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Common name: Iris 'Canyon Snow'
Botanical name: Iris Pacific Coast Hybrid 'Canyon Snow'
Iris 'Canyon Snow' is a beautifu, white flower with a yellow throat. It is one of the best performing of the Irises. It tolerates regular garden conditions and does not struggle through the summer. It is not a fussy plant, as there is little to no maintenance, once established. Like most Irises, the bloom period is fairly short. It looks best in mass plantings. It prefers partial to full shade.
Common name: Catalina Evergreen Currant
Botanical name: Ribes viburnifolium
The Evergreen Currant is a fragrant evergreen shrub that grows 3'-6' tall and 6'-10' wide. It has red stems and small rose-colored flowers with red berries between February and April. This shrub tolerates moist conditions and needs partial shade inland. The Evergreen Currant is native to California and is drought tolerant.
Common name: Blue Mountain Lilac
Botanical name: Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Skylark'
This ceanothus shrub variety 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 benefit from some summer watering.
Common name: Chalk Dudleya, Chalk Liveforever
Botanical name: Dudleya pulverulenta
Chalk Dudleya is an attractive succulent that slowly forms 1' wide and tall rosettes. Leaves are thick and chalky looking. Basal stem may be 2" wide. During spring and summer, silvery vertical stalks bear reddish flowers. This plant does well in coastal areas needing no summer irrigation. In warmer inland areas, this plant does best with afternoon shade. It needs well draining soil. It tolerates winter and spring irrigation. Plant at an angle so water drains easily. Great plant for containers, crevices, rock gardens.
Common name: Pacific Coast Irises
Botanical name: Iris Pacific Coast Hybrids
These Irises are 6"-18" tall and have clumps of grass-like foliage. The flowers are 3"-4" across; it makes good cut flowers and vary from white, yellow, lavender, purple, blue, and reddish purple.
Common name: Couesii Century Plant
Botanical name: Agave parryi v. couesii
This attractive succulent slowly reaches 2' tall and wide. Evergreen leaves are wide, fleshy, and blue gray, almost white in color. This is a hardy plant, preferring full sun and well draining soil. It is drought tolerant once it's established. Leaf margins have small thorns.
Common name: Concha California Lilac
Botanical name: Ceanothus 'Concha'
Concha is a lilac that grows 6'-8' in height and width. It has small narrow, glossy, dark green leaves with intense dark blue flower clusters in spring. It is tolerant of coastal and inland conditions. Most ceanothus varieties do not tolerate a lot of summer irrigation but this cultivar does. It also tolerates clay and alkali soil better than other varieties. It is hard frost tolerant.