Garden Ideas: Walkways
Common name: Pink Breath Of Heaven
Botanical name: Coleonema pulchellum
Pink Breath of Heaven is a fine, textured, wispy shrub growing 6' high and 5' wide, with tiny pink flowers that bloom from spring through fall. Flowers are at the branch ends and sway with the slightest breeze. Leaves are evergreen, fragrant, tiny and needle-like. Plant near walkways so foliage may release aromatic oils when brushed. It does best in full to part sun with well draining soil. It can become drought tolerant once it's established. It does well in coastal areas.
Common name: Purple Fountain Grass
Botanical name: Pennisetum 'Rubrum'
This grass will reach 6' high and has deciduous, purplish/red leaves with clusters of purple flowers that appear in summer and fall. Rubrum is a warm-season grass. Where temperatures get colder than 20 degrees F, the plants should be treated as annuals. Once the grass turns brown it can either be removed immediately or removed in the spring. It should not be expected to live through the winter and begin growing again in the spring. In areas where winter temperatures remain above 20 degrees it should be considered a perennial and the following information should be useful. Warm-season grasses won't start growing until mid to late spring or even early summer. Their major growth and flowering happens when the weather is hot. They will usually turn shades of brown for the winter.
Common name: Blue Fescue, Blue Fescue Grass
Botanical name: Festuca glauca
This ground cover/grass will grow less than 1' tall and has small, blue-green, evergreen leaves that are very thin and hair-like. Flowers appear in the summer but are insignificant. This dependable but short-lived ground cover prefers full sun in coastal areas and afternoon shade in warm inland areas. It needs well draining soil and is drought tolerant once it's established. Leaves may burn during the summer but trim in winter to keep it looking refreshed. Does not tolerate wet soil.
Common name: Purple Robe Locust
Botanical name: Robinia X ambigua 'Purple Robe'
Robinia X ambigua 'Purple Robe' is a deciduous tree that grows 30'-40' tall and 20'-30' wide with compound green leaves. Trunk and branches have thorns; will break easily in windy conditions. It requires full sun, low watering (drought tolerant), and will live in most soils except for wet. It has pink, wisteria-like, fragrant flowers that bloom in spring, attracting bees. Purple brown seed pods follow bloom period. This tree grows quickly and suckers; it is useful on hillsides or reclamation areas.
Common name: California Poppy
Botanical name: Eschscholzia californica
The California State Flower. This small annual (sometimes acts as a perennial) plant will grow to less than 1' tall and has light, small blue green leaves with gold and orange flowers that bloom in spring and summer. It is an aggressive grower and can get away from you in a residential garden space. Plant it in spaces where it is alright for it to roam.
Common name: Deodar Cedar
Botanical name: Cedrus deodara
This fast-growing, coniferous evergreen is capable of reaching a size of 80' high by 40' wide. Its needles are a light, silvery green color, 2" long. Flowers are inconspicuous. Barrel shaped cones appear in fall and winter. Branches are pendulous and spreading. Plant in area that has ample room for growth.
Common name: 'Wilhelm's Lance' Torch Lily
Botanical name: Kniphofia 'Wilhelm's Lance'
This perennial will grow to about 6' tall and has large green, grass-like leaves with red, orange, and yellow tubular flowers that bloom in summer. Flowers resemble tiki torches. Hummingbirds love the flowers.