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Montrose Purple Vitex

Montrose Purple Vitex is a drought-tolerant, heat-tolerant and pest-tolerant deciduous flowering shrub or small tree. It will grow between 9 and 15 feet tall with a spreading width of up to 15 feet. The violet colored flowers are great for attracting birds and butterflies into the landscape. It’s large flowers, compared to other Vitex varieties, with bloom spikes 2 to 3 times bigger than other varieties, which makes this cultivar a favorite. Blooms can be between 8 and 12 inches.

Caryopteris 'Dark Knight'

In late summer and early fall, when few other shrubs are in bloom, Caryopteris ‘Dark Knight’ is a showy bloomer. Its deep blue to lavender flowers are very interesting against the gray-green foliage. Beautiful in front of low walls, in mass groupings, as a hedge, or even as a specimen plant, it has a tidy, upright growth habit. It is small enough for a patio garden. Grows to approximately 3’ x 5’.

Almond Verbena

Almond Verbena is a herbaceous perennial that requires little attention once established. It is very fragrant with a scent of vanilla/sweet almond which attracts butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. A native to Argentina, it can grow up to 20 feet once established, but usually gets between 8’ and 12’, it needs plenty of space. Prefers full sun, but will tolerate partial shade with moderate to low water needs. Heat and drought-tolerant. No major disease issues. Durable long bloom period. Great for the summer landscape.

Caesalpinia pulcherrima ‘Pride of Barbados’

Referred to as Caesalpinia, Peacock Flower, Mexican Bird of Paradise, and most commonly, Pride of Barbados.

Kalanchoe 'Desert Rose'

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora 'Desert Rose' is a striking succulent also known as the Paddle Plant. It's round growth habit and dramatic foliage appears to give the allure of an underwater coral bed with colors transitioning from blue-green at the base to red on the rounded tips. The vibrant colors intensify in full sun and once the plant has matured will bloom a spike with clusters of yellow tubular flowers in spring. What a great addition of color into a rock garden. Cold hardy in Zones 9-11, and will tolerate temperatures as low as 40 degrees. Grows best in partial to full sun and only requires occasional watering once it is established.