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New Zealand Flax
Prostrate Rosemary
Wheeler's Dwarf Pittosporum
Euryops
Siberian Elm
Hollyhock
Wax Leaf Privet
Heavenly Bamboo
New Zealand Flax

Common name: New Zealand Flax
Botanical name: Phormium tenax

New Zealand Flax is a large, bold plant with stiffly vertical, sword-like, green leaves that arise from its base. It should be grown under full sun for best color. Varieties will offer different growth habits and leaf color.

Prostrate Rosemary

Common name: Prostrate Rosemary
Botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'

The 'Prostratus' grows to a height of 2'-3' with a spread to 8'. Its flowers are pale, lavender-blue in color, and the leaves are needle-like with a dark, blue-green color. This plant makes a good ground cover, and its leaves can be used as seasoning in cooking.

Wheeler's Dwarf Pittosporum

Common name: Wheeler's Dwarf Pittosporum
Botanical name: Pittosporum tobira 'Wheeler's Dwarf'

This handsome dwarf form of the Pittosporum tobira grows into a low, dense mound, 2'-3' tall and 4'-5' wide. This shrub is covered with glossy, evergreen foliage. Small, fragrant, white flowers cover this shrub in spring. It prefers full to part sun and is drought tolerant once its established. Give extra water in summer. Wheeler's Dwarf is dependable and easy to grow. Prune in winter to keep shape.

Euryops

Common name: Euryops
Botanical name: Euryops pectinatus

As a small perennial shrub with 2" bright yellow, daisy-like flowers, blooms on this plant are seen seen almost year-round. Its leaves are grey-green in color. 'Viridis' is a variety with deep-green foliage.

Siberian Elm

Common name: Siberian Elm
Botanical name: Ulmus pumila

This deciduous tree will grow to 50' tall and 40' wide. It has smooth, dark green leaves but brittle wood.

Hollyhock

Common name: Hollyhock
Botanical name: Alcea rosea

This plant grows 4-8' high and is particularly useful for background screening. It grows best in full sun in deep, rich, well drained soils and can produce a variety of colors of flowers.

Wax Leaf Privet

Common name: Wax Leaf Privet
Botanical name: Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum'

This dense, evergreen shrub of an upright habit is capable of growing as a shrub or small tree. Its dark green, leathery leaves are opposite those of a simple evergreen.

Heavenly Bamboo

Common name: Heavenly Bamboo
Botanical name: Nandina domestica

Nandina domestica is a graceful upright shrub that grows from 3' to 6' in height. It gets its name from its bamboo-like growth habit. When thinned from the center, it bears a remarkable resemblance to bamboo. It is best used in groups. It can be used in a shaded patio or out in a shrub border with full sun. An interesting feature of Heavenly Bamboo is the bronze color in the new growth when planted in full sun. It also bears clusters of white flowers in the spring.

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