Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Torrey Pines Landscape Co. Celebrates the 'Lion's Tail'
We have always said that drought tolerant doesn't have to mean dreary. And a water-savvy trick we recommend for your San Diego water-wise gardening is to make use of the beautiful native plants from other dry regions around the globe. The Leonotis leonurus, or Lionstail, is our featured water-wise flowering perennial shrub for June. This native of South Africa, if grown in well drained soil with full sun, can grow as much as 6 feet high and wide, so place at the rear of flower beds or along fences and walls. The deep orange color of the tubular flowers is only surpassed in attraction by their arrangement on the stems. The tiered flower clusters are reminiscent of a Zeigfield folly production. Proper pruning can encourage blooms that you may enjoy well into the fall.