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Featured Plant: Illicium parviflorum ‘Banana Appeal’

Plant Small Anise for Year-Round Color Illicium parviflorum 'Banana Appeal' is a beautifully luminous, small, evergreen shrub that reaches 3-4' tall and wide. This plant is in the Shisandraceae family, which also contains star anise (Illicium verum), whose seed pods...

Featured Plant: Passiflora edulis ‘Frederick’

Passiflora edulis ‘Frederick’ is a cultivar which produces large, eye-catching blooms of white and lavender, from early summer and into the fall. The filaments of the flower become wavy and white as they protrude away from the center of the flower, creating an intriguing display.

Happy Labor Day!!! Featured Plants and What to do in your Garden in September

It’s September already. We can’t believe that the summer has flown by so quickly! As we head into fall, the days are growing shorter and some trees and shrubs are starting to show signs of seasonal changes. Fall is the perfect time to plant, especially in our Mediterranean climate. Fall, winter and spring rains will help to establish plants and allow them to develop deep root systems.

Featured Plant: Agaves

Planting succulents is an easy way to bring some structure and interest to your garden. They are so easy to take care of, needing very little attention year-round and very little water. It’s time to add some succulents to spruce up your low maintenance, drought tolerant, or Mediterranean garden.

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: Trachelospermum jasminoides

Featured Plant: Trachelospermum jasminoides

Star Jasmine Will Bloom From Spring to Late Summer Providing Fragrance for Your Garden Star Jasmine is a popular plant choice for Bay Area gardens. It's a low-maintenance and useful addition to your yard if you want a long-blooming, evergreen vine or shrub with an...

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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: Hydrangeas

Featured Plant: Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are deciduous, woody shrubs, popular for their big summer blooms. Endless Summer Hydrangeas are Cultivars of Hydrangea macrophylla. Macrophylla is latin for ‘big leaf’. These tend to be species that grow quite large to 7′ tall and 8′ wide. At this size they’re ideal for foundation planting, they also work well in mixed shady borders. Sometimes they are called ‘mop heads’ for their big, broad inflorescence.

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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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