Gardenforms

Plant Photo Library

SHRUBS (Small to Medium Size)
In reference of "Gardenforms Landscape Plant Guide", Chapter 5
Abutilon pictum 'Thompsonii' (VARIEGATED ABUTILON)
Climate Zone: 8, 9, 12-24; H1, H2
Exposure:
Sun to partial
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Moderate to high
Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
Height/Width: 2-6' x 2-6'
Foliage: Showy, maple-like, variegated light green with yellow markings
Flowers:
Orange (summer to fall)
Photo Taken: 
Artemisia californica (CALIFORNIA SAGEBRUSH)
Climate Zone: 7-9, 14-24
Exposure:
Sun
Character:
Evergreen, drought-deciduous
Watering: Very low to low
Growth Rate: Fast
Height/Width: 2-5' x 4-7'
Foliage: Fragrant, gray-green to whitish gray
Uses:
  • Slope Planting
  • Fire Risk
  • Deer Resistant
  • CA Native
  • Can be grown as a ground cover
Photo Taken: Walnut Creek, CA
Artemisia 'Powis Castle' (WORMWOOD)
Climate Zone: 2-24
Exposure:
Sun
Character:
Evergreen; also noted in other garden literature as a woody perennial
Watering: Very low to low
Growth Rate: Fast
Height/Width: 2-3' x 2-3'
Foliage: Fragrant, soft, gray green
Uses:
  • Fragrant Foliage
  • Fire Resistant (possibly)
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: Mountain House, CA
Aucuba japonica 'Mr. Goldstrike' (GOLD SPLASH AUCUBA)
Climate Zone: 4-24
Exposure:
Shade to partial
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
Height/Width: 4-6' x 4-5'
Foliage: Dark green with gold markings
Fruitss:
Noticeable, red fruits (fall to winter); when both male and female varieties are next to each other
Uses:
  • Shade Exposure
  • Indoor Use
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: El Cerrito, CA
Azalea indica (AZALEA)
Climate Zone: 
Exposure:
x
Character:
x
Watering: x
Growth Rate: x
Height/Width: x
Foliage: x
Flowers:
x
Uses:
  • Shade Exposure
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: Walnut Creek, CA (Pero Residence)
Baccharis pilularis (CHAPARRAL BROOM, COYOTE BRUSH)
Climate Zone: 5-11, 14-24
Exposure:
Sun
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Very low to low
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Height/Width: 4-6'+ x 4-6'+; seen over 8' tall
Foliage: Small bright green that matures to mid to dull green
Flowers:
Insignificant, but slightly fragrant, white (summer to fall)
Fruits: Noticeable, creamy, cotton-like seed clusters (fall) that can be a litter nuisance
Uses:
  • Fragrant Flowers (slightly)
  • Erosion Control Slope Planting
  • Fire Risk (extreme)
  • Deer Resistant
  • CA Native
  • Clipped Hedge
  • Ground Cover varieties available
  • Fruit Litter Nuisance (female)
Photo Taken: 
Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea'
(RED-LEAF JAPANESE BARBERRY)
Climate Zone: A3; 2b-24
Exposure:
Sun to partial
Character:
Deciduous
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height/Width: 4-6' x 4-6'
Foliage: Pale to mid-green leaves that turn red, orange and yellow (fall)
Flowers:
Bright yellow (spring)
Fruits: Showy red berries (fall to winter)
Uses:
  • Foliage Changing Color
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: El Cerrito, CA
Bougainvillea 'Hawaii' (syn. 'Raspberry Ice')
(BOUGAINVILLEA, PAPER FLOWER)
Climate Zone: 5, 6, 12-17, 19, 21-24; H1, H2; (best in zones 22-24; H1, H2)
Exposure:
Sun to partial
Character:
Evergreen, cold-deciduous
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height/Width: 2-3' x 5-6'
Foliage: Red-tinged leaves that mature variegated yellow and mid-green
Flowers:
Flowers are small, yellow
Flower Bracts: Showy, bright purplish red bracts (spring to summer)
Uses:
  • Indoor Use
  • Slope Planting
  • Fire Risk
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: Anahiem Hills, CA (Londre Residence) 
Buddleja davidii (BUTTERFLY BUSH, SUMMER LILAC)
Climate Zone: 2-24; H1
Exposure:
Sun to partial
Character:
Deciduous, semi-evergreen but may die back in cold weather
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Fast
Height/Width: 3-10' x 3-10'
Foliage: Dark green (above), whitish gray (beneath)
Flowers:
Fragrant light purple (summer to fall)
Uses:
  • Fragrant Flowers
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Can grow under and around Oaks
  • Can be trained as a patio tree
  • Attracts Butterflies
Photo Taken: 
Buxus microphylla japonica (JAPANESE BOXWOOD)
Climate Zone: 3b-24; zones 3-24 for 'Winter Gem' variety
Exposure:
Sun to shade
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate/Height/Width/Foliage:
  • B. m. japonica: Slow to 4-6' x 4-6', with bright green leaves that turn bronze (fall)
  • 'Green Beauty': Moderate to 4-6' x 4-6', with dark green leaves
  • 'Winter Gen': Slow to moderate, 3-6' x 3-6' with dark green leaves
Uses:
  • Shade Exposure
  • Foliage Changing Color (B. m. japonica only)
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Clipped Hedge
Photo Taken: 
Callistemon viminalis 'Little John' (DWARF BOTTLEBRUSH)
Climate Zone: 6-9, 12-24
Exposure:
Sun
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Slow
Height/Width: 2-3' x 3-5'
Foliage: Gray-green, needle-like
Flowers:
Red (fall to spring)
Uses:
  • Indoor Use
  • Erosion Control Slope Planting
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Clipped Hedge
Photo Taken: Newport Beach, CA
Carissa macrocarpa (NATAL PLUM)
Climate Zone: 22-24; H2; (possibly zones 12, 13, 16-21)
Exposure:
Sun to partial
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Fast
Height/Width:
  • C. macrocarpa: 2' x 2'
  • 'Green Carpet': 12-18" x 3-4'
  • 'Tuttle' (Syn. 'Nana Compacta Tuttlei'): 2-3' x 3-5'
Foliage: Mid to dark green
Flowers:
Fragrant white (spring to summer)
Fruits: Showy, edible red fruits (summer to fall), although seeds are poisonous
Uses:
  • Fragrant Flowers
  • Slope Planting
  • Fire Resistant
  • Clipped Hedge (C. macrocarpa and 'Tuttle' only)
Photo Taken: Newport Beach, CA
Cistus x hybridus (WHITE ROCKROSE)
Climate Zone: 6-9, 14-24; (borderline in zones 4, 5)
Exposure:
Sun
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Height/Width: 3-5' x 4-8'
Foliage: Gray-green, fragrant leaves (during warm weather)
Flowers:
White with yellow centers (spring to summer)
Uses:
  • Fragrant Foliage
  • Erosion Control Slope Planting
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Can grow under or around Oaks (possibly)
Photo Taken: 
Cistus incanus (HOARY ROCKROSE)
Climate Zone: 6-9, 14-24; (borderline in zones 4, 5)
Exposure:
Sun
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Height/Width: 3-5' x 3-5'
Foliage: Mid-green
Flowers:
Purplish pink (spring to summer)
Uses:
  • Erosion Control Slope Planting
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Can grow under and around Oaks (possibly)
Photo Taken: 
Coleonema pulchrum (PINK BREATH OF HEAVEN)
Climate Zone: 7-9, 14-24
Exposure:
Sun to partial
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height/Width: 4-6'+ x 4-6'+; can occasionally grow to 10' tall x 10' wide
Foliage: Fragrant, bright green
Flowers:
Pink (winter to spring)
Uses:
  • Fragrant Foliage
  • Slope Planting
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: 
Convolvulus cneorum (BUSH MORNING GLORY)
Climate Zone: 7-9, 12-24; (marginal in zones 5, 6)
Exposure:
Sun to partial
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Height/Width: 2-4' x 2-4'
Foliage: Silky, silver-green to gray
Flowers:
White with yellow centers (spring to summer)
Uses:
  • Slope Planting
  • Fire Resistant
Photo Taken: 
Coprosma 'Evening Glow' (MIRROR PLANT)
Climate Zone: 8, 9, 14-24
Exposure:
Sun to partial
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height/Width: 4-5' x 3-4'
Foliage: Glossy, mid-green with variegated yellow, that turns orange-red (fall and winter)
Uses:
  • Foliage Changing Color
  • Erosion Control Slope Planting
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: 
Croton species (RUSHFOIL)
Climate Zone: 
Exposure:
x
Character:
x
Watering: x
Growth Rate: x
Height/Width: x
Foliage: x
Flowers:
x
Uses:

  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Clipped Hedge
Photo Taken: 
Euryops pectinatus (GREY LEAF EURYOPS)
Climate Zone: 8, 9, 12-24; H1, H2
Exposure:
Sun
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Height/Width: 3-6' x 3-6'
Foliage: Gray-green
Flowers:
Bright yellow (spring to summer)
Uses:
  • Deer Resistant
  • Can be trained as a patio tree
Photo Taken: Mountain House, CA
Euryops pectinatus 'Viridis' (GREEN LEAF EURYOPS)
Climate Zone: 8, 9, 12-24; H1, H2
Exposure:
Sun
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Height/Width: 3-6' x 3-6'
Foliage: Deep green
Flowers:
Bright yellow (spring to summer)
Uses:
  • Deer Resistant
  • Can be trained as a patio tree
Photo Taken: Pleasanton, CA
Fuchsia x hybrida (FUCHSIA)
Climate Zone: 15-17, 22-24; H1; (protection in zones 4-6, borderline in zones 7-9, 14, 20, 21)
Exposure:
Partial
Character:
Evergreen, cold-deciduous
Watering: Moderate to high
Growth Rate: Fast
Height/Width: 3-12' x 3-12'
Foliage: Mid-green
Flowers:
Available in red, pink or white flowers with violet-blue, purple, red, pink, white or orange (summer to fall)
Uses:
  • Espalier Use
  • Can be trained as a patio tree
Photo Taken: 
Gardenia augusta (COMMON GARDENIA)
Climate Zone: 7-9, 12-16, 18-24; H1, H2
Exposure:
Sun to partial
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height/Width: 2-5' x 2-5'
Foliage: Glossy, bright to mid-green
Flowers:
Strongly fragrant, white (spring to summer)
Uses:
  • Fragrant Flowers
  • Indoor Use
  • Fire Resistant
  • Espalier Use
  • Clipped Hedge
  • Can be grown in hanging baskets
Photo Taken: Irvine, CA (Quail Hill Community)
Grevillea 'Noelii' (PINK GREVILLEA)
Climate Zone: 8, 9, 12-24
Exposure:
Sun
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height/Width: 3-4' x 4-6'
Foliage: Needle-like, glossy mid to bright green
Flowers:
Pink and white (spring)
Uses:
  • Slope Planting
  • Deer Resistant
  • CA Native (Grevillea species generally orginate in Australia, although 'Noelii' variety orginated in California)
  • Clipped Hedge
Photo Taken: 
Hebe 'Patty's Purple' (PURPLE FLOWERING HEBE)
Climate Zone: 14-24
Exposure:
Sun to partial
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Slow
Height/Width: 3' x 3'
Foliage: Dark green
Flowers:
Purple (summer)
Uses:
  • Clipped Hedge
Photo Taken: 
Justicia spicigera (MEXICAN HONEYSUCKLE)
Climate Zone: 12-24
Exposure:
Sun
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Height/Width: 2-3' x 2-4'
Foliage: Light green
Flowers:
Orange to orange-red (spring to summer)
Photo Taken: 
Lantana camara (SHRUB VERBENA, YELLOW SAGE)
Climate Zone: 8-10, 12-24; H1, H2; (annual elsewhere)
Exposure:
Sun
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Height/Width: 4-6' x 5-7'
Foliage: Deep green leaves that have unpleasant scented leaves when crushed
Flowers:
Red, white, cream yellow, orange or multi-colored flowers available (spring to summer)
Uses:
  • Fragrant Foliage (unpleasant when crushed)
  • Erosion Control Slope Planting
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Can be trained as a patio tree
Photo Taken: 
Lavandula species (LAVENDER)
Climate Zone: 2-24
Exposure:
Sun
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height/Width:
Foliage: Fragrant, gray-green foliage
Flowers:
Lavender, light to deep purple (spring to summer)
Uses:
  • Fragrant Foliage
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Clipped Hedge
Photo Taken: Lake County (Ciego Winery)
Lavandula angustifolia (ENGLISH LAVENDER)
Climate Zone: 2-24
Exposure:
Sun
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate/Height/Width/Flowers:
  • L. angustifolia: Moderate, 2-3' x 2-3', fragrant lavender-colored flowers (spring to summer)
  • 'Compacta': Slow, 12-18" x 12-18", fragrant light purple flowers (spring to summer)
  • 'Hidcote': Slow, 1-2' x 1-2', fragrant deep purple flowers (spring to summer)
Foliage: Soft, feather-like gray green
Uses:
  • Fragrant Foliage
  • Herbal Use
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Clipped Hedge
Photo Taken: Irvine, CA
Lavandula stoechas (SPANISH LAVENDER)
Climate Zone: 4-24
Exposure:
Sun
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height/Width: 2-3' x 2-3'
Foliage: Fragrant, gray
Flowers:
Fragrant dark purple (summer)
Uses:
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Clipped Hedge
Photo Taken: 
Leonotis leonurus (LION'S EAR, LION'S TAIL)
Climate Zone: 8-24; H1, H2
Exposure:
sun
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Fast
Height/Width: 4-6' x 4-6'
Foliage: Deep green
Flowers:
Orange (summer to fall)
Uses:
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: 
Loropetalum chinense 'Monraz' (syn. 'Razzleberi')
(FRINGE FLOWER)
Climate Zone: 6-9, 14-24; (borderline in zones 4, 5)
Exposure:
Sun to partial; shade tolerate
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height/Width: 4-6' x 4-6'
Foliage: Purplish to copper, burgundy leaves that mature to pale green
Flowers:

Uses:
  • Shade Tolerate
  • Foliage Changing Color
  • Can grow under or around Oaks
  • Espalier Use
Photo Taken: El Cerrito, CA
Mahonia japonica 'Bealei' (OREGAN GRAPEHOLLY)
Climate Zone: 3b-12, 14-24
Exposure:
Sun to partial; tolerates sun in mild climates
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate:
Height/Width: 10-12' x 8-10'
Foliage: Long, divided 8-16 stiff leaflets is yellow-green (above), gray-green (beneath)
Flowers:
Yellow on 3-6" spikes (winter)
Uses:
  • Slope Planting
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Can grow under and around Oaks
Photo Taken: Richmond, CA
Mahonia species (OREGAN GRAPEHOLLY)
Climate Zone: 
Exposure:
Sun to shade
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
Height/Width:
Foliage: Long leaves with stiff dark green leaflets
Flowers:
Showy, yellow (year round, depending on variety)
Uses:
  • Shade Exposure
  • Slope Planting (possibly eroson control plant)
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Can grow under and around Oaks
Photo Taken: San Francisco, CA
Nandina domestica 'Compacta' (DWARF HEAVENLY BAMBOO)
Climate Zone: 4-24; H1, H2; (with some protection in zone 3)
Exposure:
Sun to shade
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate/Height/Width/Foliage:
  • N. domestica: Slow to moderate, 6-8' x 3-4'+, new leaves are pink and bronze-red maturing to light to mid green and changing to purple and bronze (fall to winter)
  • 'Compacta': Slow to moderate, 4-5' x 3-4', light to mid-green leaves that turn reddish purple (fall to winter)
  • 'Gulf Stream': Slow to moderate, 3-4' x 12-18", blue-green leaves that turn red (winter)
  • 'Harbour Dwarf': Slow, 18-24" x 24-30", tinted greenish pink and bronze (spring), that turn orange-red to bronze-red (winter)
  • 'Nana': Slow, 18-24" x 2-3', purplish green leaves (summer) that turn purplish red to red (winter)
Flowers: Noticeable pink-white to creamy white (spring to summer); all varieites except 'Nana'
Fruits:
Showy red berries (winter) for all varieties, except 'Nana'
Uses:
  • Shade Exposure
  • Foliage Changing Color
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Can grow under and around Oaks
Photo Taken: Martinez, CA
Pachystachys lutea (LOLLIPOP PLANT)
Climate Zone: 
Exposure:
x
Character:
x
Watering: x
Growth Rate: x
Height/Width: x
Foliage: x
Flowers:
x
Uses:

  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Clipped Hedge
Photo Taken: 
Pittosporum tobira (JAPANESE MOCK ORANGE)
     -For information, see Shrubs (Medium to Large)
Pittosporum tobira 'Cream De Mint' (DWARF TOBIRA)
Climate Zone: 8-24; H1, H2
Exposure:
Sun to partial
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
Height/Width: 2-3' x 2-3'
Foliage: Gray-green with white edges
Flowers:
Insignificant, but slightly fragrant, cream to white (spring)
Fruits:
Numerous, usually orange that can be a litter nuisance
Uses:
  • Fragrant Flowers (slightly)
  • Slope Planting
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Clipped Hedge
  • Fruit Litter Nuisance
Photo Taken: 
Pittosporum tobira 'Variegata'
(VARIEGATED JAPANESE MOCK ORANGE)
Climate Zone: 8-24; H1, H2
Exposure:
Sun to partial
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
Height/Width: 4-5' x 4-5'
Foliage: Light pale green with variegated white
Flowers:
Insignificant, but slightly fragrant, cream to white (spring)
Fruits:
Numerous, usually orange that can be a litter nuisance
Uses:
  • Fragrant Flowers (slightly)
  • Slope Planting
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Clipped Hedge
  • Fruit Litter Nuisance
Photo Taken:
Pittosporum tobira 'Wheeler's Dwarf' (DWARF TOBIRA)
Climate Zone: 8-24; H1, H2
Exposure:
Sun to partial
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height/Width: 2-3' x 2-3'
Foliage: Glossy light to mid-green
Flowers:
Insignificant, but slightly fragrant, cream to white (spring)
Fruits:
Numerous, usually orange that can be a litter nuisance
Uses:
  • Fragrant Flowers (slightly)
  • Slope Planting
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Clipped Hedge
  • Fruit Litter Nuisance
Photo Taken:
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Golf Ball' (GOLF BALL KOHUHU)
Climate Zone: 
Exposure:
x
Character:
x
Watering: x
Growth Rate: x
Height/Width: x
Foliage: x
Flowers:
x
Uses:

  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Clipped Hedge
Photo Taken: 
Photo Taken: Norman's Nursery
P.P. #15,329 Monrovia Nursery
Punica granatum 'Nana' (DWARF POMEGRANATE)
Climate Zone: 5-24, H1, H2
Exposure:
Sun
Character:
Deciduous
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
Height/Width: 30-36" x 4-6'
Foliage: Small leaves that are bronzy maturing to glossy bright green or yellowish green, turning yellow (fall)
Flowers:
Orange-red (spring to summer)
Fruits: Edible, 3-4" round red fruits (fall)
Uses:
  • Foliage Changing Color
  • Edible Fruits
  • Erosion Control Slope Planting
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Can grow under or around Oaks
Photo Taken: 
Rhaphiolepis indica (INDIAN HAWTHORN)
Climate Zone: 8-10, 12-24; H1, H2; (possibly zones 4-7)
Exposure:
Sun to partial
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
Height/Width/Flowers (spring):
  •  R. indica: 4-5' x 5-6', pink flowers
  • 'Balleriana': 2-3' x 2-4', rosy pink flowers
  • 'Clara': 3-5' x 3-5', white flowers
  • 'Dancer': 3-4' x 4-5', pink flowers
  • 'Jack Evans': 4-5' x 4-5', bright pink flowers
  • 'Pinkie': 4-5' x 4-5', deep pink flowers
  •  'Springtime'™ ('Monme'): 4-6'+ x 4-6'+, but can grow up to 8' tall x 8', with deep pink flowers
  • 'Majestic Beauty' - Refer to Shrubs (Medium to Large)
Foliage: Ovate, dark green
Fruits:
Small, round dark bluish black berries in clusters (spring to summer)
Uses:
  • Slope Planting
  • Fire Resistant
  • Clipped Hedge
Photo Taken: 
Rosmarinus officinalis (ROSEMARY)
Climate Zone: 4-24; H1, H2
Exposure:
Sun
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Height/Width: 4-7' x 4-7'
Foliage: Fragrant, glossy dark green leaves that can be used (fresh or dry) as an herb for flavoring
Flowers:
blue to lavnder (winter to spring)
Uses:
  • Fragrant Foliage
  • Edible Foliage (herbal use)
  • Erosion Control Slope Planting
  • Fire Risk
  • Deer Resistant
  • Can grow under or around Oaks (and Pines)
Photo Taken: 
Salvia greggii (AUTUMN SAGE)
Climate Zone: 8-24
Exposure:
Sun
Character:
Evergreen or deciduous
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Height/Width: 2-3' x 2-3'
Foliage: Fragrant, small ovate, glossy mid to deep green
Flowers:
Pink, red to purple (spring and fall)
Uses:
  • Fragrant Foliage
  • Erosion Control Slope Planting
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Can grow under or around Oaks (and Pines)
Photo Taken: El Sobrante, CA
Salvia leucantha (MEXICAN BUSH SAGE)
Climate Zone: 12-24; H1, H2; (seen grown in zone 7 - Lake County, CA)
Exposure:
Sun
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height/Width: 3-5' x 3-6'
Foliage: Fragrant, gray-green to mid-green
Flowers:
Purple and white (summer to fall)
Uses:
  • Fragrant Foliage
  • Slope Planting (possibly)
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Can grow under or around Oaks
Photo Taken: 
Skimmia japonica (JAPANESE SKIMMIA)
(May be identified as S. fragrans for the male plant, S. oblata for the female)

Climate Zone: 4-9, 14-22
Exposure:
Partial to shade
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Slow
Height/Width: 2-5' x 3-6'
Foliage: Slightly fragrant, glossy dark green
Flowers:
Showy, fragrant white (male) flowers tinge of pin or red (spring)
Fruits: Noticeable red (female) berries when the male is near by (summer)
Uses:
  • Shade Exposure
  • Fragrant Foliage (slightly)
  • Indoor Use
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: Fremont, CA (Robson Homes)
Viburnum tinus 'Spring Bouquet' (syn. 'Compactum')
(DWARF LAURUSTINUS)
Climate Zone: 4-10, 12-24
Exposure:
Sun to partial
Character:
Evergreen
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height/Width:
  • 'Dwarf': 3-5' x 3-5'
  • 'Spring Bouquet' (syn. 'Compactum'): 4-6' x 4-6'
Foliage: Leathery, dark green
Flowers:
Slightly fragrant, pink-white (fall to spring)
Fruits: Noticeable metallic-blue (summer)
Uses:
  • Fragrant Flowers (slightly)
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Can grow under or around Oaks
  • Clipped Hedge
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