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Crimson Pygmy Japanese Barberry
Black Sedge
Southern Pink Flowering Currant
Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass
Crimson Pygmy Japanese Barberry

Common name:Crimson Pygmy Japanese Barberry
Botanical name:Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pygmy'

Pygmy purple leaf barberry is a deciduous shrub with arching branches which reaches 2 ft high and 3 ft wide. The foliage becomes bronzy red in summer and fall. 'Crimson Pygmy' prefers full sun and regular watering, more in hot summer months. This plant has thorns. It makes a great hedge. Prune in winter to re-shape.

Black Sedge

Common name:Black Sedge
Botanical name:Carex nigra

This ornamental grass is 0.5-0.75' high x 1-3' wide and has dark blue/green to blue/gray foliage that has a powdery white underside. It has black flowers and seed heads that look attractive but are not showy.

Southern Pink Flowering Currant

Common name:Southern Pink Flowering Currant
Botanical name:Ribes sanguineum glutinosum

The Pink Flowering Currant is an erect,spreading, deciduous shrub that grows 4'-6' tall. It has lobed, toothed foliage, pink flowers, and black berries between January and March. The Pink Flowering Currant needs shade inland, and is a native to California. It is drought tolerant and attracts hummingbirds. -Cornflower Farms

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass

Common name:Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass
Botanical name:Calamagrostis X acutiflora 'Karl Foerste

This ornamental perennial grass grows 4-6' tall x 1-1.5' wide and has semi-evergreen foliage that is green in spring and summer and turns green/brown in fall. The flowers bloom in mid June and emerge a light green but quickly turn to pink/purple.

Designer: Solid Ground Landscape,G.Covey

Boulder Terracing

Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Practice grass-cycling by leaving short grass clippings on lawns after mowing, so that nutrients and organic matter are returned to the soil.

Integrated Pest Management:

Drip and other smart irrigation delivers water directly to roots, allowing no excess water for weeds.