• Low Water; High Photogenic, Designed by Sarah Nichols
  • Gate and Vine Support Combo, Designed by Sarah Nichols
  • Lavender Welcome, Designed by Sarah Nichols
  • Simple Green Entry, Designed by Sarah Nichols
  • Checkerboard of Groundcover, Designed by Sarah Nichols
  • Crystal Ball Garden, Designed by Sarah Nichols
  • St. Francis Garden, Designed by Sarah Nichols
  • Glass Ball Garden, Designed by Sarah Nichols
  • Pavers Through Garden, Designed by Sarah Nichols
  • Rich With Wonder, Designed by Sarah Nichols
  • Stepping Stone Path, Designed by Sarah Nichols
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Chinese Wisteria
Improved Meyer Lemon
Cape Plumbago
Western Redbud
Russian Sage
Zebra Grass
Designer: Sarah Nichols

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Common name: Catmint
Botanical name: Nepeta X faassenii

Nepeta faassenii makes soft, grey-green, undulating mounds to 1.5' high in bloom, spreading 3'-4' wide. The small leaves are attractive to cats. This perennial has lavender blue flowers in summer. Catmint can be planted in sun or shade and needs medium amount of water. Prune spent flowers to encourage more blooms.

Chinese Wisteria

Common name: Chinese Wisteria
Botanical name: Wisteria sinensis

This deciduous vine can quickly and aggressively reach 30' and wide, depending on conditions. It bears rounded clusters of strongly fragrant flowers which open more or less all at once. Cultivars have blue, pink, white, purple or lavender colors, attracting hummingbirds in spring, followed by leafing out of foliage which are usually leaflets, followed by velvety, long, drooping pods. This vine can tolerate full sun to part shade, preferring well draining, rich, moist soil. But it is very reliable and can take drought conditions if established. It looks great in containers and even as a bonsai specimen.

Improved Meyer Lemon

Common name: Improved Meyer Lemon
Botanical name: Citrus X 'Improved Meyer'

Improved Meyer Lemon is an evergreen tree that grows 3'-6' tall and 3'-6' wide; it has year-around leaves that are glossy green. This tree likes well drained, loam soil with full sun. Lemon trees do best with lots of mulch around it. Water with drip irrigation or moving a hose around the base. When it's established, water this way, 2 times a month. It has white flowers and yellow edible fruit. Needs protection from the winter cold. Consider using as a potted tree which can brought inside in the winter. Pick up fruit on ground immediately to prevent fungus disease infecting fruit. Fertilize 4 times a year.

Cape Plumbago

Common name: Cape Plumbago
Botanical name: Plumbago auriculata

This mounding shrub will grow to 12'+ tall and has small, light green leaves with blue and white flowers that bloom all year.

Western Redbud

Common name: Western Redbud
Botanical name: Cercis occidentalis

This deciduous shrub or small tree reaches 15' tall and 10' wide. Beautiful magenta flowers appear in spring, before the leaves appear. Foliage is apple green, turning yellow to red in the fall. Seed pods dangle on this tree in winter. Western Redbud prefers full sun but will appreciate afternoon shade in desert areas. It needs well draining soil. It is drought tolerant once it's established. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. A tree of varying interest all year round!

Russian Sage

Common name: Russian Sage
Botanical name: Perovskia X atriplicifolia

This broad perennial will grow 3'-6' tall and has small, grey-green leaves with blue-violet flowers that bloom in the summer. Foliage is aromatic if brushed against it. Also known as Azure Sage.

Zebra Grass

Common name: Zebra Grass
Botanical name: Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'

This grass can grow up to 6' in height and 3-4 feet in width. This variety has a white stripe on the leaf traveling horizontally.