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Kleinia
Century Plant, Maguey
Blue Fescue, Blue Fescuegrass
Mexican Feather Grass
White Sage, Sacred White Sage
White Birch, European White Birch
New Zealand Flax
Kangaroo Paws, Green
Tequila Sunrise Sage
Kleinia

Common name: Kleinia
Botanical name: Senecio mandraliscae

This succulent perennial will grow to about 1.5' tall and 2' wide. It has curved, bluish gray leaves that are about 3.5" long and very slender.

Century Plant, Maguey

Common name: Century Plant, Maguey
Botanical name: Agave americana

This plant is fast growing to about 6'-10' tall and 8'-13' wide. Wide gray leaves have stiff terminal spines and recurved teeth on margins. It prefers full sun and well-drained situations. After blooming, which could take several years, it will die but will send up new pups from around the base. Some people are allergic to the sap. Removal is difficult if unwanted.

Blue Fescue, Blue Fescuegrass

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

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

Mexican Feather Grass

Common name: Mexican Feather Grass
Botanical name: Nassella tenuissima

This ornamental grass grows to 2' tall. It goes partially dormant during the summer but green in spring and fall. It prefers a sunny, well drained site. This plant can be invasive in some areas, so use caution. To keep reseeding to a minimum, drip irrigation will be best. Cut back in early spring to remove dormant foliage and dried seed heads. It can also tolerate dry shade. It grows to 10" wide and is the finest textured of the ornamental grasses.

White Sage, Sacred White Sage

Common name: White Sage, Sacred White Sage
Botanical name: Salvia apiana

This woody shrub has long stems with silvery white leaves and fragrant white flowers that bloom in the spring. It provides a strong structural form as a garden focal point. It can reach 6' tall and 6' wide.

White Birch, European White Birch

Common name: White Birch, European White Birch
Botanical name: Betula pendula

This medium-size weeping tree will grow to about 40' tall and has a whitish/brown bark with deciduous green leaves.

New Zealand Flax

Common name: New Zealand Flax
Botanical name: Phormium tenax

New Zealand Flax is a large, bold plant with stiffly vertical, sword-like, green leaves that arise from its base. It should be grown under full sun for best color. Varieties will offer different growth habits and leaf color.

Kangaroo Paws, Green

Common name: Kangaroo Paws, Green
Botanical name: Anigozanthos flavidus

This tender perennial is a clump-forming evergreen that produces fuzzy, yellow green flowers that bloom in spring and last for over 2 months. It comes in other colors, like red also.

Tequila Sunrise Sage

Common name: Tequila Sunrise Sage
Botanical name: Salvia 'Tequila Sunrise'

Tequila Sunrise is a perennial shrub that reaches 3'-6' tall and wide. It needs full sun and medium amount of water. Orange flowers bloom in the spring but this shrub has blossoms most of the year. This shrub will get knocked down to the ground when the first frost arrives in colder climates; however, it will come back vigorously especially if pruned in February or March. Hummingbirds love the flowers.

Designer: Plant Goddess Landscape Design

Luscious and Lovely

Photographer: GardenSoft

Water Saving Tip:

Mulching and adding compost to soil can minimize evaporation and help soil absorb and store water.