Common name: Oleander
Botanical name: Nerium oleander
Oleander is an evergreen shrub with moderate to fast growth. Leaves are narrow, 4"-12" long, dark green, leathery, and glossy. It is attractive in all seasons. Flowers are in clusters on branch ends and blooms from late spring through fall.
Common name: Fox Tail Agave, Velvet Agave
Botanical name: Agave attenuata
This Agave has a dramatic tropical form. Even light frost can damage its succulent leaves. It is great for containers. In the low desert, partial sun will be best. If it becomes top heavy, simply cut and stick in the ground to root. It is not a fast grower and has light green foliage. It will also die after flowering but pups around the mother will survive. Distinctive with its large rosette of leaves perched on a long curving trunk, it is a native from Mexico.
Common name: New Zealand Flax, Purple
Botanical name: Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum'
Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum' is an evergreen perennial. Big, dramatic plant composed of many swordlike, stiffly vertical leaves can reach 5' tall. Leaves are purple red. Flowers stems reach high above leaves, bearing clusters of 1"-2" blossoms in dark red.
Common name: Pink Powder Puff
Botanical name: Calliandra haematocephala
This evergreen shrub and semi-vine will grow 16'-30' and produces ornamental, red flowers that bloom in spring, fall, and winter. It is a beautiful espalier plant.
Common name: Queen Palm
Botanical name: Syagrus romanzoffianum
This palm has a very straight trunk to about 50' in height. It has arching, feathery, bright green, glossy leaves that can be 10'-15' long. It is fragile in heavy winds and a fast grower. It will become damaged in temperature below 24 degrees F.