Common name: Jerusalem Sage
Botanical name: Phlomis fruticosa
This hardy shrub can reach 4' tall and wide. It is a useful, old-time garden plant with soft, woolly gray green, wrinkled leaves. During spring and summer, yellow, 1" flowers in ball-shaped whorls with a clove like fragrance cover the shrub. It does best in full sun or light shade. It is both cold tolerant and drought tolerant once it's established.
Common name: Blue Fescue, Blue Fescue Grass
Botanical name: Festuca glauca
This ground cover/grass will grow less than 1' tall and has small, blue-green, evergreen leaves that are very thin and hair-like. Flowers appear in the summer but are insignificant. This dependable but short-lived ground cover prefers full sun in coastal areas and afternoon shade in warm inland areas. It needs well draining soil and is drought tolerant once it's established. Leaves may burn during the summer but trim in winter to keep it looking refreshed. Does not tolerate wet soil.
Common name: Texas Ranger
Botanical name: Leucophyllum frutescens
Texas ranger is a dense shrub that grows from 6'-8' high and wide. It has pink flowers in the summer and gray foliage. It tolerates wind, heat and full sun. It is drought tolerant and attracts hummingbirds. Additional names: Texas Sage, Cenizo - Cornflower Farms
Common name: Barbara Karst Red Bougainvillea
Botanical name: Bougainvillea 'Barbara Karst'
The large amount of flamboyant color on this species creates a wonderful accent in a garden. 'Barbara Karst' is a hardy and reliable vine, blooming bright red from spring through fall, sometimes even in winter in mild climates. It looks best in full sun and is drought tolerant once it's established. The color changes to a dull red if in shade. It tolerates coastal and desert conditions. This is a versatile plant as it can be used to grow up trellises and patio covers or used on a hillside. Foliage is dark green and evergreen but hardly visible.
Common name: Bird of Paradise
Botanical name: Strelitzia reginae
This shrub will grow to 6' tall and has large, gray green fronds with orange, blue, white, or multi-colored flowers that bloom throughout the year.