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California Poppy, Golden Poppy
White California Poppy
Deer Grass
Blue Mountain Lilac
Designer: Stephanie Morris

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California Poppy, Golden Poppy

Common name: California Poppy, Golden Poppy
Botanical name: Eschscholzia californica

This small annual (sometimes acts as a perennial) plant will grow to less than 1' tall and has light, small blue green leaves with gold and orange flowers that bloom in spring and summer.

White California Poppy

Common name: White California Poppy
Botanical name: Eschscholzia californica 'White'

This annual will grow 6"-24" tall and produces beautiful white blooms surrounded by dark green foliage. It does best in full sun and dry to moist soil.

Deer Grass

Common name: Deer Grass
Botanical name: Muhlenbergia rigens

The Deer Grass is a warm season perennial that forms dense clumps from the base. The spike-like flower stalks grow 2'-3' tall in summer. This grass has striking foundation form. The Deer Grass is native to California and needs watering once or twice a month after it has been established. The more water it has, the greener it is.

Blue Mountain Lilac

Common name: Blue Mountain Lilac
Botanical name: Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Skylark'

This ceanothus type is a shrub that has dark blue flower clusters that bloom profusely in the spring. This smaller growing selection grows to 3' tall and wide. This plant tolerates coastal conditions but will also grow in inland, hot valleys as it does well in clay soil. This cultivar seems to bloom longer than other varieties. It does well in full sun but will tolerate dry shade also. Leaves are bright green and glossy. It is drought tolerant once it's established and can have some summer watering.