This durable California native, an upright shrub with handsome red bark, glossy leaves and winter blooming delicate pink blossoms, does well in the Sacramento County area. With so many types of house styles, narrowing the list down to your favorite can be overwhelming. Also, it has a reputation for being disease free. This winter front door display is layered with holiday cheer. Flowers make long lasting additions to arrangements. Clusiana species tulips, native to Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, are the only tulip varieties that are recommended for Mediterranean garden naturalizing in our climate zone. In colder areas they exhibit fall color, but our oak isn’t especially noteworthy in the fall. Here's how to tell the differences between each architectural style. Although they're perennials, pansies and violets are short-lived because they can't tolerate heat. Cleaning your home doesn't have to be a daunting, time-consuming chore. Salvia rosmarinus ‘Tuscan Blue’  (was Rosmarinus officinalis)Rosemary. Dip cut stems in boiling water before use as a cut flower. Why not plant a few colorful new flowering plants and at the same time help save those poor disappearing bees? ‘Tuscan Blue’ is a versatile choice for the garden with its upright growth and showy, lavender-blue flowers. The flowers and subsequent translucent yellow, orange, red and black berries attract birds, butterflies and beneficial insects. Comb out unsightly foliage as needed and divide clumps every three years or so. Southern California: Plant to Eat Until Spring! The plants, with silvery blue-green leaves and blue-purple flowers, can reach 2 to 3 feet tall and wide. Start sweet peas from seed by soaking them in water for 48 hours, then plant in full sun. We have planted ours in a location where water often puddles after rains or irrigation. Acorns are knobby capped with smooth inside shells.Their bluish leaves can be lobed or unlobed with smooth or toothed margins. These beautiful brassicas all share the same characteristic of forming heads. ◊Turnips & Radishes. Donkey-tail is a ground cover reaching 12 to 18 inches high by 4 feet wide. Blue oat grass sends up unremarkable, straw-colored flower heads in summer. For others, winter doesn't mean it's time to hang up the garden tools. Related: Silver-Leaf Plants for Your Garden. Annuals provide consistent color to the garden, especially in winter when many perennials are dormant. Our Thanksgiving planning guide is here to save your holiday! With a life expectancy of 175 to 450 years, this slow growing young potential totem could reach from 20 to 65 feet and watch over the water-efficient landscape for many years to come. Helictotrichon sempervirensBlue oat grass. Ribes aureum var. Hibernating. Eremophila maculata 'Valentine'Valentine emu bush. With brilliant golden scarlet fall foliage intensified by cool autumn nights that doesn’t drop until pushed off by new growth in the spring (a trait called marcescence) the scarlet oak is a favorite fall and winter accent plant. Once established it needs to be watered deeply just once or twice a month. It can grow 10 feet tall and wide and is hardy in Zones 5-8. They may go summer dormant and shed their leaves in dry years. When the rest of the garden is dormant, ‘Powis Castle’ makes a bright silver statement. California Golden Currant Bright green foliage and cheerful yellow clustering 1 to 1½ inch blossoms adorn this winter blooming, summer-deciduous native currant and UC Davis Arboretum All-Star. 4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento, CA 95827       Master Gardener Phone:  916.876.5338             Fax:  916.875.6233, UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County, © 2020 Regents of the University of California. Not fussy about soil types, it does require good drainage. Native to the Western Mediterranean region, Helictotrichon sempervirens (hel-ik-toe-TRY-kon sem- per-VEER-enz) is a cool-season, evergreen grass that requires very little maintenance. Once established (which may take 2 to 3 years), it requires very little water and pruning. With 12-inch mounds of tiny, fragrant flowers in pink, white, or lavender, sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) is a favorite cool-growing annual. Deadhead if you feel the flower heads detract from the showy foliage. This is a good plant choice for rock gardens, meadows and dry streambed features. Plants make quite a statement in the early spring landscape where the bloom can last 2 to 3 months. We’ve put together a few ways to attract them (and their pollinating pals, the butterflies and hummingbirds) to your garden. Companion plants include barberry, smoke bush, lavender, penstemon, nepeta, artemisia, lamb’s ear or any silver or purple-leaf plants. The lovely purple/lavender blossoms attract many beneficials. Blue oat grass is deer, pest and disease resistant and often planted in perennial borders, meadow-like areas and rock gardens. Winter is coming! Right now, for example, in October we are in the very midst of our fall planting season. Growth is taller than its spread—5 to 6 feet tall, if you allow it, and 3 to 5 feet in width—but it is easily shape-pruned. Sited in a low spot at the entrance to the WEL native garden patio, is the evergreen perennial rush, Juncus patens ‘Carman’s gray’.