What is your favorite new plant this year, and why?

  • July 08, 2013 8:20 AM
    Message # 1335414
    The Sharing Secrets Question for JULY is 

    What is your favorite new plant this year, and why?

    We look forward to seeing your discoveries and sharing them with the group!
  • July 08, 2013 1:18 PM
    Reply # 1335853 on 1335414

    My favorite new plant this year is Abelia kaleidoscope.  It is a wonderful compact, colorful, foliage plant that is part of the Sunset Western Garden collection.  It is currently flowering, with small white fragrant flowers, in my test garden.  The foliage provides a year-round color show.  It is drought-tolerant once established, provides many complementary and dramatic companion plant options, versatile as a border, filler plant to provide a pop of color or in mass planting, containers, and easy to maintain due to its size. 


  • July 08, 2013 11:29 PM
    Reply # 1336322 on 1335414
    Begonia acutifolia 'Richmondensis' (Angel Wing Begonia).  I have a 100 year old Juniperus chinensis 'Torulosa' (Hollywood Twisted Juniper) in my front yard that is well over 40' tall.  The begonias thrive in the shade with just a smattering of dappled afternoon sun and bloom 365 days a year with zero maintenance.  It doesn't get much better than that.  For me, dry shade plants are the holy grail of Southern California.  So many of our properties contain a great deal of shade due to buildings and other impediments it is an important component to successful landscaping.

    Stay green out there!
  • July 11, 2013 9:41 AM
    Reply # 1338281 on 1335414
    My favorite plant this summer is Lotus hirsutus, or Hairy Canary Clover.  The silver foilage and low growth habit is perfect for edging my hillside stairs. 
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