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 Greg Rubin

Desert Willow - Chilopsis linearis
Not a willow, has beautiful trumpet pink flowers. Fast growing, heat tolerant, long bloom cycle. Can be pruned up into a nice standard or mult-trunk tree in the desert garden. Hummers love it. One of the parents of Chitalpa.
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Actoons Brittlebush - Encelia actonii
Small to medium desert shrubs with gray foliage and bright yellow daisies. Easy, very heat and drought tolerant. Foliage is very neat in the desert, can get a little rangy elsewhere. Actonii has orange centers.
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Brittle Bush - Encelia farinosa
Small to medium desert shrubs with gray foliage and bright yellow daisies. Easy, very heat and drought tolerant. Foliage is very neat in the desert, can get a little rangy elsewhere. Farinosa has brown centers.
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Apache Plume - Fallugia paradoxa
Neat shrub with fine leaves and white flowers followed by showy pink seed heads. Great for a desert garden. Very tough and drought tolerant. Adaptable.
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Scented Penstemon - Penstemon palmeri
Hot to light pink flowers on impressive upright plants. Palmeri is very fragrant. Very drought tolerant. Excellent around rocks in a desert garden.
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Desert Penstemon - Penstemon pseudospectabilis
Hot to light pink flowers on impressive upright plants. Palmeri is very fragrant. Very drought tolerant. Excellent around rocks in a desert garden.
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Penstemon pseudospectabilis - Desert Penstemon

Celestial Blue Sage - Salvia x sp 'Celestial Blue'
Three way hybrid sage with intense blue flowers and pink buds. Lovely, striking, good in the desert.
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Celestial Blue Sage - Salvia x sp 'Celestial Blue'

Desert Mallow - Sphaeralcea ambigua
Gorgeous, bright orange flowered mallow (sometimes red, pink, white, or purple). Small shrub to about 3 feet. Wonderful in the desert but is also adaptable to inland and even coastal gardens.
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Desert Mallow - Sphaeralcea ambigua

About the Author
Greg Rubin, President and Founder of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc. is a licensed landscape contractor (C-27 No. 717147) who has been working with California native plants since 1985. His company has designed over 700 native landscapes in Southern California. Specialties include residential, commercial, and institutional landscapes that cover an array of garden styles while providing year round appeal, low maintenance, water efficiency, rich habitat, and fire-resistance.
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