Garden Ideas: Food Production Gardens
Common name: Silver Sage
Botanical name: Salvia argentea
This biennial will grow 1'-4' tall and 1'-3' wide. It has gray green leaves with white flowers that are sometimes tinged yellow or pink and bloom in spring and summer.
Common name: Blue Marguerite, Blue Felicia Daisy
Botanical name: Felicia amelloides
This shrubby perennial is grown mostly as a ground cover since it reaches 18" tall and spreads up to 5'. It has oval, hairy leaves that are 1" in length and dark green in color. It produces a variety of bright blue, 1 1/4" wide flowers with yellow centers, resembling daisies. In cool summer areas, this plant may act as an annual, blooming from spring through fall. In hot summer places, plant in full sun but with afternoon shade. It will only bloom from spring through midsummer. It does best in well draining soil. It does best with regular watering. It does not tolerate hot humid areas. It attracts butterflies.
Common name: Common Zinnia
Botanical name: Zinnia elegans
This annual will grow to about 4' tall and 2' wide. It has oval leaves with flowers could be orange, pink, red, yellow or white and bloom in spring, summer, and fall. Deadhead to encourage more blooming. Zinnias do best in hot dry summer areas. This pretty flower prefers full sun and well draining soil. Zinnia are great for dressing up entryways, walkways and containers.
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: Profusion Santa Barbara Daisy
Botanical name: Erigeron karvinskianus 'Profusion'
This herbacious perennial quickly grows to 1' tall and 3' wide. White daisy-like flowers with gold centers bloom heavily in spring and fall in the low desert but in higher elevations, bloomtime is only during the summer. The foliage is hairy and gray green. It does better in light shade if planted in the low desert. This plant attracts butterflies. It looks great in rock gardens, crevices, on walls, borders, containers, hanging baskets. It tolerates sand and wind; it does best with well draining, moist soil.