Monthly Plant Profile

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Anigozanthos – “Kangaroo Paw”

 This striking plant is native to the southwest corner of Australia, a Mediterranean climate region with hot dry summers and mild winters, much like our own. The foliage is green and strap like forming a clump whose size can vary depending on the cultivar -from A. flavidus which can attain 3 to 4 foot clumps to A. rufus which usually stays under 2 feet .

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Calandrinia Spectabilis: Rock Purslane

This bloom heavy tender perennial from Chile is a fine choice for the summer-dry garden. Featuring bright magenta, poppy shaped blooms on limber 2ft stems poised delicately above succulent blue-gray toned foliage, this plant makes a tidy mound. Roughly 1ft high by by 3 to 4 ft wide at maturity. Flower production starts in spring and continues until fall.

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Pennisetum messaicum: Red Bunny Tails

Pennisetum messaicum: Red Bunny Tails

This perennial grass of African origin  forms a tidy clump 2ft high and 3ft wide that provides movement and  textural contrast for your garden. It works well as both as a single focal point or planted in drifts or groups if space allows. The foliage is an agreeable  glossy green with  discreet suggestions of burgundy .  The red toned fuzzy flower plumes are particularly alluring  if sited where they can be viewed backlit  by the morning  or evening sun.

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Coast Rosemary

Westringia Fruiticosa

Westringia is an evergreen shrub that comes to us from Australia, where it grows in exposed locations on coastal cliffs.  Mature size can be variable, depending on the cultivar grown, garden location and irrigation practices. Hybrid varieties such as ‘Blue Gem and ‘Sorrento Coast’ tend to stay a bit more compact. Having said that, even the species takes well to light shearing to maintain size and shape. Sizes range from 3-6 ft tall to 5 to 10ft wide.

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