New In The Gardens
Protea ‘Pink Ice’
A very attractive Protea that has silvery-pink flowers from fall into winter on a dense shrubby plant with attractive linear leaves. Grows 6-7 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide. A hybrid between P. compacta and P. susannae, which are both hardy plants. From these parents this hybrid has acquired frost tolerance to low 20's F and ability to tolerate a wide range of soil types.
Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’
We love ‘Ascot Rainbow’ spurges for their striking, sage and lime green foliage that turn stunning shades of pink, red and orange during the colder months. These perennials also have vibrant green flowers with radiant red centers.
Protea cynaroides ‘Mini King’
A shrub to about 3 feet tall and wide with large 6 to 8 inch wide flowers. These pale silky pink or sometimes deep crimson flowers form a roundish central peak of flowers surrounded by rays of darker pink bracts. Flowers cover the shrub from autumn to spring with some scattered bloom throughout the year. Plant in full sun in a well-drained, preferrably acid, soil. Requires little irrigation and tolerates coastal conditions.
Grevillea ‘King’s Rainbow’
This variety has exotic looking blooms that flower year-round in Southern California. It’s tough, durable, drought tolerant and has lots of textured color. ‘Kings Rainbow’ does great in containers or in the landscape and is a favorite of hummingbirds. Bred by Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Western Australia. New for 2016.
Called October Daphne because the clusters of flowers resemble the Daphne shrub. This Stonecrop forms a cascading mound of succulent powdery-blue leaves. In late summer the clusters of starry soft-pink flowers appear on the ends of the stems. Nice for edging borders, in the rock garden, containers or walls. Occasionally seen as an indoor houseplant, but perfectly hardy out in the garden as well.
Fig 'Little Miss Figgy'
New introduction for 2016. This low maintenance, incredible miniature Fig tree will dazzle you with its deeply lobed, blue-green leaves and spectacular, dark purple fruits. Reaching 4 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. Perfect for landscapes and containers.
Fig ‘Little Ruby’ Suitable for containers, Fig ‘Little Ruby’ has a natural dwarf habit with small, tasty, bite-sized, maroon-colored fruit. It produces an early, strong crop on the previous year’s growth. Looks equally attractive in a container or in the ground. Grows and produces best in full sun with average to low water. Fruits in spring/summer.
Forms compact rosettes of flattened, spoon-shaped leaves. Rosettes are sky blue, blushing pink along the margins in strong light. Hummingbirds love arching stems of pinkish-orange bell-shaped flowers. Great windowsill or rock garden plant.
A truly "fantastic" succulent with rosettes of 4-6" leaves, gray-green with lots of red highlights and splashes of cream to white variegations. Very colorful, very striking. Summer flowers are pale yellow and tubular on tall stems, to 2-3 ft. Plants reach 1-2' high x 2-3' wide at maturity.
An upright growing succulent that branches from the base to form a small shrub 12 inches tall by about as wide with upright ¾ inch thick round corky stems bearing 1 to 2 inch long rounded pale green succulent leaves that are arranged neatly in 4 distinct rows towards the branch tips.
Blue Glow Agave (Agave attenuata x ocahui ‘Blue Glow’)
Unlike many Agaves, ‘Blue Glow’ forms one beautifully symmetrical, solitary rosette rather than forming clusters of many smaller rosettes. It is a relatively small selection of Agave so it fits nicely in containers and rock gardens. Chalky blue-green leaves are edged in both deep red and yellow, and these margins glow beautifully when backlit by the afternoon sun. Tiny soft spines line the colorful margin and each smooth leaf is tipped with a short, red, terminal spine.
Silver Tree (Leucadendron argenteum)
This is a strikingly beautiful accent tree with large (4 1/2 to 6 inches long by 2 inches wide) soft, silky, shimmering, silvery-green-gray, lance-shaped foliage. It is an evergreen tree that can grow 25-40 feet tall and about 20 feet wide. Older, mature branches are spreading and irregularly shaped with gray bark. Plant in full sun with very good drainage and some summer watering.
La Crema Sage (Salvia officinalis 'La Crema')
Variegated form of the highly popular Berggarten Sage, it has gray-green leaves with a cream white edge. Equally nice as a non-flowering ornamental plant or a culinary herb. A delightfully fragrant garnish!
White Shadow Echeveria (Echeveria cante ‘White Shadow’)
This rare and beautiful new white selection is a must for Echeveria collectors, and sure to be an all-time favorite! Solitary succulent rosettes have a powdery lavender tinge. Tall, thick flower stems bear bright pink flowers in summer. Heat and drought tolerant when established.
Sweetly fragrant, large pure white flowers against contrasting glossy green foliage make this compact shrub a standout in any landscape. Plant near entryways to enjoy its wonderful scent. Evergreen.
Highly prized for the profusion of sweetly fragrant blooms, excellent for cut flowers. Beautiful specimen, its upright branches are covered with glossy foliage. Terrific container plant. Evergreen.
First Love Gardenia
The first to bloom in spring, continuing into early summer with wonderfully fragrant, double white 4-5 inch blooms that are larger than other varieties. Superb accent shrub or container specimen. Perfect for entryway plantings or in patio tubs, where the fragrance can be enjoyed.
August Beauty Gardenia
Prolific bloomer with large, sweetly fragrant, velvety white flowers and lustrous foliage. This rounded evergreen shrub makes a beautiful natural hedge, screen, or container accent. Patio tree forms are especially effective in formal designs. Superb for cut flower arrangements.
Early Salmon Pincushion (Leucospermum 'Sunrise')
Shrub to 5 to 6 feet with a profusion of 4 inch rich dark salmon-colored flowers early in the season. This plant has shorter stem length than many of the cut flower pincushions but it makes up for this by its profusion and its durability and vigor in the garden. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Hardy to 25-27F.
Pipa's Red Chinese Fringe Flower (Loropetalum chinense 'Pipa's Red')
Long, narrow, very rich burgundy foliage is the perfect backdrop for the hot pink, fringe-like flowers. A superb foundation or accent plant or hedge. At home in Asian and tropical gardens. Evergreen above 0°F.
Shore Astelia (Astelia banksii 'Compact Form')
Graceful member of the genus, this form producing spring-green, arching leaves, to only 2', with striking, silver undersides and, in spring and summer, cream to chartreuse flowers. Tolerant of salt spray for coastal gardens and easy in any garden with regular summer water and full sun to dappled shade.
Golden Japanese Stonecrop (Sedum makinoi 'Ogon')
Brilliant solid golden-yellow foliage flushed with pink provides a striking color accent in rock gardens, rock walls or containers. Makes an excellent pathway filler or ground cover. Herbaceous perennial.
Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens')
Stunning contrast for the front of the border! Dense, purplish-black, grass like foliage is exceptional. Produces dark lavender flowers and purple fall berries, adding interest. Use in mass as an edging or tuck into mixed containers.
Dancing Dolls Sage (Salvia 'Dancing Dolls')
From California's own Suncrest Nursery comes an easy-to-grow, striking Salvia hybrid. The 18" tall x 4' wide bush of small, green, fragrant foliage is adorned with lovely light pink flowers, highlighted by a dark pink upper lip.
Fiesta New Zealand Flax (Phormium 'Jester')
New Zealand Flax cultivar that grows to only 18 inches tall with slightly arching 2- 3 feet long pinkish leaves that have an orange midrib and lime green bands near the leaf margins. Plant in full sun to light shade. Can tolerate fairly dry conditions (coastal) but looks best with occasional to regular irrigation. Hardy to 15-20 F.
Red Pencil Tree (Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire')
This cultivar of Euphorbia tirucalli is a very striking succulent shrub. Multiple fire-red stems, resembling small pencils or sticks, grow from the base of the plant. The red stems often show shades of pink, orange or yellow and the color is more vivid during the cooler months and when grown in bright sun. It is highly salt tolerant and can be grown near the ocean.
Colorful and compact Little Lucky is tough enough to breeze right through summer heat and humidity. This dwarf form is a winner for containers and baskets and ideal for massin or along a pathway or border. Remains neat and tidy all season with little care.
Cheyenne Spirit Cone Flower - Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’
2013 AAS Flower Award Winner. This stunning first-year flowering Echinacea captures the spirit of the North American plains by producing a delightful mix of flower colors from rich purple, pink, red and orange tones to lighter yellows, creams and white. This wide range of flower colors on well branched, durable plants are sure to please the color preferences of any gardener. As an added bonus, ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ does not require a lot of water and offers a wide range of uses from the perennial border, in a mass landscape planting, in a butterfly garden or as a cut flower.
Monarch Promise Milkweed - Asclepias curassavica 'Monarch Promise'
A new introduction for 2016. This very special Asclepias curassavica has beautiful green and white variegated foliage that is tinged with red, orange and pink leaf tips. The bright orange-red flower attracts Monarch butterflies and many other species of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
Balloon Plant Milkweed - Gomphocarpus physocarpus
This milkweed has several common names like Swan plant, Balloon plant, Oscar milkweed, and Family Jewels. There are several other types of milkweeds but this is a somewhat unique milkweed and is one of the more favored host plants of the Monarch butterflies.
Narrow Leaf Native Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis)
California's narrow-leaved Milkweed has narrow leaves and a wider native range and a whole lot more garden tolerance than most of the other native species. Asclepias fascicularis is a perennial with three foot tall stem and large (but narrow) five inch leaves, and a five inch or so flower cluster. In our area, this plant is covered with monarch caterpillars during the summer. Milkweeds need sun (less flowers in the shade) and can be quite drought tolerant, plant; mulch heavily, or better yet, plant next to boulder, water well first month and ignore. Asclepias fascicularis can tolerate some pretty awful coastal clays that are sour bogs in winter and salty toast in summer. Native from Southeast Washington and adjacent Idaho through California, Oregon, into Baja California and west into Nevada.
Buzz Dwarf Butterfly Bush (Buddleia ‘Buzz Series)
Loved for their elegant, fragrant blooms, produced in profusion from summer through fall, and their ability to withstand a wide variety of conditions, Butterfly Bush has long been a staple of the gardens of England and the US. However, Buddleia has often been a challenge to incorporate into smaller gardens because their large size and rather rangy habit. The new Buddleia BUZZ™ series of Butterfly Bush changes all that. These new hybrids are perfect in gardens both small and large. While other Butterfly Bush plants will get 8 to 12 feet tall, BUZZ™ varieties stay between 3 to 5 feet tall and respond well to shaping.
Silky Gold Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Gold’)
An exotic yellow-flowered variety of tropical milkweed from South America. Large clusters of golden-yellow summer flowers are displayed against yellow-green foliage. Asclepias flowers are nectar-rich and its leaves are an an important food source for Monarch caterpillars. This easy care plant mixes beautifully with other tall perennials.
Exceptionally large, vividly colored mop-head flowers, the largest of perhaps any mop-head Hydrangea! The huge blooms go through a wonderful progression of color changes, from pinkish-green to pink, and often back to green. Soil pH affects blossom color. This reliable reblooming Hydrangea blooms every year, on both old and new wood. Great cut flower.
Hydrangeas 'Mini Penny'
Large mophead flowers appear nearly continuously on this exceptional dwarf, compact shrub. Blossoms tend to be blue when planted in acidic soils, and pink in more alkaline soils. A wonderful container plant, low flowering hedge or highlight of a flowering border. Highly disease resistant foliage.
An exceptional U.S. National Arboretum introduction. Enjoy a profusion of large flower clusters, held against dark green, deeply lobed oak-like leaves. Robust blooms open white and age to pink, remaining upright even after heavy rain. Foliage turns brilliant mahogany in fall. Compact, dense habit is suited for smaller landscapes. Stunning in groups or as a hedge.
Striking ruby-black stems support big mophead flowers on this exquisite re-blooming hydrangea. A superb border shrub for color throughout summer; blue in acidic soils and pink in more alkaline soils. Flowers age to a vintage cream-splashed green color. Prized for cut or dried flower arrangements.
Hydrangeas 'Double Delights Wedding Gown'
This exceptional hybrid features fully double blooms with super strong stems on a nice mounded form. A repeat bloomer, exploding in spring and continuing through autumn. Blooms start out as mopheads and open into lacecaps.
An exciting hardy hydrangea from Holland, Limelight has unique chartreuse blooms in mid-summer that change to pink in fall. Good massed, as a hedge, in containers or as a cut flower.
Bonsai Blue Jacaranda • Jacaranda mimosifolia ‘Bonsai Blue’
This new truly dwarf Jacaranda creates a show in spring with large, deep purple tubular flowers. An ideal small specimen tree for today's smaller gardens, equally useful as a large border accent or in decorative pots on terrace or patio. Bright green, fern-like foliage takes well to pruning and is remarkably tolerant of heat and drought, when established.
Meerlo Lavander • Lavandula allardii ‘Meerlo’
Lavender allardii are the most heat, humidity, and water-wise lavenders we grow. These vigorous plants hold their beautifully variegated and highly fragrant foliage, and sport pale blue flowers in summer.
Grosso Lavender (Lavandula x intermedia ‘Grosso’)
This plant grows as a mound to about 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide with fragrant narrow leaves that when in active growth are green but age to gray-green. In summer rise the 12 to 18 inch long peduncles topped by a compact 3 to 4 inch long spike of sweet smelling dark purple flowers. This plant appreciates an open sunny location where it can grow well in poor alkaline soil. It quite drought tolerant and needs only be irrigated occasionally to infrequently once established.
Sundrops (Calylophus drummondianus)
This bushy, slender stemmed perennial grows about 1 foot high and perhaps twice that in breadth. Its stems are closely lined by dark, narrow 1-3 inch leaves. Clustered at the shoot tips in summer and fall are brilliant yellow, broad petalled flowers, about 2 inches wide. This is an excellent plant for open banks and other exposed, less tended parts of the garden. Sun, reasonably well drained soil, moderate to occasional watering.
Salmon Pincushion (Leucospermum ‘Sunrise’)
Shrub to 5 to 6 feet with a profusion of medium-sized (about 4 inch) rich dark salmon-colored flowers early in the season from late winter to early spring, nearly a month earlier than typical Leucospermum cordifolium cultivars. This plant has shorter stem length than many of the cut flower pincushions but it makes up for this by its profusion of bloom early in the season and its durability and vigor in the garden. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil.
Salvia clevelandii X leucophylla 'Pozo Blue' (Grey Musk Sage)
Salvia Pozo Blue is very drought tolerant three foot green-gray perennial. A hybrid of Salvia clevelandii and Salvia leucophylla. It is one of our older Las Pilitas selections. We named it for the small, stage coach stop town of Pozo near the Santa Margarita Nursery. Its flowering period is about 6 weeks with violet-blue flowers. Foliage is very fragrant like Musk Sage (Salvia clevelandii). This is THE NATIVE BUTTERFLY BUSH. We've seen about thirty species of butterflies and a lot of hummingbirds working the flowers.
Eschscholzia 'Sonoma Coast' (California Poppy)
This coastal selection of the California poppy is distinct in flower and habit. Plants spread from the central crown to form a mat of divided blue-grey leaves. Vivid golden yellow flowers with orange center can appear from spring to fall with occasional watering. This coastal form of California poppy is a tidier garden plant, and seems less inclined to develop mildew as the summer progresses, than the common brilliant orange flowered California poppy featured in wildflower packets.
Ribes viburnifolium (Catalina Perfume)
Evergreen shrub growing to 3-6’ tall with wide spreading stems to 8’. Leathery, oval, dark green leaves are fragrant after rain or when crushed. Wine-red stems may root in moist soils. Stem color complements the light pink-red flowers from February through April. Preferring sun or light shade on coast and light to medium shade inland, they are best in well-drained soils with moderate to occasional watering. Utilize as a groundcover or bank cover under oaks. Hardy to 20F. Catalina Island, Baja California.
Achillea millefolium 'King Range' (White Yarrow)
The seed for this selection of our native yarrow was from the aptly named Windy Ridge above the scenic mouth of the Mattole River. The parent plants were very stout with foot tall stems and huge inflorescences of creamy white. It has been very vigorous in cultivation so far. Best with sun, good drainage, and moderate summer water.
Arctostaphylos 'Emerald Carpet' (Carpet Manzanita)
Tough and dense, this evergreen groundcover forms tight mounds to 2’. Best with full sun near the coast and partial shade inland. Better used in acidic soils, as chlorosis is pronounced in alkaline situations. Retains a fresh green appearance throughout the summer. White flowers form in small clusters. Best with summer irrigation. Hardy 0-10 F.
Ceanothus griseus horizontalis 'Diamond Heights' (Diamond Heights Carmel Creeper)
Bright, low-growing evergreen shrub with dark green splashed chartreuse leaves — exceptional variegation for a Ceanothus. Yellow tones dominate warm weather, while green is more dominant in cooler weather or shade. Clusters of pale blue spring flowers. Best with some shade in hotter regions.
Ceanothus griseus horizontalis 'Yankee Point' (Yankee Point Carmel Creeper)
Ceanothus Yankee Point' is an evergreen shrub that commonly grows two or three feet tall and ten feet wide. A mounding mass of glossy green with blue flowers in Mar-May. Does best near coast, but good in coastal valleys, and ok inland if given a little afternoon shade and weekly sprinkles. VERY useful for large bank stabilization.
Fremontodendron ‘San Gabriel’ (San Gabriel Flannel Bush)
This Fremontodendron quickly grows 15 to 20 feet tall and wide. Large maple-like leaves are accented by abundant cupped yellow flowers in spring, a stunning display especially when combined with a deep blue Ceanothus. Give plants little summer water, and provide good drainage. They will take clay soil on a slope. Completely drought resistant.
Romneya coulteri (Matilija Poppy)
Robust perennial to 8’ with erect stems and deeply cut leaves of gray-green. Tolerant of aridity and most soil types. Large white, fragrant flowers with yellow centers that resemble a fried egg and give plants a dramatic flair in late spring and early summer. Sporadic flowering is common into fall. Keep away from less vigorous plants, as it can be invasive, spreading by rhizomes. Utilize on roadsides and hillsides to hold soil. Withholding summer water helps to keep growth in check. Cut back hard once a year for a tidy, well kept appearance. Prefers full sun and deep, well-drained soil. Hardy to 0F.