Articles in Category: Perennial

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.

Gaura Whirling Butterflies sm

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!

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.

Zauschneria (Epilobium) cana

on Wednesday, 14 August 2019. Posted in Attracts Pollinators, Native, Perennial, Ground Cover, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

California Fuchsia

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The California Fuchsia is one of the most drought tolerant, heat tolerant, beautiful perennials you can grow.  We're not sure why this California native is not used more- the hard to pronounce name, the two Genus names (we like to use Zauschneria), that fact that you can kill it with kindness, perhaps?  It has been putting on a show for us and the hummingbirds in the garden since mid July and seems to be going strong until we get a severe frost in late October, maybe November.  The trumpet-shaped, hot orange flowers bloom continously and are not ugly as the fade out- they just drop off, no dead brown petals like so many perennials or even annuals.  So there is no deadheading or cleaning up.  The unreal orange color of the blooms is set off by the lovely silvery gray foliage that fits perfectly into a drought tolerant garden.  This northern California native perennial is happiest in a well draining soil (you see them naturally growing out of rock outcroppings) with full sun and low water.   We like to leave up any dormant stems over the winter to help them survive our wet winters and clean them up in early spring.    We have so many kinds!  From ground hugging to taller, upright full on woody-stemmed perennials.  Come check them out!

Phlomis fruticosa

on Monday, 30 April 2018. Posted in Attracts Pollinators, Perennial, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

Jerusalem Sage

phlomis fruticosa

Jerusalem Sage is a very striking and unusual plant to add to your drought tolerant or deer resistant garden. The fuzzy gray-green leaves seem unpalatable to deer and being a Meditteranean native makes it a great choice for our dry summers. It acts as more of a shrub than perennial, staying evergreen in all but the coldest winters. Ours died back to the ground this past winter, when it got to 7 degrees but came back full and lush this summer. It can grow to 4' tall and wide but can be pruned in fall to keep it more compact.

Baptisia australis

on Sunday, 30 April 2017. Posted in Attracts Pollinators, Perennial, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

Blue False Indigo


Baptisia or Blue False Indigo may not be all that familiar but it should be for it's striking purple flower stalks and refreshing blue-green foliage.  It has what we always look for- drought tolerant (has deep roots), deer resistant in some areas (poisonous), good cut flowers (blooms in May- June), long lived (so can require some age to bloom and is slower growing), North American prairie native (can tolerate clay or sandy soils), and butterfly attractor.  The easy to care for Baptisia can get 3-4' tall and 2'-3' wide and is rather vase shaped, so low growing perennials at it's base might be nice. Looks great with chartreuse Euphorbias, round headed Alliums, or silver Artemesia nearby. The sweet pea-like flowers make a great contrast with grasses as well. 'Solar Flare' is a newer yellow variety.