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Calendula, Pot Marigold
Coral Bells
Peruvian Lily, Alstroemeria
Catmint
Calendula, Pot Marigold

Common name:Calendula, Pot Marigold
Botanical name:Calendula officinalis

This wonderful flower will grow about 1-3' tall and has amazing dark green leaves with bright golden/yellow/orange flowers that bloom in winter, spring, and summer. Is an edible flower in organic gardens.

Coral Bells

Common name:Coral Bells
Botanical name:Heuchera sanguinea

Tufts of round leaves 2-3" wide with scalloped edges accent this plant. It also produces wiry stems to 24" tall with open clusters of red/pink, bell-shaped flowers.

Peruvian Lily, Alstroemeria

Common name:Peruvian Lily, Alstroemeria
Botanical name:Alstroemeria hybrids

The deciduous rhizomes of this Peruvian lily will often run aggressively if not controlled. They grow best in full to part sun with some summer watering in dry climates. The florist strains can reach 6' tall, while the compact strains range from 12-36" For extra long, florist quality stems, stake or grow through netting for support. -Monterey Bay Nursery

Catmint

Common name:Catmint
Botanical name:Nepeta X faassenii

Nepeta faassenii makes soft, gray-green, undulating mounds o 1.5 ft. high in bloom. The small leaves are attractive to cats. This perennial has lavender blue flowers in late spring, and early summer.

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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Designer: Sarah Nichols

Pretty Pastels

Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Maintain a two to four inch layer of mulch on the soil surface to reduce weeds, infiltrate rain water, and reduce compaction.

Integrated Pest Management:

Remove irrigation water and fertilizer from areas where you don't want weeds to grow.