Common name:Blue Palo Verde
Botanical name:Cercidium floridum
This desert tree has an upright habit and can reach 30' high and wide. It can grow moderately fast with irrigation, however, it can be considered drought tolerant. Trees bloom profusely in spring with clusters of golden-yellow blossoms.
Common name:Chalk Dudleya, Chalk-Lettuce
Botanical name:Dudleya pulverulenta
Chalk Dudleya is a succulent. with 12" diameter rosette and waxy leaves; it has interesting flower spikes.
Common name:Dusky Chief Flax
Botanical name:Phormium 'Dusky Chief'
This plant will grow 5-10' high x 3-6' wide and has unique foliage that varies in color. It produces deep purple flowers that have a coral edge.
Common name:Incana Cranesbill
Botanical name:Geranium incanum
Geranium incanum is grown as a trailing or mounding perennial to a size of 1' tall, spreading by underground runners to cover relatively large areas if healthy. Its foliage has a wispy, ferny texture. The dark, rosy violet flowers can appear almost all year in areas of mild climates. The plant needs good drainage, and most suffer die back in cold winters. Proper growth conditions include sun with little or no summer watering. -Monterey Bay Nursery
Common name:Society Garlic
Botanical name:Tulbaghia violacea
This clumping perennial will grow less than 1' tall and has narrow, blue green leaves. Clusters of lavender flowers bloom in spring and summer. Leaves and flowers have a distinct onion or garlic smell if crushed.
Botanical name:Nepeta X faassenii
Nepeta faassenii makes soft, gray green, undulating mounds that are 1.5' high when blooming. The small leaves are attractive to cats. This perennial has lavender blue flowers in late spring and early summer.
Common name:Butterfly-Iris, Fortnight Lily
Botanical name:Dietes iridioides
This clumping evergreen Iris bears tall, narrow leaves to 30" tall and white flowers marked purple in the center on stalks up to 3' tall. This variety has stiffer, darker foliage than the bicolor form. It requires sun to part shade with little or no summer watering when established. -Monterey Bay Nursery
Common name:Elija Blue Fescue
Botanical name:Festuca glauca 'Elija Blue'
The 'Elijah Blue' is a dwarf variety with gray blue (but sometimes white-looking) foliage. It should receive sun and little summer watering. -Monterey Bay Nursrey
Common name:Boston Ivy
Botanical name:Parthenocissus tricuspidata
This deciduous vine grows leaves that are usually lobed and divided into 3 leaflets. It clings tightly to any surface.
Common name:Creeping Fig
Botanical name:Ficus pumila
This is one of the few plants that can attach itself securely to wood, masonry, or metal. Because there is no limit to its size, it can overcome an entire buliding. It is most often found in colder climates. This vine will not climb on the south or west walls.
Cal Southwest Garden
Incorporate compost 6" into your soil to retain water, reduce compaction, feed earthworms, and provide valuable nutrients to your plants.
Drip and other smart irrigation delivers water directly to roots, allowing no excess water for weeds.