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Holly Oak or Holm Oak
Crape Myrtle
Louis Edmunds Manzanita
Dymondia, Rock Ditty
Catmint
Holly Oak or Holm Oak

Common name: Holly Oak or Holm Oak
Botanical name: Quercus ilex

This evergreen oak has a moderate growth rate to 30'-60' tall and as wide. The leaves are 1.5"-3" long, .5"-1" wide, and either toothed or smooth-edged. It has a rich, dark green leaf color.

Crape Myrtle

Common name: Crape Myrtle
Botanical name: Lagerstroemia indica

The new leaves of this species are 2" long, bright green, and tinged with bronze. Its fall color is affected by the weather. While it has a bare outline, its rounded seed capsules add interest. Its delicate flowers bloom in 6"-12" long clusters. The colors of its flowers are shades of red, rose, pink, purple, and white. It thrives on heat and new cultivars have been created that resist mildew.

Louis Edmunds Manzanita

Common name: Louis Edmunds Manzanita
Botanical name: Arctostaphylos bakeri 'Louis Edmunds'

This is an upright shrub that grows 6'-8' tall. It is tall with green foliage and pink flowers during the winter and spring. - Cornflower Farms

Dymondia, Rock Ditty

Common name: Dymondia, Rock Ditty
Botanical name: Dymondia margaretae

This foliage is gray/green/silvery; it is a very dense, mat forming groundcover. It tolerates drought, cold, salt spray and poor soils. It's deep rooted and produces small, inconspicuous yellow flowers. Rock Ditty is great for use in between stepping stones or pavers.

Catmint

Common name: Catmint
Botanical name: Nepeta X faassenii

Nepeta faassenii makes soft, gray green, undulating mounds that are 1.5' high when blooming. The small leaves are attractive to cats. This perennial has lavender blue flowers in late spring and early summer.

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