Common name: Provence Blue Lavandin
Botanical name: Lavandula X int. 'Provence'
With tall 24"-30" stems, 'Provence' has true, lavender colored flowers that are fragrant and excellent for cutting. It flowers in early June and has large, gray green leaves. A hybrid between L. angustifolia & L. latifolia, both of which are strong plants tolerant of warm summers,and are known for their very intense scent. ‘Provence’ grows fast to 3’ tall ; wide & can be used as a short aromatic hedge. It takes well to pruning when young & blooms profusely in the mid-late Summer. Though not suitable for oil production, the light blue flowers make excellent dry flowers for sachets ; are also used in cooking and wine production. Pick before the flowers are fully open for best results or leave them to be enjoyed by bees and butterflies. Shear for best appearance when the blooms are spent. Lives about 5-6 years.
Common name: Natal Plum
Botanical name: Carissa macrocarpa
The Natal Plum is a shrub that quickly reaches 2'-7' tall and 10' wide. Stems have thorns. The plant produces a milky sap that may cause allergenic reactions for some folks. Leaves are leathery, glossy and dark green. White, fragrant star shaped flowers bloom in spring, followed by egg shaped fruit that turns red when ripe. Fruit tastes like cranberries! This shrub takes little water once it's established and tolerates heat. It's great for barrier hedges.
Common name: Pink Powder Puff
Botanical name: Calliandra haematocephala
This evergreen shrub will grow 10' tall and wide. It produces puff-ball, red flowers that bloom in winter and spring. Foliage is evergreen, with copper colored new growth, changing to dark green. Pods appear after blooming period and will "explode" at times spewing seeds. It is a beautiful espalier plant. This shrub does best in full sun with well draining soil. It tolerates coastal as well as desert areas. Prune after bloom period. Low watering needs 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: Kangaroo Paws, Red
Botanical name: Anigozanthos hybrids
This tender perennial is a clump-forming evergreen that produces fuzzy, tubular flowers that bloom from spring through fall. Many sizes and varieties are available including yellow, pink, or red flowers. This plant does best in full sun with well draining, sandy soil. It tolerates coastal areas as well as warm inland valleys. It needs regular watering. Flowers attract hummingbirds.
Common name: Tall Kangaroo Paw
Botanical name: Anigozanthos flavidus
This tender perennial is a clump-forming evergreen that produces fuzzy, yellow green or red or pink flowers that bloom from spring through fall. Foliage is strap-like, 3' long and arching. This plant does best in full to part sun with well draining, moist, fertile, sandy soil. It is not frost tolerant. Overall height: 3'-6' tall and width of 2'-4' wide.
Common name: New Zealand Flax, Purple
Botanical name: Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum'
Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum' is an evergreen perennial. Big, dramatic plant composed of many swordlike, stiffly vertical leaves can reach 5' tall. Leaves are purple red. Flowers stems reach high above leaves, bearing clusters of 1"-2" blossoms in dark red.