Salvia/Sage - A widely diverse genus, with more than 750 species. About 60 species are commonly found in cultivation, with more being introduced each year. Includes culinary plants and many striking ornamental perennials and annuals. Most are sun loving and prefer well drained soil and aridity. Salvias have become the stars of the fall garden recently, with many fall blooming species that liven up our gardens throughout fall and early winter. Excellent hummingbird plants.
Salvia Africana-lutea - (E/3’;S) Shrub-like, with leathery deep green foliage and large intricate flowers that are a burnt orange/sienna color. Very heat and drought resistant.
Salvia apiana - WHITE SAGE (E/2-4’;S) Very silvery white foliage, small purplish-white flowers in summer. Pungent fragrance, very sticky feeling. Ca. native. Used for smudging, incense.
Salvia argentea - SILVER SAGE (SE/1-3’;S) Handsome silvery foliage grows to 3 ft across. Tall flowering stalks of white and pinkish flowers occurs in mid summer. Remove flowers before it produces seed to increase the life span of the plant. Leaves turn light green during the heat of the summer.
Salvia azurea pitcheri - PITCHERI SAGE (H/3-5’;S-PS) Dense spikes of bright blue flowers on a large open bush. Blooms over long period, from mid-summer-fall.
Salvia ‘Bee’s Bliss’ – NEW FOR 2006!
Salvia blepharophylla - EYELASH SAGE (SE/2’;S) Short growing but wide, with a profusion of lavender blue flowers in early summer. Very drought tolerant, hummingbird plant
Salvia cacalifolia (SE/3’;PS) Deep green heart shaped leaves on this highland Guatemalan native. Very cold tolerant. Deep true blue flowers on low sprawling plant. Over time can become 8 feet wide. Will spread by underground runners. Blooms fall-mid winter.
Salvia canariensis - (E/4-6’;S-PS) Big square stems covered in a white fuzz, with large spikes of purple and white flowers that are unusually exotic and eye-catching. Great fresh cut flower.
Salvia chamaedryoides - ELECTRIC BLUE SAGE (E/18";S) Small shrubby grey plant with bright blue flowers summer-fall.
Salvia chiapensis - CHIAPAS SAGE (TP/18";S-PS) Low growing, deep green leaves with long spikes of deep pink flowers. Blooms mid spring - summer.
Salvia clevelandii 'Aromas'- CLEVELAND SAGE (P/3’;S) Whorls of lavender-blue flowers throughout spring and fall, on fragrant grey leaved shrub. Ca. native.
Salvia clevelandii ‘Winifred Gilman’ - (P/2-3’;S) Whorls of electric blue flowers, and bright green fragrant foliage. Very drought resistant.
Salvia coccinea - TEXAS HUMMINGBIRD SAGE (TP/2’;S) Bright red flowers, easy to grow. Blooms May-Nov. Deadhead to keep flowering. May reseed.
Salvia coccinea ‘Coral Nymph’ - (TP/3’;S-PS) Soft pink flowers, long blooming, May-Dec. Great hummingbird flowers. Reseeds freely.
Salvia darcyi - (H/3’;S) A very showy sage,gray green leaves and terminal spikes of orange-red flowers mid summer thru fall. Well drained soil.
Salvia discolor - PERUVIAN SAGE (TP/3’;S-PS) Unusual deep purple, nearly black flowers in light green calyces. Silvery white foliage, pungent scented.
Salvia divinorum - DIVINER’S SAGE (TP/2-3’;PS) Sacred sage of the Mazateca Indians of Mexico. Large, square stems, light green leaves. Psychotropic effects when leaves are chewed or smoked.
Salvia dorisiana - FRUIT SAGE (H/3’;S-PS) Leaves have strong aroma of mixed fruits, making this an excellent plant for teas, potpourri. Shocking pink flowers. Pinch early in season to keep bushy.
Salvia elegans - PINEAPPLE SAGE (H/4-5’;S) Fabulous pineapple scent. Bright red flowers in summer and fall that are very attractive to hummingbirds. Edible flowers, leaves used for teas. Dies to ground in winter, but roots are hardy.
Salvia elegans ‘Freida Dixon’ -(H/3’;S) Shorter growing pineapple scented sage with salmon flowers in fall.
Salvia elegans ‘Honeymelon’ (H/2’;S) Low growing pineapple sage, but can become 3-5’ wide over several years. Bright red edible flowers attract hummingbirds May-Nov.
Salvia fruticosa - GREEK SAGE (E/3’;S) Drought tolerant, lovely tri-lobed grey leaves, often used as a culinary.
Salvia glutinosa – JUPITER’S DISTAFF (SE/16”;S) Heart shaped leaf, green/gold flower with maroon veins. Very beautiful and unusual flower during the summer. Hummingbird plant. NEW FOR 2006!
Salvia greggii - AUTUMN SAGE (E/2-3’;S) Drought tolerant, will bloom throughout summer if deadheaded regularly.
‘Dark Dancer’ - Deep reddish purple flowers with almost black calyces.
‘Desert Blaze' - Variegated foliage and bright red flowers.
‘Nuevo Leon’ - Deep purple flowers
‘Pink' - Bright pinkish red flowers
‘Raspberry' - Deep magenta pink flowers
‘Sierra San Antonio’ - bicolored, with peach and soft yellow flowers.
Salvia guarantica - (H/4-6’;S-PS) Showy blooms of indigo blue in late summer and fall. Large dark green leaves. Excellent cut flower, hummingbird plant, background plant.
Salvia guarantica ‘Argentine Skies’ (H/4-6’;S-PS) Selection with sky blue flowers.
Salvia guarantica ‘Costa Rica Blue’ (H/6’;PS) Robust grower, with rich green leaves. Deep blue flowers in late September. Pinch occasionally in early spring to reduce height and get more side branching.
Salvia guarantica ‘Black n Blue' (H/3’;S-PS) Spikes of sky-blue snapdragon-like flowers erupting from pitch black calyxes. Fuzzy green spatulate foliage.
Salvia guarantica ‘Omaha' (H/6’;PS) Another robust grower, with rich green leaves. Deep blue flowers in late September. Pinch occasionally in early spring to reduce height and get more side branching.
Salvia guarantica x gesneraeflora ‘Purple Majesty' (H/4-6’;S-PS) Deep royal purple flowers.
Salvia holwayi - (SE/3’;PS) Robust grower, with dark green leaves and true red flowers throughout the year, heaviest in winter. Native to Guatemalan highlands, very cold tolerant. Over time can spread 4 feet wide.
Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ - (H/3-4’;S-PS) Long blooming (June-frost) long purple flower spikes
Salvia involucrata - ROSE LEAF (H/3-4’;S-PS) Big shrubby plant with larege rough leaves, rosy pink unusual flowers borne on branch tips in late summer.
Salvia iodantha (H/6-10’;PS) Deep green/reddish leaves on large growing shrub. Flowers with deep purplish/pink flowers in fall, especially in areas protected from wind and cold.
Salvia x jamensis ‘Cienega de Oro' (SE/2-3’;S) Large pale yellow flowers on a short open growing shrub. Prune heavily to keep thick.
Salvia x jamensis ‘San Carlos Festival’ (SE/2-3’;S) Brilliant pink flowers on open growing shrubby bush. Hummingbirds.
Salvia karwinskii - KARWINSKI'S SAGE (H/4-8’;S) Blooms with brick red flower in late fall or early winter. Be sure to plant in protected area and give full winter sun to encourage growth. Prune heavily through early summer to keep height down.
Salvia lanceolata – AFRICAN DESERT SAGE (E/2’;S) Extremely drought tolerant. Soft gray foliage, very tidy plant. Unusual papery rose/burnt orange flower is very showy and long blooming. NEW FOR 2006!
Salvia leucantha - MEXICAN BUSH SAGE (H/3-5’;S) Deep green leaves and long fuzzy spikes of purple and white flowers. Great for cut flower, drying, and one of the best hummingbird plants. Blooms late summer through fall.
Salvia leucantha ‘All Purple’ - Same as above, but with purple flowers.
Salvia leucophylla ‘Point Sal’ – NEW FOR 2006!
Salvia leucophylla ‘Variegata’ – NEW FOR 2006!
Salvia madrensis - FORSYTHIA SAGE (H/6-10’;S-PS) Does best in light afternoon shade in hottest areas. Prune early in spring and summer for height control. Big heart shaped leaves are lovely, and long inflorescences are covered with softly colored, buter yellow flowers. Very aromatic. Blooms August through frost. Good specimen plant. Excellent cut flower. Unusual flower color for a sage.
Salvia melissodora – GRAPE SCENTED SAGE (SE/4-6’;S-PS) Big robust plant with small grey-green leaves and many periwinkle blue flowers that smell, and taste, like little grapes!!!! Really spectacular in bloom.
Salvia mexicana 'Limelight' - MEXICAN SAGE (H/3-5’;S-PS) Large, light green leaves with tall spikes of deep violet flowers set in bright green calyces. Blooms late summer.
Salvia microphylla - LITTLE LEAF SAGE (E/3’;S) Excellent year round bloomer for the dry garden. Red bloom, dark green foliage. Hummingbird favorite. Easy to grow.
Salvia microphylla 'Pink'- LITTLE LEAF SAGE (SE/3’;S) As above, but with bright pink flowers and more delicate looking foliage. Heavy summer and fall bloomer. Hummingbird favorite. Easy to grow.
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna' (H/2';S) Violet purple flowers on dramatic glowing purple stems. Excellent new selection from Germany. Very long blooming. Introduced in 2004.
Salvia nemorosa 'May Night' (H/2';S) Blooms early with large dark violet flowers. Blooms June-Sept. Excellent cut flower, hummingbird plant. Easy to grow.
Salvia nipponica 'Fuji Snow' (SE/6’;PS) Attractive hairy green leaves edged in white. Yellow flowers on 6 inch spikes in July and August. Introduced in 2004.
Salvia officinalis 'Aurea’ - GOLDEN SAGE (E/18";S-PS) Leaves are a lovely chartreuse yellow with dark green centers. Mild culinary flavor, pretty purple flowers in spring.
Salvia officinalis ‘Bergaarten’ (E/18";S) Excellent culinary, clean flavor. Round gray leaves on low mounding plant, very attractive. Rarely flowers
*Salvia officinalis - COMMON SAGE (E/2’;S) Bright green pointed leaves on large full plant. Good culinary. Edible purple flowers in spring attract butterflies.
Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea’ - PURPLE SAGE (E/18";S-PS) Beautiful deep purple and green leaves are beautiful contrast plant. Mild culinary flavor, purple flowers.
Salvia officinalis ‘Tri-Color’ – TRI-COLOR SAGE (E/18";S-PS) Green, white and pink foliage, very lovely but slow growing. Mild flavor.
Salvia patens – GENTIAN SAGE (SE/30”; PS) Graceful gentian blue spikes in summer, very showy and unusual; a difficult to find color for your garden. Prone to aphids. NEW FOR 2006!
Salvia patens ‘Blue Angel’ (SE/24”;PS) Dazzling ultramarine deep blue color, blooms July to frost. Needs good drainage. Somewhat lazy growing habit. NEW FOR 2006!
Salvia pruniloides (H/1';S-PS) Short sprays of light blue flowers on short mounding plant.
Salvia regla - MOUNTAIN SAGE (H/4-6’; S-PS) - Large growing lovely formed plant, with branches that nod downward. Flowers in fall, with large bright red and chartreuse flowers. Striking when in bloom and very attractive to hummingbirds. The large deep green leaves also make for an interesting foliage plant.
Salvia sclarea - CLARY SAGE (B/3-4’;S) Big rosette of fuzzy grey green leaves, with large pink fragrant flower spikes. Good for cut flower. Self sows easily.
Salvia semiatrata - (E/2-6';S-PS) Plant can grow up to 6 feet tall with good drainage, rich soil and full sun. Water deeply and prune regularly. Flowers are small but very showy, light lavender on the top lip and dark violet blue on the lower lip.
Salvia sinolensis - (TP1’;/PS-S) Low growing, with reddish purple leaves and contrasting deep blue flowers in midsummer.
Salvia sp 'Deep Rose' (H/3-4';S-PS) A plant of unkown origin, from Strybing Arboretum. Large dark pink flowers play well off the large dark green foliage. Spring bloomer.
Salvia splendens ‘vanhoutii’ -(TP/3’;S-PS) A stunning plant, worth growing as an annual, since it is very tender. Deep burgundy flower bracts open to carmine red flowers in late summer, to form a glorious display until frost.
Salvia 'Two Tone' (SE/2’;S) Short shrubby ornamental, with typical sage flowers. Upper portion of flower is deep red, lower portion is pinkish. Good hummingbird plant.
Salvia uliginosa - BOG SAGE (H/3-5’;S-PS) Tall stems of clear blue flowers from mid-summer to fall, loved by bumblebees. Perfect for wet boggy areas where it colonizes quickly. Good for dry areas also.
Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain' (H/18";S) Low growing gray fuzzy leaves and arching, showy, crushed boysenberry colored flowers. Blooms July-October, excellent in borders, mixed with yellow flowers.
Salvia 'Waverly' (H/3';S-PS) Lovely plant, with blooms of almost pure white, tinged with a hint of pink. Blooms from mid summer on, especially with some deadheading. Has a fountain-like appearance.
Sambucus nigra ‘Auro-marginata’ - VARIEGATED ELDERBERRY (H/8-15’;S-PS) Beautiful variegated foliage on large tree/shrub. White flowers and black berries. Medicinal. Truly a specimen plant.
Sambucus nigra ‘Black Beauty' - ELDERBERRY (H/8-12’;S-PS) Intriguing dramatic black foliage holds its color throughout summer and is offset by beautiful lacy umbels of lemon scented rich pink flowers in June to early July. Introduced in 2004.
Sambucus nigra ‘Guincho Purple' - ELDERBERRY (H/8-10’;S-PS) Striking maroon leaves add great contrast to the border. Lacy umbels of white flowers in late spring. Appreciates moist soil and afternoon shade.
Sambucus nigra f. laciniata - CUTLEAF ELDERBERRY (H/8’;S-PS) Finely dissected leaflets add a bold tropical look to the border. Lacy flattened umbels of creamy white flowers in late spring.
Sambucus nigra ‘Madonna' - VARIEGATED ELDER (H/8-10’;PS) Large shrub with dark green leaves edged in golden yellow. Large white umbels of flowers in summer. Brilliant shrub for contrast against a dark background. Blooms July-Aug. Needs afternoon shade in hot areas.
Sambucus racemosa 'Southerland Gold' - ELDERBERRY (H/10’;S-PS) Lacy white flowers dance atop finely dissected golden foliage. A striking and vigorous golden shrub that will tolerate sun. Introduced in 2004.
*Sanguisorba minor - SALAD BURNET (P/18";S-Sh) Easy to grow culinary. Leaves have a cool cucumber flavor, great addition to salads and vinegars. Beautiful foliage plant in winter. Self sows readily. Medicinal.
Satureja biflora - LEMON SAVORY (P/6-10’;S-PS) Lemon flavored savory, excellent culinary.
*Satureja montana - WINTER SAVORY (P/1’;S) Shiny thick leaves with strong flavor of pepper. Excellent culinary. White flowers in summer.
*Satureja montana ‘Prostratus’ - CREEPING WINTER SAVORY (P/4";S-PS) Same uses as above, but low creeping growth. Good groundcover, very ornamental.
Santolina chamaecyparissus - GRAY SANTOLINA (P/2-3’;S) Pungent grey foliage with yellow button flowers in early summer. Very drought tolerant. Moth deterrent. Prune heavily after bloom to keep neat.
Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘nana’ - (P/1’;S) As above, but shorter and neater. Good edging plant.
Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Lemon Queen’ - As above, but with light buff flowers.
Saponaria ocymoides - SOAPWORT (H/6";S-PS) Low growing groundcover, profusion of light pink flowers throughout the summer. Easy to grow, great for spilling over rocks and walls. Traditionally used as soap.
Scutellaria lateriflora - MAD DOG SKULLCAP (H/2’;PS) Creeping plant, can become invasive. Medicinal. One of the finest nervines, used to nourish and calm the nervous system.
Scutellaria resinosa 'Smoky Hills' - PRAIRIE SKULLCAP (H/10";S) US native. Stunning deep blue or purplish flowers tipped with 2 small white patches from May through July. Give it a little extra water and it will bloom throughout the summer and into early fall. Leaves have a grayish pubescence. Very tidy plant for the front of the border, or in a rock garden. This handsome Great Plains native is an essential for new plant lovers. Don't mulch too heavily. If you want this one to reseed, don't deadhead. NEW FOR 2005!!
Scutellaria suffrutescens - TEXAS ROSE (H/6";S) US native. Incredible rose-red flowers all summer on neat durable short plants that spread to 15 inches across. Attractive rock garden plant, give it space to show off its beauty. Introduced in 2005.
Sedum dasyphyllum ‘Major’ – (SE/4”;S) Tight mat of blue green succulent-like foliage. Use in rock gardens, hot spots, hanging out of pots. Small white flowers add interest May-July. NEW FOR 2006!
Sedum flexicaulis 'Variegata' - ‘TRICOLOR (SE/2";S) Easy to grow, succulent with green, white and pink roundish leaves.
Sedum 'Frosty Morn' (H/1';S) Upright sedum with a wide border of white around each leaf. Light pink flowers in cool weather, white when it's hot. Blooms Aug-Sept.
Sedum ‘Garnett Brocade’ – (SE/12-16”;S) This heat tolerant jewel glows with burgundy bronze foliage and burgundy flowers August to October. Great butterfly plant. NEW FOR 2006!
Sedum makinoi 'Ogon' (H/4";S) A prostrate, ground-hugging form. Golden chartreuse foliage spills and trails nicely in containers or over stones. Small yellow flowers in spring. Introduced in 2004.
Sedum sieboldii 'October Daphne' (SE/4";S) Gray green leaves with red outline, showy bright pink flowers Aug-Oct.
Sedum reflexum 'Blue Spruce' (P/8-12";S) Mats of blue-green pine like foliage, makes a lovely and different looking fluffy groundcover. Short yellow blooms in July.
Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’ (P/4";S) Easy to grow succulent with dense rosettes of leaves covered with dense white coating, causing the whole plant to look white. Yellow flowers in June.
Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Fire’ – (SE/12-15”;S) An improved Autumn Joy, with less tendency for the branches to break and fall over, and a longer bloom. NEW FOR 2006!
Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy' (SE/18";S) Easy to grow, succulent with reddish black foliage. Dark rose colored flowers that fade to a buff color. Great butterfly plant.
Sedum spurium 'Fuldaglut' - (SE/4";S) Easy to grow, succulent with reddish black foliage. Great for hanging baskets. Considered an improved version of Dragon’s Blood.
Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’ – (SE/2”;S) Excellent, tight growing groundcover. Bright green foliage turns burgundy as weather cools, and rose colored flowers in mid-late summer. Drought tolerant, use in hot spots. NEW FOR 2006!
Sedum spurium 'Purpurteppich' - DRAGON'S BLOOD (SE/2";S) Glorious red-orange foliage, especially showy in mid summer. Bright red flowers in July. Fast growing, drought tolerant groundcover. Excellent for rock gardens.
Silene 'Druett's' (SE/3";S-PS) Variegated fleshy leaves hug the ground, very fast growing. Large white flowers. Great for containers, hanging baskets, rock gardens.
Silene maritima 'Swan Lake' (SE/3";S-PS) Low growing, deep green foliage, with long stemmed double white flowers throughout the summer. Tough drought resistant groundcover.
Solidago Canadensis ‘Crown of Rays’ – GOLDENROD (H/2’;S) Smaller sized goldenrod, great in mixed borders or large pots, with tons of large, dazzling golden flowers. Blooms July-September. Excellent cut flower, butterfly plant. Not invasive. NEW FOR 2006!
Solidago flexicaulis 'Variegata' - VARIEGATED GOLDENROD (H/1-2';S-PS) Green foliage is streaked in gold, short spikes of bright yellow flowers are great for cutting, attracts butterflies.
Solidago 'Golden Fleece'- GOLDENROD (H/2’;S) Low growing foliage plant with plenty of tall soft plumes of yellow foliage, great for cut flower.
Stachys byzantina - LAMBS EARS (E/1-2’;S) Soft grey foliage on creeping stems, with tall grey flower spikes with pink flowers that dry well Good for childrens gardens. Needs good drainage. Fast growing. Rake 1-2x/year to remove dead leaves.
Stachys byzantina ‘Countess Helen von Stein’ - Larger grey leaves than the species. Fewer flowers. Very showy mounds. Drought tolerant.
Stevia rabaudiana - STEVIA (TP/3’;PS) Leaves are used as a natural sweetener, with no calories! 100 times sweeter than sugar. Small white flowers. Prefers shade, or grow as a house plant.
Symphytum officinale - COMFREY (H/2-4';S-Sh) Large rough leaves with tall stalks of light purple flowers. Very nutritious, often used for compost teas, medicinal. Very invasive.
Symphytum officinale 'Alba'- WHITE BLOOMING COMFREY (H/2';S-Sh) Large rough leaves with tall stalks of pure white flowers. Very nutritious, often used for compost teas, medicinal. Not as invasive as the species.
Symphytum officinale 'Pink'- PINK BLOOMING COMFREY (H/1';S-Sh) Small plant, not invasive, only growing 1 ft tall and wide, soft pink flowers. Good shade plant.
Tagetes lemmonii - PERENNIAL MARIGOLD (H/3-5’;S) Strongly scented foliage and a profusion of marigold like flowers mid summer thru fall.
*Tagetes lucida - MEXICAN TARRAGON, SWEET MACE (H/2’;S) Sweet licorice scented leaves are grown as a substitute for french tarragon. Easily grown, flowers dry well. Blooms deep orange marigold flowers in fall.
Tagetes nelsonii (H/3-5’;S) Similar to T. lemmonii, but with broader leaves and more orange flowers.
Tanacetum parthenium - FEVERFEW (H/2’;S) Dark green mounds of deeply lobed leaves and small white daisy flowers throughout the summer. Insect repellent, medicinal, especially know to prevent migraines. Self sows.
Tanacetum parthenium 'Aureum'- GOLDEN FEVERFEW (H/2’;PS) Yellow-green foliage with white daisy flower, very showy, better in shady spot.
Tanacetum parthenium ‘Santana White’ – (SE/10”;S-PS) Double white 1 inch crested flower, day neutral so it will bloom all season. Great for filler for bouquets. Small plant is much tidier than the species. NEW FOR 2006!
Tanacetum vulgare var crispum - CURLY TANSY (H/2-3’;S) Leaves are heavily ruffled and light green. Much less invasive than the species and much showier. Insect repellent.
Teucrium chamaedrys - WALL GERMANDER (E/18";S-PS) Small dark green leaves on a neat compact plant. Soft pink flowers in late spring. Excellent for hedges, knot gardens. Looks good year round.
Teucrium cossonni - GERMANDER (E/4";S) Excellent evergreen groundcover, very tough and easy to grow. Soft gray foliage with fluffy deep purple flowers.
Teucrium 'Crispum' - CURLY WOOD SAGE (E/1’;PS-Sh) Ruffled green leaves, deep green tinged with lime coloring, on this tough evergreen groundcover. Great for dry shade. Small white flower spikes mid-summer.
Teucrium flavum - GERMANDER (E/1’;Sh) Deep green fleshy leaves and small white flowers on tough little evergreen shade loving shrub. Introduced in 2004.
Teucrium fruticans - TREE GERMANDER (E/4’;S) Grey leaves and stems, with bright blue flowers in early spring. Good background plant. Drought tolerant.
Teucrium marum - CAT THYME (E/4";S-PS) Small shrub, gray leaves and pink flowers. Very pungent, many cats are attracted to it. Cold and drought tolerant.
Thymus / THYMES (E/2"-2’;S-PS) Many textures, heights, and fragrances available. Some are useful culinary herbs, others are primarily landscaping plants. All want good drainage and at least a little sun. Prune them heavily after bloom, which is is in early to mid spring, to keep them from getting rangy and woody.
T. argenteus - SILVER THYME (2’;S) Strong culinary, white and green variegation. Good for topiaries. Drought resistant.
T. x citriodorus -LEMON THYME(12";S-PS) Lemon flavored thyme, not as winter hardy or sun hardy as others.
T. x citriodorus 'Aureus' - GOLDEN LEMON THYME (1’;S-PS) Variegated lemon flavored thyme, not as winter or as sun hardy.
T. x citriodorus 'Lemon Mist'-LEMON MIST THYME(12";S-PS) Lemon flavored thyme, not as winter hardy or sun hardy as others.
T. ‘Elfin’ - ELFIN THYME (1";PS-S) Very small leaves on lowest growing thyme. Slow growing. Tiny pink flowers.
T. herba-barona - CARAWAY THYME (2";S-PS) Excellent culinary, with the flavor of caraway. Bright pink flowers on thick lush dark green foliage. Very winter hardy, good between stepping stones.
T. ‘Highland Crème’ – (1”;PS-S) A variegated variety of Elfin thyme. Evergreen foliage of cream surround bright green centers. Excellent in rock gardens and between stepping stones. Unusual white flowers. NEW FOR 2006!
T. praecox - CREEPING THYME (2";S-PS) Common groundcover thyme, easy to grow. Pink flowers.
T. praecox 'Albus' -WHITE FLOWERING THYME (1";S) Very low growing groundcover with dark foliage and white flowers.
T. praecox articus - NUTMEG THYME (2";S-PS) Groundcover with spicy scent and light pink flowers. Stepping stones.
T. praecox 'Pink Chintz' PINK CHINTZ THYME (2";S) Vigorous groundcover with bright pink flowers.
T. pseudolanuginosus - WOOLY THYME (1";S) Drought tolerant, fast growing groundcover, grey foliage, pink flowers.
T. pulegioides ‘Doone Valley’ - DOONE VALLEY THYME (2-3";S-PS) Dark green with specks of yellow on lemon scented groundcover. Culinary.
Thymus serphyllum ‘Snowdrift’ – (2”;S-PS) A true ball forming thyme, 2 inches tall and 2 ft wide. Tiny leaves, covered with pure white flowers in summer. Great in hanging baskets and mixed pots. Growth habit is very full and thick. NEW FOR 2006!
T. sp.'Coconut' - COCONUT THYME (2";S-PS) Small round leaves on a tidy plant, with dark pink flowers. Excellent groundcover, fast growing.
T. sp.'Lime' - LIME THYME (3";PS-S) Light green foliage with bright pink flowers, does well in afternoon shade. Citrus flavor.
T. sp 'Orange Balsam' - ORANGE BALSAM THYME (10";PS) Upright shrubby plant with dark pink flowers, orange flavor.
T. sp.'Oregano' - OREGANO THYME (5";PS-S) Beautiful dark green foliage with heavy oregano scent and flavor. Excellent culinary.
T. sp.'Spicy Orange' - SPICY ORANGE THYME (1";PS-S) Beautiful dark green foliage with heavy orange scent and flavor. Excellent culinary.
T. vulgaris ‘English Wedgewood’ - ENGLISH WEDGEWOOD THYME (1’;S) Upright culinary, dark green and yellow leaves. Very hardy.
T. vulgaris ‘French Dotwell’ - FRENCH THYME (1’;S) Similar to English, but with narrowere leaves, slightly stronger flavor.
*T. vulgaris 'German Winter' - GERMAN (ENGLISH) THYME (8";S) Common english culinary thyme, easy to grow, little pink flowers. We like this one for knot gardens.
Tulbahgia violacea - SOCIETY GARLIC (E/2’;PS-Sh) Clumps of narrow pungent scented leaves are easily grown in dry or moist soil. Lavender flowers are edible.
Tulbahgia violacea tricolor- VARIEGATED SOCIETY GARLIC (E/1’;PS-Sh) Clumps of narrow pungent leaves are variegated pink, green and white. Purple edible flowers. Can be grown in wet or dry conditions.
Urtica dioica - STINGING NETTLE (P/3-4’;PS-Sh) Very useful medicinal herb, also cooked like spinach. Rich in iron and vitamin C. Most of us know it by its sting, which are small hollow, silica tipped hairs that release a skin irritant when touched. Grow in a moist area, out of the way, and keep cut back so it doesn’t go to seed. Very invasive, especially near streams and waterways.
Valeriana officinalis - VALERIAN (H/2-3’;S-Sh) Vigorous, easy to grow medicinal and ornamental herb. Fragrant white flowers throughout spring, will self sow. Root used medicinally, smells musky. Leaves are long and spiky, very striking.
Verbascum bombiciferum ‘Polar Summer’- BOMBY MULLEIN (B/4-6’;S) Large soft grey leaves. Flower spikes are very tall, with many small yellow flowers. Medicinal. Self sows easily. NEW FOR 2006!
Verbascum thapsus - MEDICINAL MULLEIN (B/4-6’;S) Forms large rosette of leaves the first year, followed by tall spikes of bright yellow flowers the second year. Medicinal. Self sows readily.
Verbena bonariensis - BUENOS AIRES VERBENA (P/4-6’;S-Sh) Easy to grow background plant, with large long blooming sprays of little purple flowers, good for fresh cut. Great butterfly plant. Self sows easily.
Verbena hastata – BLUE VERVAIN (H/2-3’;S) Perennial native to moist soils of thickets, streambeds and meadows. Long, lance shaped leaves and bright blue violet flowers in pencil-like spikes. Introduced in 2004.
Veronica longifolia var subsessilis 'Sunny Border Blue' (H/2’;S-PS) Tall spikes of deep violet blue flowers on dark green plants. Dead head to keep bloom throughout summer and fall.
Veronica repens 'Sunshine' (E/1";S-PS) Neat ground hugging foliage, lovely golden hues with small blue flowers. Excellent for partial shade groundcover.
Veronica ’Georgia Blue’ (H/6";S-PS) Low growing foliage with lots of bright blue showy flowers with a white eye. Blooms almost year round. Introduced in 2004.
Veronica pectinata - (P/2";S-PS) Fast growing evergreen groundcover, with little blue and white flowers.
Veronica 'Waterperry' (SE/4-6";S-PS) Spreading habit. Light blue flowers from late spring into summer. Purple winter foliage. Introduced in 2004.
Vitex agnus-castus - CHASTE TREE (D/8-15';S-PS) Fragrant lavender blue flowers on aromatic small tree or large shrub. Fast growing. Important medicinal.
Vitex negundo - BLACK CHASTE TREE (D/8';S-PS) Lacy deep green aromatic leaves with light lavender flowers.
Vitex rotundifolia - CHASTE TREE (D/4-6';S-PS) Soft round fuzzy grey leaves on small shrub, cream colored flowers. Very unusual and beautiful specimen.
Yucca filamentosa 'Bright Edge' - ADAM'S NEEDLE (E/2';S) Add a look of the desert to your garden! With a spectacularly bright golden edge streaming up and down dark green leaves, this plant is simply stunning. Bright red highlights the flowering crown. Creamy white flowers on large spikes stand 3 feet tall. Hummingbird plant. Introduced in 2005.
Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard' - (E/2';S) Tantalizing tufts of yellow centered foliage make a great addition to the garden. Awesome coral winter color along the golden stripes brighten up the winter garden. Growth is superior to other clones of Y. filamentosa. Creamy white fragrant flowers on large 3 ft spikes. Introduced in 2005.
Zingiber sp 'Midnight' - BLACK GINGER (SE/2';PS) Stunning new discovery from Jahos Malaysia, so new it has not been given a species name yet. This exciting ginger has lacquered BLACK foliage. Makes stunning combinations with silvers and whites. Evergreen in warm climates with yellow basal cone flowers fading to peach. This is hardy in USDA zone 9, so it will need some winter protection in much of central CA. Needs good drainage. Worth a little extra work if you enjoy fabulous foliage. Introduced in 2005.