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Crape Myrtle
Ginkgo Tree, Maidenhair Tree
Snow White Flowering Tea Tree
California Fuchsia
Incana Cranesbill
Crape Myrtle

Common name:Crape Myrtle
Botanical name:Lagerstroemia indica

The new leaves of this species are 2" long, bright gren, and tinged with bronze. Its fall color is affected by the weather. While it has a bare outline, its rounded seed capsules add interest. Its delicate flowers bloom in 6-12" long clusters. The colors of its flowers are shades of red, rose, pink, purple, and white. It thrives on heat, and new cultivars have been created that resist mildew.

Ginkgo Tree, Maidenhair Tree

Common name:Ginkgo Tree, Maidenhair Tree
Botanical name:Ginkgo biloba

The Ginko biloba, with its distinct fan-shaped leaves, initially grows with a pyramidal habit, but later becomes wide-spreading. It is generally not bothered by insects or disease.

Snow White Flowering Tea Tree

Common name:Snow White Flowering Tea Tree
Botanical name:Leptospermum scoparium 'Snow White'

New Zealand Tea Tree has small, needle-like green leaves with showy, 1/2" rose-like flowers in winter and spring. These shrubs can be thinned to enhance their attractive branch structure and flaking bark. They need very little water once established. 'Snow White' is spreading, compact, reaching 2-4' tall by 4-5' wide. It has white blooms with green centers.

California Fuchsia

Common name:California Fuchsia
Botanical name:Zauschneria californica

The California Fuchsia is a showy perennial shrub that grows 1'-2' high with upright stems. It has grey-green foliage and bright orange-red tubular flowers and attracts hummingbirds. This shrub is a native to CA and is drought tolerant. This plant is known as Epilobium in some books and botanical gardens. -Cornflower Farms.

Incana Cranesbill

Common name:Incana Cranesbill
Botanical name:Geranium incanum

The incanum variety is grown as a trailing or mounding perennial to a size of 1' tall, spreading by underground runners to cover relatively large areas if healthy. Its foliage has a wispy, ferny texture. The dark, rosy violet flowers can appear almost all year in areas of mild climates. The plant needs good drainage, and most suffer die back in cold winters. Proper growth conditions include sun with little or no summer watering. -Monterey Bay Nursery

The Magic of Mulch

In the natural world the endless cycle of birth, growth, decay, death and rebirth flows throughout the seasons. Plants die, leaves fall and new growth springs up in its place. Nothing is lost and the fallen leaves and dead plants decay into the soil, enriching it for the next generation of growth.

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Sacramento Variety

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Soils and Compost:

Physical weed control, including mulching, or hand removal protects the watershed from harmful chemicals.

Integrated Pest Management:

Develop healthy soil for plants that are vigorous and naturally pest-resistant.