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Idyllwild Sign Landscaping Photos

An approved club beautification project for 2010 is the landscaping of the area surrounding the new "Welcome to Idyllwild" sign recently constructed at Hwy 243 and S. Circle Dr.

 

Plants Selected for Idyllwild “Gateway” Entry Sign – Hwy 243

 

1.  PENSTEMON eatonii, Firecracker Penstemon

This perennial’s striking freature is its scarlet flowers.  Five to ten long, narrow tubular blossoms to each of the numerous 2’high stems.  Leaves are tough, leathery, and deep green, arranged in pairs along purplish stems.

Penstemon eatonii is similar to Penstemon centranthifolius, in that most leaves are arranged in a low rosette next to the ground, and the flowers are borne on vertical flowering stalks 1 ft. to 4 ft. high, but without the waxy blue coating on leaves and the leaves are more rounded. Native to southwest desert mountains. Penstemon eatonii needs good drainage and some water in spring and fall; giving the plant a couple of indirect summer waterings will help it stay evergreen in late summer. Firecracker Penstemon, with red tubular flowers, is one of the showier penstemons, and tolerates shade. (PHOTO USED WITH PERMISSION OF WWW.LASPILITAS.COM)

 

 

 

 

 

2.  FREMONTODENDRON ‘Pacific Sunset’, Flannel Bush

 

Pacific Sunset was introduced by Rancho Santa Ana Garden. This flannel bush is a hybrid between F. californicum and F. mexicanum. Flannel bushes like lighter soils with moisture nearby, but not next them. Their favorite spots are sandy washes with moisture down 8 ft or so below grade level. If you live in the interior or deserts water extra in spring (also in winter if you are in the deserts), but no summer water after the second year.  Pacific Sunset can be a large (15x15’) but can be tip pruned to maintain desired size within ¾ of normal mature size.

An evergreen shrub:
Hardiness: Sunset zones: 4-24. USDA zones: 9-10. Heat zones: 10-9.
Mature size: Height: 12-15 feet (3.5-4.5 m). Width: 12-15 feet (3.5-4.5 m).
Flowering period: Initial flowering peak in spring with sporadic blooming later.
Flowering attributes: Saucer-shaped, butterscotch yellow, 2-3 inch flowers.
Leaf attributes: Evergreen, dark green leaves with 3 to 5 lobes.
Growth habit: Upright.
Light: Full sun.
Soil: Will take poor to some-what fertile, well-drained soil.
Feeding: None.
Propagation Methods: Greenwood cuttings in early summer. | Semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.
Pruning Methods: Prune shoots that grow too long. Remove lower branches for a small tree appearance.

 

 

  

 

 (PHOTO USED WITH PERMISSION OF WWW.LASPILITAS.COM)

3.  SALVIA  ‘Pozo Blue”, Grey Musk Sage

Hailed as one of the most drought tolerant plants in the trade, this tough-as-nails evergreen Salvia can handle a California summer without water, sandy or clay soil in either coastal, mountainous or desert gardens, and sports good looks to boot. Masses of sparkling blue-violet flowers populate spaced ball-shaped clusters atop a rounded, somewhat woody frame with aromatic ashy green leaves.

Salvia Pozo Blue is a three foot green-gray perennial.  Perfect for a well-drained rocky bank, background to a dry border, or as an eye-catching accent. It is a favorite of hummingbirds.   A hybrid of Salvia clevelandii and Salvia leucophylla. Its flowering period is about 6 weeks with violet-blue flowers. Foliage is very fragrant like Musk Sage (Salvia clevelandii).  A cold tolerant sage, to 5 degree with little or no damage.  This is THE NATIVE BUTTERFLY BUSH.  About thirty species of butterflies and a lot of hummingbirds have been seen working the flowers.   Plant the sages about four foot apart for almost perfect fill-in.  Mix with a few Salvia Brandegii, Salvia Celestial Blue or Salvia clevelandii Alpine for a longer flowering period, or just blast the neighborhood with fragrance and color with miles of Pozo Blue.

 (PHOTO USED WITH PERMISSION OF WWW.LASPILITAS.COM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.   CEANOTHUS ‘Joyce Coulter’, Creeping Mountain Lilac

 

Ceanothus  ‘Joyce Coulter' is an evergreen mountain lilac groundcover , 2 foot high by 8 foot wide, with flowers of medium blue.  Joyce Coulter blooms in March-May, has dark green foliage, and is heat and drought tolerant.   One of the more reliable ground covers that deer bother only in bad years with high deer populations.   Hardy down to 5 degrees  F.  It will sometimes grow up instead of horizontal. If you want a groundcover from this, be cognizant of this and tip prune the upright stems. Ceanothus 'Joyce Coulter' is believed to be a hybrid between Ceanothus papillosus var. roweanus and Ceanothus thyrsiflorus. Joyce Coulter' is very drought resistant and can live for decades in an un-watered garden, but looks at it's best if the foliage is washed off every week or two. A lilac that should be in California gardens, native or otherwise, a good garden plant.