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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: Calendrinia Spectabilis

Our Native Plant Spotlight at Evergreen this month is one of our personal, all-time favorites – Calendrinia spectabilis. Calendrinia is a plant genus that was originally named for Jean Louis Calendrini, an 18th-century Swiss Botanist. Calendrinia, sometimes called...

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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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2017 StopWaste Business Efficiency Award Winner

Excellence in Waste Prevention & Closing the Loop   The StopWaste Business Efficiency Awards recognize businesses for their efforts to reduce waste to landfill, through waste prevention, recycling and composting. The 2017 Business Efficiency Awards were...

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Native Plant Spotlight: Melampodium leucanthum (Blackfoot daisy)

  Blackfoot daisy (Melampodium leucanthum) is a shockingly hardy performer for drought-tolerant gardens. Native to northern New Mexico, Arizona, and the southern Great Plains, it thrives in hot, dry, rocky soils where other ornamentals are hard-pressed to...

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Native Plant Spotlight: Carpenteria californica (Bush anemone)

  Carpenteria californica, commonly called ‘bush anemone’ or ‘tree anemone’, is a rarer breed of California native, endemic to only seven sites across the Fresno and Madera County foothills. Today it’s prized many Bay-area gardens for its tropical-looking,...

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Native Plant Spotlight: Cercis occidentalis (Western Redbud tree)

Western redbud, Cercis occidentalis, is a small deciduous tree in the Fabaceae (Legume) family. Cercis derives from the Greek word kerkis, or “weaver’s shuttle” --a reference to the characteristic flat seed pods that appear after bloom.   Though springtime is the...

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Native Plant Spotlight: Chilopsis linearis ‘Bubba’

  Chilopsis linearis, more commonly called Desert Willow, is a wonderful ornamental addition to sunny garden spaces. This month’s featured cultivar, ‘Bubba’, owes its tongue-in-cheek name to a high-powered growth habit. A 30-foot spread and enormous flowers set...

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Native Plant Spotlight: Heuchera (Coral bells)

  Heuchera (HEW-ker-ah), are a genus of native North American perennials. Although there are over 50 species, the common name, coral bells, is traced to the familiar red flowers of species Heuchera sanguinea. Alumroot is another common name, referring to roots'...

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