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Trailing Lantana
Powis Castle Artemisia
Shrub Live Oak
Strawberry Tree
Lavender Cotton
Trailing Lantana

Common name:Trailing Lantana
Botanical name:Lantana montevidensis

Evergreen ground cover grows quickly to 2' x 3'. Leaves are medium green and flowers are lavender to white. Blooms year-round in frost free weather. Excellent for spilling over walls or down banks. Prefers full sun. Butterflies love this ground cover. Native of South America.

Powis Castle Artemisia

Common name:Powis Castle Artemisia
Botanical name:Artemisia 'Powis Castle'

This mounding shrub reaches 3 ft. high and up to 5ft. wide with fine silver foliage. It does well in coastal areas as well as inland warm areas. It rarely blooms but is used for its beautiful foliage. It is striking next to perennials with bright colors. This shrub prefers full sun and well draining soil. It is drought tolerant once it's established.

Shrub Live Oak

Common name:Shrub Live Oak
Botanical name:Quercus turbinella

Shrub Live Oak is an evergreen shrub that grows slowly to 10' tall and wide. Green inconspicuous flowers bloom in the spring. Irrigate this shrub every 2-3 weeks after it's established, especially during the summer. This shrub produces pollen that is moderately allergenic for some people. Leaves are stiff, leathery, gray green and evergreen.

Strawberry Tree

Common name:Strawberry Tree
Botanical name:Arbutus unedo

This plant is either a small tree or large evergreen shrub. It has a red-brownish trunk and branches that are twisted with age. The dark green leaves have red stems. It has clusters of small, white or greenish-white urn shaped flowers and small, red and yellow fruit that has a strawberry like texture from which the common name is derived. It has slow to moderate growth to 15' with the same spread. It can become damaged in severe winters.

Lavender Cotton

Common name:Lavender Cotton
Botanical name:Santolina chamaecyparissus

This ground cover/small shrub will grow to 3' tall and has small, grayish silver leaves with yellow flowers that bloom in the summer.

Designer: Sabina Munoz

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Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Incorporate compost 6" into your soil to retain water, reduce compaction, feed earthworms, and provide valuable nutrients to your plants.

Water Saving Tip:

As the weather gets hotter avoid the temptation to increase run times.

Instead, schedule more start times with one to two hours in between to allow the water from the previous session to soak in before watering again.

Integrated Pest Management:

Remove irrigation water and fertilizer from areas where you don't want weeds to grow.