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Blue Wall Wonder
Myer's Asparagus
Red Yucca
Lavender Swirl Lantana
Yellow Bird Of Paradise
Spanish Lavender
Hidcote English Lavender
Myer's Asparagus

Common name: Myer's Asparagus
Botanical name: Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers'

An evergreen groundcover, the 'Myers' also makes an excellent hanging basket plant when larger in size. Its formal looking fronds have an even, spiral arrangement of leaflets. It is damaged by severe frosts, and looks best with at least occasional watering. -Monterey Bay Nursery

Red Yucca

Common name: Red Yucca
Botanical name: Hesperaloe parviflora

This spectacular succulent is wonderful for a desert garden, with rosettes of gray green leaves to about 3'-4' tall and 6' wide. Red flower stalks emerge during spring and remain on the plant until the end of summer. This shrub will spread to form a crowded grass-like clump. This evergreen shrub is drought resistant but will appear better and bloom longer with added moisture. It does well in full sun, reflected heat, poor soils and cold temperatures to at least 0 degrees F.

Lavender Swirl Lantana

Common name: Lavender Swirl Lantana
Botanical name: Lantana montevidensis 'Lavender Swirl' T

'Lavender Swirl' is a fast growing, evergreen shrub. It has dark green, 1" long, coarsely toothed leaves, which are sometimes tinged red or purplish. Flower clusters may be in pure white, solid purple, or white-and-purple.

Yellow Bird Of Paradise

Common name: Yellow Bird Of Paradise
Botanical name: Caesalpinia gilliesii

This Bird of Paradise is an upright, fast growing small tree or large shrub, 10' tall by 8' wide. Clusters of yellow flowers have long red stamens. Natural growth habit is irregular and open, but can be pruned to encourage dense growth. It is quite hardy and can be frost tolerant. As pods mature, they split spewing seeds. Ripe seeds are poisonous. It may be somewhat invasive but it is easy to control. This plant is drought tolerant.

Spanish Lavender

Common name: Spanish Lavender
Botanical name: Lavandula stoechas

This dense shrub grows 2'-3' tall with blue gray foliage and deep purple flowers that have large showy bracts near the top of the spikes. It is drought tolerant . - Cornflower Farms

Hidcote English Lavender

Common name: Hidcote English Lavender
Botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'

This is a slow growing lavender that grows to 1' tall with deep purple flowers. It is drought tolerant and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. -Cornflower Farms

Designer: Joe Varonin

Blue Wall Wonder

Photographer: Nancy Warfel