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Sun Bathing Area
Tobira
Crape Myrtle
Butterfly-Iris, Fortnight Lily
Sea Lavender, Statice
Silver Mound Artemisia
Boston Ivy
Sweet Hakea
Pony Tail or Bottle Palm, Beaucarne
Fraser Photinia
Tobira

Common name: Tobira
Botanical name: Pittosporum tobira

This large, dense, evergreen shrub or small tree has shiny dark green leaves. In the spring, clusters of small, cream-colored flowers appear with the fragrance of orange blossoms. Tobira can be grown in full sun or partial shade. It is considered one of the most durable shrubs in California landscapes.

Crape Myrtle

Common name: Crape Myrtle
Botanical name: Lagerstroemia indica

The new leaves of this species are 2" long, bright green, and tinged with bronze. Its fall color is affected by the weather. While it has a bare outline, its rounded seed capsules add interest. Its delicate flowers bloom in 6"-12" long clusters. The colors of its flowers are shades of red, rose, pink, purple, and white. It thrives on heat and new cultivars have been created that resist mildew.

Butterfly-Iris, Fortnight Lily

Common name: Butterfly-Iris, Fortnight Lily
Botanical name: Dietes iridioides

This clumping evergreen Iris bears tall, narrow leaves to 30" tall and white flowers marked purple in the center on stalks up to 3' tall. This variety has stiffer, darker foliage than the bicolor form. It requires sun to part shade with little or no summer watering when established. -Monterey Bay Nursery

Sea Lavender, Statice

Common name: Sea Lavender, Statice
Botanical name: Limonium perezii

This mounding shrub will reach about 3' high and has large, dark green leaves with small blue and purple flowers that bloom in spring and summer.

Silver Mound Artemisia

Common name: Silver Mound Artemisia
Botanical name: Artemisia schmidtiana 'Silver Mound'

This mounding perennial will grow 1'-3' high and has medium-sized silvery white leaves with yellow and white flowers.

Boston Ivy

Common name: Boston Ivy
Botanical name: Parthenocissus tricuspidata

This deciduous vine grows leaves that are usually lobed and divided into 3 leaflets. It clings tightly to any surface.

Sweet Hakea

Common name: Sweet Hakea
Botanical name: Hakea suaveolens

This broad shrub or tree will grow 10'-20' tall and has small, needle- like dark green leaves with clusters of white flowers that bloom in winter and fall.

Pony Tail or Bottle Palm, Beaucarne

Common name: Pony Tail or Bottle Palm, Beaucarne
Botanical name: Nolina recurvata

This palm-like shrub from the Agave family has a single trunk and grows up to 30' tall. It has thin flat leaves that can grow up to 6' long and only 1" wide. The base is large and distinctive; it usually looks swollen. Mature plants may bloom on a 3'-4' tall stalk.

Fraser Photinia

Common name: Fraser Photinia
Botanical name: Photinia X fraseri

The Photina fraseri is an evergreen, medium-sized shrub with new foliage that is a glistening, copper red color. It is excellent as a hedge, screen, or accent plant. It should be grown under conditions of sun.

Designer: Susan McEowen

Sun Bathing Area

Photographer: GardenSoft