If you’ve seen the California cottage garden in person and wonder “What is that plant?” This page is for you (Scott!) I’ve tried to capture everything in bloom, out of bloom, including baby photos straight from the nursery. You can always send me a comment and attach a photo of the bloomer that piques your interest. I’ll do my best to identify it.
(I’ll be updating this page soon to add a search by flower color feature and more.)
Convolvulus mauritanicus This deep purple iris is a re-bloomer! Thank you Kind Neighbor for sharing your irises with me. Isn’t this antique floribunda rose lovely? ‘Pink Gruss an Aachen’ in the cottage garden. These Pink Marguerites in the white pot re-bloomed. Catananche caerulea aka ‘Cupid’s Dart’ in the cottage garden. I should have planted hundreds of these lovely plants. A lovely patch of bell flowers, campanula muralis, brighten the shade. Trifling .25 inch flowers of Teucrium scorodonia ‘Crispum Marginatum’ are a welcome surprise. The stems of this bush (herb?) are wonderful in small bouquets. At long last the Golden Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium aureum) blooms. She needs more shade and a place to put down roots. Grindelia hirsutula flower in all its glory. Magenta Hollyhock Pink Hollyhock White with Magenta Eye Hollyhock Cape Mallow Anisodontea hybrid ‘Barely Boysenberry’ Verbascum chaixii ‘Album’ flowers beginning to fill the flower stalk. Salvia spathacia, Hummingbird sage Salvia nemorosa ‘East Freisland’ is such an easy and lovely flower. Penstemon ‘Catherine de la Mare’ in all her glory. I have three Catherines planted in a row. Only the one that receives the most sun has bloomed. The foliage is lush, so I forgive the others. Erigeron x moerheimii (Pink Santa Barbara Daisy) mingles with volunteer peppermint. Ceanothus x pallidus ‘Marie Simon’ in the foreground, backed by verbascum ‘Southern Charm.’ I think I made a mistake here. Marie would stand out much more with white or purple flowers behind. She is still a baby. Perhaps when she reaches her full height (5′) the combo will work better. The Cupid’s Dart [Catananche caerulea] has doubled in size. There are lots of buds but no flowers yet. Beautiful pairing. Low growing Wayne Roderick Daisy (Erigeron glaucus ‘Wayne Roderick’) and Spanish Lavender (Lavendula stoches). Ceanothus pallidus ‘Marie Simon’ billowly pink blossoms Sweet pea ‘April in Paris.’ Seeds from Renee’s Garden. The fragrance is heavenly. Carpenteria californica in bloom Mimulus bifidus, Pink Monkey Flower Mimulus bifidus, ‘Burgundy with White Edge’ Monkey Flower Mimulus ‘Jelly Bean White’ Mimilus ‘Jelly Bean White’ Bearded Iris ‘Beverly Sills’ in Full Bloom Tulbaghia violacea, also known as society garlic Lavandula stoechas ‘Otto Quast’ Santolina virens ‘Lemon Fizz’ Baby Blue Eyes, Nemophila menziesii, California Native wildflower Arroyo Lupine, Annual CA Native Sisyrinchium bellum (western blue-eyed grass, Californian blue-eyed grass) Erigeron karvinskianus (Santa Barbara Daisy) Ceanothus ‘Carmel Creeper,’ CA Native Coffeeberry, Rhamnus californica ‘San Bruno,’ CA Native Coreopsis grandiflora Teucrium scorodonia ‘Crispum Marginatum’ Heuchera maxima, CA Native Verbascum, Southern Charm Tellima, Fringe Cups, CA Native Margarita Gigante, Shasta Daisy Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Mozart’ Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum, CA Native Potted Pink Geranium in the cottage garden California Poppy ‘Buttercream’, CA Native Philadelphus lewsii ‘Covelo’ Origanum vulgare humile Geranium Dalmaticum Achillea ‘Moonshine’ Penstemon ‘Margarita BOP’ CA Native Achillea millefolium ‘Wonderful Wampee’