A GAR­DEN GEM SPOT­LIGHT

Porterville Recorder - - GARDENING - By DEB­BIE ARRINGTON

This is one part in a series fea­tur­ing the UC Davis Ar­bore­tum’s “Gar­den Gems” series — 45 can’t-fail, easy-care, low-wa­ter plants well adapted to our re­gion and that add sparkle to drought-tol­er­ant land­scapes.

Al­ba­nian hore­hound

t Mar­ru­bium cyl­leneum Size: 6 to 12 inches tall and up to two feet wide Bloom sea­son: Del­i­cate laven­der blooms in whorls in sum­mer. Ex­po­sure: Full sun. Prun­ing needs: Re­move spent flow­ers af­ter bloom. Wa­ter needs: Low; once es­tab­lished, wa­ter once a month. In sum­mer, it needs lit­tle wa­ter and can get by with­out ir­ri­ga­tion. Snap­shot: This Mediter­ranean na­tive with a funny name is a lovely ad­di­tion to dry gar­dens. A low-grow­ing peren­nial, hore­hound fea­tures at­trac­tive, fuzzy, sil­ver-green fo­liage that de­mands to be touched. In sum­mer, it pro­duces foot-tall spikes of laven­der flow­ers. Hore­hound makes a lovely bor­der, per­fect for along paths and at the front of plant­ings where you can ap­pre­ci­ate the soft leaves. For more on “Gar­den Gems,” click on ar­bore­tum.uc­davis.edu.

PHOTO VIA UC DAVIS

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