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Interesting Plant: Alpine Strawberries (Fragaria vesca)

Interesting Plant: Alpine Strawberries (Fragaria vesca) We are always looking for more food items to grow, even here in our somewhat shady garden, so when I saw these strawberries they intrigued me. While we have a few pots of hybrid strawberries, I wonder if these might not be a better choice for our particular conditions. […]

Interesting Plant: Butterfly Mint Bush (Monardella subglabra)

Butterfly Mint Bush (Monardella subglabra) What are your thoughts on this Interesting Plant? Drop a note in the comments!  Monardella subglabra, Butterfly Mint Bush, is a one foot tall perennial covered with one inch purple flowers in Jun-Jul. Butterfly Mint bush has a mint odor but much less than many others. Native to the Central […]

Interesting Plant: Cupressus cashmeriana

Interesting Plant: Cupressus cashmeriana I really like the weeping habit of this cypress. At around 40’ tall it is a bit too large for my garden but I could easily see it being a focal point of a larger garden. — Douglas What are your thoughts on this Interesting Plant? Drop a note in the […]

Interesting Plant: Shinyleaf Mahonia/California Barberry (Mahonia pinnata)

Interesting Plant: Shinyleaf Mahonia/California Barberry (Mahonia pinnata) By Stan Shebs, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link What are your thoughts on this Interesting Plant? Drop a note in the comments!  Mahonia pinnata (syn. Berberis pinnata) is a species of shrub in the barberry family. Common names include California barberry, wavyleaf barberry, and shinyleaf mahonia. It is similar to the Oregon-grape (Mahonia aquifolium), and is sometimes called the California […]

Interesting Plant: Orange Honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa)

Interesting Plant: Orange Honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa) By Walter Siegmund – Own work, CC BY 2.5, Link What are your thoughts on this Interesting Plant? Drop a note in the comments!  Lonicera ciliosa (orange honeysuckle or western trumpet honeysuckle) is a honeysuckle native to forests of western North America. A deciduous shrub growing to 6 m (20 ft) tall with hollow twigs, the leaves are opposite, oval, 4–10 cm (1.6–3.9 in) […]

Interesting Plant: Wallaces Pitcher Plant (Lepechinia fragrans)

Interesting Plant: Wallaces Pitcher Plant (Lepechinia fragrans) By Stan Shebs, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link What are your thoughts on this Interesting Plant? Drop a note in the comments!  Lepechinia fragrans is endemic to California. It is found in open areas in chaparral, in dry ravines, on rocky slopes and ridgetops, between 60 and 1100 meters. It is known in the […]

Interesting Plant: Bush beardtongue (Keckiella breviflora)

Bush beardtongue (Keckiella breviflora) By tomhilton – originally uploaded to Flickr as Keckiella 02, CC BY 2.0, Link What are your thoughts on this Interesting Plant? Drop a note in the comments!  Keckiella breviflora (formerly Penstemon breviflorus) is a species of flowering shrub in the plantain family known by the common name bush beardtongue. It is native to many of the western Transverse […]

Interesting Plant: Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana)

Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana) I have always found it difficult to grow iris in my garden with its dark and dry shade, but perhaps a native iris might more easily cope with this environment, as long as find a way to give it more water. What are your thoughts on this Interesting Plant? Drop a […]

Interesting Plant: Golden Jackpot® Weigela from Monrovia Plants

Golden Jackpot® Weigela  Golden Jackpot® Weigela’s foliage is so bright, we have to wear shades 😎 Is this on your spring wish list? Check out Monrovia on Pinterest to see how you could win it!     What are your thoughts on this Interesting Plant? Drop a note in the comments!  Perhaps the brightest weigela yet, this […]

Interesting Plant: Cream Bush (Holodiscus discolor)

Starting a series within a series, I will be highlighting shade plants that grow well underneath trees, especially California Live Oak. I have a deep shade area beneath many trees here in my own garden and i am constantly looking for plants that can help green this area. — Douglas Cream Bush (Holodiscus discolor) Another […]