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More California Beauty from Steve

Enjoying the diversity of plants that thrive in California

plant with spires of variegated foliage and blue flowers

Steve, who gardens in Los Angeles, keeps sending in beautiful photos, so I keep sharing them! If you missed his previous posts, you can catch up here: Steve’s Southern California Garden.

He certainly takes full advantage of the beautiful plants that his climate allows him to grow, and they are thriving despite the odd weather the area has had this year.

deck with several different succulents in containersSucculents are always good choices for container plantings because they won’t mind if you miss a watering. And if you live in a climate that is less than ideal for them, it is easy to move them out of excessive rain or cold that might damage them.

round yellow flowers with purple California lilacGorgeous soft yellow Leucospermum (Zones 9–11) flowers tumble down with a backdrop of blue California lilac (Caeonothus, hardiness zone varies by species). The California lilac is native to the west coast of North America, while the leucospermum hails from South Africa. Many South African species do well in California because the climates can be quite similar.

grouping of container plantsHere are more container plantings, with a Leucospermum showing off in the middle.

close up of small white flowers with blue spots on ends of petalsFivespot (Nemophila maculata, annual) is a California native annual that grows and flowers during the typically wetter winter months before fading away in the drier summer. It is easy to see how it gets its common name, with the dark blue spots on each of the five petals.

plant with spires of variegated foliage and blue flowersVariegated pride of Madeira (Echium candicans ‘Star of Madeira’, Zones 9–10) is just starting to come into bloom, but the spires of blue flowers are totally upstaged by that incredible variegated foliage.

spire of bright purple flowers in front of a clump of red flowersA penstemon (Penstemon sp.) flower in the foreground is backed up by a red Callistemon. The Callistemon is native to Australia, while Penstemon is a huge genus with countless species native to western North America.


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    treasuresmom 04/27/2023

    Lovely as usual.

  2. Oxdriftgardener 04/27/2023

    That cover photo is so exotic and stunning to a northerner

  3. btucker9675 04/27/2023

    Beautiful - especially love that yellow leucospermum with the California lilac - perfect color combination!

  4. sheila_schultz 04/27/2023

    Steve, it's always so much fun to see the cool plants you surround yourself with that the rest of us in other climates can only dream about. I'm always drawn to the exotic leucospermum's, but your Fivespot really caught my eye today. Love them all!

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    vanhatalosuomi 04/28/2023

    Great photos Steve.
    To anyone who likes the Fivespot (Nemophila maculata, annual) - despite being an annual, I've had luck in my southern Finland garden (zone 5-6 ish) with them reseeding and coming back again all on their own!

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