Hot and Dry in Southern California

Thought I’d post a few pictures of the parkway. I have cleaned it up quite a bit. The only things blooming are California poppies (Eschscholzia californica), goldenrod (Solidago canadensis), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Point St. George aster (Aster chiloensis ‘Point St. George’), California fuchsia (Epilobium species and cultivars), buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum), and of course the summer […]

Native Grasses, Sedges and Rush for the Garden, Part VI

And finally, the last of this series on native grasses and grass-like plants for the garden. I am hoping to add more in the future, including blue-eyed grass, bulbs, and other true grasses such as melic grass (Melica imperfecta), giant needlegrass (Achnatherum coronatum, and cane bluestem (Bothriochloa barbinodis). Blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracilis ) is […]

Native Grasses, Sedges and Rush for the Garden, Part V

I am going to try to post the rest of the slides from the powerpoint in the next two entries. If you want to check out the entire presentation, click on this link. The next three grasses, purple three-awn (Aristida purpurea var. purpurea), and purple and nodding needlegrass (Nassella pulchra, N. cernua) are delightful medium-sized […]

Native Grasses, Sedges and Rush for the Garden, Part 4

From Grass_090618 Canyon Prince, a selection of giant rye grass introduced by Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, has a striking blue-gray color. Grown in the sun it is shorter than the species. It spreads by underground runners and can be difficult to control.Private garden in LaCanada, CA, August 25, 2005 From Grass_090618 Rapidly growing grass in […]

Native Grasses, Sedges and Rush for the Garden

From Grass_090618 While working at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden I wanted to order lots of native grasses for our native plant nursery and annual sales. I love their texture and motion, but as my boss reminded me, they are not big sellers. Non-native bunch grasses, in contrast, have achieved some level of popularity. Unfortunately […]