Common name: Western Azalea
Botanical name: Rhododendron occidentale
The Western Azalea is a deciduous shrub that grows 6'-10' tall. It produces fragrant, showy, white to pink flower clusters in spring. This shrub prefers shade and is hardy to -5 degrees F. Western Azalea is native to CA, prefers well draining, moist soil. Bees and butterflies love Western Azalea.
Common name: Coast Live Oak
Botanical name: Quercus agrifolia
The Coast Live Oak is an evergreen, round-headed tree with regal bearing. It can reach 25'-80' high and 25-40' wide and grows very well from the coastal areas to the interior valleys. Strong herculean branches adorn mature trees casting much appreciated summer shade. It attracts wildlife in droves.
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: Umbrella Plant, Umbrella Flatsedge
Botanical name: Cyperus alternifolius
This perennial will grow 5'-6' tall and has long, thin, flat leaves on top of triangular stems. Small greenish flowers at the center of the leaves bloom in summer but are considered inconspicuous. It also produces fruit that appears golden and then turns to dark brown. This plant does well in full to part sun but needs lots of water and can be even submerged in water. It does best with monthly fertilizing. It looks great in containers and may do best in them as to contain the roots which may be invasive.
Common name: Japanese Maple
Botanical name: Acer palmatum
This magnificient plant can used as a small tree or shrub. It is deciduous with graceful leaves which have a scarlet color in spring as it leafs out. Leaves later turn orange or yellow in fall. It is slow growing to 20', and requires shelter from the hot sun. The leaves of this tree are small, light green in color, and deeply lobed. It should also be noted that this tree remains spectacular throughout all seasons.