Seasonal interest in the garden-January (3 of 3)

Finally a couple of January highlights that aren’t Manzanitas or Gooseberries!

Cneoridium dumosum, Photo by Laura Camp ©Tree of Life Nursery

Cneoridium (bless you!) (just kidding, that’s actually pronounced with a silent “c”), or Bushrue, from the coastal sage scrub or chaparral environments, is a very slow-growing small shrub in the garden, and it provides a bright white accent in the garden in January with it’s small vivid flowers.  Some people experience “contact dermatitis” when handling this plant, so take care.

Salvia spathacea, Photo by Laura Camp ©Tree of Life Nursery

Salvia spathacea, or Hummingbird Sage, flowers early and often.  Plant it in part shade and give it a little extra water in southern California to get the best show of two-foot tall red flower spikes and thick dark-green leaves.

Platanus racemosa, Photo by Laura Camp ©Tree of Life Nursery

Not all seasonal interest is flowers.  Sometimes in early January we are still treated to “fall” colors, like the Western Sycamore below.

Please feel free to comment and share what is blooming and attracting interest in your garden.

3 thoughts on “Seasonal interest in the garden-January (3 of 3)

  1. i bought a hummingbird sage about 5 or 6 years ago and planted it under our large oak. now i have about 50 plants that help feed our hummingbirds. when it is dry some die back, so i minimally water. i have even dug some out and gifted them to friends. i love it

    • That is great, Rose, it must be very happy under your oak tree. I like having plants that feed the hummingbirds rather than feeders, ’cause I hate to maintain them!

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