Gaura lindheimeri

on Monday, 17 October 2011. Posted in Attracts Pollinators, Perennial, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

Gaura lindheimeri

Gaura So White smGaura astounds us with its haze of lighter than air blooms and easy care.  The white or pink buds open slowly so this perennial blooms for a long time, from late spring to frost. But one of the best things about it is that way it self cleans, the petals drop off before getting brown or ratty, and more starry blooms continue the show. Deadheading or pruning spent stems to the base will keep it a little more compact and tidy looking but is not neccessary. A heavy prune in the early spring will keep it looking its best. Gaura is a Southwest native so it is tolerant of drought, sandy soils (thus requiring good drainage), and full, hot sun as well as being cold hardy. Gaura has a taproot so can be long lived and very drought tolerant once established. The wand-like stems can rise 2-1/2'-4' tall and arch out up to 3' wide.  It can be used at the back of a border because it's vase shape form allows the flowers to float above shorter perennials. It also works in the front of a border because its airy stems and blossoms don't block out other plants, or its arching form can cascade over a wall.  Gaura has proven deer resistant in most Rogue Valley gardens. It has a very naturalistic and informal look, pairing best with ornamental grasses, Caryopteris, and Sages.

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The varieties we usually carry are:

Gaura 'Siskiyou Pink'- developed by Baldassare at Rogue Valley's own Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery, this is a lovely medium pink, usually 2-3'x3'

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'- a pink bud opening to a lovely white bloom with flushes of pink at the base. Usually larger, at least 3-4' tall and looks best if it can arch out to at least 3-4'.  

Gaura 'So White'- for the purist, this is a true white with no hint of pink.  Very clean and elegant and bit more compact at 2'x2'

 Gaura Belleza sm   Gaura 'Belleza' - dark pink flowers on red stems. This variety is smaller than most other Gauras, and generall gets to be 1'-2' tall and wide - perfect for the smaller garden!

Ceanothus 'Emily Brown'

on Tuesday, 08 October 2019. Posted in Attracts Pollinators, Native, Evergreen, Deer Resistant, Shrubs, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

Ceanothus 'Emily Brown'

Salvia 'Autumn Sapphire'

on Tuesday, 01 October 2019. Posted in Attracts Pollinators, Perennial, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

Autumn Sapphire Sage

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'Autumn Sapphire' Salvia is another wonderful introduction by one of our favorite garden writers - Lauren Springer Odgen - and the Denver Botanic Garden. This beauty comes into bloom in late summer, when a lot of other flowering perennials are starting to slow down - and continues blooming right up until frost. As the name suggests, flowers are a rich cobalt blue; complemented by finely-textured green leaves. Plants grow to 18" to 20" tall and wide, and are hardy down to zone 5. Like most other Salvias, they also are great pollinator plants and are deer resistent. For best results, leave all the stems up until spring to make sure it survives the winter wet, and then prune back when new leaves begin to emerge. 'Autumn Sapphire' performs best in well-drained soil in full, hot sun. Looking for some good companion plants? Consider pairing it with Solidago, Rudbeckia, Echinacea, or Gaura - or create a mixed planting of 'Autumn Sapphire' and ornamental grasses!  

Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii

on Thursday, 26 September 2019. Posted in Winter Interest, Attracts Pollinators, Evergreen, Perennial, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

Wulfenii Euphorbia (Spurge)


Another plant we love to sing the praises of: evergreen, usually compact, deer resistant and drought tolerant - with flowers that last 3 months or more. And the only thing you have to do to enjoy them is to not overwater and prune the flower stems back to the base of the plant after blooming is done. This photo shows a Euphorbia characias variety with a Allium 'Purple Sensation' in the foreground. Flowering begins in early spring and will easily last into July. The flowers are set off by the larger bracts, thus lasting longer than a typical petaled flower. When flowering stalks start to brown or look faded, just prune the flower stem all the way to the ground so the new stems can fill in. As an added bonus, Euphorbias are evergreen in all but the coldest Rogue Valley winters, and their foliage tends to color up in winter; providing a nice visual interest in the winter garden. Euphorbias will take full sun to half a day of sun and need well draining soil. They all have a white sap in their stems keeping the deer at bay but can also cause a rash in some people, so wear gloves when pruning Euphorbias.

There are many varieties of Euphorbia and here are some of our favorites that we usually carry:

Agastache varieties

on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. Posted in Attracts Pollinators, Perennial, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

Anise Hyssop/Hummingbird Mint


Sometimes it's hard to be thankful for the relentless heat we get in July and August in the Rogue Valley but having an Agastache in your garden will definitely help you learn to appreciate it!  This late blooming perennial thrives in our heat and drought.  Agastaches attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds with their tubular flowers. They thrive in well-drained soil and can even handle gritty or nutrient poor soil.

The key is getting them through our wet winters- so plant them high, add gravel or grit to the hole, and mulch with a 1/4" gravel to keep moisture from the crown.

The other imperative is to not prune Agastaches back until spring, when you see new growth emerging from the base. The woody stems will help it survive the rainy winter; it is usually too much water, not cold, that will do them in. Placing them in full sun, even in the winter months will also help.

A deep soak every couple of weeks will get them through the  summer months but once mine are established I don't water them all summer. Another bonus is their licorice, spicy scent usually repels deer. They pair great with ornamental grasses or wide leaf perennials like Euphorbia and complement the Mediterranean plants like Rosemary and Lavender.