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Silk Tree, Mimosa Tree
Oleander
Coast Sunflower selection
Catmint
Silk Tree, Mimosa Tree

Common name:Silk Tree, Mimosa Tree
Botanical name:Albizia julibrissin

This is a very graceful tree with a unique flat top which creates an interesting canopy effect. The light sensitive leaves close at night. It has delightful, fluffy pink summer flowers and fern like leaves. It is a fast grower to 40' tall when given adequate water. It enjoys high summer heat. It is especially interesting when viewed from above, so it works well on down slopes. Can have a short life span, around 10-20 years. Does well in most soils but has a low tolerance for salts.

Oleander

Common name:Oleander
Botanical name:Nerium oleander

Oleander is a dense, upright evergreen shrub that grows quickly to 6' x 4'. Leaves are dark green, leathery, and glossy. Accepts reflected sun. Flowers appear spring to fall. Excellent screen. Good summer color. Native to the Mediterranean.

Coast Sunflower selection

Common name:Coast Sunflower selection
Botanical name:Encelia californica 'El Dorado'

The California native Coast sunflower is a showy member of the Coastal Scrub California Native plant community, displaying bright yellow daisy-like flowers with a dark brown center from late winter into spring.

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.

Designer: Sallie Homan

Ridge Road Garden 1

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:

Apply a layer of mulch around plants to reduce moisture loss.

Choose organic mulches, such as shredded bark, compost or aged sawdust.

Integrated Pest Management:

Drip and other smart irrigation delivers water directly to roots, allowing no excess water for weeds.