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Myer's Asparagus
Australian Tree Fern
Pacific Wild Ginger
Japanese Anemone
Canary Island Date Palm
Myer's Asparagus

Common name:Myer's Asparagus
Botanical name:Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers'

An evergreen groundcover, the 'Myers' also makes an excellent hanging basket plant when larger in size. Its formal looking fronds have an even, spiral arrangement of leaflets. It is damaged by severe frosts, and looks best with at least occasional watering. -Monterey Bay Nursery

Australian Tree Fern

Common name:Australian Tree Fern
Botanical name:Cyathea cooperi

This evergreen fern reaches a height of 10' with light green fronds that spread to a width of 15'. Its fronds are wider and held more horizontally than those of the Tasmanian fern tree. It requires part shade to shade, with average to little summer watering. This plant performs well in containers, and is damaged by frost below 25 degrees F. -Monterey Bay Nursery

Pacific Wild Ginger

Common name:Pacific Wild Ginger
Botanical name:Asarum caudatum

This is a shade loving perennial with dark green heart-shaped foliage and reddish brown flowers found under the leaves in spring. It grows to 10" in height. - Cornflower Farms

Japanese Anemone

Common name:Japanese Anemone
Botanical name:Anemone X hybrida

A plant that flourishes in all zones, the anemone japonica is a long-lived, fibrous-rooked tree which produces great fall color when grown in partial shade. Its graceful, branching stems rise 2-4' out of clumps of dark green, 3-5' hair-covered lobes. The flowers of this plant are semi-double, and appear in either white, silvery-pink, or rose colors. Once established, it spreads rapidly as long as the roots remain undisturbed.

Canary Island Date Palm

Common name:Canary Island Date Palm
Botanical name:Phoenix canariensis

The Phoenix canariensis is a large-growing, wide-spreading palm with a crown of many long arching fronds. It needs ample room for proper growth.

Dealing With Drought

More than half of the water used at your home is for outside purposes. Studies show that on average, half of the water used outdoors is wasted. The leading cause of waste is incorrectly set and poorly managed irrigation controllers. The second biggest cause of wastage is broken irrigation equipment that goes undetected. There are a few basic things you can do to make a big difference in your water use.

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Managing Your Soil

Healthy soil is the cornerstone of a vibrant landscape. It provides oxygen and nutrients vital to plant growth and sustenance. It provides protection from the sun and stability for root systems.

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Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Maintain a two to four inch layer of mulch on the soil surface to reduce weeds, infiltrate rain water, and reduce compaction.

Integrated Pest Management:

Remove irrigation water and fertilizer from areas where you don't want weeds to grow.