PLANTS FOR OUR AREA: INFORMATION
The following are plants that are notable for being drought-tolerant (except the annuals) and able to succeed in the climate of Lompoc and vicinity. They were hand-selected for our annual plant sales during 2014 and 2015.
Local Plant Sources
1. Cabrillo High School has a floriculture department led by teacher David Schroeder. Under his direction, students nurture annuals, perennials, and succulents. (See more below in the plants list.) Please check out the CHS plant sale open to the public, Every Saturday during the academic year, 9am - 12 noon.
2. Becky's Creative Landscape and Design chooses plants that are appropriate for our dry Mediterranean climate. The company is operated by Becky Barritt, who also is chairperson of the City of Lompoc Beautification and Appearance Commission.
3. LVBHS Members. These are plant growers extraordinaire, who bring remarkable plants from their own yards to the LVBHS meetings, to help us raise funds. Come to the meetings, where you may make a small donation to take home some plant treasures. Also, in November we have a free plant exchange. See Activities-Meetings.
4. Other ways to purchase: Stores and Nurseries; Public Gardens that have shops; Online, especially native plants.
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Drought-Tolerant Impressive Perennials
[Disclaimer for the following, from Julie, the website coordinator: online sources of information for plants were found by "googling". Some are commercial, some are blogs, and some are from reference articles such as in Wikipedia. Providing links to them does not mean I recommend them for business purposes. These links bring highlights of information, and I encourage you to continue investigating on your own, if this is not quite sufficient.]
Anigozanthos - Kangaroo Paw – 'Regal Velvet' and 'Pink Beauty' and 'Yellow Gem' - moderately drought tolerant, attracts hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. Regal Velvet bloom height: around 5 feet. Yellow Gem bloom height: 4-5 ft. Yellow Gem info
Anisodontea capensis - cape mallow is an evergreen, shrub-like plant that produces abundant flowers during most of the growing season. Cape mallow info. Height of 3 feet, sometimes 5 feet, at maturity. Very drought tolerant when established.
Arctotis – African Daisy – 'pink sugar' The genus Arctotis is one of several genus of plants that commonly go by the name of African Daisy. Osteospermum (see below), Dimorphotheca and Gerberas are some other plants that are often called African Daisies. Drought tolerant when established, attracts birds, bees, and butterflies! Height: 8" to 20". These hybrids favor sun and well drained soil but are not particular about fertility, flourishing even in poor sandy ground. In dry climates they require occasional watering. Alone or in mass, they excel at bringing summer color to Mediterranean and desert landscapes. They make excellent bedding and container plants for just about any climate. Remove spent blooms to encourage prolific and continued flowering and to prevent self-sowing. Although it's classified as annual, it behaves like perennial. More Arctotis info,
Argyranthemum frutescens – Marguerite Daisy – 'Butterfly' - moderately drought tolerant, will do best with regular watering. Evergreen woody-based perennials or sub-shrubs. Height: 18-36 inches. Deadheading not necessary for 'Butterfly' cultivar. Attracts many types of butterflies. General info on Butterfly Daisy.
Bracteantha bracteata or Xerochrysum bracteatum – Strawflower, Golden Everlasting – Easy to grow. Full sun. Moist but well-drained. Attractive to butterflies, bees. Bracteata info here.
Cuphea – False Heather Cuphea hyssopifolia information slightly drought tolerant evergreen shrub with numerous flowres. Easy to grow. Full sun, tolerates part shade. Reseeds readily. Do not overwater! Blooms all year. Attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.
Gomphrena Hybrid – 'pink Zazzle' Zazzle information Drought tolerant,large, hot pink to fuschia blooms are 3” wide and last several weeks in the garden or as cut flowers. It’s a day-neutral bloomer so it flowers consistently from spring through fall performing best in warm weather and high light. It’s what many growers are looking for: a crop that requires minimal fertilizing and watering.
Guara – Oenothera lindheimeri Guara info and care Height: up to 3 feet, Spread: 18 inches. Drought tolerant, Wands of small silky blooms appear for months on end. Attractive to butterflies.
Heuchera – Coral Bells – 'Dolce Black Currant' Attractive to native bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Like all Heuchera, Dolce(r) Blackcurrant is one of the great easy care plants that tolerates full sun and full shade equally, is deer resistant, and drought resistant. And more, full information on Dolce Black Currant.
Lavandula – Lavender – Information on types of lavender and on growing it. Extremely drought tolerant once established. ! attracts bees and butterflies! Height: 12" to 24". This amazing perennial sports fragrant blue-green foliage, blue-purple flowers all summer long, and all parts of the plant can be used fresh or dried in recipes or in sachets and potpourris. It's simply a must-have plant for the flower border, herb garden, or mixed container. Lavender is deer and rabbit resistant. Hardy from zones 5 to 9. Lavender loves sunshine and well-drained soil.
Some Lavender varieties:
Lavandula stoechas (Spanish or French). This is an outstanding selection, with fragrant grey-green leaves that form a bushy, evergreen mound. Unusual purple spikes of flowers hold waving mauve petals from the top. See more info, 'Otto Quast' lavender; and more info, 'Winter Lace' lavender.
Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead' (dwarf English). Height 12 to 16 inches. The fragrant flowers and foliage make it a favorite for herb gardens and in the perennial border. Will also grow fine in tubs or containers. This reliable, compact selection has grey-green foliage and bright lavender-blue flowers. Prune lightly in early spring, no harder than 4 inches. More info, 'Munstead' lavender.
Lotus maculatus Hybrid – Parrots Beak Although this plant is drought tolerant, it does better when watered regularly. Very interesting flower. See Parrots Beak information.
Osteospermum Hybrid – African Daisy The genus Osteospermum belongs to the plant family Compositae (Asteraceae) or Daisy family. The plant originates from South Africa and is therefore also known under the common name 'African Daisy'. Visit information for African Daisy , osteospermum , and 'Orange Sympnony'. Drought tolerant but does better with an inch of water per week.
Pelargonium – Geranium – Types: Common, Ivy-leaf, and Martha Washington - Scholarly website on geraniums; Prefers water once per week, and soil must drain well. Ivy-leaf is practically indestructible, more drought resistant than the others; and it propagates easily.
Pelargonium – Geranium – Type: Scented – 'Lime', a hybrid: (P. x nervosum). Pelargonium species are evergreen perennials indigenous to Southern Africa, and are very drought and heat tolerant, but can tolerate only minor frosts. Scented geraniums are edible plants and the leaves are often used to scent foods like sugars and jellies.
Ptilotus exaltatus – 'Platinum Wallaby' (Pink Mulla Mulla). A short lived perennial that grows to 12-18 inches tall with silver-gray foliage topped by a 4 inch tall feathery spikes of small flowers in conical arrangements that start out silvery in bud and age to a nearly neon pink color from the bottom of the spike up from early spring to late fall. This plant selected for its compact growth habit and long bloom period with long lasting flower spikes is an exciting new plant for the California Garden. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil.
Scabiosa – Pincushion flowers Scabiosa pincushion information blooms most of the year. Attractive to butterflies. Drought tolerant.
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Cistanthe grandiflora 'Jazz Time' - Rock Purslane/ Calandrinia. A succulent plant, native to Chile, that forms mounds to 1 foot tall by 3 feet wide of fleshy obovate gray-green leaves to 4 to 6 inches long. In spring through fall, rising on delicate 2-3 foot tall stems, emerge the 2 inch wide purple flowers that each last only one day. Plant in full sun to part shade in a well-drained soil with only occasional irrigation.. More info, Cistanthe
Crassula capitella or crassula erosula – 'red flames' a.k.a. 'campfire' information and nice picture of typical 'red flames'.
Crassula ovata – Jade plants http://www.thegardenpages.com/crassula_o.html Easy to grow!
Crassula Portulacea – known as Succulent Spoon Jade, 'Hobbit', 'Gollum Jade' or 'Shreks Ear' see info here Crassula_cultivar/Crassula_gollum and here, for even more useful info Spoon_Jade.
Crassula perfoliata var. falcata - Propeller Plant Resembles a propeller. See this, on how to care for it.
Photos of Succulents arranged in a landscape: see website Becky's Creative Landscape & Design
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INTENSELY COLORFUL, EASY-TO-GROW PLANTS.
Flowers: begonia (Bossa Nova), calendula, hibiscus, marigold, pansy, petunia, and Wallflower
Patio Vegetables: ornamental and edible eggplant, peppers, tomatoes
See Floranova's website for pictures and product information! http://floranova.co.uk/products/
Personal note (from JL, member of LVBHS): The Wallflower and Calendula plants are pure delight. They are easy-care and bloom nearly all year long with bright colors that bring joy to the heart. They reseed, so it's as if you have perennials.
EXTRA INFO / LINKS:
Erysimum Cheiri - Wallflower Wallflower information.
Petunia Hybrid - Supertunia 'Orchid Charm' Annuals. Although this plant is somewhat drought tolerant, it does better when watered. Supertunias are easy maintenance, no deadheading necessary. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. They are better suited for hanging baskets or container gardens as their long vines reach a length of 3 feet or more. Full description and instructions for caring for Supertunias, and other petunias, too.
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Created Mar 13, 2014, revised 03-06-15, 05-10-16, 06-01-17, updated 7-18-18. Julie, Website Coordinator and plant kingdom aficionado. Contact to add, correct, or ask for information: firstname.lastname@example.org