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Interesting Plant: Blue Flax (Linum lewisii)

Blue Flax (Linum lewisii) Such pretty blue flowers. I could see these spread throughout a meadow or cottage garden. I don’t have a lot of blue flowers in my garden, as I tend more towards purples, but these would be a nice addition. It would also be great if I could get them to naturalize […]

Interesting Plant: Chestnut (Castenea)

Chestnut (Castenea) I am going to guess that these photos shows a Castenea saliva or Sweet Chestnut as they are older trees in rural Sicily, on the flanks of Mount Etna. We were visiting and old farmhouse that once was surrounded by orchards midway up the flanks of the volcano. These chestnut trees were quite […]

Interesting Plant: Camellia japonica ‘Anemoniflora’

Camellia japonica ‘Anemoniflora’ I first saw this plant via a BBC Gardeners World episode where they highlighted many different camellias. I only have one camellia bush here in the grade in a dark read color with a yellow center, but I see them throughout the neighborhood and in the various botanical gardens here in the […]

Interesting Plant: Zaluzianskya villosa “Southern Lilac Drumsticks”

Zaluzianskya villosa “Southern Lilac Drumsticks” Another striking plant that could conceivably fit into my garden. the description say sit want high heat in the summer, which we certainly have around here, although it has been unseasonably cool the last few weeks. I am attracted to this flower by the purple color, which is one of […]

Interesting Plant: Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia)

Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia) As a transplant from Ohio in midwestern/eastern America, cactus were very alien to me when I first moved to California. I simply hadn’t had any exposure to them. That said, I have developed an affinity for them over the years, whether in the dramatic saguaro of Arizona or our own native Opuntia […]

Interesting Plant: Campanula

Campanula I discovered Campanula through a Pinterest post and it interested me enough to go searching for more examples and information on it. I am a big fan of perennials over annuals, so finding more easy-to-grow perennials is always high on my list. ** Shop all things gardening on Amazon.com ** Discovered via Pinterest User Rachel […]

Interesting Plant: Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia The sheer exuberance of these black-eyed susan took my breath away. More gold than than the shiniest gold bars, with the contrasting black/brown centers seems like something a painter would design rather than nature. I came across this clump of rudbeckia in nearby La Crescenta, California, just up the street from Descanso Gardens. Rudbeckia […]

Interesting Plant: Caladium bicolor ‘White Queen’

Caladium bicolor ‘White Queen’ Wow! This nearly whit caladium just knocks you back when you see it. I can easily imagine this as a focal point among a shady, green garden. It would attract everyone’s eye, I am sure.    Discovered via Tumblr User, Rita Thomas  A tuberous-rooted perennial most often grown as an annual […]

Interesting Plant: Fuchsia

Fuchsia Fuchsia are one of those plants that just blows you away at every turn. There are so many , varieties, each with their own special coloration, flower shape and growing habit. I recently saw a Gardener’s World segment on fuchsia and was amazed once again. A little research shows that are even some native […]

Interesting Plant: Palo Verde Tree (Parkinsonia florida)

Palo Verde Tree (Parkinsonia florida) Although we don’t see a lot of Parkinsonia here in the San Fernando Valley, it is widely used in our nearby desert communities like Palm Springs. My sister has several in her garden. They are a nice looking tree and fairly well-behaved in their growing habit. The trees are especially […]