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California Greek Garden 32
Mexican Bush Sage, Velvet Sage
Rosemary
Anthony Waterer Spirea
Atlas Fescue
Mexican Bush Sage, Velvet Sage

Common name:Mexican Bush Sage, Velvet Sage
Botanical name:Salvia leucantha

The Mexican Sage is a bushy shrub that grows 3'-4' tall and wide. It has hairy white stems, gray green leaves and velvet-like purple flower spikes that bloom summer through fall. This shrub tolerates sun, light shade, little water, and is hardy to 15 degrees F. The Mexican Sage is drought tolerant and attracts hummingbirds. -Cornflower Farms

Rosemary

Common name:Rosemary
Botanical name:Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary is hardy in full sun areas where winter temperatures do not drop below 10 degrees F. They can be grown in a clay pot with well-drained, porous soil in bright indoor light, and will also flourish on the backporch in spring, summer and fall. Its beautiful, slowly trailing stems and shiny slender leaves are perfect for showing off the small, light blue flowers that blossom in the summer. -Holland WIldflower Farm

Anthony Waterer Spirea

Common name:Anthony Waterer Spirea
Botanical name:Spiraea japonica 'Anthony Waterer'

This 'Anthony Waterer' is a broad shrub, growing 2'-3' with a flattop and dark, blue green leaves. The immature growth is a pinkish red color. From summer until early fall, the flowers are a deep carmine pink color. The pink color of the shrub's flowers makes a nice focal point, and the plant provides structure to a perennial border. It is presented well around lilacs.

Atlas Fescue

Common name:Atlas Fescue
Botanical name:Festuca mairei

Festuca mairei is a mounding grass that grows to 2-3'H x 2-3'W. The foliage is yellowish green and often browns at the tips. Is considered drought tolerant but performs better (stays greener) with fairly regular summer irrigation. Rarely blooms in the landscape in Southern California. Basically carefree.

Designer: Stephanie Blanc

California Greek Garden 32

Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Incorporate compost 6" into your soil to retain water, reduce compaction, feed earthworms, and provide valuable nutrients to your plants.

Integrated Pest Management:

Remove irrigation water and fertilizer from areas where you don't want weeds to grow.