May: What's in Bloom

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California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is a perennial often grown as an annual and can be naturalized on sunny hillside an in our county gardens. You can allow your plants to self sow or broadcast seed in the fall on cultivated areas. The leaves are finely divided blue green in color with flowersabout 2 inches wide in a variety of colors ranging from pale yellow to deep orange. Click here for more information on the California Poppy.

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Columbine (Aquilegia) is another perennial with lacy foliage and flowers ranging from white to various pastels. The flowers are to 3 inches across, erect or nodding. These plants are hardy and self-sowing and can be enjoyed spring though early summer. Click here for more information.

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Common Snowball (Vibrunum) is a deciduous shrub with maple like leaves which turn red in the fall. The white flowers clusters are 2 –4 inches across resembling snowballs. V.o. Roseum is composed of sterile flowers (so no fruit, no mess). This shrub grows up to 15 feet tall and is very beautiful when in flower and in the fall when the leaves change!

Iris (Iridaceae) is too beautiful and too easy not to have in our Descanso Garden. There is a vast array iris with sword like leaves and showy flowers of many colors. Iris grows from rhizomes which grow outward from the end of the leaves. When planting point the end in the direction you want the growth to take. On slopes set the rhizomes with the growing end facing up hill. Clumps become overcrowded after 3 to 4 years which can reduce the quantity and quality of the flowers. They should be lifted divided in the fall which is the best planting time in our gardens, right before the winter rains. The soil should be amended with plenty of compost prior to replanting in the same bed. Remember to mark your flowers in the spring so you know what color the plants are if you are going to divide them in the fall! Click here for more information.

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Lilac (Syringa) is a tall shrub that grows up to 22 feet tall. It has attractive, aromatic foliage and bears wonderfully scented lilac, blue or pink flowers previous year's growth in spring. It suckers heavily and is one of Descanso’s own 'pass-along plants.' These do well as in a shrub border or as a specimen plant. Click here for more information.



 

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