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    Japanese yellow sage

    Salvia koyamae

    At first glance, this Japanese woodland native does not look as if it belongs in a shade garden, but I find its spreading foliage and light-colored flowers do wonderfully as…

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    Cerastium tomentosum

    Snow-in-summer is great for rock gardens and dry areas, and also works well as a container plant.

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    ‘Boulder Blue’ blue fescue

    Festuca glauca ‘Boulder Blue’

    Regarded by some as the bluest blue fescue, this plant forms compact, cascading mounds of foot-tall, intensely blue, narrow leaves that are attractive in all seasons.

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    Toyon, Christmas berry, California holly

    Heteromeles arbutifolia

    This evergreen, California-native shrub grows to 20 feet tall and wide and produces abundant clusters of tiny white flowers in early summer, which attract beneficial insects that help control pests.

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    Mrs. Robb’s bonnet

    Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae

    This variety has dark, glossy evergreen leaves arranged in tight rosettes, and it produces yellow-green bracts in mid-spring and early summer.

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    Desert Willow

    Chilopsis linearis

    Desert willow is shrub native to the Southwest U.

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    Golden barrel cactus

    Echinocactus grusonii

    Golden barrel cactus has a rounded form that eventually elongates.

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    Fouquieria splendens

    This southwestern native shrub grows to 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide and sports long, dull, spiny stems that green up and leaf out after a rain, followed by…

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    Black dalea

    Dalea frutescens

    This low, mounding, Southwest native shrub up to 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide has feathery foliage that contributes fine texture to a garden.

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    Blue Atlas cedar

    Cedrus atlantica f. glauca

    This stunning evergreen conifer can be a very large specimen tree (to over 100 feet) in the landscape.