Regions / Southern California Desert
Selecting plants suited to the climate of the Southern California Desert is a key step to success.
A plant's performance is governed by many climate related factors including the length of the growing season, the amount of rainfall, winter lows, summer highs, wind or humidity. Various initiatives have taken place to determine how well plants would withstand the cold winter temperatures (Plant Hardiness Zones) or when plants would start suffering from the heat (Plant Heat Zones). A more sophisticated approach has been followed by Sunset which defines Climate Zone Maps based not only on hardiness or heat tolerance, but also on precipitations, wind, humidity and various other climate related factors.
Blooming perpetually through the entire season, Agapanthus 'Blue Heaven' is an upright, clump forming African Lily with profuse rounded clusters packed with up to 80 dark violet-blue flowers. Blooming from early to late summer, they rise on stiff, upright stalks atop clumps of large, evergreen, strap-shaped leaves.
Native to South Africa, Agapanthus 'Bressingham Blue' is a flamboyant African Lily with showy, 4.5 in. (11 cm), rounded clusters of deep amethyst-blue flowers from mid to late summer. They rise on stiff, upright stalks atop clumps of beautiful, long, shiny leaves.
Free-flowering, Agapanthus 'Brilliant Blue' is a compact semi-evergreen African Lily boasting loose clusters of rich blue flowers, adorned with a darker stripe running through each petal. After 5 years, it will produce more than 100 flowers each summer.
Agapanthus 'Donau' is a lovely African Lily with showy rounded clusters of star-shaped, pale-blue flowers adorned with dark-blue central stripes. Blooming from mid to late summer, the showy flowers, up to 8 in. across (20 cm), rise on stiff, upright stalks atop clumps of beautiful, deciduous, arching, lustrous green leaves.
Flowering earlier than most varieties, Agapanthus 'Ever Sapphire' is a dwarf, semi-evergreen African Lily boasting loose clusters of deep blue flowers over a long season. Starting flowering in late spring, it reblooms throughout the summer for a long-lasting display.
Agapanthus 'Fireworks' is a compact African Lily boasting huge umbels densely packed with delicate trumpet flowers which change from dark, violet blue at the throat to pure white on the petal edges. They sit atop slender stalks that arise from a neat clump of strap-shaped, fresh green leaves.
A popular variety of African Lily, Agapanthus 'Midnight Star' is a deciduous perennial with large, rounded clusters of midnight blue, trumpet shaped flowers from mid to late summer. They rise on stiff, upright stalks atop clumps of beautiful, narrowly strap-shaped leaves.
Native to South Africa, Agapanthus 'Northern Star' is a particularly striking African Lily with showy rounded clusters of dark blue, star-shaped flowers from mid to late summer. They rise on stiff, upright stalks atop clumps of beautiful, deciduous, arching leaves tinged with deep violet at the base.
A very attractive variegated Lily of the Nile, Agapanthus 'Silver Moon' enlivens the summer garden with its brightly stripped silvery-white, strap-shaped leaves. It is topped in summer with abundant rounded clusters of trumpet-shaped, lavender-blue flowers, which rise with majesty on stiff, upright stalks.
Very showy, Agapanthus 'Twister' is a medium sized semi-evergreen African Lily boasting 6-8 in. wide (15-20 cm) umbels of bicolored flowers which change from blue at the throat to white on the petal edges. They sit atop tall, slender stalks that arise from a lush clump of semi-glossy, strap-shaped, green leaves
Among the hardiest Lilies of the Nile, award-winning Agapanthus 'Headbourne Hybrids' produces large rounded clusters, 3-4 in. wide (7-10 cm), of funnel-shaped flowers in variable shades of light and dark violet-blue.
Adding a bright color splash to borders and containers, Agapanthus praecox orientalis 'Queen Mum' is a particularly pretty African Lily with large, rounded clusters, densely packed with white and violet blue flowers. They rise on stiff, upright stalks, up to 3-4 ft. high (90-120 cm), well above the foliage clump of arching, glossy green, strap-like, evergreen leaves.
Agastache 'Blue Boa' proudly displays luxurious deep violet-blue flower spikes held over ultra green foliage from early summer to fall. The flower spikes are long, wide, extremely showy and add lovely vertical lines to the landscape. Forms clumps of erect, branched stems up to 30-36 in. tall (75-90 cm) and 24 in. wide (60 cm).