower to 12′ tall, 6-8′ wide. Zones 8-11.

 

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