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Coffeeberry, Rhamnus californica 'San Bruno,' CA Native

These little lovelies should not be ignored just because they are not grown for their flowers. First up, Teucrium Crispum. I love this little germander. The frilly leaves look good enough to eat. I added a few to a rosebud nosegay and wow! The fresh new green color and the fringed leaves were a wonderful compliment to the roses. I now have a new go-to greens filler. Also, Crispum is incredibly easy to propagate. I started with one, four inch pot last spring. I now have a dozen or so of these wonderful foliage plants tucked around the garden. Each plant was started with a cutting last fall, placed directly in the garden and then neglected. My kind of plant!

Teucrium scorodonia 'Crispum Marginatum'
Teucrium scorodonia ‘Crispum Marginatum’

 

Mint in the Garden? Why not?

This little peppermint showed up in the front yard. I’ve long had peppermint in the back. It is a rather well behaved little mint so I let it be. It makes a nice companion for the Santa Barbara Daisy in the shade.

Peppermint
Peppermint

Lawn Substitute

Creeping oregano is offered as a lawn substitute. I had my doubts, but when I discovered this little guy, he lept into my basket. From a single 4 inch pot, I now have four patches of VERY happy creeping oregano. Creep it does and the dense mat of Origanum vulgare humile won’t let any weeds through. It’s getting a little close to a penstamon (my fault) so I’ll have to relocated some, and then I’ll have even more patches of this fabulous ground cover.

Origanum vulgare humile
Origanum vulgare humile

Lemon Fizz

Great balls of santolina! There will be flowers, but I grow this baby for the lime green foliage and tidy shape. It grows in an almost perfect half sphere.

Santolina virens 'Lemon Fizz'
Santolina virens ‘Lemon Fizz’