Garden Tours: Pacific View Garden
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
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.
Common name: California Poppy
Botanical name: Eschscholzia californica
The California State Flower. 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. It is an aggressive grower and can get away from you in a residential garden space. Plant it in spaces where it is alright for it to roam.
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.
Common name: Italian Buckthorn
Botanical name: Rhamnus alaternus
This large shrub will grow to 15' tall and has small, dark green leaves. A great plant for hedging and screening. Has a strong Mediterranean presence. Leaves are large and glossy giving it a sheen. Good in any soil and tolerates wind, heat and drought.