|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!|
|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
Prostanthera, an Australian native, comes in green and variegated form and blooms in winter.
Ceanothus cultivars (CA native)
Here is a link that might be useful: prostanthera images
|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. |
Here is a link that might be useful: Google Images of Lavatera assurgentiflora
|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
|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|
|I have some Mexican Bird of Paradise right now - very drought tolerant - and a spectacular show-stopper (and car-stopper....cars keep slowing to see). The flowers are brilliant yellow, but they look beautiful behind my deep purple Princess flowers.|
|Very Large Shrubs -- |
Acca (Feijoa) sellowiana PINEAPPLE GUAVA
Large Shrubs --
Callistemon citrinus ‘Violaceus’ VIOLET BOTTLEBRUSH
Medium Shrubs --
Cistus ladanifer CRIMSON-SPOT ROCKROSE
|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)|
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