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The Stairs in Summer
Noel Grevillea
White Birch, European White Birch
Tuscan Blue Upright Rosemary
Breakers Bearded Iris
Noel Grevillea

Common name:Noel Grevillea
Botanical name:Grevillea 'Noellii'

This low, compact evergreen shrub reaches 3'-6' tall and 6'8' wide. Dark pink flowers apear in the spring. Its bright green foliage is needle-like. Full sun is required for growth. Prune after bloom period to keep this shrub looking dense. Grevillea is sensitive to salt accumulation so it's important to drip irrigate for hours on this plant to leach out salt once a month. Do not fertilize with phosphates.

White Birch, European White Birch

Common name:White Birch, European White Birch
Botanical name:Betula pendula

This medium-size weeping tree will grow to about 40' tall and has a whitish/brown bark with deciduous green leaves.

Tuscan Blue Upright Rosemary

Common name:Tuscan Blue Upright Rosemary
Botanical name:Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'

The Upright Rosemary is an upright shrub that grows 3'-6' tall. It has dark green leaves and bright showy lavender-blue flowers throughout the year. This shrub is drought tolerant and attracts butterflies. -Cornflower Farms

Breakers Bearded Iris

Common name:Breakers Bearded Iris
Botanical name:Iris bearded 'Breakers'

This bearded Iris can grow up to 36" tall. It has blue violet blooms that are ruffled and profuse. These flowers are fragrant and make great cut flowers. The stalks are well-branched. For best growth, it needs well drained soil and fertilizer 3 times a year, first before blooms, then after blooms and then in the fall.

Designer: Loreen Willenberg Earth Tender

The Stairs in Summer

Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Physical weed control, including mulching, or hand removal protects the watershed from harmful chemicals.

Integrated Pest Management:

Develop healthy soil for plants that are vigorous and naturally pest-resistant.