Hi there and Happy Fall to you! Hopefully, you’re still finding time to garden. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area gardening and planting is year round with mild winter temperatures making this possible. Today is October 12, 2020 and our business is off to plenty of planting especially in the next few months of Indian Summer, where particularly in SF, we get some of our warmest temps. In this post I hope you enjoy seven statement succulents from the iconic Agaves to the very sweet Aeoniums. With striped or marbled leaves, variegation gives you many options in plant design, foremost, is specimen action, which if you’re on a budget, highlighting a lovely plant (containers too) is like adding a beautiful garnish to a cooked dish. [Read more]
There are 700 – 1000 Salvias, the largest genus in the mint family. In this post we’re focusing on TEN amazing Salvia plants (Sages) for your garden or container. Blooming as we speak (late August) and flowering like gangbusters much of Spring – Fall, this genus of herbal and ornamental plants is one of my personal favorites. Why, do I love them so much?
Hmm… let’s see… [Read more]
The impact of a Crape Myrtle tree? In a recent post about Wisteria, blooms are the focus, but Wisteria blooms generally last only up to 30 days; not so with Crape Myrtle… This summer blooming tree stays in bloom 2 – 3 months, which is excellent as you’ll have long lasting color summer and fall. In addition, Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is low maintenance and available in many size options for gardens, borders, street trees or containers. [Read more]
As you can see from the lead photo of this large hedge of variegated buckthorn (Rhamnus a. ‘Variegata’) variegated leaves can be a useful tool to add beautiful, easy contrast to your plant design.
In this short post, take a look at the “hue effect” variegated leaves play in visual contrast to different leaf color -especially straight green or blue colored plants. But first…
Q: What is variegated foliage?
A leaf that has more than one color. Think of two toned foliage, blotched foliage, striped or bordered with a lighter color than the rest (vice versa) – Wikipedia
Lantana is a popular plant in the SF Bay area. Its staying power owes to its constant bloom, showy flowers, and the fact that this plant in all its forms is enjoyed by hummingbirds and butterflies for habitat gardens; and, is a drought tolerant, happy plant, well suited to our Mediterranean climate gardens.
Two main species, Lantana montevedensis and Lantana camara have been the focus of plant breeders for a while and these two species, and several of their cultivars, are the focus of this short post. [Read more]
Vine choices in the garden? Does it matter?
Yes! And wisteria is a giant. A vine known to swallow landscapes and buildings (I saw this first hand just outside Buenos Aires, Argentina).
But, what about wisteria’s potential and place in a small space or garden? (25 photos below.)
Is it possible for you to enjoy this amazingly gorgeous, sweetly fragrant bloomer despite its desire to take over your property… [Read more]
For a semi-arid touch we visited Sedona, Arizona. The plant palette going from Phoenix to Sedona included desert and high desert natives and was a good representation of iconic desert flora. I found myself back from the trip looking at my Arizona … [Read more]
We're just back from a week-long trip to Sedona, Arizona where arresting views of red rock canyons is a feast for the eyes and provides an incredible and unique backdrop for home owners. (Lots of photos below!!!) If you haven't been to Sedona, … [Read more]
Did you catch the Oscars last weekend? I did - and it got me thinking about the Blockbuster Oscar worthy plants for the February garden. With Valentine's day almost here, mid-February is an excellent time to consider what Oscar worthy plants … [Read more]
If you're looking for some trailing plant choices to add greenery - maybe even a splash of flower color to your wall, here are 7 excellent options! These evergreen options will give all season coverage, providing interest, character and clothing … [Read more]