Common name: Fox Tail Agave
Botanical name: Agave attenuata
This Agave has a dramatic tropical form. Even light frost can damage its succulent leaves. It is great for containers. In the low desert, partial sun will be best. If it becomes top heavy, simply cut and stick in the ground to root. It is not a fast grower and has light green foliage. It will also die after flowering but pups around the mother will survive. Distinctive with its large rosette of leaves perched on a long curving trunk, it is a native from Mexico. Also called: Velvet Agave
Common name: Kleinia
Botanical name: Senecio mandraliscae
Kleinia is a spreading succulent and ground cover that grows to about 6" to 18" tall with florescent blue green foliage. The ice plant like leaves are long and slender.It is from South Africa and works well in Mediterranean gardens. It is good in most sun conditions and can take very little watering or regular garden watering making it very adaptable for garden design. It performs best with full sun and regular water. Once it is established it is very drought tolerant. It is easy to propagate as are many succulents. Any section of the plant broken off and dug into the soil will reroot.
Common name: New Zealand Flax
Botanical name: Phormium tenax
New Zealand Flax is a large, bold plant with stiffly vertical, sword-like, green leaves that arise from its base. It should be grown under full sun for best color. Varieties will offer different growth habits and leaf color.
Common name: Curly Top or Leather Leaf Sedge
Botanical name: Carex buchananii
This orange-bronze ornamental grass/reed is 2-3' tall and 1-2' wide and does best in full sun to part shade. It needs moist soil so plant near a water feature or pond.
Common name: Matilija Poppy
Botanical name: Romneya coulteri
This wonderful California native perennial can reach 5' tall and 8' wide. Foliage is gray green and 3-5 lobes. Large white flowers with yellow centers appear in spring and summer. Slightly scented, attracting bees and butterflies. This plant does best in full or part sun with well draining soil. However, it does spread by underground runners so consider planting on slopes or in areas where it is allowed to spread. Flowers are great for vase arrangements. This plant is drought tolerant once it's established.