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Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

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Common Name: Blue Plumbago
Bloom Season: Summer to Fall
Bloom Color: Blue
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun Part-Shade

Mature Height: 10"
Mature Width: Groundcover
Description:

Good groundcover spreads by rhizomes. Long bloom season with dark blue flowers. Red foliage in fall.


Garden Notes: Keep a border (sidewalk) around this plant to keep in place. Slow to leaf out in spring, sometimes dies to ground by winters, but usually provides hint of red through winter.

Buddleia davidii 'Petite Purple'

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Common Name: Petite Purple Butterfly Bush
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Purple
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 30"
Mature Width: 36"
Description:

Lovely dwarf plant.Silvery foliage on shorter plant. Nice and compact. Smaller, silvery leaves. Very similar to Nanhoe Blue.


Garden Notes: This is becoming one of my favorite plants. It makes a nice bush with nearly evergreen leaves. It has a more refined look to it than most other Buddleias.

Buddleia davidii 'Alba'

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Common Name: White Butterfly Bush
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: White
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 72"
Mature Width: 60"
Description:

Graceful shrub with fragrant white flowers.


Buddleia davidii

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Common Name: Butterfly Bush
Bloom Season: Summer to Fall
Bloom Color: Violet
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 60"
Mature Width: 48"
Description:

Excellent shrub, prune to 12" in spring. Fast growth to 6-8ft. Fragrant lilac-like blooms summer to frost without deadheading.


Garden Notes: This variety is seed grown- collected from plants that have been growing locally. It is the fastest growing, most robust variety I have. It does very well with minimal water once established. Water deeply when watering. Great for a variety of butterflies.

Baileya multiradiata

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Common Name: Desert Marigold
Bloom Season: Spring to Fall
Bloom Color: Yellow
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 20"
Mature Width: 24"
Description:

Western desert native. Produces yellow blooms for a long period through summer. May reseed itself.


Garden Notes: This is a newer variety for me. It looked good in the greenhouse in 2011. I consider it a plant worth more trials in my gardens.

Aquilegia chrysantha

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Common Name: Golden Spurred Columbine
Bloom Season: Spring to Summer
Bloom Color: Yellow
Water Needs: Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Part-Shade

Mature Height: 36"
Mature Width: 24"
Description:

Fragrant yellow blooms. Heat tolerant, mildew resistant, long bloom season, one of showiest. . Long lived, reseeds nicely.


Garden Notes: Gets ragged by mid winter, but try to leave upper growth for freeze protection. Native to NM, AZ.

Aquilegia caerulea 'McKana Giant'

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Common Name: McKana Giant Columbine
Bloom Season: Spring to Early Summer
Bloom Color: Blend of all different colors
Water Needs: Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Part-Shade

Mature Height: 24"
Mature Width: 18"
Description:

Great plants for part shade, protect from harsh SW winds. Blooms following spring. Not long lived, but good mix of colors.


Garden Notes: Plan to replace every three years. Give regular light feedings. Check for and wash off aphids with soap water.

Amorpha fruiticosa

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Common Name: Indigo Bush
Bloom Season: Late Spring
Bloom Color: Purple
Water Needs: Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 72"
Mature Width: 60"
Description:

Deciduous 6-8 ft shrub. Purple flowers, Butterflies. Purported to be a larval host plant for the Orange Sulphur butterfly.


Garden Notes: Native to PH- sandy soils along streams. I have had it for six years and have not had a volunteer on my clay soil. Rapid seed spread along waters edge. Little to no seed spread in drier growing conditions. Easy to grow in yard settings.

Agastache aurantiaca 'Apricot Sprite'

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Common Name: Apricot Sprite
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Orange
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun Part-Shade

Mature Height: 14"
Mature Width: 18"
Description:

Compact form, bushy, branching plant. Aromatic silver-green foliage, durable. Prefers good drainage. Soft orange flowers all summer.


Garden Notes: A great plant, nice summer blooms, unique color. Somewhat short lived for me, but worth planting every few years.