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Interesting Plant: California Spikenard and Elk Clover (Aralia californica)

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 Yet another shady ground cover […]

Interesting Plant: California Pipevine/California Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia californica)

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 A wild and weird exotic […]

Interesting Plant: Wild Ginger (Asarum caudatum)

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 A good ground cover that […]

Interesting Plant: Begonia Rex (Painted-leaf begonia)

Begonia Rex (Painted-leaf begonia) Begonia Rex has an amazing variety of colors, shapes, variegation and more. I am always looking for shade plants and begonia are always a great source of lovely color and variety for those places that simply don’t have enough sun for more showy, flowering plants. This Begonia Rex Google Image Search […]

Interesting Plant: Leonotis leonurus

Leonotis leonurus We started seeing this plant a lot on our neighborhood as many homeowners took advantage of stipends to convert their lawns to waterwise garden planting. It seems to do quite well and makes a dramatic statement in any garden. The color, and it’s large stature make it stand out against almost anything else […]

Interesting Plant: Matilija Poppy (Romneya)

Matilija Poppy (Romneya) This is one of the flowers that — the first time you see it — looks artificial or fake. Surely, nothing can look look so perfect and so much like tissue paper in real life? Fortunately, though, they are real and, if you live in California or a similar climate, you might […]

Interesting Plant: Melocactus matanzanus (Turk’s Cap Cactus)

Melocactus matanzanus (Turk’s Cap Cactus) Photograph by Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net)., CC BY-SA 4.0 What are your thoughts on this Interesting Plant? Drop a note in the comments! Melocactus matanzanus, common name Dwarf Turk’s-cap cactus or Turk’s-cap cactus, is a cactus in the genus Melocactus belonging to the family Cactaceae. The epithet matanzanus is derived from the Cuban province of Matanzas. Melocactus matanzanus is a perennial fleshy globose […]

Interesting Plant: Coleus “Redhead”

Coleus “Redhead” Most times, the Interesting Plants I highlight here are those I found somewhere along my Internet travels. This coleus, though, was spotted during a recent trip to the local nursery and it so captivated my wife, we brought it home with us. She was really taken with the color and their habit and […]

Interesting Plant: Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’

Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’ Another Pinterest find from Kelhm’s Song Sparrow Farm and Nursery. There are a wide variety of Tiarella’s available from a variety of vendors, it seems. What are your thoughts on this Interesting Plant? Drop a note in the comments! Discovered via Pinterest Tiarella trifoliata, commonly called threeleaf foamflower,[1] laceflower,[2] or sugar-scoop,[2] is a dicot in the family Saxifragaceae. It is native […]

Interesting Plant: Bacopa monnieri (Water hyssop)

Bacopa monnieri (Water hyssop) Stumbled upon this in a recent Instagram post and it gave me a few ideas for container planting and perhaps some other areas in the garden. What are your thoughts on this Interesting Plant? Drop a note in the comments! Discovered via Instagram user Dani Coulter Bacopa monnieri (waterhyssop, brahmi,[2] thyme-leafed gratiola, water hyssop, herb of […]