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Elfin Creeping Thyme
Grosso Long Stemmed Lavender
California Poppy, Golden Poppy
Blue Oat Grass
Italian Buckthorn
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Elfin Creeping Thyme

Common name: Elfin Creeping Thyme
Botanical name: Thymus praecox arcticus 'Elfin'

This 2" perennial groundcover is a great addition among other sun-loving perennials. Its creeping stems bear small purple flowers all summer. The plant spreads quickly, and should be placed in average to moist garden soil. The scented foliage can be used to flavor food. -Holland WIldflower Farm

Grosso Long Stemmed Lavender

Common name: Grosso Long Stemmed Lavender
Botanical name: Lavandula X intermedia 'Grosso'

Long Stemmed Lavender has beautiful lavender colored plumes in the summer, reaching 3' tall and wide. Fragrance from blooms attract bees. Dried flowers used for sachets, oils, medicinal and culinary uses. Foliage is gray green and thin. This perennial has "fatter" flower spikes than other lavenders. It prefers full sun in well draining soil with low fertilizer. Does not tolerate frost or humidity.

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.

Blue Oat Grass

Common name: Blue Oat Grass
Botanical name: Helictotrichon sempervirens

The Blue Oat Grass is an evergreen, blue clumping grass that grows 2' tall and 3' wide. Foliage is thin blue gray, wiry leaves that radiate from center of plant. Its showy tan flowers are on spikes 1'-2' above the foliage (flowers more common in cooler winter areas). This plant looks good alone as well as in mass plantings. It does well in full sun or light shade. Established plants need only occasional watering. It does best with well draining soil. The blue oat grass likes dry hill sides.

Italian Buckthorn

Common name: Italian Buckthorn
Botanical name: Rhamnus alaternus

This large shrub will grow to 25' tall and has small, dark green leaves.