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Skyrocket Juniper
Lily of the Nile
Manzanita Emerald Carpet
Golden Breath Of Heaven
English Lavender
Shiny Xylosma
Skyrocket Juniper

Common name:Skyrocket Juniper
Botanical name:Juniperus scopulorum 'Skyrocket'

Skyrocket Juniper has blue-green foliage on verically growing branches that create a spire-like form. Suitable for planting where space is limited or a large blue exclamation point is needed! Needs full sunlight. -Fort Collins Nursery

Lily of the Nile

Common name:Lily of the Nile
Botanical name:Agapanthus hybrids

This evergreen ground cover/shrub will grow about 3' tall and has large green leaves with blue flowers (there is a white variety and dwarf varieties) that bloom in spring and summer. It will grow in all soils but prefers loam soil.

Manzanita Emerald Carpet

Common name:Manzanita Emerald Carpet
Botanical name:Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Emerald Carpe

The 'Emerald Carpet' is an evergreen groundcover that grows to 1' tall by 6-8' wide. It is favored by many landscapers as the manzanita of choice for inland situations. It has dark green leaves and exhibits compact growth. The variety is relatively tolerant of adverse soil conditions. -Monterey Bay Nursery

Golden Breath Of Heaven

Common name:Golden Breath Of Heaven
Botanical name:Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold'

Sunset Gold Breath of Heaven is a fine textured, low growing shrub to 10" high and wide with bright yellow foliage. It is excellent for rock gardens. It is drought tolerant. -Cornflower Farms

English Lavender

Common name:English Lavender
Botanical name:Lavandula angustifolia

A well-developed woody base is apparent with this evergreen subshrub. Its leaves assume an obtuse form, and have a grey-green color above and a white tomentose shade below. It is fragarant and needs little water, full sun, and well drained soils.

Shiny Xylosma

Common name:Shiny Xylosma
Botanical name:Xylosma congestum

This medium-sized, mounding evergreen shrub with lustrous yellow-green foliage produces new growth that is tinted rosy-red. It has a growth habit that is loose, graceful and spreading.

Start with Healthy Soil

Smell the soil. An earthy aroma indicates the presence of beneficial microorganisms. No odor or a mineral odor indicates too little soil life. If your soil smells like rotten eggs, it is probably too wet and compacted to allow oxygen exchange.

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Stacked Rock Retaining Wall

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