Common name: Pygmy Date Palm
Botanical name: Phoenix roebelenii
This tree will grow to about 10' tall and has dark green, spiny petiole foliage. It does well in full sun to heavy shade; it likes moderate to heavy irrigation, but can take periods of dryness. Also known as: Roebelin Palm
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: Chinese Elm
Botanical name: Ulmus parvifolia
Chinese Elm quickly reaches 50' tall and 60' wide with an upright habit and spreading pendulous branches with age. Chinese Elm has small, dark green leaves. Foliage turns yellow or orange in fall. Small, greenish yellow flower appear in summer but are considered insignificant. Small light brown fruit appear in fall but are not noticeable. Bark is brown gray but with maturity, exfoliates to reveal orange patterns. Also known as: Chinese Evergreen Elm
Common name: Purple Hop Bush
Botanical name: Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea'
This fast-growing shrub has an upright, branching habit that reaches 12'-15' tall and 8' wide, with willow-like leaves that are 4" in length. Its foliage is bronzy-green in color, which turns a reddish-purple shade in the fall and winter. It has compact growth and requires full sun for the best results. Small green flowers appear in summer (are insignificant) followed by brown seed capsules. These capsules will litter a pool. Do not plant in windy areas or high fire areas. This shrub is drougb tolerant once it's established but will do better with occasional water. It can be planted in desert areas that are protected from wind.
Common name: Carnation
Botanical name: Dianthus caryophyllus
Dianthus caryophyllus is a perennial. It produces double flowers in red, pink, white or yellow in the spring. Bluish green leaves and leafy stems often become woody at the base. It prefers afternoon shade in hot inland areas with alkaline soil. Encourage more blooms by deadheading. Carnations have a faint fragrance and make excellent cut flowers. Also known as Clove Pink.