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Featured Plant: Chrysocephalum ‘Silver & Gold’

Chrysocephalum is a fantastic choice for low-maintenance and low-water gardens. It is an eye-catching, long-blooming perennial that grows up to 1′ tall and 2-3′ wide.

Featured Plant: Liatris ‘Kobold’

Plant Now for Your Late Summer- Blooming Perennial Garden Liatris spicata 'Kobold', also known as Kobold Blazing Star or gayflower, is a fine choice to brighten up sunny, summer perennial borders. It is a prairie flower which can bring some seasonal drama to meadow...

Featured Plant: Tecomaria

Tecomaria is a bright and beautiful shrubby vine, also known as the Cape Honeysuckle, originating in South Africa. Since this plant is from the southern hemisphere, we get to enjoy their blooms throughout the winter…

Milkweed: Sow and Grow Guide

Not only is milkweed a beautiful addition to the garden, but it is the only food monarch butterfly caterpillars can eat (what is called a "host plant"). For many years, milkweed has been sprayed with herbicides and eradicated from farms, yards, and public landscapes...
Featured Plant: Bidens

Featured Plant: Bidens

Bidens - The Versatile, Long-Blooming Herbaceous Perennial Bidens cultivars (Beggarticks) is a versatile and prolific blooming herbaceous perennial. It is in the daisy family (Asteraceae) and has a classic daisy flower. It can have a single, semi-double, or double...

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Featured Plant: Buddleia

Featured Plant: Buddleia

Buddleias, commonly known as butterfly bushes, are effusive, summer blooming plants that we look forward to seeing every year. They are deciduous, low maintenance, woody shrubs that range in size from 3′ to 10′ tall. The traditional older species, such as Buddleia davidii tend to get very large.

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Featured Plant: Hibiscus

Featured Plant: Hibiscus

The Hibiscus flower, also the state flower of Hawaii, can really give your yard that tropical, rain forest feel. Luckily, these eye-catching, deciduous shrubs grow well in the micro-climates of the Bay Area. But be careful where you plant them, as they are frost tender. In areas where temperatures get below 35 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s worth planting them in pots and moving inside in the Winter.

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Native Plant Spotlight: Penstemon heterophyllus (Beardtongue)

Native Plant Spotlight: Penstemon heterophyllus (Beardtongue)

Penstemon heterophyllus is a hardy, long-lived perennial species with abundant, vibrant blooms. It is often found in the northern Sierra Nevada and coastal mountain foothills, which is how it earned the common name of Foothill Penstemon.

Several cultivars like ‘Margarita BOP’, and ‘Blue Springs’ have been developed for strong heat resistance and drought tolerance which makes it an excellent choice for low-water gardens.

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