Garden Tours: Westlake Village Springs Garden
Common name: Maidenhair Tree
Botanical name: Ginkgo biloba
The Ginkgo biloba, with its distinct fan-shaped leaves, initially grows with a pyramidal habit, but later becomes wide-spreading. It is generally not bothered by insects or disease. It slowly reaches 35'-50' tall and wide. It needs regular watering and more during hot summer months. Flowers are inconspicuous. Fall color is spectacular with changing color of leaves from light green with a yellow tinge to yellow.
Common name: Hybrid Tea Rose (selections)
Botanical name: Rosa Hybrid Tea varieties
These shrubs and vines are the most loved in the Western USA and are very resilient. They come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, from 2'-6' tall. Tea roses are the classical look types that have tall thin vertical stems, with a single flower at the end of the stem. Buds usually spiral open during spring and even into fall if weather is still frost free. Tea roses prefer full sun, well draining, rich soil, with ample watering. Plant foliage at the base of the plants to cover canes.
Common name: Lily of the Nile
Botanical name: Agapanthus hybrids
This evergreen perennial will grow about 3' tall and has long green leaves with blue flowers (there is a white variety and dwarf varieties) that bloom in spring and summer, rising above the foliage. It will grow in all soils but prefers loam soil. It does best in full to part sun with regular watering and more during hot spells. It tolerates coastal areas.
Common name: Datura
Botanical name: Brugmansia X candida
A tender, subtropical shrub that grows quickly to 10'-12' tall, the Angel's Trumpet shows huge, dull green leaves and enormous, pendant trumpet-shaped, cream to white colored flowers in summer and fall. It has a sweet, heavy fragrance at night. It should be grown in sun to part shade, with regular watering. It needs shade in desert areas. This plant is frost sensitive. Prune in spring. All parts of the plant are poisonous. Protect from wind.