Large flowering shrub/full sun

pugsgarden(Sacramento 14)December 1, 2005

I am now looking for a large (around 6' tall and as wide), full, evergreen shrub, which flowers in the purple or red tones - just don't want blue, pink or white since I already have plenty of that and need some variety. The shrub will be in front of our house (west facing) and in full afternoon sun. Most of the nearby plants are drought tolerant. Any suggestions?? Thanks!

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wanda(Z9 CA)

Salvias come instantly to mind, although they may not be the best choice, but some that might work are:

Salvia clevelandii (and it's hybrids) a CA native
Salvia leucophylla (another native)
Salvia leucantha (but might freeze in your zone in winter)
Salvia corrugata
and possible S. 'Anthony Parker'.
Salvia gesneriflora

Prostanthera, an Australian native, comes in green and variegated form and blooms in winter.
there's also a Westringia that blooms in lavender/purple.
Australian Tea Tree (Leptospermum) has red cultivars (Red Ensign, Ruby Glow, etc.)

Ceanothus cultivars (CA native)


Here is a link that might be useful: prostanthera images

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 11:29PM
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launate(z9 CA/Sunset 15)

How about an Island Bush Mallow, Lavatera assurgentiflora? Very drought tolerant and grows quickly to 6 ft+. Evergreen, has pink-purple flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies.


Nathan Lau
San Jose, CA

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Here is a link that might be useful: Google Images of Lavatera assurgentiflora

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 11:37PM
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There is also Solanum rantonnetii, which is nearly everblooming for my mom up in Redding. It can get 8-12 ft. tall and 6-10 ft. wide, but it can be pruned to keep it smaller. A cousin has one growing in Winters on the west side of her house, and it's gorgeous.


Here is a link that might be useful: Solanum Googled

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 9:08AM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

Wanda left out Salvia elegans which Sunset says grows to two to three feet but mine is well over my head. It is in full bloom now and keeps my hummingbirds fed through the winter. Al

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 9:27AM
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Swedeinla(SoCal z10)

I have some Mexican Bird of Paradise right now - very drought tolerant - and a spectacular show-stopper (and keep slowing to see). The flowers are brilliant yellow, but they look beautiful behind my deep purple Princess flowers.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 6:10PM
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Very Large Shrubs --

Acca (Feijoa) sellowiana PINEAPPLE GUAVA
Caesalpinia pulcherrima BARBADOS PRIDE, RED BIRD-OF-PARADISE (semi-deciduous)
Callistemon citrinus LEMON BOTTLEBRUSH
Nerium oleander OLEANDER
Punica granatum ÂNochi Shibori ORNAMENTAL POMEGRANATE
Vitex agnus-castus CHASTE TREE

Large Shrubs --

Callistemon citrinus ÂViolaceus VIOLET BOTTLEBRUSH
Callistemon viminalis ÂCaptain CookÂ
Viburnum tinus LAURUSTINUS

Medium Shrubs --

Cistus purpureus ORCHID ROCKROSE
Leucophyllum frutescens TEXAS RANGER
Nerium oleander 'Casablanca', ÂLittle Red OLEANDER
Salvia greggii 'Desert Blaze', 'Furman's Red' AUTUMN SAGE
Salvia 'Purple Majesty' PM SAGE
Teucrium fruticans BUSH GERMANDER
Viburnum tinus ÂSpring Bouquet LAURUSTINUS


    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 6:39PM
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melle_sacto(Z9/Sunset 14 CA)

Chaste tree is not evergreen in Sacramento but is beautiful nonetheless. I think you would be very happy with cleveland sage or ceanothus (warning: both attract lots of bees but that's a good thing in my book)

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 7:41PM
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