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Alyogyne huegelii 'Santa Cruz'

March has us thinking about the summer garden. Even though the days may still be cold, there are many plants flowering now. Alyogyne huegelii is one of our favorites, a long-blooming, drought-tolerant shrubby member of the Mallow family. Blue and purple and pink are the colors of spring, with bulbs like Scilla and Freesia looking good. Wisteria buds are getting ready to cloak arbors and fences with their pendant blooms, and reliable flowering perennials like Limonium perezii are starting up for the summer.

Scilla peruviana Blue flowering plants look great combined with bright green foliage plants like Nassela tenuissima, Euphorbias, or Carex cultivars. You can also mix them with moody crimson foliage for a dramatic burst of color. Try Phormium ‘Jack Spratt’ or Carex secta v. tenuiculmus.

Sarah Gronquist

has been designing California landscapes since 2000. Her projects include commercial and institutional gardens, multi-family housing, and private homes.

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