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Sacramento Variety
Crape Myrtle
Maidenhair Tree, Ginkgo Tree
Snow White Spreading Manuka
California Fuchsia
Carpet Geranium
Crape Myrtle

Common name:Crape Myrtle
Botanical name:Lagerstroemia indica

The new leaves of this species are 2" long, bright green, and tinged with bronze. Some cultivars have spectacular fall color. When it has a bare outline, its rounded seed capsules add interest. Its delicate flowers bloom in 6"-12" long clusters. The flower colors could be shades of red, rose, pink, purple, and white, blooming in summer. It thrives on heat, and new cultivars have been created that resist mildew. This tree prefers full sun and has low watering needs once it's established.

Maidenhair Tree, Ginkgo Tree

Common name:Maidenhair Tree, Ginkgo Tree
Botanical name:Ginkgo biloba

The Ginkgo biloba, with its distinct fan-shaped leaves, initially grows with a pyramidal habit, but later becomes wide-spreading. It is generally not bothered by insects or disease. It slowly reaches 35'-50' tall and wide. It needs regular watering and more during hot summer months. Flowers are inconspicuous. Fall color is spectacular with changing color of leaves from light green with a yellow tinge to yellow.

Snow White Spreading Manuka

Common name:Snow White Spreading Manuka
Botanical name:Leptospermum scoparium 'Snow White'

New Zealand Tea Tree has small, needle-like green leaves with showy, .5" wide rose-like flowers in fall and spring. These shrubs can be thinned to enhance their attractive branch structure and flaking bark. They need very little water once established. 'Snow White' is spreading and compact, reaching 2'-4' tall by 4-5' wide. It has white blooms with green centers. It can tolerate coastal conditions and warm inland valleys.

California Fuchsia

Common name:California Fuchsia
Botanical name:Zauschneria californica

The California Fuchsia is a showy perennial shrub that grows 1'-2' high with upright stems. It has grey-green foliage and bright orange-red tubular flowers and attracts hummingbirds. This shrub is a native to CA and is drought tolerant. This plant is known as Epilobium in some books and botanical gardens. -Cornflower Farms.

Carpet Geranium

Common name:Carpet Geranium
Botanical name:Geranium incanum

Geranium incanum is grown as a trailing or mounding perennial to a size of 1' tall, spreading by underground runners to cover relatively large areas if healthy. Its foliage has a wispy, ferny texture. The dark, rosy violet flowers can appear almost all year in areas of mild climates. The plant needs good drainage, and most suffer die back in cold winters. Proper growth conditions include sun with little or no summer watering. -Monterey Bay Nursery

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Sacramento Variety

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Soils and Compost:

Incorporate compost 6" into your soil to retain water, reduce compaction, feed earthworms, and provide valuable nutrients to your plants.

Integrated Pest Management:

Attract, or buy beneficial insects such as ladybugs and lacewings to control pest outbreaks in your garden.