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Natal Plum
Red Leaf Japanese Barberry
Frades or Compact Escallonia
Myrtle, True Myrtle
Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper
Natal Plum

Common name: Natal Plum
Botanical name: Carissa macrocarpa

The Natal Plum can be grown as a foliage plant or a flowering plant, and the flowers bloom intermittently with red fruit. The flowers must be pollinated by hand placed where bees can reach them in order to produce fruit.

Red Leaf Japanese Barberry

Common name: Red Leaf Japanese Barberry
Botanical name: Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea'

A thorny, deciduous shrub growing 4'-6' high and as wide, Red Japanese Barberry can be contained with some light pruning. Its purplish-red leaves contrast beautifully against a dark green background.

Frades or Compact Escallonia

Common name: Frades or Compact Escallonia
Botanical name: Escallonia X exoniensis 'Frades'

The 'Frades' is an evergreen shrub that grows to 6'-8' tall and wide. It is valued for its glossy foliage and clusters of pink flowers. The heaviest bloom period is during spring and fall, with some flowers all year. The Escallonias grow best in sun to part shade, but will tolerate mostly shade if necessary. These plants usually need little or no summer watering. This is the most tolerant of poor drainage of all Escallonia varieties. -Monterey Bay Nursery

Myrtle, True Myrtle

Common name: Myrtle, True Myrtle
Botanical name: Myrtus communis

This evergreen shrub is 6' high and 5' wide with aromatic leaves. It blooms with white, sweet-scented flowers followed by bluish black berries. It can be grown in sun or partial shade; well drained soil is essential.

Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper

Common name: Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper
Botanical name: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana'

The very dense growth of this plant is highlighted by foliage of a bluish green color. Its growth habit is very low, spreading, and mound-like, resembling a natural bonsai. This variety is one of the best Junipers for small garden spaces. Junipers are highly combustible plants.

Designer: Pam Pavela

Lawnless Front Yard

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Water Saving Tip:

Water between sunset and sunrise when temperatures and wind are the lowest.