Common name: Society Garlic
Botanical name: Tulbaghia violacea
This clumping perennial will grow less than 1' tall and has narrow, blue green leaves. Clusters of lavender flowers bloom in spring and summer. Leaves and flowers have a distinct onion or garlic smell if crushed.
Common name: Italian Cypress
Botanical name: Cupressus sempervirens 'Stricta'
Italian Cypress is often associated with Italian and Spanish architecture, providing columns in the landscape. It can quickly reach 40' tall and 3'-4' wide. 'Stricta' is compact, dense, columnar and produces long, straight branches with dark green foliage. Birds use the conifer as nesting and refuge. It does best in full sun with well draining soil. It is drought tolerant once it's established.
Common name: African Iris
Botanical name: Dietes iridioides
This clumping evergreen iris bears tall, narrow leaves to 30" tall and white flowers marked purple in the center on stalks to 3' tall, appearing spring through fall. This variety has stiffer, darker foiliage than the bicolor form. It requires sun to part shade with little or no summer watering when established. This perennial is a very reliable plant. Divide every 3-5 years to keep it looking fresh.
Common name: Variegated Tobira
Botanical name: Pittosporum tobira 'Variegata'
This variegated evergreen shrub or small tree has creamy margins on its gray green leaves. In spring, clusters of small, cream-colored flowers appear with the fragrance of orange blossoms. Variegated Tobira is often used to brighten shaded areas.