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Howard McMinn Manzanita
Lamb's Ears
Snow-In-Summer
Western Redbud
Purple Japanese Maple
Howard McMinn Manzanita

Common name: Howard McMinn Manzanita
Botanical name: Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn

This shrub is highly appreciated for its decorative characteristics, which include a dense show of small, pale pink urn-shaped flowers. Above all, it is the mahogany-red to brown bark (which peels beautifully) that is the major attraction. Its fruit resembles the tike apple, and the flowers contrast perfectly to the light green leaf (which can get rather tough). It blooms from late winter to spring.

Lamb's Ears

Common name: Lamb's Ears
Botanical name: Stachys byzantina

This tiny, herbaceous shrub will grow less than 1' tall and has medium sized, grayish green leaves with blue and lavender flowers that bloom in the spring.

Snow-In-Summer

Common name: Snow-In-Summer
Botanical name: Cerastium tomentosum

Masses of snow white flowers highlight this plant during the early summer season.

Western Redbud

Common name: Western Redbud
Botanical name: Cercis occidentalis

This deciduous shrub ranges from 6'-20' tall and 10'-15' wide. It is desirable for its magenta spring flowers, yellow to red fall color, and dangling winter seed pods. It is tolerant of many soil types, drought and oak root fungus. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. The Western Redbud can be found statewide in CA in the foothills below 4500' elevations in chaparral and woodland communities.

Purple Japanese Maple

Common name: Purple Japanese Maple
Botanical name: Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum'

The Laceleaf Japanese Maple stands6 feet high and 6 feet wide at its largest, with a pendulous growth habit. The leaves have a beautiful red radiance that makes it a highly desireable specimen plant.

Designer: Terry Gardner

Coolly Elegant

Photographer: GardenSoft

Water Saving Tip:

Group plants with similar watering needs in the same area.