Landscape Ideas


Great Bloomers for West Coast Landscapes

Plants Express brings you an international showcase of beautiful bloomers. These selections flower for a long period, do well in a range of conditions, and provide an incredible variety of fragrance, bloom habit and color without a lot of maintenance. Plant individually, in containers or in borders, or plant en masse to dazzle with drifts […] read more

Citrus – Low Maintenance Eye Catchers

Citrus are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the taste. This family of sub-tropical evergreens with lush glossy leaves and fragrant white flowers are perfectly suited to the West’s warm days and cool nights, requiring very little maintenance. They can be planted in groves or individually, in pots, as hedges or along […] read more

Salvia – A Sage Choice

A cinch to grow, Salvia dazzle for months on end with an intense show of color. Valued for its scent of the chaparral as well as its range of unusual colors, this heat lover is easy to grow and irresistible to hummingbirds. These adaptable beauties prefer poor dry soil conditions and will sulk if given […] read more

Evergreen Conifers

Year Round Color in a Range of Hues Adaptable and hardy, evergreen conifers offer twelve months of color in a range of hues varying in shades of green, gold, blue, and silver. Sometimes the color is displayed as seasonal new growth or variegated foliage. A Size and Shape for Every Landscape These beautifully hued evergreen […] read more

Lawn Alternatives – The Carpet Garden

Wiggle your toes in a carpet of grass, sedges, or perennials that use less water than a traditional lawn. Versatile and easy to grow, many water-wise plants make an excellent replacement to thirsty lawns. Only occasional mowing (if needed) and watering is required to enjoy a lush garden or play area. You can have your […] read more

Great California Fruit Trees

Many experts believe that today’s Western landscapes should afford the rewards of tree ripened fruit; “an orchard in every yard,” is how one seasoned landscape professional termed this trend. Late summer, early fall is the perfect time to plant, allowing them to soak up heavy winter rains in preparation for a healthy summer crop. Fruit […] read more

Selected Succulents for California Landscapes

A succulent is any plant that stores water in juicy leaves, stems or roots to withstand periodic drought. Technically speaking, even Epidendrums are a part of this large family of plants! But most landscape professionals associate succulents with desert-style plants. Bring a touch of the Southwest to any landscape design Succulent plants provide dramatic, sculptured […] read more

Low Water, Wow Color

Psst, here’s a word to the water wise – you can dramatically reduce your water consumption and still have a bright colorful garden that knocks your socks off. It can be our little secret. Here are some proven performers that are water-wise, easy care, and great for people on the go. These joyful selections love […] read more

Great Grasses and Grass-like Plants

Put away your mower and relax to the rustle and sway of ornamental grasses. Plant your own sun-drenched meadow or enjoy their graceful forms and year-round color along walkways and in containers. A tidy low-maintenance choice around pools and ponds, ornamental grasses are just as lovely in rock gardens. There are so many forms, colors, […] read more

Unique Plants for a Distinctive Landscape

Form and color are distinguishing factors in all artistic designs, landscape design being no exception. New and unusual plants play an important role in the landscaper’s palette, as are underutilized plants from exotic locations. They add drama, harmony, and interest to differentiate the adventurous from the predictable. The juxtaposition of strong, sculptural plants against a […] read more
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