Common name: Spanish Lavender
Botanical name: Lavandula stoechas
This dense shrub grows 2'-3' tall with blue gray foliage and deep purple flowers that have large showy bracts near the top of the spikes. It is drought tolerant .
Common name: Jerusalem Sage
Botanical name: Phlomis fruticosa
This hardy perennial is a useful, old-time garden plant with coarse, woolly gray green, wrinkled leaves and yellow, 1" flowers in ball-shaped whorls. It handles drought and poor soils but needs full sun.
Common name: Strawberry Madrone
Botanical name: Arbutus 'Marina'
The 'Marina' has gorgeous bark, with leaves that are smaller and not as glossy as Pacific Madrone. Its flowers are pink, borne in pendant clusters in the summer. The fruit is large, red and quite ornamental. The plant should be grown in sun to part shade, with little or no summer watering when established. The 'Marina' prefers good drainage.
Common name: Heavy Metal Switch Grass
Botanical name: Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'
This perennial grass will grow 2'-4' tall and 2'-4' wide. It has narrow, blue gray leaves with slender, light flowers that bloom in midsummer. Tall grasses are highly combustible.
Common name: Carmel Creeper
Botanical name: Ceanothus griseus horizontalis
Carmel Creeper is one of the most popular forms of spreading shrubs. Its glossy oval leaves of 2" are bright green. The tiny, light blue flowers are abundant and form 1" clusters. This shrub benefits from pruning. It does best in well-drained soil with little to no summer water.
Isabella's Parking Strip