|Designer: Dave Roberts Landscape||
Garden Tours: Sacramento City Splendor
Common name: Flowering Dogwood
Botanical name: Cornus florida
Flowering Dogwood typically reaches 20'-30' tall and wide, found with low branches that stack up attractively in a horizontal pattern. Mature trees are usually wider than taller, with a rounded or flat crown. This deciduous tree flowers in spring. Flowers are surrounded by bracts that come in different colors depending on cultivar. Foliage is oval and dark green, turning red in fall. Red fruit appear on the tree in late summer and fall, attracting birds. Bark is gray and smooth when young, turning scaly when mature. This tree is susceptible to disease and insects. It does best in full to part sun with moist, fertile, well draining, acidic soil. It prefers mulch around the roots to keep it cool. A beautiful tree for all seasons.
Common name: Yellow Lavender Cotton
Botanical name: Santolina pinnata
Yellow Cotton is a low shrub to about 2' and a little bit wider. It has dense, rich green foliage and yellow flowers. It creates a distinct Mediterranean look.
Common name: Santa Barbara Daisy, Mexican Daisy
Botanical name: Erigeron karvinskianus
This low mounding perennial is used as a ground cover since it reaches 2' tall and spreads 5'. It has fine textured, green leaves and white to pinkish, daisy-like flowers with gold centers that bloom spring through fall in coastal areas. In warmer, inland areas, the plant appears to be semi-dormant but will perk up as soon as the weather starts to cool. Control its growth with watering as it can be invasive in some areas. It looks best in full sun in coastal areas but prefers afternoon shade in warm, inland areas. It attracts bees. This is a great plant for rock gardens, planters, containers, or spilling over walls.
Common name: California Fuchsia
Botanical name: Epilobium canum
The California Fuchsia is a perennial with dense, narrow, grey green foliage and orange summer flowers. The growth habit of this plant is sprawling and low, 2' tall and 4' wide. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. It prefers full sun and is drought tolerant once it's established. Also widely known as Zauschneria
Common name: Noell's Grevillea
Botanical name: Grevillea 'Noellii'
This low, compact evergreen shrub reaches 3'-6' tall and 6'8' wide. Dark pink flowers apear in the spring. Its bright green foliage is needle-like. Full sun is required for growth. Prune after bloom period to keep this shrub looking dense. Grevillea is sensitive to salt accumulation so it's important to drip irrigate for hours on this plant to leach out salt once a month. Do not fertilize with phosphates.