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New Zealand Flax
Lamb's Ears
Sonoma Sage, Creeping Sage
New Zealand Flax

Common name:New Zealand Flax
Botanical name:Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum'

Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum' is an evergreen perennial. Big, dramatic plant composed of many swordlike, stiffly vertical leaves (9 ft. long, to 5 in. wide) in a fan pattern. Leaves are purple red. Flowers stems reach high above leaves, bearing clusters of 1-2 in. blossoms in dark red to yellow.

Lamb's Ears

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

This variety of Lamb's Ear does not produce flowers worthy of having. It is grown for the beautiful and soft silver grey foliage.

Sonoma Sage, Creeping Sage

Common name:Sonoma Sage, Creeping Sage
Botanical name:Salvia sonomensis

This low growing, native groundcover has glaucous green leaves with blue-violet flowers that bloom in the spring and summer.

Designer: Sherri Osaka

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Soils and Compost:

Practice grass-cycling by leaving short grass clippings on lawns after mowing, so that nutrients and organic matter are returned to the soil.

Water Saving Tip:

Remember to check your irrigation system at least once a month, especially your valves, sprinkler heads, and drip emitters.

Integrated Pest Management:

Attract, or buy beneficial insects such as ladybugs and lacewings to control pest outbreaks in your garden.