This perennial shrub is also referred to as an “African Lily”. The plant features grassy sword-like evergreen foliage and attractive flowers with distinct spots. They are vigorous plants but do take some time to become established for flowering. Care needs to be taken in site selection as the plants are very unattractive if invaded by trailing ground covers and they are difficult to weed.
These thorny and woody vines can grow very tall when they have a support structure. They can also be trimmed as bushes. The leaves can be solid green or variegated. The actual flowers are small and white appearing in clusters of three. The flowers themselves are surrounded by brightly colored leaf bracts. Bougainvillea are a classic compliment to Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial architecture. They can be grown in loose forms or trained to a more formal habit.
These poppies do best in naturalized settings and combined with plantings that can take center stage when the poppies become scraggly in late summer. Orange poppies naturally appear in California grasslands. The blooms close at night and in very hot weather. The flowers are particularly striking when they bloom alongside purple lupine. The plants do not transplant well and do best when started from seeds. In subsequent years the plants are self sowing.
This very hardy ground cover is available with a wide variety of flower colors. Yellows and oranges are the most common and may remind some of shopping center flowers. In such cases, pink and cream flowers offer a different look. Foliage varies between glossy green to a gray-green with a powdery appearance. Some gazania varieties have a trailing growth pattern while other types grow in clumps.
The water needs of icelandic poppies are higher than asiatic poppy varieties. In light of this, icelandic poppies can be treated as an annual with plants sown from seed in the winter or as early spring transplants. The saucer-shaped blooms come in clear colors that top hairy stems of up to a foot in length. Individual blooms can last a week in the garden which is longer than for many poppy varieties. Blooming is more prolific if spent blooms are removed. Blooms will last for a couple of days indoors if the cut is cauterized by a flame or boiling water.
These plants with sword-like foliage feature blooms that emerge from tall branching stems. The flowers are covered with fine hairs that given them a velvety look. The color of the stems can vary from green to red. Flower colors include cream, yellow, orange and red. The plants are striking additions to rock gardens and landscapes with a distilled, modern look. Kangaroo paws are originally from Australia. The plants do well in arid gardens once established. The blooms do well in cut arrangements.
There are many varieties of alstroemeria lilies. Dwarf varieties avoid the rangy appearance that characterizes some of the larger plants. Cross breading has produced species that are evergreen with an extended blooming season. The blossoms first appear in late spring and they do well as cut flowers. Consistent and deep watering is required for the first season to enable root system development. After that these perennials do well with significantly less water.
The striking growth habit of this cactus is characterized by flat interconnecting lobes with prominent primary and hair-like secondary spines that rapidly detach when touched. Prickly pear are more tolerant of cool weather than most cactus varieties. The lobes and fruit are edible with appropriate preparation and are known as “Indian Figs”. New plants can be propagated from cuttings that are allowed to dry for about a week. Care in landscape design is needed to avoid putting prickly pear near other plantings as the spines make later weeding impractical
Low-water gardeners often overlook roses which are very efficient once established. There is minimal care required to remove spent blooms to prolong the display and to keep the bushes looking tidy. Clipping at an angle just above five leaf clusters is the best way to do this. Heavy pruning annually keeps the plants looking their best. Many varieties are available in most growing zones which can be selected for hardiness, color, fragrance and growing habit.
The flowers of these annuals bring showy fireworks to late summer gardens. Zinnias are noted for abundant colorful flowers in clear and vibrant colors. The flowers grow on solitary stems with heights that vary from 6″ to 4′ in height. Zinnias originally come from Mexico. They are easy to grow and do well in full sun. As an added bonus, zinnias attract both butterflies and hummingbirds. Zinnias can be transplanted but do best when grown from seed. New volunteers can be anticipated in future years.