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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 (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

  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, 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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Native Plant Spotlight: Lantana

Lantana earns a top spot on our list of low-maintenance ornamental flowers. An abundance of colorful blossoms attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Heat tolerance is significant -- as a matter of fact, the hotter it is, the more prolifically they bloom! Low water...

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Native Plant Spotlight: Tecoma (Esperanza)

Tecoma (Esperanza) is commonly known as trumpet flower or trumpetbush. The generic name is derived from the Aztec word tecomaxochitl, a descriptor of plants with tubular flowers. Tecoma hybrids find versatile use in many present-day California gardens. The showy...

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