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Common Trumpet Creeper
Pink Jasmine
Grace Ward Lithodora
Montebretia
Olive, European Olive
Cape Rush
Kangaroo Paws
Common Trumpet Creeper

Common name:Common Trumpet Creeper
Botanical name:Campsis radicans

3-4" tubular orange-red flowers highlight this vigorously growing deciduous vine. In the summer, these flowers are borne in clustered form. The vine clings to strutures with small rootlets and can cling to nearly any surface. It can become rampant and top-heavy, and benefets from occasional severe pruning.

Pink Jasmine

Common name:Pink Jasmine
Botanical name:Jasminum polyanthum

This fast-growing evergreen vine features clusters of fragrant white flowers almost all year in cool climates. It does best when grown in sun to part shade. -Monterey Bay Nursery

Grace Ward Lithodora

Common name:Grace Ward Lithodora
Botanical name:Lithodora diffusa 'Grace Ward'

The lithodora is a prostrate perrenial that grows from 6-12 ft. high. It has green hairy leaves and stems and develops bright blue flowers from May to June. The lithodora needs full sun to partial shade and is drought tolerant. - Cornflower Farms

Montebretia

Common name:Montebretia
Botanical name:Crocosmia X crocosmiiflora

This garden plant is a cormous herb, and it closely resembles the gladiolus. Its summer deciduous bulb bears crenate vertical leaves to 3' tall and arching stalks of brilliant red, coral/apricot, red, red-orange, or bright yellow flowers in late spring and summer. It requires sun to part shade. Little or no summer watering. This plant performs well in containers. Naturalizes. -Monterey Bay Nursery

Olive, European Olive

Common name:Olive, European Olive
Botanical name:Olea europaea

This broad tree will grow to 40' tall and has small, gray/green leaves with fleshy black fruit that appears in fall.

Cape Rush

Common name:Cape Rush
Botanical name:Chondropetalum tectorum

Chondropetalum tectorum has 3-4 ft. tall stems that shoot out in all directions from the roots. Each stem has papery bracts connected to the endes that turn from tan to dark drown, then fall off. Chondropetalum can grow in marshes, in the ground with regular watering, or in drought conditions.

Kangaroo Paws

Common name:Kangaroo Paws
Botanical name:Anigozanthos hybrids

This tender perennial is a clump-forming evergreen that produces fuzzy, yellow/green flowers that bloom in spring and last for over 2 months. Many sizes and varieties are available including yellow and pink flowers.

Designer: Michele Clement Garden Design

Driveway Edged with Blue

Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Practice grass-cycling by leaving short grass clippings on lawns after mowing, so that nutrients and organic matter are returned to the soil.

Integrated Pest Management:

Drip and other smart irrigation delivers water directly to roots, allowing no excess water for weeds.