Grasses, Perennials, Shrubs and Trees

Sparaxis tricolor

Perennial Bulb

Variable flowers, orange to scarlet with golden centers. Prefers lots of sun and fast-draining soil. Blooms spring through summer. Great for cut flowers, bud vases.

Sphaeralcea “Newleaze Coral”

Perennial

Upright shrub with coral-orange flowers early summer through fall. Attracts butterflies, tolerates clay. Cut back in Fall.

Sphaeralcea ambigua

Perennial

Small grey-green leaves on sprawling stems topped with stunning apricot mallow flowers in spring/summer. Cut back to 6″ in fall after blooms. Do not overwater.

Sphaeralcea incana

Herbaceous Perennial

Upright growth. Orange flowers August through October. Well drained soils.

Sphaeralcea incana “Dark Pink”

Herbaceous Perennial

Upright shrub with dark pink flowers summer through fall. Attracts butterflies, tolerates clay. Cut back in Fall.

Sporobolus “Windbreaker”

Semi-Evergreen Grass

An upright alternative to Pampas Grass, will form a significant wind-break. Strappy foliage is topped with light and showy blooms in summer.

Sporobolus airoides

Semi-Evergreen Grass

Dry grass that can handle clay or salty soils, but doesn’t like wet roots. A haze of pink flowers tops the grass by mid summer.

Stipa arundinacea

Anemathele lessoniana
Evergreen Grass

Very dramatic colors in an arching 3 ft. clump grass. Clay-tolerant, drought-tolerant.

Stipa arundinacea “Sirocco”

Anemathele lessoniana
Evergreen Grass

Ornamental grass with great orange-brown fall color!  Tall maroon bloom spikes in summer. Vigorous grower. Tolerates clay soil, great in pots or as a focal point in the garden.

 

Stipa gigantea

Evergreen Feather-Grass

Very dramatic when used where afternoon sun back-lights the golden cloud of blooms. Can reseed.

Stipa pulchra

Nassella pulchra
Semi-Deciduous Meadow Grass

Classic grasslands plant throughout California. Turns deep golden when dormant in summer. Masses well. Deer resistant.

Strelitzia juncea

Evergreen shrub

Striking narrow-leaved version of the classic Bird of Paradise. Forms large upright clumps filled in Spring and Summer with large orange bird like flowers. Very low water once established.

Strelitzia nicolai

Evergreen shrub

Large leaves, stretching vertically and tree-like, spreading out in a fan. Giant white flowers. Leaves will show damage with high winds, easy to prune. Can grow indoor, but won’t flower.

Strelitzia reginae

Evergreen shrub

Clumps of wide, large leaves, stretching vertically and tree-like, spreading out in a fan. Large orange and blue flowers. Leaves will show damage with high winds, easy to prune.

Tagetes lemmonii “Compacta”

Evergreen Shrub

Compact perennial bush w/ evergreen foliage, fragrant when crushed. Flowers late summer through fall with bright yellow flowers. Butterflies.

Tanacetum densum

Evergreen Perennial

Feathery grey leaves form a dense groundcover. Small yellow flowers pop up 6-12″ above the foliage in spring. Ideal for coastal gardens – can’t take heat.

Teucrium fruticans “Azurea”

Evergreen Shrub

This Mediterranean evergreen shrub grows well in the Bay Area. Silvery gray foliage. Deep blue flowers cover the plant most of the year – spring thru fall.

Thamnochortus cinereus

Evergreen Feather-Reed Restio

The sparse branched bloom stalks rise like a fountain out of a mass of dense upright dark-green stems. Female and male flowers on separate plants, with silver bracts on female flowers. Protect from frost to maintain full look.

Themeda “Blue Roo”

Low-growing Grass

Gracefully arcing blue-grey leaves.  Rusty red bloom heads in late summer

Thymus “Elfin”

Herb, Groundcover

Tiny purple flowers in summer. Fragrant green leaves. Great in rock gardens and mixed pots.

Thymus “Lime”

Thymus x citriodorus “Lime”
Perennial Herb

Fragrant lime-green leaves, small pink flowers in summer. Great in rock gardens and mixed pots. Grows well in small containers and on windowsills.

Thymus “Pink Chintz”

Herb, Groundcover

Completely coated in tiny pink flowers in summer. Fragrant green leaves. Great in rock gardens and mixed pots.

Thymus praecox

Herb, Groundcover

Tiny red flowers in summer. Fragrant green leaves. Great in rock gardens and mixed pots.

Thymus praecox “Albus”

Herb, Groundcover

Tiny white flowers in summer. Fragrant green leaves. Great in rock gardens and mixed pots.