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New Zealand Flax
Ribbonleaf Japanese Maple
Monarch Blanketflower
Amazing Red Flax
Santa Barbara Daisy
New Zealand Flax

Common name:New Zealand Flax
Botanical name:Phormium tenax

New Zealand Flax is a large, bold plant with stiffly vertical, sword-like, green leaves that arise from its base. It should be grown under full sun for best color. Varieties will offer different growth habits and leaf color.

Ribbonleaf Japanese Maple

Common name:Ribbonleaf Japanese Maple
Botanical name:Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'

This Japanese Maple grows as a small, deciduous tree complete with palmate leaves that turn red and endure for the entire season.

Monarch Blanketflower

Common name:Monarch Blanketflower
Botanical name:Gaillardia grandiflora 'Monarch'

Gaillardia gra. 'Monarch' is a perennial. Grows to 2-4 ft. high, 1.5 ft. wide, with roughish gray-green foliage and single or double flowers 3-4 in. across. Exceptionally long bloom.

Amazing Red Flax

Common name:Amazing Red Flax
Botanical name:Phormium 'Amazing Red'

Phormium 'Amazing Red' is an evergreen perennial. Big, dramatic plant composed of many swordlike, stiffly vertical leaves in a fan pattern. Flowers stems reach high above leaves, bearing clusters of 1-2 in. blossoms in red.

Santa Barbara Daisy

Common name:Santa Barbara Daisy
Botanical name:Erigeron karvinskianus 'Profusion'

Herbacious perennial to 1' tall and 3' wide. White daisy-like flowers bloom mainly spring and fall in the low desert, summer time for higher elevations. Plants are fairly short-lived, but will reseed to keep population intact. Light shade is preferred in low desert. This cultivar blooms heavily. Bright green, fine textured foliage. Needs moderate irrigation. Prune back in winter to rejuvenate. Can reseed with adequate water.

Compost for Healthy Soil and Plants

The natural world works in cycles. Everything is changing form and moving from place to place in an endless energy exchange system. The leaves and twigs that fall to the ground, not to mention other life forms that might die, decompose and combine with water, air and minerals of the soil to create a medium for future plants.

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Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

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

Integrated Pest Management:

Drip and other smart irrigation delivers water directly to roots, allowing no excess water for weeds.