Common name: Santa Cruz Blue Hibiscus
Botanical name: Alyogyne huegelii 'Santa Cruz'
This fast-growing, open, spreading shrub typically grows 3' to 6' tall and wide; it produces deep, dark purple blooms.
Common name: Royal Trumpet Vine, River's Trumpet
Botanical name: Distictis 'Rivers'
The Royal Trumpet Vine is a very vigorous vine, climbing to 30' tall and wide. Rosy lavender flowers bloom in spring and summer. These blooms have yellow throats and fade to pink as they age. Its foliage is lighter green and glossier than the Blood Red Trumpet Vine, its closest relative, are leathery and have tendrils for climbing. The vine does best in full to part sun with regular watering and more during the summer. Flowers attract hummingbirds.
Common name: Hybrid Tea Rose (selections)
Botanical name: Rosa Hybrid Tea varieties
These shrubs and vines are the most loved in the Western USA and are very resilient. They come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, from 2'-6' tall. Tea roses are the classical look types that have tall thin vertical stems, with a single flower at the end of the stem. Buds usually spiral open during spring and even into fall if weather is still frost free. Tea roses prefer full sun, well draining, rich soil, with ample watering. Plant foliage at the base of the plants to cover canes.
Common name: African Fern Pine
Botanical name: Afrocarpus gracilior
Soft, narrow, pointed. linear, dark green leaves on graceful arching branches characterize this tree. Afrocarpus can be used as an individual specimen, screen, or hedge or even in a container or espaliered. African Fern Pine can reach 60' tall and 20' wide. It is clean (no messy litter) and mostly pest free so it's used on streets, lawns, patios, or gardens. Plant in full or part sun; it needs medium amount of watering. Branch ends have fleshy yellow fruit which age to blue purple.
Common name: Nandina, Heavenly Bamboo
Botanical name: Nandina domestica
Nandina domestica is a graceful upright shrub that grows from 3'-6' in height. It gets its name from its bamboo-like growth habit. When thinned from the center it bears a remarkable resemblance to bamboo. It is best used in groups. It can be used in a shaded patio or out in a shrub border with full sun. An interesting feature of Heavenly Bamboo is the bronze color in the new growth when planted in full sun. It also bears clusters of white flowers in the spring.
Common name: Vinca Rosea, Madagascar Periwinkle
Botanical name: Catharanthus roseus
This ground cover can reach about 3' in height and has small, glossy green leaves with white and pink flowers that bloom in summer and fall.
Common name: Blue Potato Bush
Botanical name: Lycianthes rantonnetii
This plant will grow 6 x 8' wide and produces beautiful purple flowers tha bloom all year. It does best in full sun and is very drought tolerant.