GROW A WATERWISE RAINBOW

While it’s shaping up to be another dry year out here in the West, which may have many pondering about what to plant to lessen the water and beat the heat, one thing you don’t have to worry about is color and having a waterwise garden full of any and every shade that suits your fancy. Thanks to CA native plants, and all those from our "cuzin" climates in S. Africa, Australia, S. America, and throughout the Mediterranean, there are multitudes of waterwise plants that not only cross the rainbow’s color spectrum but are also low maintenance, eye catching and unusual (attributes we love around here). Big bold reds, electric pinks, yowza yellows, gentle greens, bright blues and vivid violets – ranging from the petite to the humongous – there’s no need to sacrifice anything, except of course the water. Here are some of our biggest brightest waterwise favorites, just for you.

Doryanthes palmeri
"Spear Lily"


Yes, that is ONE humungous flowering spike of coastal Australian native “Spear Lily”. And yes, it’s a big boy, growing to 8’ tall and 6’ across. A phenomenal architectural feature plant well suited to a LOW MAINTENANCE, drought tolerant area. Unfussy about soil (not hard pan clay), it creates a giant clump of handsome, upright, sword-shaped leaves and, after some years – ours have taken 4-5 years – the big magnificent, arching spikes – up to 10’ long – start blooming March thru mid-April. Long-lived – up to 100 years! Can be grown in a barrel sized container. Bees, birds and butterflies. Deer resistant! Hardy to 20-25F.

Perennial USDA Zones 9-11
Beschorneria yuccoides
'Flamingo Glow'


The foliar clumps of this succulent, native to Northern Mexico, are indeed lovely and dramatic with their thornless yellow and green vertically striped strappy leaves that form clumps to 3-4’ tall and wide. But when it blooms (in about 1 year) it is an EVENT, with the foliar rosette pushing up astounding bright flamingo pink muscular stalks 5” thick and 5-6’ tall (see video online!). Emerging from its pink stems and bracts are contrasting lime-green tubular bells, highly addictive to hummingbirds. Surprisingly hardy to 10 degrees - 15 degrees. DROUGHT TOLERANT, deer and rabbit resistant. Best in well-drained soil with some fertility.

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Perennial USDA Zones 7b-11

Lampranthus sp.
'Pink Kaboom'


BIG FABOOSH BLOOM with ZERO MAINTENANCE, kiddos! Planted in our parking lot and subsequently ignored, this lampranthus quickly grew into a dense, rounded, 2’x3’, succulent leaved mound, and in Spring, it exploded into an astounding mass of blindingly-brightest pink daisies. Thrill the neighbors, but hand out sunglasses! Although we didn’t, we would actually recommend watering it a bit till established.

Perennial Succulent USDA Zones 9-10

Calandrinia spectabilis

This spectacular Chilean perennial gets our highest recommendation as the best, super EASY, everblooming, deer-resistant plant for a dry garden or difficult spot. Blooming from May to as late as November, this most robust succulent produces a continuous supply of hundreds of bouncy, bright cerise, 1.5,” single, rose-like flowers – without deadheading! Color coordinating, attractive, blue-green foliage spreads quickly into a dense, 15” x 4’ groundcover, suppressing all weeds as it grows. Do give it a home in that parking strip that looks so sad, (it’s kid proof!) that blah hillside or anywhere you’d love to see continuous easy color. Cut back to 6” in Winter and add a bit of compost in Spring for perfect appearance next season. Wants decent drainage. Drought tolerant!

Perennial USDA Zones
8-10

Bouvardia ternifolia
“Firecracker Bush”


This Central American shrub features the brightest red-orange clusters of slender 2” trumpet-shaped flowers that appear in late spring and continue to flush out well into the fall. Hummingbirds love these flowers so be sure to situate it where you can enjoy their frequent visits. Plants are comprised of mid-green oval leaves and mature at 3-4' tall and wide. Not needing much care - just a little water, some deadheading and occasional pruning – this hardy perennial will stay evergreen in zones 9b and higher.

Perennial Shrub USDA Zones 8-11

Dicliptera suberecta
"Uruguayan Firecracker Plant"


From Uruguay comes this amazingly durable and long blooming HEAT, HUMIDITY and DROUGHT TOLERANT perennial that we grow in one of the most neglected spots in our nursery. Starting in mid-summer, tons of long-lasting, rich coral, tubular flower clusters burst out all over, creating a hummingbird magnet and “must have” summer thru fall bloomer! To 2’ tall and 3’ across with refined, velvety, bluish-grey leaves and stems, it makes a great textural and foliar addition to your garden. Dormant in winter but returns with added vigor!

Perennial All USDA Zones 7-10
Oenothera missouriensis
"Ozark Sundrop"


Such stunning blooms combined with HEAT and DROUGHT tolerance make this showy and highly reliable perennial a great asset in both well-drained rock or cottage gardens. Reaching to 10” tall and 1-2.5’ across with attractive and substantial slender leaves, “Ozark Sundrop” blooms exuberantly Spring thru Fall, bearing countless large and luminous, lightly scented, 3-4”, silky bright lemon-yellow “saucers” loved by hummingbirds and hawkmoths. A TOUGH and EASY Midwestern native, it tolerates poor and limey soil, though some fertility and deadheading will produce the most and longest bloom. NOT INVASIVE. Cut back to 1-2” in Fall. Deer resistant.

Perennial USDA Zones 4-10a

Helichrysum argyrophyllum
"Golden Guinea Everlasting"


Add a fantastic, contrastic highlight to your dry garden! It’s tough to get tougher than Helichrysum argyrophyllum when it comes to groundcovers that can take abuse. Awesome for spilling over rocks, walls or for edging and containers, the small glistening, almost metallic, ever-silvery leaves and stems of this South African native construct a solid, trailing and ground-hugging mat. And even awesomer, from mid-Summer thru Fall it almost covers itself with showy little canary-yellow “strawflowers” that last for months and make fun dried flowers! Grow in poor, well-drained soil (no clay). HEAT, FROST and DROUGHT TOLERANT! Deer resistant. To 3”x36”.

Perennial Groundcover USDA Zones 9-11

Echeveria
'Lady Aquarius'


Aquamarine leaves edged in glowing shades of pink make this elegant succulent look like a ruffly underwater sea anemone. Don’t even pretend you don’t want one – everyone wants one! Summer blooming, peachy-rose urn-shaped flowers appear on multiple cherry red stems to 14” tall above the surreal 12” rosette. Marvelous in a container – especially a pretty one! Drought tolerant and deer resistant!


Perennial Succulent USDA Zones 9b-11

Agave parryi var. truncata
"Artichoke Agave"


Hands down one of the most beautiful of all Agaves! Enhancing the brightness of the silvery-grey-blue chubby leaves are conspicuous mahogany terminal spines. Hardy to 15°F, thriving on neglect and adapted to heat, cold and drought “Artichoke Agave” is slow growing and may take many years to bloom – a giant 15’ stalk topped with dense clusters of yellow flowers. The flowering rosette dies after bloom but carries on with the sculptural clump of “pups”.

Perennial Succulent USDA Zones 8-10

Echium plantagineum
'Blue Bedder'

Goof proof, bee-loved and blue, this bountiful bloomer from the Mediterranean is deer resistant, too! Fast growing (in rich soil) into an impressive mound, 20”x20”, of blue, cup-shaped blooms with pink buds, it blooms for months! Easy and resilient, it’s useful in those mysterious spots where everything else dies! Readily self-sows.

*Due to Agricultural Restrictions we cannot ship this plant to Oregon.

Annual All USDA Zones

Echinops ritro ruthenicus

Undemanding, unfazed by heat and happy as a clam in ordinary soil with some drainage, “Globe Thistle” is a simple to grow, magnetic choice for the dry garden. Impressive, 3” across, richly colored blue “tennis balls” stand out on strong multi-branching ghostly white stems above finely cut, shimmery silver foliage to 2’ across. Mid-Summer to Fall blooms are much loved by but­terflies and make different and fun cut flowers, too – fresh or dried! Drought tolerant but prettier with occasional Summer water. Makes a great carefree container subject (5+ gal. size). Deciduous. Tolerates heat and poor soil provided it drains well. Deer resistant! 3’ x 2’.

Perennial USDA Zones 3-10

Prostanthera rotundifolia
"Australian Mint Bush"


An herbal evergreen shrub from Australia, it’s prized for its deliciously fragrant foliage that smells like a cross between mint, thyme, and oregano. Use the fresh leaves to season all manner of savory or sweet dishes (just use as you would mint, thyme, or oregano), or brew them into an aromatic tea that is supposedly treats headaches and colds. Grows quickly to a 3-5’ tall and 6’ wide dense, multi-branching shrub with small, rounded, dark green foliage. Highly ornamental, in late spring it produces an abundance of bell-shaped half inch lavender flowers, attracting bees and hummers. Adds delicious scent and year-round appeal to any herbal or ornamental garden. Plant in well-drained fertile soil in full sun (coast) to part shade (inland). Mulch in Winter to protect roots. A light prune after flowering will promote fuller blooming the next year. Low water once established. Deer resistant.

Perennial USDA Zones 9-10

Salvia sclarea
'Piemont'


If you’ve yet to grow this robust, architectural and long-blooming cottage garden style favorite – this could be your year! Arresting 30” candelabras of 1.5” two-toned lavender and white flowers held in showy violet-purple calyces last for months starting in late Spring thru mid-Summer. And those calyces keep the show going till Fall! Large, aromatic, fuzzy, heart-shaped leaves. To 4’x3’. Not fussy, but best with added compost and Summer water. Blooms 1st year if planted in Spring in the SF Bay Area. Butterflies and bees! Self-sows! Deer resistant. Deadhead regularly for best and longest show.

Perennial USDA Zones 7-10



You asked. We listened, got planting, and are happy to be offering more veggies online this year! If only Mother Nature had cooperated, they’d have all been ready by now; but she does as she pleases, and so some varieties have a bit more growin’ to do. If your favorites are not yet available add them to your wish list and we’ll email you as soon as they’re ready.


SPRING 2022 CATALOG GROWING UPDATE

We hope you’ve received and are enjoying our new Spring 2022 Catalog! We’ve had a bit of a cooler than normal spring so some of the plants listed in the catalog are not quite ready yet. Others sold so quickly, we may be temporarily out of stock. But rest assured we are growing more, so just add them to your wish list and we’ll email you when they’re back.

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