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Plants for Attracting Butterflies

Plants That Make Lawn Subsitutes

Plants for Around Native Oak Trees

Plants that Attract Hummingbirds

Plants for Fall Color

Plants that Have Fragrance

Plants that are Good Rose Companions

Plants that Attract Deer

Plants for Slopes

Plants for Dry Shade

 

Plants for Attracting Butterflies
Butterflies have several life stages as we all know from grade school projects. These creatures need food sources in two stages. A successful butterfly garden will have larval and adult food plants. Be patient! It make take some years to attract many species. Avoid using insecticides to control the insect damage
that will result from cultivating butterflies.
Larvae -
Alcea rosea
Asclepias fascicularis
Aster
Cynara scolymus Green Globe
Geum
Heliotropiium
Lavatera
Penstemon
Ribes
Rosa
Veronica
Adults -
Achillea
Agapanthus
Aquilegia
Armeria
Aster
Buddleia
Caryopteris
Ceanothus
Centranthus ruber
Coreopsis Early Sunrise
Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’
Erigeron karvinskianus
Eryngium `Sapphire Blue’
Gaillardia Goblin
Gaura ‘Siskiyou Pink’
Heliotropium arborescens
Iberis sempervirens
Lantana
Lavandula
Liatris spicata
Lobelia fulgens
Lonicera X heckrottii
Origanum vulgare
Penstemon
Philadelphus lewisii 'Marjorie Schmidt'
Phlox paniculata
Ribes
Rosmarinus
Rudbeckia hirta
Rudbeckia nitida ‘Herbstsonne’
Salvia
Sedum spectabile ‘Brilliant’
Sedum telephium ‘Herbstfreude’
Solidago rugosa `Fireworks’
Tagetes lemonii `Sinaloa Gold’
Verbena bonariensis
Vitex agnes-castus
Vitex trifolia `Purpurea’
Zauschneria ‘Route 66’

Plants that Make Lawn Subsitutes
The trend away from turf grass lawns picks up speed every year. More homeowners and landscape professionals are concluding that the traditional lawn is not the best choice for many people. There are unique and valuable uses for turf grass and we can expect to see lawns made from it for many years to come. The downsides of turf grass are considerable; high water consumption, frequent mechanized maintenance with the attendant noise and pollution, high fertilizer requirements. Magic Growers is proud to offer plants that can be used as ground cover to substitute for turf. Some will take light foot traffic and others will not. Careful selection is important to choose the plants that fill your needs for the lawn space. The following guide will help you.
Carex divulsa
Carex praegracillis
Carex flacca
Festuca idahoensis Siskyou Blue
Veronica Waterperry
Sisyrinchium bellum
Liriope muscari ‘Majestic’
Liriope spicata `Silver Dragon’
Arctostaphylos ‘Williams’

Plants for Around Native Oak Trees
The health of our native oak trees in California depend on how we modify their space when we build and garden around them. The less we prune and the less we dig around them the better. The less warm season irrigation the better and this should be carefully applied. The following plants are appropriate if grown as dry as possible and as far away from the trunk as possible.
Acanthus mollis
Achillea tomentosa
Aeonium arboreum
Aeonium `Pseudotabuliforme’
Agastache rupestris
Aloe
Artemisia
Asparagus virgatus
Bartlettina sordida
Buddleia
Bulbine fructescens
Caesalpinia
Calandrinia spectabile
Carex tumulicola
Caryopteris incana
Ceanothus
Cerinthe major purpurescens
Chamelaucium uncinatum
Cistus salviifolius
Cistus skanbergii
Cistus X purpureus
Convolvulus cneorum
Crassula
Dietes ‘Lemon Drop’
Echeveria
Echium candicans
Elymus condensatus ‘Canyon Prince’
Eremophila maculata
Erigeron karvinskianus
Euphorbia characias wulfenii
Euphorbia rigida
Frankenia lavis
Halimium lasianthum
Halmiocistus wintonensis ‘Merrist Wood Cream’
Hesperaloe parviflora
Heuchera
Iris douglasiana
Iris Pacific Coast Native
Juncus effusus `Quartz Creek’
Lantana montevidensis
Lavandula ‘Goodwin Creek’
Lavandula stoechas ‘Otto Quast’
Lavandula X Allardi
Leucophyllum frutescens
Limonium perezii
Nepeta faassenii
Oenothera berlandieri
Origanum vulgare ‘Jim Best
Pelargonium
Penstemon heterophyllus `Margarita BOP’
Plectranthus
Portulacaria afra
Ribes malvaceum ‘Dancing Tassels’
Ribes viburnifolium
Romneya coulteri
Rosmarinus officinalis
Salvia
Santolina chamaecyparissus
Sedum
Senecio mandraliscae
Sisyrinchium bellum
Tagetes lemonii `Sinaloa Gold’
Teucrium
Thymus
Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’
Westringia
Zauschneria ‘Route 66’

Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Abutilon
Alcea
Aquilegia
Aloe
Buddleia
Caesalpinia
Calandrinia spectabile
Ceanothus
Fuchsia
Heuchera
Iris
Kniphofia
Justicia
Lantana
Lavandula
Leonotis leonurus
Leptospermum lavigatum
Leucophyllum frutescens
Lobelia laxiflora
Lonicera X heckrottii
Pelargonium
Penstemon
Salvia
Veronica spicata
Zauschneria ‘Route 66’


Plants for Fall Color
Color interest in the Fall can come from several sources. Foliage that is dying on deciduous plants is the most traditional, but, consider the interest provided by seed pods, berries and spectacular flowers. Plants that flower in the Fall often get scant attention as it seems most gardeners are preoccupied with other seasonal concerns. Here are some plants for this often neglected season.
Abutilon - flower
Aloysia triphylla
Anemone hybrida
Aster lateriflorus `Prince’
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides - foliage
Crassula falcata - old flower
Crassula ovata ‘Pink Beauty’
Euphorbia X martinii - foliage
Heliotropium - flower
Hibiscus syriacus - foliage
Hydrangea paniculata - flower and foliage
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snow Queen’ - foliage
Iberis sempervirens ‘Alexander’s White’ - flower
Kniphofia `Christmas Cheer’ - flower
Leonotis leonurus - flower
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ - flower and foliage
Miscanthus transmorrisonensis - foliage and flower
Muhlenbergia capillaris
Pennisetum alopecuroides‘Hameln’ - foliage
Pennisetum orientale - foliage and flower
Perovskia `Blue Spire’ - foliage and flower
Philadelphus lewisii 'Marjorie Schmidt' - foliage
Rosa China ‘Mutabilis’ - foliage and flower
Rudbeckia hirta Cherokee Sunset - flower
Salvia `Anthony Parker’ - flower
Salvia gesneraeflora `Tequila’ - flower
Salvia greggii - flower
Salvia leucantha ‘Midnight’ - flower
Salvia `Waverly’ - flower
Sedum telephium - foliage and old flower
Stipa gigantea - flower
Tagetes lemonii `Sinaloa Gold’ - flower
Vitex agnes-castus - flower
Vitis vinifera Purpurea - foliage

Plants That Have Fragrance
Flower or foliage scent can add a dimension of enjoyment to a garden. A selection of plants that are fragrant at different times of the year give you a seasonal identity. Some plants are only fragrant under certain conditions such as morning or evening, high humidity or when crushed or rubbed against. The effect maybe subtle or very powerful. Be sure you try out
the fragrance to make sure you like it.
Agastache rupestris
Allium schoenoprasum
Allium tuberosum
Aloysia triphylla
Aloysia virgata
Artemisia arborescens `Porquerolles’
Artemisia dracunculus
Bartlettina sordida
Brugmansia X candida
Buddleia crispum
Cymbopogon citratus
Dianthus
Gardenia
Heliotropium
Iris
Lavandula
Lonicera X heckrottii
Mentha
Myrtus communis ‘Compacta’
Origanum vulgare
Pelargonium - Scented Types
Philadelphus lewisii 'Marjorie Schmidt'
Phlox paniculata ‘Mount Fujiyama’
Ribes viburnifolium
Rosa
Rosmarinus
Salvia chionopeplica
Salvia elegans `Honeymellon’
Salvia leucophylla X `Bee’s Bliss’
Santolina chamaecyparissus
Thymus
Tulbaghia comminsii
Tulbaghia fragrans
Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’
Viola odorata

Plants that are Good Rose Companions
Back when Roses were most often planted in separate Rose Gardens, it was helpful to have companions plants that could be under planted older shrubs that had developed 'Legs' or bare lower portions. It is common today to include Roses in landscape borders along with other shrubs and perennials so having plants of the right height that grow well with Roses is still important.
Acorus gramineus
Ajuga `Catlin’s Giant’
Aquilegia
Arenaria montana
Armeria
Aster
Bergenia
Brachycome multifida dilatata
Bulbine fructescens
Campanula
Carex
Caryopteris incana
Centranthus ruber
Chrysanthemum
Convolvulus mauritanicus
Coreopsis
Dianthus
Erigeron karvinskianus
Eryngium `Sapphire Blue’
Euphorbia X martinii
Felicia amelloides
Festuca
Gaura
Geranium
Geum
Heliotropium
Helleborus
Heuchera
Iberis sempervirens
Iris
Lamium maculatum
Lavandula angustifolia `Hidcote’
Lavandula ‘Goodwin Creek’
Lavandula intermedia
Lavandula stoechas
Liriope muscari ‘Majestic’
Liriope spicata `Silver Dragon’
Lobelia fulgens
Nepeta
Oenanthe japonica `Flamingo’
Origanum lavigatum ‘Hopley’s Purple’
Penstemon
Pentas lanceolata `Polaris’
Pentas lanceolata ‘Starburst’
Phlox paniculata
Phlox subulata
Phormium ‘Jack Spratt’
Plectranthus ciliatus
Prunella ‘Loveliness’
Rehmannia elata
Rumex sanguineus ssp. sanguineus
Ruta graveolens
Salvia chamaedryoides
Salvia greggii
Salvia ‘Mainacht’
Salvia nemerosa
Salvia officinalis
Santolina
Scabiosa
Sedum
Sisyrinchium striatum `Aunt May’
Stachys `Helen Von Stein’
Teucrium chamaedrys
Thymus
Tradescantia
Veronica
Viola

Plants That Deer Like Best
This is a list that can be used in two ways:
to eliminate plants that are particularly tasty to
deer or select them to attract deer to your garden. Most gardeners fall into the first category. No list of plants that deer will eat is complete or accurate as deer are notoriously adaptive and regional differences are common. They tend to feed on a particular food source until availability sends them in search of a new one. This often explains why a plant is attacked with gusto after being ignored for a long time.
Abutilon
Achillea
Alcea rosea
Aquilegia
Anemone
Campanula
Caryopteris
Ceanothus
Chorizema
Coreopsis
Dianthus
Hemerocallis
Heuchera
Hydrangea
Lavatera
Ligularia
Lonicera
Marjorum
Origanum
Parsley
Prunella
Roses
Thymus
Verbena
Veronica

Plants for Slopes
Abutilon megapotamicum Improved
Abutilon ‘Moonglow’
Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’
Ceanothus ‘Joyce Coulter’
Artemisia arborescens `Porquerolles’
Ceanothus griseus ‘Yankee Point’
Chamelaucium uncinatum
Cistus salviifolius
Cistus skanbergii
Cistus ‘Sunset’
Cistus X purpureus
Elymus condensatus ‘Canyon Prince’
Eremophila maculata
Erigeron karvinskianus
Geranium incanum
Kalanchoe pumila
Lampranthus deltoides
Lantana ‘New Gold’
Lantana ‘Spreading Radiation’
Lantana montevidensis
Leucophyllum frutescens
Leucophyllum laevigatum
Lonicera japonica aurea recticilata
Miscanthus transmorrisonensis
Pelargonium ‘Chocolate Mint’
Pelargonium ‘Old Fashioned Rose’
Pelargonium crispum
Pelargonium graveolens ‘Gray Lady Plymouth’
Pelargonium nervosum
Pelargonium tomentosum
Phlomis fruticosa
Phlomis lanata
Plecostachys serpyllifolia
Plectranthus argentatus
Plectranthus ciliatus
Plectranthus madagascariensis marginatus
Portulacaria afra aurea
Ribes malvaceum ‘Dancing Tassels’
Ribes viburnifolium
Romneya coulteri
Rosa ‘Happenstance’
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Huntington Carpet’
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Ken Taylor’
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’
Russelia equisetiformis
Salvia chamaedryoides
Salvia ‘Allen Chickering’
Salvia `Anthony Parker’
Salvia canariensis
Salvia clevelandii ‘Winifred Gillman’
Salvia gesneraeflora `Tequila’
Salvia greggii
Salvia leucantha ‘Midnight’
Salvia leucophylla X `Bee’s Bliss’
Salvia `Mrs. Beard’
Salvia `Waverly’
Senecio mandraliscae
Verbena bipinnatifida Purple
Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’
Zauschneria ‘Route 66’

Plants for Dry Shade
Acanthus mollis
Aeonium arboreum
Bergenia cordifolia Winterglut
Chorizema cordatum
Crassula falcata
Heuchera ‘Genevieve’
Heuchera maxima
Heuchera ‘Opal’
Heuchera ‘Santa Ana Cardinal’
Heuchera ‘Wendy’
Iris douglasiana ‘Canyon Snow’
Iris Pacific Coast Native
Lantana montevidensis
Liriope muscari ‘Majestic’
Pelargonium ‘Chocolate Mint’
Pelargonium tomentosum
Ribes malvaceum ‘Dancing Tassels’
Ribes viburnifolium
Salvia `Mrs. Beard’
Salvia spathacea `Powerline Pink’
Teucrium chamaedrys
Tulbaghia fragrans

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