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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.

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.

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.

Themeda “Blue Roo”

Low-growing Grass

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

Trachycarpus fortunei

Palm Tree

Large fan palm with compact crown. Makes a good landscape as well as container plant. Will get 20ft outdoor, staying much smaller in a container. Young plants need protection from frost.

Tradescantia “Sitara Gold”

Perennial

Golden and green striped leaves with purple undersides, white blue-tinted flowers. Vigorously clumping. Hardy to 30F, may die back to the ground during cold weather and resume growth in spring.

Vauquelinia californica

Evergreen Tree

Evergreen shrub or small tree with tough glossy leaves and tiny white flowers in late spring. Can be trained as a single or multistemmed tree.

Verbena “Endurascape Purple”

Evergreen Perennial

Beautiful vibrant purple flowers nearly year-round. Grows wide in the ground or makes for a spectacular container plant and in hanging baskets.

Verbena “Endurascape Red”

Evergreen Perennial

Beautiful vibrant purple flowers nearly year-round. Grows wide in the ground or makes for a spectacular container plant and in hanging baskets.

Verbena “Little One”

V. bonariensis “Little One”
Upright Perennial

Stunning dwarf airy vertical stems topped with purple flowers mid summer work well mixed in with mounding perennials like Salvia, or poking out from a low growing Prickly Pear.

Verbena “Lollipop”

V. bonariensis “Lollipop”
Upright Perennial

Stunning dwarf airy vertical stems topped with purple flowers mid summer work well mixed in with mounding perennials like Salvia, or poking out from a low growing Prickly Pear.

Verbena lilacina “de la Mina”

Perennial

A small growing mounding subshrub with violet flowers through the summer. Will look more lush and have continuous blooms with occasional water through the summer.

Verbena lilacina “Paseo Rancho”

Perennial

Light lavender flowers. A small growing mounding subshrub with flowers through the summer. Will look more lush and have continuous blooms with occasional water through the summer. Introduced by the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden.