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SCENTS OF SUMMERMadagascar Jasmine (Stephanotis floribinda) - Clusters of fragrant, pure white, tubular flowers contrast nicely with the dark green, leathery leaves. A favorite of florists for wedding bouquets. This handsome vine will twine up a trellis, arbor or fence with support. An excellent container plant. Evergreen. Grand Duke Arabian Jasmine (Jasminum sambac ‘Grand Duke’) - Wonderfully fragrant clusters of creamy-white, button-like double flowers are used in Hawaii to make special leis. Ideal for warm, humid areas, this tropical, evergreen shrub may bloom nearly year-round in frost-free areas. Compact form produces vine-like stems, making it perfect for clipped hedge, small trellis or espalier specimen.
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PASSION FLOWERSPassion Flowers (Passiflora) are fast-growing perennial vines with wonderful showy flowers. Passion flower is a tropical flower native to southern Brazil and Argentina. These beautiful flowers will be sure to attract any nearby butterflies to the garden. The fruiting varieties also produce delicious fruits filled with nicely tart, bright orange pulp perfect for snacks or juices.
Roger’s Gardens favorite climbing rose! Large, very double old-fashioned style blooms are a blend of pastel pink, cream and creamy yellow. ‘Eden’ is the perfect choice for the trellis or arbor of any cottage or country garden.
Little Miss Figgy Dwarf Fig - This easy to grow, incredible miniature Fig will dazzle you with its deeply lobed, blue-green leaves and delicious, dark purple fruits. The fruits are perfect for using in baking, salads or eating right off the tree. They are also high in antioxidants, fiber, iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium. Mature plants reach 4 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. Perfect for small landscapes and containers.
Seascape Strawberry - Your family can enjoy these large, delicious bright red strawberries in spring, summer and fall--three seasons of sweetness. This new day-neutral strawberry starts fruiting about 3 months from planting, regardless of when you plant it. The hard-working plants produce a plentitude of sweet, juicy berries. Heat-tolerant, and remarkably disease resistant.
Bountiful Blue Blueberry - An award winning variety with the bluest foliage of all! Pink-blushed flowers produce a big crop of large, sweet, juicy berries on a compact, mounded shrub. Perfect for hedging or planting in large tubs. Self-fertile, though planting another variety may yield a more prolific harvest. Needs only 150-200 winter chill hours, making it perfect for Southern California.
An Orange County native Salvia! Striking silvery white lance-shaped leaves are held on stiff branches that grow 2’ tall by 4’ wide. Flower spikes appear in spring with white blooms on rigid 3’ stems. Loved by bees and hummingbirds. Heat and drought tolerant, it really doesn’t want much summer water. Requires well-draining soil. ‘White Sage’ has many potential medicinal uses, including teas made from the leaves that are said to relieve cold symptoms and congestion. One of the primary components of smudge sticks used as incense.
One of the biggest, showiest flowers a California native has to offer. Also known as ‘fried egg plant’ for its huge white flowers in late summer that look just like that. This is a big plant, fast-growing to 6’ tall and forming large clumps of stalks with blue-green foliage and those fabulous flowers. It spreads from underground runners and will extend as far as you’ll let it, so make sure it has plenty of room. Plant in full sun and water weekly for the first season, then reduce to every other week or less.
Make room for this handsome California lilac, which forms a large shrub or small tree approximately 15 feet tall and wide. Abundant true-blue, fragrant flowers bloom in spring and attract bees, butterflies and birds. It’s evergreen, fast growing, long lived, heat and drought tolerant, and low maintenance.
Heat and drought tolerant, this hardy native grass displays stiff, narrow purple spikes above the 3’ tall and wide mounding foliage. Fall finds this grass at its peak, with flowing plumes that beautifully catch morning and evening light, while adding graceful movement to the garden. Wonderful in mass plantings when there’s room, or as a specimen in smaller spaces. Effective erosion control on dry slopes. An essential for the native and wild garden for habitat.
This is the largest and longest blooming of the Coral Bells. A vigorous, easy to grow plant, it can reach 2’ tall and wide. Stalks of white flowers tinged with pink rise 2 feet above the evergreen leaves throughout spring. It thrives in bright shade or dappled sun with occasional watering. One of the most tolerant native plants for clay soils and dark shade. Beautiful in a mass planting or along a boarder, especially under the dappled shade of trees, like our native Coast Live Oak. Native to the Channel Islands.
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.