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OENOTHERA

‘Lemon Drop®’ P.P. 16,393: (Oenothera ‘Innoeno131’ USPP 16,393).“Evening Primrose”. Fragrant, sunny, bright yellow flowers highlight dark green foliage in spring-fall. 8-12″ tall & 24″ wide. Partial shade-sun. It is tough, loves sun and tolerates poor soils. Heat & drought tolerant. Deer resistant. No dead-heading necessary. Zones 5-11.

OLEA

europaea ‘Majestic Beauty®’ P.P. #5,649: (Olea europaea ‘Monher’). Evergreen. Long, narrow, gray-green leaves give it an airy appearance. Fragrant, white flowers in summer. Slow growing to 25-30’tall & wide. Full sun. With no fruit to drop, it can be used near walkways, drives or pools, or within the garden without any mess. Deer resistant. Waterwise, needing only occasional water once established.  Zones 8-11.

europaea ‘Montra’ P.P. #6,266: “Little Ollie® Dwarf Olive”. Evergreen. Dwarf, non-fruiting. Deep green foliage with silvery undersides. Fragrant, inconspicuous flowers. Moderate growing to 4-6′ tall & wide. Full sun. Heat, drought and salt tolerant. Deer resistant. Waterwise, needing only occasional water once established. Attractive as a formal hedge or specimen shrub, but can be trained as a topiary form, or as a single trunk tree in smaller spaces. Zones 8-11.

europaea ‘Wilsonii’: Evergreen. Gray-green foliage. Gnarled trunk gives it a unique character. Moderate growing to 25-30′ tall & wide. Full sun. A virtually fruitless variety that produces little to no pollen, but can produce small batches of small shriveled fruit on occasion. Drought tolerant, needing only occasional water once established. Zones 8-11

ORIGANUM

rotundifolium ‘Kent’s Beauty’: “Ornamental Oregano”. A hybrid ornamental oregano (O. rotundifolium x O. scabrum) that is grown primarily for its attractive flowers and foliage. It features beautiful nodding creamy white hop-like flowers with pink bracts at the ends of the stems from early summer-early fall. Fragrant, heart-shaped leaves are bluish-green with silver veins. Full sun. 6-10″ tall & 24″ wide. Attracts butterflies & hummingbirds. Drought tolerant.  Zones 6-9.

OSMANTHUS

fragrans: “Sweet Olive”. Large, evergreen shrub or small tree. Broad upright form is densely branched & covered with dark green finely toothed foliage. Tiny white flower clusters have delightful apricot-like fragrance. Full sun-partial shade. Slow growing to 10′ high, 6-8′ wide, larger with age. Zones 8-11.

OSTEOSPERMUM

ecklonis ‘Blue-Eyed Beauty’ P.P. #26,150: “African Daisy”. An early flowering variety with a compact, branching habit.  Canary yellow, daisy flowers with a contrasting violet blue eye in spring-fall. Full sun. 10-14″ tall & 14-20″ wide. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant. Perfect for filling beds and containers, or edging sunny borders. Waterwise. Zones 10-11.

ecklonis ‘Serenity™’ Series: “Serenity™ African Daisy”. A profusion of flowers carpet the garden. Excellent for erosion control on slopes. Prune lightly after flowering to maintain shape & extend the life-span of the plant. Blooms Spring – Autumn. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies. Grows to 10 – 14″ tall & 14 – 20″ wide. Full sun. Cut back in early autumn to encourage re-blooming & improve habit. Use as a groundcover, in a rock garden, or containers. ‘Magic’ colors change as the flowers fully open. Zones 10-11.
        ‘Bronze’: Bronze orange, daisy-like flowers with a mauve eye.
        ‘Dark Purple’: Rich purple, daisy-like flowers with a darker purple center.
        ‘Lavender Frost’: White, daisy-like flowers with a purple center.
        ‘Red’: True red, daisy-like flowers.
        ‘White Improved’: Bright white, daisy-like flowers with dark centers.

hybrid ‘Voltage™ White’: “African Daisy”. The best summer performing Osteospermum is great in all climates. White flowers with a bright yellow center in spring-fall. Blooms a little later than ‘Voltage Yellow’. with a more compact habit. 10-16″tall & 24-28″ wide. Full sun. Zones 10-11.

hybrid ‘Voltage™ Yellow’: “African Daisy”. When shoppers are craving bright colors the most, this unique clear yellow variety will stop traffic – it’s the first Osteospermum in bloom & the last out of bloom. It features very flexible stems making it ideal for large baskets & containers. The low spreading habit makes it ideal for landscapes. Height 10-16″ tall & 24-28″ wide. Full sun. Zones 10-11.

PACHYPHYTUM

hookeri: “Hooker’s Pachyphytum”. Pump, elongated foliage is silvery blue-green with rose-colored tips and forms tight , stemless rosettes. Showy, yellow flowers in spring. 4-6″ tall & wide. Sun-partial shade.  Slowly spreads by forming offsets. Waterwise. Zones 9-11.

PALMS

Chamaerops excelsa: (Trachycarpus fortunei). “Windmill Palm”. Tree-like palm with distinctive hairy black fibers covering its slender, graceful trunk. Large fan-like leaves make an attractive compact crown. Good for garden or patio, effective near a pool. Full sun-partial shade. Moderate grower to 25-30’& more tall, to 8′ wide crown. Zones 8-11.

Chamaerops humilis: “Mediterranean Fan Palm”. Attractive multi-trunked habit forming rounded clumps. Attractive crown of large blue-green fan-like leaves. Use as an accent or barrier planting. Perfect for containers. Evergreen. Full sun-partial shade. Slow growing clumps to 10-15′ tall & wide. Zones 8-11.

Cycas revoluta: “Sago Palm”. As a 2-3′ tall youngster, has an airy, fern-like appearance; with age (grows very slowly to as high as 10′), looks more like a palm. Leaves are 2-3′ long (larger on very old plants), divided into many narrow, leathery segments. A rosette of dark green, feathery leaves grow from a central point at the top of a single trunk. Tough, tolerant house or patio plant; also good subject for bonsai. Hardy to 15°F / -9°C. Zones 9-10.

PANDOREA

jasminoides ‘Lady Di’: (P.j. ‘Alba’). “White Bower Vine”. Evergreen. Twining branches of this rapid grower, 15-25′ long, has bright green compound foliage. In summer, loose clusters of trumpet-shaped, white flowers with a creamy throat are very showy. Fragrant. Full sun. Zones 9-11.

jasminoides ‘Rosea’: “Pink Bower Vine”. Evergreen. Twining branches of this rapid grower, 15-25′ long, has bright green compound foliage. Trumpet-shaped, bright pink blooms with rose-pink throats appear most of the summer. Full sun. Fragrant. Attracts butterflies & hummingbirds. Zones 9-11.

jasminoides ‘Variegata’: “Variegated Bower Vine”. Evergreen. Fast growth to 20-30′ long. Variegated foliage. Each leaf has 5-7 oval, 1-2″ long leaflets with pointed tips. Typically unscented flowers are white with a pink throat. They bloom from late spring to early fall. Full sun. Zones 9-11.

PARTHENOCISSUS

tricuspidata: “Boston Ivy”.  Leaves are glossy, to 8″ wide, variable in shape; usually three lobed or divided into three leaflets. It is a rapid-growing, deciduous, woody vine that typically grows 30-50’ long or more. It is a vigorous tendril-climber that needs no support by clinging to surfaces. Makes a dense, uniform wall cover. Full sun-partial shade. This is the “ivy” of the Ivy League; covers brick or stone areas where English Ivy freezes. In intensely hot regions, plant only on walls with a Northern or Eastern exposure. Greenish white flowers bloom from June-July, but are generally hidden by the foliage and considered to be ornamentally insignificant. Flowers give way to blue-black berries which are also hidden by the foliage and often not visible until autumn leaf drop. Autumn color varies from orange to wine red. Deer tolerant. Drought tolerant. Invasive. Zones 4-8.

PASSIFLORA

edulis ‘Lavender Lady’: “Lavender Lady Passion Vine”. Evergreen vine bears dark green leaves with three almost equal, rounded lobes, to 4″ across. Bears lavender purple flowers with several very fine, delicate violet filaments, faintly banded with white in summer-fall. Petals reflex. Fast-growing stems to 15 to 20 ft. long. Full sun. Attracts butterflies. Tolerates poor soil. Popular climber good on fences and walls or along eaves. Can be grown indoors. Zones 9-11.

mollisima ‘Lady Margaret’: “Lady Margaret Passion Vine”.  An evergreen vine, featuring dark-green, lobed leaves. The vines climb by tendrils. Beautiful, raspberry-red flowers with a white center & a fringe of red filaments with white tips in summer-fall. Its aggressive growth soon covers structures or other plants. Height 12′ – 15′. Full sun. Attracts butterflies. Zones 8-10.

x. alato-caerulea: Frost-tender hybrid between Passiflora alata and P. caerulea, with 3-lobed, smooth-edged leaves. The 4” wide flowers are pinkish-purple and white, with white interior with contrasting violet filaments. It is a strong climber and is used often to drape over a trellis providing shade. Height to 20-30′. Sun-partial shade. Zones 8-10.

PENSTEMON

eatonii: “Firecracker Penstemon”. The brilliant red, tubular flowers clustered along one side of tall stalks with shiny, leathery leaves appear in spring-summer. 2-3′ tall & 1-3′ wide. Full sun.  Attracts hummingbirds. Drought tolerant. Perfect for gravelly roadsides, rock gardens, and stunning in mass plantings. Low water. Zones 8-10.

heterophyllus ‘Margarita BOP’: “Margarita BOP Beardtongue, Santa Margarita Foothill Penstemon”. Foot long spikes of yellow tinged buds open to violet blue flowers that change to purple pink spring through fall. Narrow deep green leaves contrast well with the bloom. Makes a great addition to rock gardens as well as low water use borders & beds. California native. Partial shade – full sun. Attracts butterflies & birds. Fast growing to 2′ tall & wide. A U.C. Davis Arboretum All-Star Selection. Zones 6-10.

parryi: “Parry’s Penstemon / Parry’s Beardtongue”. An upright perennial with tubular, bright pink flowers in late winter-spring. It forms a low rosette of leaves, usually less than 10″ tall & 1-3′ wide, with flower stalks that can reach 2-3′ tall. Sun-partial shade. Attracts hummingbirds. Low water. Drought tolerant. Zones 8-11.

PEROVSKIA

atriplicifolia: “Russian Sage”. Perennial. Likes well-drained soil, full sun, summer heat & winter chill. Branched, spike-like, lavender blue flower clusters in summer. Gray-green aromatic foliage. 3-5′ tall & 2-4′ wide. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Zones 3-9.

atriplicifolia ‘Lacey Blue’ P.P. #20,845: “Lacey Blue Russian Sage”. Large, lavender-blue flowers on stiff upright spikes in summer – fall. Compact bushy habit. 1-2′ tall & 2-3′ wide, although patent information states that it may grow up to 3 ft. tall in its second year. Its sturdy, compact form does not flop over in the landscape. Its finely dissected silver-green leaves have a spicy scent. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant. Zones 4-10.

atriplicifolia ‘Little Spires’ P.P. #11,643: “Little Spires Russian Sage”. A compact, moderate growing, multi-stemmed, shrub-like perennial. This dwarf version of Russian Sage does not flop over which is common with Perovskia atriplicifolia. 2-3′ tall & wide. Spikes of lavender blue flowers add a sense of lightness to the garden from summer-fall. Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies. Full sun. Occasional water once established. Deciduous. Zones 4-10.

PHLOX

hybrid ‘Intensia® Blueberry’ P.P. # 21,646:  Intensia® Blueberry Phlox attracts butterflies with its profusion of blue-purple flowers from spring to fall. It is also drought & heat tolerant, & low maintenance as it does not require dead-heading. Mounding habit. Full sun. Height 10-12″;spread 8-12″. Great in landscape & containers. Attracts butterflies. Hardy to 30ºF. Zones 10-11.

hybrid ‘Intensia® Cabernet’ P.P. #17,893: Intensia® Cabernet Phlox is covered in stunning violet star-shaped flowers from mid spring – early fall. 10-18″ tall & 10-12″wide. Full sun. Drought tolerant. Heat tolerant.  Low maintenance as it does not require dead-heading. Attracts butterflies. Zones 10-11.

PHORMIUM

‘Amazing Red’: “Amazing Red New Zealand Flax”. Evergreen. Dark reddish leaves add unique color and texture to the landscape. 3-4′ tall & wide. Full sun – partial shade. Deer resistant. Waterwise. Use as an accent, specimen, container plant or backdrop to add . Foliage great for cut arrangements. Zone 11.

‘Black Adder’ P.P. #20,451: (Phormium cookianum Black Adder PP20451). This evergreen perennial holds its dramatic dark burgundy foliage and its size. 3-4′ tall & 3′ wide. Full sun-partial shade. Great in mixed borders, containers, and can even be planted as a hedge. Leaves provide structure in flower arrangements. Protect from frost in colder climates. Salt tolerant. Low water/water-wise once established. Zones 8b-11. A Sunset Western Garden Collection Plant.

‘Platt’s Black’: “Platt’s Black New Zealand Flax”. Evergreen. This is the blackest of the Phormiums. Leaves are a uniform color, dark purple-black. A distinctly arching form of Phormium growing to 3-4′ tall & wide. Creates a very good contrast to other Phormiums. Pink-red flowers in summer. Sun-partial shade. Attracts hummingbirds. Drought tolerant. Zones 8-11.

tenax: “New Zealand Flax”. Evergreen. A clump-forming tender perennial that is grown for its attractive foliage. It features rigid, sword-shaped, bright green leaves in erect clumps. Orange-red flowers form on tall stalks in late spring. 6-10′ tall & 4-8′ wide. Sun-partial shade. Zones 9-11.

tenax ‘Atropurpureum’: “New Zealand Bronze Flax”. Evergreen. Strap-shaped, pointed burgundy bronze leaves. Orange-red  flowers on tall stalks in late spring-summer. 6-8′ tall & 4-5’wide. Full sun-partial shade. Deer tolerant. Zones 8-11.

tenax ‘Jack Spratt’: “Jack Spratt New Zealand Flax”. Evergreen. Leathery sword-like leaves in fans, rising directly from a fleshy root system. Compact dwarf plant with bronze foliage. Highly valued in gardens for their striking leaf variegations & striking landscape form. Also foliage highly valued in floral arrangements. Red flowers in summer. Fast growing, dense, to 18″ tall & wide. Full sun. Deer resistant. Zones 9-11.

tenax ‘Sundowner’: “Sundowner New Zealand Flax”. Evergreen. Erect growth to 5-6′ tall, 6-8′ wide, with leaves to 3½” wide. Olive or bronzy green foliage has stripes of pinkish red (aging to cream) at or near edges & a fine red edge; leaf undersides are grayish green. Yellow flowers in spring-summer. Full sun. Zones 8-11.

tenax ‘Surfer’: “Surfer New Zealand Flax”. Evergreen. Bronze-green leaves with deeper brown edges. Foliage is narrow & curving. Red flowers in spring-summer. 2-4′ tall & wide. Full sun-partial shade. Zones 9-11.

PHOTINIA

fraseri: “Fraser’s Photinia”. Evergreen. Excellent densely branched shrub for hedge or screens. New growth emerges with bright bronze-red coloring, maturing to large, dark green leaves.  Full sun. Moderate to fast grower to 10-15′ tall & wide. Small, white flowers in spring. Drought tolerant. It can be used as espalier or as a patio tree. Zones 7-9.

PHYSOCARPUS

opulifolius ‘Little Devil™’ P.P. #22,634: (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Donna May’ PP22,634). Deciduous. This exciting improvement in ninebark has an upright spreading habit and fine textured, dark foliage that sets it apart from other ninebark. 3-4′ tall & wide. Full sun. Clusters of small purplish-white flowers in June contrast nicely with the burgundy foliage. This low maintenance plant adapts to wet or dry soil. Little Devil ninebark is a good substitution for barberry in areas of the country where barberry may be invasive. It is also mildew resistant, so it doesn’t turn into a powdery white eyesore in your garden or shrub border. Zones 3-7. A First® Editions Plant.

PIERIS

japonica ‘Planow’: “Mountain Snow™ Pieris”. Evergreen shrub. Clusters of white flowers in spring-fall. 3-4′ tall & 2-3′ wide. Partial shade-shade. Deer resistant. Heat tolerant. Elegant in foliage and form, Pieris are good companions for Azaleas and Loropetalums. Zones 4b-9. A Sunset Western Garden Collection Plant.

PISTACIA

chinensis: “Chinese Pistache”. Deciduous. Desirable ornamental tree with attractive, umbrella-like crown. Lustrous green leaves turn a brilliant orange-crimson in fall. Dependable for color for all garden situations. Full sun. Moderate grower to 30-35′ tall, 25-35′ wide, larger with age. Zone 6-9.

chinensis ‘Keith Davey’: “Keith Davey Pistache”. Deciduous. Keith Davey Pistache was selected for its intense red / orange fall color, which shows even in warm climates & produces no seeds. It has all of the other attributes of a Pistache; a non-invasive root system, a rounded head for shade, a resistance to pest & disease, & a manageable growth rate & size. 25-40′ tall & 25-35′ wide. It is a superior tree for a homeowner’s landscape, a parking lot or a park setting. Drought tolerant. Sun. Zones 6-9.

PITTOSPORUM

tenuifolium ‘Marjorie Channon’: “Marjorie Channon Kohuhu”. Evergreen. Compact, slow-growing shrub to 8-12′ tall & 6-8′ wide. Dramatic, light green foliage with cream-colored margins on black stems. Brown-purple flowers in spring & summer. Part-full sun. Zones 8-11.

tenuifolium ‘Silver Sheen’: An evergreen, upright shrub that can grow upwards to 12-16′ tall (some list it to 20′) with small, oval silver-green leaves held on thin black branches. This cultivar has notably more open habit & smaller leaves than the species. Plant in full coastal sun or part shade. Seaside tolerant. The small leaves start uniformly round & elongate with age. A very showy & dramatic looking plant when the silver highlights in the leaves catch morning & afternoon light. This is further enhanced if a gentle breeze cause the branches to move, making the plant shimmer. Very fast growing. Can be maintained as a very nice looking formal hedge to 3-6′ if tip-pruned regularly. Has proven a little problematic in hotter inland locations with summer heat. Purple flowers in spring. Hardy to 15-20ºF. Zones 8-11.

tobira ‘Mojo’ P.P. #16,188: (Pittosporum tobira ‘CNI Three’ PP16188). Mojo is the perfect easy care, evergreen shrub! Green foliage with creamy white edges. 2-3′ tall & wide. Full sun-partial shade. Excellent as a container plant, mass planted as ground or slope cover, a low hedge, or as an accent plant in borders. Year-round foliage can also be used in cut arrangements and wreaths. Deer resistant. Easy care. Salt tolerant. Water-wise. Zones 7b-11. A Sunset Western Garden Collection Plant.

tobira ‘Shima’: “Cream de Mint™ Dwarf Mock Orange”. Evergreen. Glossy, mint green foliage with white edges.  White flowers in spring. 2-2½’ tall & wide. Sun-partial shade. Waterwise. Makes a great informal hedge or border plant. Zones 8-11.

tobira ‘Variegata’: “Variegated Mock Orange”. Attractive mounding evergreen shrub with white, gray, & light green foliage. Creamy white flowers are small but have a terrific orange-blossom fragrance. Good border, hedge, or landscape accent. Full sun – partial shade. Moderate, compact grower to 6-8′ tall & wide, larger with age. Zone 9-11.

tobira ‘Wheeler’s Dwarf’: “Wheeler’s Dwarf Mock Orange”. Round, mounded shrub perfect as a low border, ground cover or container specimen. Prized for its dense, compact growth & glossy evergreen foliage, smaller than the species. Requires little maintenance. Full sun to partial shade. Moderate grower to 2-3′ high & 4-5′ wide. Zones 9-11

PLATANUS

acerifolia ‘Bloodgood’: “London Plane Tree”. Deciduous. Hybrid between Platanus occidentalis & Platanus orientalis; often sold under the latter name. Grows fast to 40-80′ tall & 30-40′ wide. Creamy new bark weathers to gray. Big, rough surfaced leaves have 3-5 lobes, resembling maple leaves. Fall foliage color is yellow to brown, not striking. Ball-shaped brown seed clusters, usually on threadlike stalks, hang on the bare branches through winter; these are prized for winter arrangements. Looks very handsome in winter. Tolerates many soil types & stands up beautifully to smog, soot, dust, & reflected heat. Susceptible to mildew. Resistant to anthracnose. Zone 4-8.

PLECTRANTHUS

‘Mona Lavender’ P.P. 13,858: Glossy dark green foliage with a burgundy reverse. Spires of lavender flecked blossoms in winter-spring. 1-3’tall & wide. Partial shade-shade. Attracts hummingbirds & butterflies. Deer resistant.  Zones 9-11.

PLUMBAGO

x. ‘Imperial Blue’: “Imperial Blue Cape Plumbago”. Makes a mounding shrub to 6′ tall, 8-10′ wide; or if tied to a support, grows as a vine to 12′ or more. Oblong, 1-2″, light to medium green leaves. Evergreen where frosts are absent or light; heavy frosts can burn new growth & blacken leaves, but recovery is fast. Good cover for bank, fence, wall; good background & filler plant. Medium blue, phlox-like flower clusters from spring – summer, or nearly all year in warm frost-free locations. Sun-partial shade. Drought tolerant. Zones 9-11.

PODOCARPUS

gracilior: “Fern Pine, Fern Podocarpus”. Evergreen. Gray green, narrow leaves have a fern-like appearance. Full sun-partial shade. Moderate grower to 20-60′ tall & 10-25′ wide. Excellent as a single specimen or as a clipped screen. Zones 9-11.

macrophyllus: “Yew Pine”. Evergreen. Attractive lawn or patio tree. Pyramidal form takes to shearing well to become an effective accent, screen, or clipped hedge. Will also thrive in tubs or as a topiary. Full sun – partial shade. Slow grower kept to 15-20′ tall & 6-8′ wide or smaller when trimmed, larger with age. Zone 7-11.

macrophyllus ‘Maki’: “Shrubby Yew Pine”. Medium size evergreen shrub with dense upright branching on a pyramidal form. It is heavily covered by dark green yew-like leaves. A wonderful hedge or screen plant that takes shearing very well. Full sun-partial shade. Slow-growing to 8-10′ tall & 3-4′ wide, larger when untrimmed. Zones 7-11.

POLYGALA

fruticosa ‘Petite Butterfly’: “Petite Butterfly Sweet Pea Shrub”. This compact Polygala is a great plant in any Mediterranean garden! ‘Petite Butterfly’ is a sport of P. fruticosa & is native to South Africa. Bright pink-purple, pea-like flowers compliment round, gray-green leaves nearly year-round. Best planted in full sun-partial shade in well-drained soils with regular watering until established. ‘Petite Butterfly’ is a nice, compact alternative to P. x dalmaisian. Overall height is 18-24″ with an equal spread. Versatile in the landscape, this selection can be used as an evergreen border, an accent, or for mass plantings. Zones 9-10.

PROSTANTHERA

ovalifolia ‘Variegata’: “Varigated Oval Leaf Mint”. Evergreen shrub.  Aromatic, creamy-white margined green foliage. Tubular, purple flowers in spring. Sun-partial shade. 4-6′ tall & 3-5′ wide. Good for an informal hedge or to lighten up a dark area in the garden. Zones 9-11.

PRUNUS

caroliniana ‘Compacta’: “Dwarf Carolina Laurel Cherry”. Evergreen. A highly useful & ornamental shrub with dense, compact foliage. Hardy, lustrous, dark green foliage provides an excellent screen or background for mixed borders. Small, fragrant, ball-shaped blooms of creamy white appear late spring to attract butterflies. This selection can be easily trimmed for a formal look, or if untrimmed, will grow moderately fast to form an attractive hedge or single specimen. Full sun-partial shade. Moderate growth to 8-12′ tall & 6-8′ wide. Zones 8-10.

cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’: “Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum”. Deciduous. This beautiful tree is perhaps the most colorful of all flowering plums. Oval crown holds dark purple-black foliage preceded by showy light pink flowers in spring. Great ornamental accent for landscapes. Seldom fruits. Full sun. Moderate grower to 15-20′ tall & 15′ wide. Attracts butterflies. Zones 4-9.

cerasifera ‘Purple Pony’: “Purple Pony Flowering Plum”. Deciduous. Naturally semi-dwarf. Single, pale pink flower appears with the leaves in spring. No fruit. Deep purple foliage holds color throughout season. Will fail if soil is waterlogged for prolonged periods. Aphids & spider mites are possible pests. Moderate to fast growing. Grows to 10-15′ tall & wide. Zones 5-8.

serrulata ‘Kwanzan’: “Kwanzan Flowering Cherry”. Deciduous. A lovely lawn specimen that puts on an incredible early season show with clusters of large, double deep pink blooms backed by bronzy-red new growth. Upright, vase shaped branching habit. Full sun. Moderate grower to 20-25′ tall & 15-20′ or more wide. Zones 4-8.

yedoensis ‘Akebono’: “Akebono Yoshino Flowering Cherry”. Deciduous. Rounded form with spreading branches to this beautiful tree. A perfect specimen for the lawn. Profusion of fragrant, semi-double, soft pink blooms in spring. Glossy dark green foliage becomes yellow in fall. Full sun. Vigorous grower to 25′ tall & wide. Zones 4-8.

PUNICA

granatum ‘Purple Sunset™’ P.P. #21,031: (Punica granatum ‘PIIPG-I’ PP21,031). Purple Sunset is a new ornamental cultivar of pomegranate. Purple Sunset pomegranate is distinguished from fruiting pomegranate by a bushy, compact habit and large orange flowers that appear throughout the summer and mature to purple black fruit in the fall. New growth is red tinged, turning glistening green, with red purple stems. It has a mounding habit to 3-4′ tall & wide. Sun-partial shade. Zones 7-10. A First® Editions Plant.

PURSLANE

oleracea Rio Grande™ Series: Large, vibrant flowers in summer. Full sun. 3-4″ tall & 10-12″ wide. Attracts butterflies. Drought tolerant. Zones 8-11.
         ‘Magenta’: Bright magenta pink flowers.
         ‘Orange’: Vibrant orange flowers.
         ‘Yellow’: Bright yellow flowers.

PYRUS

calleryana ‘Aristocrat’: “Aristocrat Flowering Pear”. Deciduous. Essentially pyramidal in form, though somewhat open & rounded; to 35-45′ tall & 20′ wide. Branches curve upward to form a strong structure. Glossy, broadly oval, scallop-edged, leathery, dark green leaves. Fall color ranges from yellow to red. White flowers in late winter-early spring. Full sun. Zones 4-8.

calleryana ‘Holmford’: “New Bradford® Flowering Pear”. Deciduous. A near perfect tree with stronger branching than ‘Bradford’. Offers interesting changes with every season. Broad oval canopy is cloaked in snow white flowers in spring. Green glossy leaves turn gold & burgundy in fall. Large enough for shade with the seasonal beauty of an accent tree. Recommended as a street or lawn tree in residential & commercial landscapes. Full sun. Rapid growth to 35′ tall & 30′ wide. Zones 5-8.

calleryana ‘Redspire’ PP#3,815: “Redspire Flowering Pear”. Deciduous. This is a tightly pyramidal tree with larger & more abundant white flowers  in spring than ‘Bradford’. It reaches 30-35′ tall & 20-25′ wide. Fall color is yellow to red. Excellent appearing tree for lining streets & garden planting. Zone 5-9.

QUERCUS

agrifolia: “Coast Live Oak”. Evergreen tree. Round headed & densely foliage; to 20-70′ tall, often with an even greater spread. Smooth dark gray bark, deeply fissured in very old trees. Oval, convex, stiff, leathery, dark green leaves, tooth-edged & holly like, 1-3″ long. Conical, ¾-1½” acorns are enclosed for ¼ of their length by a cap with thin, overlapping scales. It has greedy roots; drops almost all of its old leaves in early spring. Despite its flaws, it is a handsome & worthwhile shade or street tree. Full sun. Zones 9-11.

coccinea: “Scarlet Oak”. Deciduous tree. Grows at moderate rate in deep, rich soil. Can reach 60-80′ tall & 40-60′ wide. Pyramidal when young, round topped at maturity. Gray-brown bark cracked into irregular plates. Bright green leaves are 3-6″ long, with pointed, deeply cut lobes; turn scarlet where fall nights are cold. Rounded, ¾-1″ acorns half-covered in a bowl-like cap. Full sun. Good street or lawn tree. Deep rooted. Zones 4-9.

lobata: “Valley Oak”. Deciduous tree. California’s mightiest oak, often reaching 70′ or taller, with equal or greater spread. Massive trunk & limbs with thick, distinctly checked gray bark. Straight & erect during its first several decades of growth; more spreading with age. Limbs often picturesquely twisted; long, drooping outer branches sometimes sweep the ground. Deeply cut, round-lobes leaves are 3-4″ long, 2-3″ wide; dark green above, paler beneath. Shiny, 1½-2½” acorns are conical, enclosed by 1/3 in warty, bowl-shaped cap. Possibly the largest North American oak, this species tolerates high heat & moderate alkalinity in its native range. Best in deep soils where it can tap groundwater. Full sun. Zones 5-10. A U.C. Davis Arboretum All-Star Selection.

rubra: “Northern Red Oak”. Deciduous. Outstanding large pyramidal tree, foliage displays brilliant orange, brown, & red fall coloring. Becomes rounded broad crown with age, an excellent shade tree for large lawns or parks. Full sun. Moderate grower to 60-80′ tall & 35-40′ wide, wider with age. Zones 4-8.

virginiana: “Southern Live Oak”. Evergreen. Broad, spreading heavy-limbed crown shows interesting vase shape when young. An attractive selection for large lawns in hot areas. Glossy, dark green leaves hold color well. Full sun. Fast grower to 40-60′ tall & 80-100′ wide. Oval acorns to 1″ long, with sharp spine at tip; enclosed by 1/4 in bowl-shaped cap with hairy scales. Full sun. Zones 8-10.

RHAMNUS

californica ‘Mound San Bruno’: “San Bruno Coffeeberry”. Evergreen shrub. This variety is more compact than the species, with leaves that are about half the size typical of the species. The greenish-white flowers are inconspicuous but they do produce many dark red, almost black, berries. 3-6′ tall & 10-15′ wide. Full sun-partial shade. Drought tolerant once established. Zones 7-10.

RHAPHIOLEPIS

hybrid ‘Montic’ P.P. #3349: “Majestic Beauty Indian Hawthorne”. Easy to grow evergreen shrub. Huge clusters of fragrant, pearl-pink flowers in spring. Use as background shrub, screen, or a small tree with single or multiple trunks. Full sun-partial shade. Moderate grower, tree form to 20-25′ tall & 8-10′ wide; as a shrub it can be kept to 10-12′ tall & 6-8′ wide. Zones 7-11.

indica ‘McCall’s Pink’: (Same as ‘Ballerina’ or ‘Dark Dancer’). McCall’s Pink Indian Hawthorne”. To 2-3′ tall & 3-4′ wide. Deep rosy pink flowers. Leaves take a reddish tinge in winter. Evergreen shrub. Their compact growth habit makes them especially attractive background plants & informal hedges. They bloom profusely from late fall or midwinter to late spring. Full sun-partial shade. Zones 8-10.

indica ‘Redbird’ P.P. #9,398: (Rhaphiolepis indica ‘sPg-3-003′). Moderate, mounding grower features burgundy-red new growth followed by white flowers that flush pink in spring. This evergreen shrub matures at 4-6’ tall & wide. Sun-partial shade. Zone 6. A Garden Debut® Plant.

umbellata ‘Minor’: “Dwarf Yedda Hawthorn”. Dwarf evergreen shrub has upright rounded form with dense branches. Small lustrous dark green foliage is clustered along the branches. Fragrant, small white flowers in spring. Excellent for groupings. Full sun-partial shade. Slow grower to 3-4′ tall & wide. Zones 8-11.

RHUS

lancea: “African Sumac”. Evergreen tree. Slow grower to 20-30′ tall & 20-35′ wide. Open, spreading habit; graceful weeping outer branchlets. Dark green leaves are divided into three willow-like, 4-5″ long leaflets. Inconspicuous early spring flowers are followed by clusters of pea-size yellow or red fruit that can make a mess on pavement. Makes a good specimen, background plant, or screen; can also be clipped into a hedge. Takes desert heat; susceptible to Texas root rot. Full sun. Zones 7-10.

ROSMARINUS

officinalis ‘Blue Spires’: ” Blue Spires Rosemary”. Evergreen. Culinary herb. Highly aromatic shrub has unique light grey-green foliage with a very upright habit to 4-5′ tall & 2-3’wide. Medium blue flowers in spring-fall. Full sun. Popular in herb gardens or as an informal hedge or screen. Easily pruned into topiary forms. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Requires little care once established. Zones 6-10.

officinalis ‘Chef’s Choice®’ P.P. #18,192: (Rosemary officinalis PP18192).  An outstanding new Rosemary specially selected for its higher oil content and spicy flavor. With a compact, mounding habit, this is the Rosemary of choice for container, herb and kitchen gardens. Compact growth. Violet blue flowers in spring. 12-18″ tall & 12″ wide. Full sun. Zones 6-11. A Sunset Western Garden Collection Plant.

officinalis ‘Mozart’: “Ed Carman’s Rosemary”. This evergreen shrub doesn’t just look great; it tastes great too. Besides providing oil-rich rosemary for cooking, this variety – known as Ed Carman’s or Mozart rosemary – pumps out loads of the darkest blue flowers of any rosemary. The compact shrub blooms in spring & summer, then offers a second wave of flowers in fall, making it very attractive to bees. Full sun – partial shade. 2-3′ tall & 4-6’wide. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Culinary herb. A U.C. Davis Arboretum All-Star Selection. Zones 7-9.

officinalis ‘Prostratus’: “Creeping Rosemary”. Evergreen. To 2-3′ tall & 4-8′ wide. Will trail straight down over wall or edge of raised bed to make a green curtain. Pale lavender-blue flowers come in waves from fall to spring. With age, tends to mound up & become woody & bare in center (Except at seashore, where it remains lush throughout). Effective in hanging containers. Tender. Full sun. Culinary herb. Zones 8-10.

officinalis ‘Renzel’s Irene’ (P.P. #9,124): “Irene Rosemary”. Possesses the same prostrate habit and ability to cascade over walls as ‘Prostratus’, but has instead a bright blue-violet flower that resists bleaching out in the heat. ‘Irene’s’ flowers are larger & more numerous than other rosemary varieties. Blooms in both late summer & early spring. The growth habit is low & mounding, forming hummocks only 12-24″ high that spread vigorously 18-36″ a year. This rosemary is a superb ground cover for hot & dry locations, & outstanding cascading over walls. It is very drought, deer, & pest resistant. Grows best in full sun & well drained soil. Shows promise as a topiary or as a trained specimen. Culinary herb. Zones 7-10.

officinalis ‘Tuscan Blue’: “Tuscan Blue Rosemary”. Evergreen. Culinary herb. Quickly forms an upright rigid branched hedge of aromatic needle-like foliage, leaves broader than other varieties. Profuse clear blue flowers in spring-summer add to the beauty. Takes to pruning well, perfect for screens. Full sun. Moderate growing shrub to 6′ tall & 2-4′ wide. Zones 8-11.

RUDBECKIA

hirta ‘Gold Rush’: “Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan/ Gloriosa Daisy”. Large, fluffy, double, gold flower heads surrounding a brown cone center  in spring-fall. 16-18″ tall & wide. Full sun-partial shade. Easily grown, very disease resistant, and heat and drought tolerant. Attracts bees & butterflies. Good in mixed borders or containers, in mass plantings, or your cut flower garden. Zones 5-9.

hirta ‘Indian Summer’: “Indian Summer Black-Eyed Susan/Gloriosa Daisy”. An All-America Selections Winner. Spectacular bright yellow to orange-yellow flowers with domed, dark chocolate-brown center disks in summer-frost. The eye-catching, single blooms are held high by 2-3′ tall & 1-2′ wide plants. Full sun. Definitely the right choice for high impact effects! ‘Indian Summer’ is best treated as an annual since the plants often flower so heavily, they weaken themselves by fall. Zones 3-7.

hirta ‘Irish Eyes’: “Irish Eyes Black-Eyed Susan/ Gloriosa Daisy”. Perennial. Masses of large, cheerful yellow daisies, each with a distinctive greenish center, similar to other single-flowered Rudbeckias. Very striking color combination. Very easy to grow in almost any location. Blooms in summer. Very popular in the cut flower trade. Tolerates poor soil, heat, & drought. Sun – partial shade. 2-3′ tall & 2′ wide. Zones 4-9.

hirta ‘Prairie Sun’: “Prairie Sun Black-Eyed Susan / Gloriosa Daisy”. Sturdy plants with unique flower color of light green cone with golden yellow petals & light yellow tips. Blooms summer-frost. Full sun. Well suited to gallon containers. Superb garden performance. 2½-3′ tall & 1-2′ wide. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant. Attracts butterflies. An All-America Selection winner in 2003 and a Gold Medal winner at the 2003 Fleuroselect trials in England. Zones 3-8.

hirta ‘Tiger Eye’: “Tiger Eye Brown Eyed Susan / Gloriosa Daisy”. The world’s first F1 hybrid Rudbeckia. Compact habit & durable eye catching flowers. The incredible display of long-lasting, semi-double, bright golden yellow flowers will make it very popular with the landscapers. 16-24″ tall & wide. These plants make a strong statement over a wide range of conditions, weathering heat & humidity while offering reduced sensitivity to powdery mildew & requiring minimal care. Full sun. Attracts bees & butterflies. Zones 3-9.

RUSSELIA

equisetiformis: “Coral Fountain, Firecracker Plant”. A very adaptable plant with trailing, almost leafless bright green stems that arch like a fountain. Many side branches bear a profusion of bright coral red, tubular flowers from spring to fall. Flowers attract hummingbirds. Low maintenance & drought tolerant. They look great in a hanging basket or cascading over the top of a wall. 3-5′ tall & wide. Full sun-partial shade. Produces great movement in the garden. A U.C. Davis Arboretum All-Star Selection. Zones 9-12.

equisetiformis ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’: “St. Elmo’s Fire Coral Fountain/Firecracker Plant”. This variety is larger than the common Coral Fountain. The coral-red flowers in spring-fall are more showy than the species as they are considerably darker. Sun-partial shade. 4-6′ tall & 6-8′ wide. Moderate irrigation. Attracts hummingbirds. Remove dead flowers.  Zone 8.

SALVIA

‘Allen Chickering’: “Allen Chickering Sage”. A dense shrub with gray-green foliage. Whorls of lavender blue flowers in spring-summer. 4-5′ tall & wide. Full sun. Deer resistant. Attracts bees & butterflies. Low water needs. Zones 9-10.

apiana: “Sacred Sage, White Sage”. Highly aromatic, waxy, grayish white leaves used extensively for incense or smudging. White, fading to pale pink flowers form whorls along 3-4′ stems in the spring-summer. 4-5’tall & wide. Full sun. Low water needs.  Can be grown as a perennial or an annual or lifted in fall to overwinter indoors in cooler climates. Attracts hummingbirds. Drought tolerant. A U.C. Davis Arboretum All-Star Selection. Zones 9-10.

‘Bee’s Bliss’: “Bee’s Bliss Creeping Sage”. Evergreen. Gray-green foliage. Fragrant, lavender blue flowers in mid-spring-summer. 1-2′ tall & 6-8′ wide. Full sun. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Attracts bees, birds, & butterflies. Zones 8-10.

chamaedryoides: “Germander Sage”. Evergreen. Small, silvery-gray leaved sage. True sky-blue flowers in spring-fall. Drought tolerant. 12-18″ tall & 3-4′ wide. Full sun – partial shade. Attracts hummingbirds. Best in perennial gardens close to living spaces. Use in dry borders or rock gardens. Low water needs. Zones 8-10.

chiapensis: “Chiapas Sage”. Low, evergreen (but tender) perennial with dark green, glossy leaves to 1″ long. Loose spikes of magenta pink flowers appear from late spring-fall. 2-3′ tall & 3-4′ wide. Partial shade – sun in cool areas. Average to infrequent watering. Protect from moderate frost. Attracts hummingbirds. Zones 8-10.

clevelandii ‘Winnifred Gilman’: “Winnifred Gilman Cleveland Sage”. A California native plant. Evergreen shrub produces maroon stemmed, blue-violet flowers in late spring-summer. 4-5’tall & wide. Sun-partial shade. Heat & drought tolerant. Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, & beneficial insects.  A UC Davis Arboretum All-Star Selection. Zones 8-10.

greggii ‘Desert Blaze’: “Desert Blaze Autumn Sage/ Texas Sage”. This semi-evergreen, bush sage has typical narrow green leaves, but with a nice white edge. Brilliant scarlet-red flowers in spring-fall, then sporadically during wet periods in summer. They look great against the variegated foliage background. 2-3′ tall & wide. Sun-partial shade. Attracts butterflies, bees, & hummingbirds. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant. Zones  8-10.

greggii ‘Flame’: This selection of Salvia greggii makes a 24-30″ tall x 24-36″ wide, woody-stemmed clump. The small, dark green leaves adorn the stems that are topped with short, dark purple spikes of brilliant red flowers in summer-frost. Sun-partial shade. Deer resistant. Attracts hummingbirds. Drought & heat tolerant. Zones 7-10.

greggii ‘Heatwave™’ Series: The Heatwave salvia series can take the heat and the drought and will keep on blooming. Developed in Australia, Heatwave was bred to withstand extreme conditions and is ideal for perennial borders or as a foundation plant in a low maintenance landscape. Heatwave is most notable for its tight, upright habit that will not spread as the plant matures. Continual blooms from spring – fall will draw hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden, and will also be attractive to gardeners looking for continual, easy color in their landscape. 30″ tall & 36″ wide. Full sun. Zones 6-9.
       ‘Blaze’: (Salvia microphylla x greggii) ‘EGGBEN005’ P.P.#24,151). Dark crimson flowers.
       ‘Brilliance’: (Salvia microphylla x greggi ‘EGGBEN08 P.P.#25606). Magenta pink flowers.
       ‘Glare’: PPAF. Incandescent white flowers.
       ‘Glimmer’: (Salvia microphylla x greggii ‘EGGBEN003’ P.P.#24,155). Creamy white flowers.

guaranitica ‘Black & Blue’: Black & Blue Anise-Scented Sage”. Upright, branching plant to 30-40″ tall & 20-24″  wide. Narrowly heart-shaped, sparsely hairy, mint green leaves to 5″ long.  Bears 2″ deep blue blossoms with dark purplish blue calyxes, carried several to each foot long stem. Blooms from early summer to frost. Needs support. Where it grows as a perennial, it gets woody by season’s end, but that wood dies during winter & must be cut back to the ground. Elegant container plant. Full sun, but tolerates partial shade, especially in hottest climates. Attracts butterflies & hummingbirds. Waterwise. Easy care. Heat & drought tolerant. Zones 7-10.

guaranitica ‘Black & Bloom’ PPAF: An improved earlier blooming version of Black and Blue. Dark blue flowers mid-spring-mid-fall. 3-5′ tall & 3′ wide. Full sun-partial shade. Another great Salvia option for the mid to back of borders. Deer resistant and heavy blooming until frost. Attracts pollinators. Easy care. Longer blooming. Water-wise. Zones 8-10. A Sunset Western Garden Collection Plant.

hybrid ‘Amistad’ P.P. #23,578: Dark purple flowers with nearly black calyx bloom constantly from early Spring-frost, without pruning. Amistad is more compact and has a fuller habit then other guaranitica types. 3-5′ tall & 3-4′ wide. Full sun-partial shade. Flowers are a magnet for butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. Attracts pollinators. Easy care. Longer blooming. Water-wise. Zones 8b-11. A Sunset Western Garden Collection Plant.

hybrid ‘Ember’s Wish’ PPAF: Glowing coral flowers cover these tough plants from early spring-frost. Her blooms won’t fade in the heat, forming a ball of color in your yard with no pruning or deadheading. 3-4′ tall & 3′ wide. Full sun-partial shade. Attracts pollinators. Easy care. Longer blooming. Water-wise. A portion of plant proceeds go to Make-A-Wish. Zones 9b-10. A Sunset Western Garden Collection Plant.

hybrid ‘Love and Wishes’ PPAF: Deep purple flowers cover these tough plants from early spring-frost. Like her cousin, Wendy’s Wish Salvia, this Salvia will form a ball of color in your yard, with no pruning or deadheading. 3-4′ tall & 3′ wide. Full sun-partial shade. Attracts pollinators. Deer resistant. Easy care. Longer blooming. Water-wise. use in borders, containers, or garden beds. A portion of plant proceeds go to Make-A-Wish. Zones 9-11. A Sunset Western Garden Collection Plant.

leucantha: “Mexican Bush Sage”. Long, tall spikes of white flowers with purple calyxes rise gracefully above the shrubby plant in summer-frost. Heat & drought tolerant. Great in perennial beds or mass planted as a ground cover. Prefers well-drained soil. 3-4′ tall & 3-6’wide. Full sun – partial shade. Attracts butterflies & hummingbirds. Deer tolerant. Zones 9-11.

leucantha ‘Purple’: “Purple Mexican Bush Sage”. Long, tall spikes of purple flowers with purple calyxes rise gracefully above the shrubby plant in summer-frost. Heat & drought tolerant. Great in perennial beds or mass planted as a ground cover. Prefers well-drained soil. 3-4’tall & 3-6’wide. Full sun – partial shade. Attracts butterflies & hummingbirds. Deer tolerant. Zones 9-11.

leucantha ‘Santa Barbara’ P.P. #12,949: “Santa Barbara Mexican Bush Sage”.  A variety similar to Salvia leucantha Purple, but compact. Rich purple flowers in spring-fall. 2-3′ tall & 3-4′ wide. Full sun. Attracts hummingbirds, bees, & butterflies. Drought tolerant. Waterwise. Zones 9-11.

microphylla ‘Killer Cranberry’ P.P. #26,609: Salvia microphylla are native to the American Southwest, and are a fabulous perennial shrub choice for dryer climates. ‘Killer Cranberry’ has masses of rich magenta flowers to lure honeybees and hummingbirds to your garden in spring-fall, and superior glossy foliage. 2-3′ tall & wide. Full sun. Aromatic. Deer resistant. Easy care. Heat tolerant. Low water once established. Zones 8b-10. A Sunset Western Garden Collection Plant.

microphylla ‘Little Kiss’ PPAF:  Better behaved than Salvia ‘Hot Lips’, ‘Little Kiss’ remains dense and compact at only 18″ tall & wide. Red and white bi-color blooms in spring-fall. Full sun. Aromatic. Deer resistant. Easy care. Heat tolerant. Low water once established. Zones 8-10. A Sunset Western Garden Collection Plant.

microphylla ‘Mesa Azure’: Light purple flowers in spring-fall. Bushy, aromatic foliage. 1-2′ tall & wide. Full sun-partial shade. Heat & drought tolerant. Attracts hummingbirds. Zones 7-9.

nemorosa ‘Blue Marvel’  P.P.# 27,018: Deciduous perennial. Bright violet-blue flower spikes on top of gray-green foliage in spring-fall. Dense, shrub-like, compact growth habit to 10-12″ tall & wide. Full sun. Deer resistant. Waterwise. Heat tolerant. Zones 4-9.

nemorosa ‘Marcus’ P.P. #13,322: (Salvia nemorosa ‘Haeumanarc’ P.P.# 13322). “Marcus Sage”. A new compact growing variety. It reaches a mature height of 6-12″ tall & 8-12″ wide.. Blue violet flowers in early summer-fall. Re-bloomer. Full sun.  Attracts hummingbirds, bees,  & butterflies. Deer & rabbit resistant. Zones 4-9.

nemorosa ‘May Night’: “May Night Sage”. Perennial. 1997 Perennial Plant of the Year. Deep indigo flowers that are larger than most of the other nemorosa types. Blooms all through the summer months. Planted in drifts or bands, it will create a vibrant contrast to orange flowered subjects. Somewhat drought tolerant. 18-24″ tall & 12″ wide. Sun. Attracts hummingbirds & butterflies. Waterwise. Zones 4-9.

nemorosa ‘New Dimension’ Series: “Meadow Sage”. Large, compact & well-branched plants are long lasting in the landscape. Heat tolerant. Full sun. 8-10″ tall & 6″ wide. Blooms May-June. Rabbit & deer resistant. Heat tolerant. Frost tolerant. Attracts bees, butterflies, & hummingbirds. Drought tolerant. Zone 5-8.
         ‘Blue’: Deep violet blue flowers.
         ‘Rose’: Deep rose flowers.

officinalis ‘Berggarten’: “Mountain Garden Sage”. This sage is a cultivar of the culinary sage familiar to most cooks. It is grown both for its ornamental qualities (attractive blue-gray foliage) & its culinary properties. A compact, woody-stemmed, shrubby perennial that typically grow 1-2′ tall & wide. Whorls of purple-blue flowers to 1″ long in short, upright spikes in June-July. Full sun, but will tolerate very light shade. Gray-green leaves are wider than the species (to 4″ long) & strongly aromatic. Attracts butterflies. Use in borders, rock gardens, or herb & vegetable gardens. Zone 5-8.

officinalis ‘Icterina’: “Variegated Golden Garden Sage”. An evergreen perennial admired by cooks & gardeners for the unique, pungent flavor and aroma that its gray-green leaves with irregular yellow margins produce.  In early to mid-summer, it occasionally sends up lavender-purple flower spikes; it has both ornamental and culinary qualities in an herb garden. 1-2′ tall & wide. Full sun. Deer, drought & frost tolerant. Attracts butterflies. Zones 5-8.

officinalis ‘Tricolor’: “Common Garden Sage”.  Grown primarily for its ornamental qualities, but it also has culinary properties as well. . 1-2′ tall & wide. It has wrinkled, oblong leaves (to 4″ long) which are marbled with grayish-green, white and purple and edged with pink. Leaves are strongly aromatic and may be used fresh or dried in cooking. Lavender-blue flowers appear in late spring. Attractive to bees and butterflies. Tricolor sage is a cultivar of the culinary sage familiar to most cooks. Zones 6-9.

sinaloensis: “Sinaloa Sage”. Small perennial. 1-2′ tall & wide. Aromatic, hairy foliage is burgundy in color with dark reddish stems. Dark blue flowers with a white spot on the lip appear in spring-fall. Full sun-partial shade. Great for borders, groundcover, as well as for containers. Zones 7-10.

spathacea: “Hummingbird Sage”. Perennial. A California native plant. A mounding groundcover habit. 1-2′ tall &  3-5′ wide. Spread by underground rhizomes. The plant is sticky to touch with foliage that is wrinkled on top & hairy on the bottom & light green in color. The foliage has a pleasant, fruity aroma. The deep rose-pink flowers grow on 24-30″ stalks & have maroon bracts & calyxes that remain after the flowers fade. Blooms through out spring & rebloom again in the fall. Attracts hummingbirds. Drought & frost tolerant. Full sun-partial shade. Evergreen. A U.C.Davis Arboretum All-Star Selection. Zones 7-10.

x. ‘Dark Dancer’: “Dark Dancer Sage”. A chance seedling cross of microphylla & greggii except flowers are 30-40% larger. Blooms are magenta pink flowering in summer-fall.  Aromatic gray-green foliage. Ideal for borders or mass plantings. Full sun. 2-4′ tall & wide. Attracts hummingbirds. Deer resistant. A U.C. Davis Arboretum All-Star Selection. Zones 7-10.

x. microphylla ‘Hot Lips’: “Hot Lips Sage”. Forms a wide, fast-growing mound of broad, soft, & aromatic leaves, covered with stunning bicolor red & white flowers in spring-fall. Color is strongest in cool temperatures. 2-3′ tall & wide. Full sun. Attracts hummingbirds & butterflies. Deer resistant. A U.C. Davis Arboretum All-Star Selection. USDA Zones 7-10.

x ‘Mystic Spires Blue’ P.P. #18,054: “Mystic Spires Sage”. Covered with true blue flowers in spring-fall. Sturdy, dark green-leafed plants. Naturally compact, well-branched, & very free-flowering. Dwarf ‘Indigo Spires’ type. Great for landscapes & mixed combos. 18-24″ tall & 12-18″ wide. Full sun. One of the most heat and drought tolerant plants. Attracts bees, butterflies, & hummingbirds.  Zone 7-10.

SANTOLINA

incana ‘Silver’: (Salvia  chamaecyparissus) “Lavender Cotton”. Foliage is silvery gray, finely divided, fragrant when crushed. Yellow button flowers in summer. Drought tolerant & deer resistant. 1-2′ tall & 2-3′ wide.  Full sun. Attractive groundcover or edging for walks or borders. Good foreground for herb garden. Drought tolerant when established. Evergreen. Deer resistant. Waterwise. Zone 7-9.

virens: “Lavender Cotton”. 2-3′ tall & wide. Narrow green leaves like those of rosemary. Leaves may have tiny teeth or none at all. Leaves may be aromatic when crushed. Bright yellow flowers in summer. Full sun. Attractive groundcover or edging for walks or borders. Good foreground for herb garden. Drought tolerant when established. Evergreen. Deer resistant. Waterwise. Zone 7-9.

SANVITALIA

‘Sunvy Top Gold’: “Creeping Zinnia”. Masses of stunning yellow daisy flowers with gold eyes at the ends of the stems from late spring-mid fall. It’s  narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the season. It has a compact habit to 9-10″ tall & 10-20″ wide. Full sun – partial shade.  Ideal for edging, hanging baskets, rock gardens. Annual.

SAPONARIA

‘Bressingham Pink’: “Alpine Soapwort”.  A carpet of grassy green leaves, topped with large rose-pink flowers in late spring-summer. 4-6″ tall & 6″ wide. Full sun. Drought tolerant. Perfect for the rock garden or cascading over a retaining wall. It will also take some light foot traffic. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant. Zones 4-9.

SAXIFRAGA

arendsii ‘Purple Robe’: “Purple Robe Saxifraga”. Compact spreading mounds send up thin stems with tiny flowers in shades of crimson. Mossy evergreen foliage. Excellent for rock gardens or edging. Sun-partial shade. 6-10″ tall & 10-12″ wide. Zones 4-9.

paniculata ‘Peter Pan’: “Peter Pan Mossy Saxifraga”. A compact Mossy Saxifraga with a cushion of dense, dissected leaves with carmine red buds that open to bright pink flowers on short stems in April-June. Full sun-partial shade. 3-6″ tall & 10-12″ wide. Zones 4-7.

paniculata ‘Triumph’: Triumph Mossy Saxifraga”. A compact version of Mossy Saxifraga with dark red flowers in spring-summer. Keeps a dense compact habit. 6-8″ tall & 9-10″ wide. Sun-partial shade. Zones 4-7.

SCABIOSA

columbaria ‘Blue Note’: “Dwarf Pincushion Flower”. This forms a low mound of lacy grey-green leaves, bearing a very long display of small, lavender-blue, button-shaped flowers in spring-fall. Full sun-partial shade. 8-10″ tall & wide. Ideal for along the front of a sunny border, in mixed containers, the rock garden or even growing on walls. Deadhead occasionally in summer to tidy up the plants. Drought tolerant. Attracts hummingbirds & butterflies. Zones 5-9.

columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’: “Butterfly Blue Pincushion Flower”. Longer blooming than many varieties, these hardy perennials provide a continuous show of flowers from April – November. It’s flowers are an intense lavender blue, fading to white in the center. Because of their particularly nice mounding form & free-blooming habit, these are good in beds, especially as front borders. Great as cut flowers or in containers. They are also attractive to butterflies. Full sun – partial shade. 12-18″ tall & 15″ wide. Deer resistant. Zones 3-8.

columbaria ‘Mariposa Blue’: Fully double, large, lavender blue blossoms on sturdy stems in summer-late fall.  Flowers rise above height given: up to 18″. With a compact, tidy habit, this is a long and profuse bloomer. 10-12″ tall & 12″ wide. Full sun. Attracts hummingbirds & butterflies. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Zones 5-9.

columbaria ‘Mariposa Violet’: Fully double, large, deep violet flowers on sturdy stems in summer-late fall.  Flowers rise above height given: up to 18″. With a compact, tidy habit, this is a long and profuse bloomer. 10-12″ tall & 12″ wide. Full sun. Attracts hummingbirds & butterflies. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Zones 5-9.

SCAEVOLA

aemula ‘Bombay Dark Blue’: “Bombay Dark Blue Fan Flower”. Semi-trailing perennial with very good branching. Does very well in bright, hot, sunny locations producing non-stop color of dark blue, fan-shaped flowers through early Spring, Summer & Fall. It is low maintenance, heat & drought tolerant. It’s trailing habit is great in landscape, beds, baskets, & containers. It also attracts bees & butterflies. Full sun-partial shade. Height 6-10″;spread 14-18″. Zones 3-9.

aemula ‘Top Pot Blue’: PP# 19,658.”Top Pot Blue Fan Flower”. Perennial. 1″ wide, violet blue fan-shaped flowers with a yellow throat appear in mass from spring through summer. Soft, nearly succulent, medium green, coarsely toothed leaves form a sprawling mat less than 1′ tall & 2′ wide. Full sun-part shade. Hardy to 30-32ºF. Zones 9-11.

hybrid ‘New Wonder’ P.P. #10,584: (Scaevola aemula ‘Newon’ USPP 10,584). “New Wonder Fan Flower”. Enjoy hundreds of blue fan flowers on vigorous, trailing, dark green stems. More compact & symmetrical than its predecessor ‘Blue Wonder’, this one loves summer heat & lots of light. 8-12″ tall & 18-24″ wide. Full sun. Violet blue, fan-shaped flowers in spring-fall. Heat & drought tolerant. Zones 10-11.

SCLERANTHUS

biflorus: “Australian Astroturf”. Groundcover. The bright emerald green foliage resembles moss. Tiny white flowers in summer. Sun-partial shade. 3-4″ tall & 3′ wide. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Low water. Great in containers, as an edging in rock gardens, or tumbling over rocks in the landscape.  Zones 9-11.

SEDUM

‘Burrito’: “Donkey Tail”. Silver blue-green, jelly bean shaped foliage. Pink flowers in spring-summer. 12″ tall. Sun-partial shade. Good for hanging basket. Zones 10-11.

makinoi ‘Ogon’: “Golden Japanese Stonecrop”. Brilliant solid golden-yellow foliage is flushed with pink making a striking color accent in rock gardens, rock walls, as a pathway filler or as a groundcover. Part shade. Protect from hot afternoon sun. Low mat-forming to 2″ tall & 8-12″ wide. Moderate grower. Insignificant yellow flowers in summer. Drought tolerant. Zones 7-9.

reflexum ‘Blue Spruce’: “Blue Spruce Stonecrop”. Evergreen. A groundcover with small, succulent blue leaves reminiscent of the needles of a blue spruce conifer. Yellow flowers in summer.  Good as in accent containers, rock and alpine gardens. 5″ tall & 15-18″ wide. Full sun-partial shade. Waterwise. Zones 3-11.

rubrotinctum: “Jelly Beans, Pork & Beans”.  The leaves are jelly bean shaped, 3/4 inch long, with red-brown tips which turn to bronze in the sun. Yellow flowers in winter-spring. Sun-partial shade. 6-8″ tall & wide.  Leaves root easily when falling on the soil. Use in rock gardens, containers between stepping stones or in wall niches. Sedum rubrotinctum is poisonous and may cause irritation when ingested or touched. Heat & drought tolerant. Deer & rabbit resistant. Zones 9-10.

rupestre ‘Angelina’: “Angelina Stonecrop”. A groundcover of brilliant chartreuse-yellow, needle-like foliage adds cheery color to containers, dry slopes and flowering borders, as well as being a good bulb cover. In cooler weather foliage may turn orange. Yellow flowers in summer. Sun-partial shade. 3-6″ tall & 2-3′ wide. Waterwise. Zones 3-11.

rupestre ‘Lemon Ball’: A mound of chartreuse, fine textured needle-like  foliage that grows 4-5″ tall and spreads 10-12″ wide. Like ‘Angelina’ but is brighter yellow and has a denser, bushy habit. Yellow flowers in summer. Sun-partial shade. Heat & drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Zones 3-9.

spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’: “Dragon’s Blood Stonecrop”. Green succulent leaves with wine red margins become brilliantly red with cool autumn temperatures. Brilliant red, star-shaped , flowers in summer. A superb groundcover, border or rock garden subject. Also works in containers. 4-6″ tall & 2′ wide. Sun-partial shade. Waterwise. Zones 3-9.

spurium ‘Fuldaglut’: “Fuldaglut Stonecrop”. Green-bronzy-red leaves turning burgundy in the fall. Rosy star-shaped flowers in summer. Vigorous grower. Mat-forming evergreen. 3-4″ tall & 18″ wide. Full sun. Rabbit & deer resistant. Drought tolerant. Zones 4-9.

spurium ‘Tricolor’: “Tricolor Stonecrop”. Tiny green leaves, edged in pink & cream. Soft pink flowers in summer. Fairly slow grower. 3-4″ tall & 12-18″ wide. Full sun-partial shade. Use as a groundcover or in rock gardens or containers. Zones 4-9.

‘Sunsparkler® Cherry Tart’ P.P. #24,603: ” Sunsparkler® Cherry Tart Stonecrop”. Groundcover. It forms a low, compact mound of fleshy, dark cherry-red, rounded leaves. Deep pink flowers in late summer-early fall.  Excellent in containers or perfect for growing at the front of a border or edging of pathways. Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. 4-6″ tall & 16-18″ wide. Sun-partial shade. Waterwise. Zones 4-9.

‘Sunsparkler® Lime Zinger’ P.P. #24,632: “Sunsparkler® Lime Zinger Stonecrop”. Groundcover. It forms a low, compact mound of fleshy, apple green, rounded leaves with red edges. . Soft pink flowers in late summer-early fall.  Excellent in containers or perfect for growing at the front of a border or edging of pathways. Flowers are attractive to bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. 4-6″ tall & 16-18″ wide. Sun-partial shade. Waterwise. Deer resistant.  Zones 4-9.

SENECIO

mandraliscae: (Kleinia mandraliscae). “Blue Fingers/ Blue Chalksticks”. A striking blue gray succulent from South Africa with pencil-like, slightly curved leaves that point upward. A dense mat form makes an attractive groundcover where a blue gray effect is desired. White flowers in summer. 1-3′ tall & 2-3′ wide. Full sun. Easy care and drought tolerant but will tolerate regular irrigation. Attractive in containers. Zones 10-11.

SEQUOIA

sempervirens ‘Aptos Blue’: “Aptos Blue Coastal Redwood”. Evergreen tree. Coast redwood is the tallest of the world’s trees; Some individuals in the wild are over 350′ tall. Fine landscaping tree – almost entirely pest free & almost always fresh looking & woodsy smelling. In its native range, a redwood tree grows rapidly (3-5′ a year in its early years), but will reach only about 70-90′ tall, 15-30′ wide in 25 years. Typically forms a symmetrical pyramid of soft looking, dense blue-green foliage on nearly horizontal branches with drooping branchlets. Small (½-1½”) roundish brown cones. Red-brown, fibrous-barked trunk goes straight up. Grow singly or in grove. Best planting location is in or directly next to a lawn for regular moisture. Full sun – light shade. Zones 7-9.

sempervirens ‘Los Altos’: “Los Altos Coastal Redwood”. Evergreen tree. Coast redwood is the tallest of the world’s trees; Some individuals in the wild are over 350′ tall. Fine landscaping tree – almost entirely pest free & almost always fresh looking & woodsy smelling. In its native range, a redwood tree grows rapidly (3-5′ a year in its early years), but will reach only about 70-90′ tall, 15-30′ wide in 25 years. Typically forms a symmetrical pyramid of dark green leaves on horizontal, arching branches. Small, (½-1½”) roundish brown cones. Red-brown, fibrous-barked trunk goes straight up. Grow singly or in grove. Best planting location is in or directly next to a lawn for regular moisture. Full sun – light shade. Zones 7-9.

sempervirens ‘Soquel’: “Soquel Coastal Redwood”. Symmetrical pyramid shape formed by sturdy, horizontal branches that arch gracefully. Bluish-green foliage offers a fine, feathery texture. Excellent yard tree. Evergreen. Full sun. Fast grower to 60-70′ tall, 25-30′ wide. Zones 7-9.

SOLANUM

jasminoides: “Potato Vine”. Attractive, shrubby twining climber gives an almost perpetual display of showy blue-tinged white blossoms in spring. Good ornamental cover for fences or walls, or growing across lattice for shade. Semi-evergreen. Full sun-partial shade. Fast grower, stems to 20-25′ long. Attracts hummingbirds. Deer resistant. Zones 9-11.

SOLLYA

heterophylla: “Australian Bluebell Creeper”. A climbing, evergreen shrub. Bright blue bell-shaped flowers bloom in the summer. Plant in sun on coast or part shade. Drought tolerant once established. Height to 3′, but with support will grow to 6′ tall or higher & 3-5′ wide. A U.C. Davis Arboretum All-Star Selection. Hardy to 20-25ºF. Zones 9-10.

SORBARIA

sorbifolia ‘Sem’ P.P. #16,336: “False Spiraea”. Unique striping of pink on fern-like leaves with appealing bronze foliage in spring. A great compact shrub with impressive white flower plumes in summer; dense habit. Fall foliage is bright red and orange. 3-4′ tall & wide. Full sun-partial shade. Zones 2-8. A Garden Debut® Plant.

SPHAERALCEA

ambigua: “Desert Mallow/ Globe Mallow/ Apricot Mallow”. Broad, rounded gray-green foliage are crinkled, slightly lobed, & covered with white fuzz. Orange-red/pink flowers in spring-fall. Long blooming. 3-4′ tall & 2-3′ wide. Full sun. Attracts butterflies. Drought tolerant. Zones 6-10.

STACHYS

byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’: (S. lanata, S. olympica) “Lamb’s Ear”. Perennial. Soft, thick, white-wooly, rather tongue-shaped leaves grow densely on spreading, 1-1½'” stems. Rain smashes it down, makes it mushy. Frost damages leaves. Cut back in spring. This variety rarely produces flowers. 8-10″ tall & 18-24″ wide. Full sun – partial shade. Infrequent water. Use for contrast with dark green & different shaped leaves such as those of strawberry or some sedums. Good edging plant for paths, flower bed borders; highly effective edging for bearded iris. Excellent groundcover under high-branching oaks. Zones 4-8.

STRELITZIA

nicolai: “Giant Bird Of Paradise”. Highly prized evergreen perennial creates tree-like bold clumps. Long stalked blue-green leaves to 6′ are held in fan-like formation. The huge bird-like flowers have white heads with blue tongues. Full sun. Slow growing to 25-30′ tall &  15′ wide. Zones 9-11.

reginae: “Bird Of Paradise”. Tropical looking evergreen perennial valued for its unique bird-like orange, blue, & white flower heads. Long-lasting cut flowers. Used as an accent, especially on patios or near pools. Good in containers. Full sun-partial shade. Slow-growing clumps to 3-5′ tall & can be as wide or wider. Zones 9-11.

reginae ‘Mandela’s Gold’: “Yellow Bird Of Paradise”. Yellow & blue, crane-like flowers throughout the year. Sun – partial shade. 4-6′ tall & 6-8′ wide. Use as a feature plant, a decorative garden subject or add a tropical feel to courtyards and swimming pool areas. It is also an excellent cutflower. Zones 9-11.

STROBILANTHES

dyerianus: “Persian Shield”. A soft-stemmed, tropical, evergreen shrub or subshrub that is grown primarily for its attractive  dark green leaves (to 8” long) that are flushed with silvery-purple iridescence above and dark purple beneath. Spikes of tiny, violet, 5-lobed funnel-shaped flowers in fall.  Sun-partial shade. 1-3′ tall & wide. Heat & drought tolerant. Can be adapted to a houseplant. Zones 9-11.

SUTERA (BACOPA)

cordata ‘Abunda™’ Series : The best basal-branching & heat tolerance of any Sutera. Big, beautiful blooms with yellow centers over dark green foliage look great in baskets and mixed combos. Blooms early Spring-fall. Mounding habit. 8-12″ tall & wide. Full sun. Attracts butterflies. Hardy to 28ºF. Zones 10-11.
        ‘Colossal Blue’: Lilac blue flowers.
        ‘Colossal White’ P.P. #19,080: White blooms with yellow centers over dark green foliage.

cordata ‘MegaCopa’ Series: This new series of bacopa is notable for its well-branched habits, large flowers and improved heat performance. Hundreds of beautiful flowers cover these trailing plants in spring-fall. 4-6″ tall & 12-18″ wide. Full sun. Zones 9-10.
        ‘Blue’: Periwinkle blue flowers.
        ‘Pink’: Dark pink flowers.
        ‘White’: White flowers.

cordata  ‘Scopia® Gulliver Blue’ P.P. #23,835: Small serrated, round leaves remain green in color throughout the year. It is covered in stunning purple star-shaped flowers with sky blue overtones and yellow eyes along the stems from mid spring-late fall. Full sun. 4-6″ tall & 16-24″ wide. Hardy to 32ºF. Zone 9-10.

cordata ‘Scopia® Gulliver Great Pink Ring’ P.P. #19,782: Small serrated, round leaves remain green in color throughout the year.  It is covered in light pink star-shaped flowers with yellow eyes and a hot pink ring along the stems from mid spring-late fall. Full sun. 4-6″ tall & 16-24″ wide. Hardy to 32ºF. Zone 9-10.

cordata ‘Scopia® Gulliver White’ P.P. #18,194: Small serrated, round leaves remain green in color throughout the year. It is covered in stunning white star-shaped flowers with yellow eyes along the stems from mid spring-late fall. Full sun. 4-6″ tall & 16-24″ wide. Hardy to 32ºF. Zone 9-10

hybrid ‘Snowstorm® Blue Bubbles’ PPAF: Small, double lavender blue blooms cover the dense, well branched foliage of this plant in spring-fall. 3-6 inches tall & 10-14″ wide. Mounded trailing habit makes it great in hanging baskets and containers. Full sun-part shade. Deadheading not necessary. Zones 9-11.

hybrid Snowstorm® ‘Giant Snowflake Improved’ P.P. #17,866: An instant hit with both gardeners & growers, Sutera is incredibly vigorous & versatile. It’s “living carpet” growth is unbeatable for filling those inevitable bare spots & spicing up small pots. Large, white flowers in spring-frost. Full sun-partial shade. 4-8″ tall & 20-36″ wide. Zones 9-11.

TECOMA

stans ‘Sparky’ PPAF: This more upright variety features bright orange-yellow blooms with a maroon red center in spring-fall. This plant loves heat and will thrive in the southeast or the southwest as well as the west coast. Full sun. 5-6′ tall & 3′ wide. Low maintenance and drought-tolerant. Attractive to bees, birds, and/or butterflies. Zones 9–11.

x. ‘Bells Of Fire™’ P.P. 24,170: (Tecoma ‘TEC6010916′ PP24170). Evergreen. While some Tecomas grow to gigantic sizes, Bells Of Fire is bred to be more compact. With it’s tropical appearance, it will bloom early and rebloom bright red-orange, bell-shaped flowers continually from spring until frost. Full sun. 6′ tall & 5’ wide. Attracts birds & butterflies. Heat tolerant. Zones 8-11. A Sunset Western Garden Collection Plant.

x. ‘Lydia™’ P.P. 24,169: (Tecoma ‘TEC60109106’ PP24169). Evergreen. Until recently, tecomas grew huge, bloomed only in late spring and fall, and were covered in unattractive seed pods. Lydia stays more compact and blooms bright yellow flowers from early spring until frost — with fewer seed pods. Full sun. 5′ tall & wide. Attracts birds & butterflies. Heat tolerant. Zones 8-11. A Sunset Western Garden Collection Plant.

TECOMARIA

capensis: “Cape Honeysuckle”. Vine or shrub. If tied to a support, can scramble to 15-30′; with hard pruning, makes an upright shrub, 6-8′ tall & 4-5′ wide. Shiny dark green leaflets give it a fine-textured look. Brilliant orange-red flowers in compact clusters appear from fall into spring. Takes wind & salt air. Use as an espalier, bank cover, or coarse barrier hedge. Sun-partial shade. Little water is needed. Zones 9-11.

TEUCRIUM

ackermannii: “Germander”. Aromatic, silver foliage to 3-4″tall & 18-24″ wide. The foliage has a strong pleasant aroma when pinched. Purple flowers in spring & fall. Sun-partial shade. A good plant for large containers and rock gardens. Zones 7-8.

chamaedrys ‘Prostratus’: “Creeping Germander”. Dark glossy green, rounded leaves on woody stems form a thick cover 8-10″ tall & up to 3′ wide. Spikes of rosy lavender pink flowers bloom in spring & summer. Full sun. Attracts bees. Drought tolerant. A U.C. Davis Arboretum All-Star Selection. Zones 4-9.

fruiticans ‘Azureum’: “Azure Bush Germander”. Evergreen. Gray-green foliage with silvery-white undersides, give it a shimmery appearance. Dark blue flowers in spring-fall. 4-6′ tall & wide. Full sun. Deer resistant. Attracts hummingbirds. Waterwise. Tolerates poor, rocky soils. Zones 8-9.

majoricum (aroanium): (Teucrium cossonii ). “Germander”. 4-6″ tall groundcover & 1-2′ wide. Full sun. Well-drained soil. No added fertilizer needed. Tiny gray-green leaves are fragrant when touched. Masses of rich purple flowers in spring & fall. Attracts bees & butterflies. Hardy to 0°F. Zones 8-10.

THUJA

occidentalis ‘Emerald’: (T.o. ‘Smaragd’) “Emerald Arborvitae”. Narrow, densely branched pyramidal form displaying rich emerald green foliage. Holds its foliage color throughout winter. Excellent evergreen hedge or screening plant. Full sun. Moderate grower to 15′ tall & 3-4′ wide. Zones 4-8.

THYMUS

praecox ‘Coccineus’: “Red Creeping Thyme”. A perennial herb that makes a beautiful ground cover with deep, lavender-red flowers in summer. It will tolerate light foot traffic and has a wonderful fragrance when leaves are crushed, so it works great between stepping stones. 3-6″ tall & 12-18″ wide. Sun-partial shade. Attracts butterflies. Slow growing. Zones 4-9.

serphyllum ‘Elfin’: “Elfin Thyme”. An ornamental herb with tiny, aromatic  evergreen leaves. Lavender  purple flowers in summer. 1-2″ tall & 4-8″ wide. Full sun. It will tolerate light foot traffic and has a wonderful fragrance when leaves are crushed, so it works great between stepping stones. Attracts butterflies. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant. Zones 4-8.

vulgaris argenteus ‘Silver Edge’: “Common Thyme”. Low creeping perennial with leaves edged with creamy white. Lilac flowers in summer. 6-12″ tall & wide. Full sun – partial shade. Drought tolerant. Culinary herb. Attracts bees & butterflies. Zones 5-8.

vulgaris: “English Thyme, Common Thyme”. Variable plant to 1′ tall &  2′ wide, with gray-green, narrow to oval leaves. White to lilac flowers in late spring to early summer. Good for edging or as a container plant. Culinary herb. Use leaves fresh or dried as a seasoning. Full sun -partial shade. Attracts butterflies. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant. Zones 5-9.

x citriodorus ‘Aureus’: “Lemon Thyme”. Lemon scented, green foliage with gold margins. Light purple flowers in spring-summer.  6-10″ tall & 8-” wide. Sun-partial shade. Culinary herb. Use leaves fresh or dried as a seasoning.  Attracts butterflies & bees. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant. Zones 4-9.

TRACHELOSPERMUM

asiaticum ‘Snow-n-Summer™’: (Trachelospermum asiaticum ‘HOSNS’). Evergreen. Outstanding its pink and white new leaves continually emerge over green & white older leaves. Very fragrant, tubular, creamy white flowers that age to yellow in summer. 8-10″ tall by 24-30″ wide. Sun-partial shade. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant. Zones 7-9. A Garden Debut® Plant.

jasminoides: “Star Jasmine”. Beautiful evergreen vine prized for its very fragrant, star-shaped white flowers. Trains on posts, walls, or trellises, or use as a fast growing shrubby ground cover. Good container plant in cold climates. Full sun – partial shade. Vine with 18-20′ twining branches 1-2′ tall. Zones 8-11.

TRICHOSTEMA

lanatum: “Woolly Blue Curls”. Evergreen.  Narrow, aromatic leaves are shiny green above and woolly white underneath. Violet blue, fuzzy flowers with long, curved stamens  in  spring-fall. Full sun. 3-4′ tall & 4-5’wide. Attracts hummingbirds. Very drought tolerant. Zones 7-10.

TRICYRTIS

formosana ‘Sunny Spirit™’: (Tricyrtis formosana ‘sPg-3-023’). Purple flowers with dark purple spotting in fall on unique green and gold leaves. Reaches 24-36″ tall and 18-24″ wide. Shade-partial shade. Deer tolerant. Excellent choice for borders in woodland gardens. Zone 6.   A Garden Debut® Plant.

TRISTANIA

laurina ‘Elegant’: “Water Gum”. Slow growing, rather formal-looking plant with conical, dense crown. Mahogany colored bark peels off, revealing satiny white new bark beneath. ‘Elegant’ has broad leaves that are red when they emerge, turn green only when shaded by later growth. Clusters of small, faintly fragrant yellow flowers appear in late spring or early summer. Seedpods are like those of Eucalyptus but much smaller. To 10′ tall & 5′ wide at 8 years old; may eventually reach 45′ or taller & 30′ wide. Full sun. Zones 9-11.

TULBAGHIA

violacea: “Lavender Society Garlic”. As the more sociable member of the onion family, Lavender Society Garlic offers attractive clusters of lavender-colored, star-shaped blooms borne over narrow, blue-green leaves. Leaves & flower stems have a pleasing garlic fragrance. Perfect for adding a variety of form & color to the mixed border. Herbaceous perennial. Full sun. Moderate growth to 12″ tall & wide. Zones 8-10.

violacea ‘Tricolor’: “Tri-Color Society Garlic”. Dainty heads of lilac-pink flowers on stalks rising above blue-gray grass-like foliage having thin white margins. New growth has pink tinge in early spring. Brushing against plants gives a garlic-like fragrance. Evergreen. Full sun. Vigorous growing clumps to 1′ wide, foliage to 1′ tall, flower stalks to 2′. Zones 7-11.

 

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