Yes, we know ;-) These guys are new, small, and shy, and have no spring colors, and the woodchips are bigger than some of them. They're still in relocation shock ;-) We're hoping to come back and photograph them in a year or two to give an idea of their speed of growth and beautiful color. Until then, this page will keep the label-switching kindergarteners honest. Stay tuned for updates ;-)
last updated: 05/04/05
Common name: Cedros Island Verbena
Genus: Verbena Species: lilacina Cultivar:
"De La Mina" Description/Care: An
evergreen perennial collected from its native Cedros Island. It forms an 18 to
24 inch mound of foliage from which emerge the dark purple, star-shaped
flowers with purple stamens. Plants can bloom most of the year with a peak in
spring and summer. Although this plant is not native to California proper, the
islands of Baja California are considered part of the California floristic
province. Full to part sun. Low water needs, but likes some when flowering.
Needs good drainage. Should be cut back to 4" each winter.
Common name: Hummingbird Sage
Genus: Salvia Species: spathacea
Description/Care: A 1' perennial that spreads by rhizomes. It is native to coastal Ca. from Napa to Orange. The flowers are magenta, 1" long with 10-20 flowers on a 1-2' spike. It is native in a rainfall range of 20-35". Water extra in winter and trim it lightly in late summer if it looks tacky
Common name: Sand Strawberry
Description/Care: A spreading perennial ground cover with small white flowers, March-Aug. Likes some water and part shade. Native to coastal bluffs and sand dunes in Calif.
Common name: California Buckwheat
Genus: Eriogonum Species: fasciculatum Variety:
Description/Care: A low rounded evergreen shrub that can spread to 4'; also considered a herbaceous perennial. Will get terminal clusters of pinkish white fuzzy flowers; long bloom period, March-November. Very widespread; found on rocky south facing slopes of the Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts; elevations of 1000-4500ft. Likes full sun; sprawls unattractively in low light. A better ornamental with a little water. Cut back mid winter to encourage herbaceous growth over woody look.
Special Uses/Qualities: The buckwheats are very important butterfly plants. The flowers, leaves and seeds are all used by all the smaller animals.
Common name: Narrow-Leaf Milkweed
Genus: Asclepias Species: fascicularis
Description/Care: Perennial, 3-4' tall, showy pink flowers button-like flowers in the spring. Will seed itself freely. Needs sun, and is quite drought tolerant. Needs cross-pollination for fruit and seed development.
Common name: Dara's Choice Sage
Genus: Salvia Cultivar: Dara's Choice
Description/Care: A hybrid between Salvia mellifera and Salvia sonomensis, it grows 3' tall and 3' across and produces beautiful, fragrant blue flowers. Very fast growing. Likes some summer water.
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Common name:California Buckwheat
Genus: Eriogonum Species: fasciculatum Variety:
Common name:Winifred Gilman Sage
Genus: Salvia Species: clevelandi Cultivar: Winifred Gilman
Evergreen shrub, 3'
height, 3' width, with flowers lavender to blue.
Fast growing, likes sun to
partial sun and is drought
fragrant and showy with mounding/upright growth. Native to dry slopes in San Diego County.
Common name: Howard McMinn Manzanita
Genus: Arctostaphylos Species: densiflora
Description/Care: The plants have very small white flowers with red stems and they are easy to care for in most gardens. Grow 4' tall, 6' wide and can tolerate sun or shade. It likes limited root moisture.
Special Uses/Qualities: Moths, hummingbirds, butterflies and all sorts of other native wildlife like the plant.
Common name:Carmel Mountain Lilac
Genus: Ceanothus Species: griseus Variety: horizontalis Cultivar: Yankee Point
Description/Care: An evergreen shrub that commonly grows quickly to 3-6' feet tall and 10' wide. A mounding mass of glossy green with gorgeous blue flowers in Mar-May. Likes some afternoon shade and little water each week
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Common name: Winifred Gilman SageGenus: Salvia Species: clevelandi Cultivar: Winifred Gilman
Common name(s): Sea Breeze Seaside Daisy
Genus: Erigeron Species: glaucus Cultivar: Sea Breeze
Description/Care: Pretty, blue-flowering perennial that likes some summer water.
Special Uses/Qualities: Butterflies really like this plant.
Common name: California Wax Myrtle
Genus: Myrica Species: californica
Description/Care: An evergreen shrub or tree to 15'. Native to the immediate coast of Calif., Ore., Wash. Needs good drainage, some summer water, and can tolerate sun to part shade.
name: Soap Plant
Description/Care: Bulb, 2' loose spike of small white flowers , May-Aug, sun, drought tolerant.
Special Uses/Qualities: Bulbs may be eaten when roasted (soapy onion), bulb used as soap.
Genus: Galvezia Species: speciosa Cultivar: "Boca Rosa"
Common name: Island Alum Root
Genus: Heuchera Species: maxima
Description/Care: A 2' wide perennial with 3-5" dark green leaves and 3' spikes of small pinkish flowers that emerge in Feb.-Apr. Native to the Channel Islands. It likes part to full shade, and is quite drought tolerant.