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Regional Picks: Short Plants – Southern California

Fine Gardening - Issue 190

1. ‘Belgravia Rose’ Sun Rose

‘Belgravia Rose’ Sun Rose

Name: Helianthemum ‘Belgravia Rose’

Zones: 4–9

Size: 6 to 8 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide

Conditions: Full sun; average soil

Native range: Europe, Asia Minor

Sun roses have lovely delicate blooms that look like those of their taller cousin, rock roses (Cistus spp. and cvs., Zones 8–11). These hearty Mediterranean ground covers have eye-catching, silver green leaves and spread beautifully in a rock garden or as an edging plant. Most varieties bloom in spring, including the striking pink ‘Belgravia Rose’, which creates a nice contrast next to a colorful foliage plant such as a pincushion protea (Leucospermum spp. and cvs., Zones 8–11) or New Zealand fl ax (Phormium tenax and cvs., Zones 8–11).

 

2. Dittany of Crete

Dittany of Crete

Name: Origanum dictamnus

Zones: 7–10

Size: 8 inches tall and 24 inches wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil

Native range: Crete

Dittany of Crete is one of the all-time best edging plants in my herb garden, even…

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