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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: Chondropetalum tectorum

Chondropetalum tectorum are easy to grow, low maintenance, and highly adaptable, making them the perfect multi-purpose garden specimens for Bay Area landscapes. Their fine texture is similar to that of bamboo.

Featured Plant: Cycas revoluta

Sago palms, or Cycas revoluta, are wonderful plants to feature in your garden. They are prehistoric, palm-like plants that bare large male or female cones and are found in tropical or sub-tropical regions. They existed before the dinosaurs and flourished during the Triassic and Jurassic eras but have been declining recently.

Featured Plant:  Pennisetum ‘Rubrum’

Featured Plant: Pennisetum ‘Rubrum’

The purple fountain grass, known by the botanical names Pennisetum ‘Rubrum’, is a beautiful and useful grass to add to your landscape. Its foot-long plumes of golden and burgundy seed heads wave in the breeze above the clumping green and maroon foliage. These inflorescences are long lasting and persist through the summer and into the fall. The seed heads are sterile and therefore won’t cause a problem with re-seeding grasses all over your yard!

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Plant Spotlight: Protea

This month's Plant Spotlight is the lovely and striking Protea. This expat from South Africa has become a beloved local inspiration because of its iconoclastic style and rugged hardiness. Because of the stark beauty of these plants you might underestimate their...

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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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