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Well Mulched Shrub Border
Windmill Palm, Hemp Palm
Red Damask Tea Tree
Tricolor Mountain Flax
Cape Rush
Mexican Bush Sage
Common Blue Fescue, Blue Fescuegras
Helene Strybing Manuka Tea Tree
Cape or Monarch Daisy
Yellow Wave Flax
Japanese Blood Grass
Potato Vine
Shasta Daisy
Windmill Palm, Hemp Palm

Common name:Windmill Palm, Hemp Palm
Botanical name:Trachycarpus fortunei

This easy-to-grow palm of medium height will mature to a size of 30', and its slender trunk is covered with dense, heavy fiber topped with a crown of rich green, fan-shaped leaves.

Red Damask Tea Tree

Common name:Red Damask Tea Tree
Botanical name:Leptospermum scoparium 'Red Damask'

Leptospermum sco. is an evergreen shrub or tree. 1/2 in. flowers are showy. Branches densely set with needlelike green leaves.

Tricolor Mountain Flax

Common name:Tricolor Mountain Flax
Botanical name:Phormium cookianum hookeri 'Tricolor'

Standing 6' high, this variety of Phormium is yellow with green and light rose variegation.

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.

Mexican Bush Sage

Common name:Mexican Bush Sage
Botanical name:Salvia leucantha

The Mexican sage is a bushy shrub that grows 3-4 ft. tall and wide. It has hairy white stems, gray-green leaves and velvet like purple flower spikes that bloom summer through fall. This shrub tolerates sun, light shade, little water, and is hardy to 15 degrees F. The Mexican sage is drought tolerant and attracts hummingbirds. -Cornflower Farms

Common Blue Fescue, Blue Fescuegras

Common name:Common Blue Fescue, Blue Fescuegras
Botanical name:Festuca glauca

This groundcover/grass will grow less than 1' tall and has small, blue-green leaves.

Helene Strybing Manuka Tea Tree

Common name:Helene Strybing Manuka Tea Tree
Botanical name:Leptospermum scoparium 'Helene Strybing'

New Zealand Tea Tree has small, needle-like green leaves with showy, 1/2" rose-like flowers in winter and spring. These shrubs can be thinned to enhance their attractive branch structure and flaking bark. They need very little water once established. 'Helene Strybing' grows 6-10' tall by 5-8' wide. It has an open structure with deep pink blooms.

Cape or Monarch Daisy

Common name:Cape or Monarch Daisy
Botanical name:Arctotis fastuosa alba

Vendium fatuosum is an annual. Produces orange flowers that have multi-petals and a large dark center.

Yellow Wave Flax

Common name:Yellow Wave Flax
Botanical name:Phormium 'Yellow Wave'

This evergreen perennial is 3' high with clumping yellow/green variegation and weeping leaves.

Japanese Blood Grass

Common name:Japanese Blood Grass
Botanical name:Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'

This ground cover/grass can reach up to 3' tall and has green leaves that are reddish/maroon at the tips. High water needs, best used along riparian or pond areas, in wet soils, or on properties with high water tables.

Potato Vine

Common name:Potato Vine
Botanical name:Solanum laxum

This twisting vine will grow 25' in length and has deciduous, glossy green leaves with blue and white flowers that are in constant bloom.

Shasta Daisy

Common name:Shasta Daisy
Botanical name:Chrysanthemum maximum

The Shasta Daisy is a favorite for beds or cut flowers with its white flowers that are 4" across with yellow centers. These flowers are borne during the spring, summer, and fall months.

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Well Mulched Shrub Border

Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Maintain a two to four inch layer of mulch on the soil surface to reduce weeds, infiltrate rain water, and reduce compaction.

Integrated Pest Management:

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