Here’s What I Grow

When introduced to someone new, I exchange pleasantries but let them know that I’m bad with names. I’ve tried using mnemonic devices and sometimes they work. I’ve learned that I need constant reinforcement before a name sticks.

So it goes with the names of plants. Hence this page: Here’s What I Grow

This page will remain a work in progress, because that is the nature of gardening. I plan to keep it as up to date as possible, hoping it will help with my memory along the way.

Links highlighted in green will take you to an image of that plant in my garden unless otherwise noted.

Updated 2/2019

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Alyssum (white)

Calibrachoa ‘Million Bells’ (red)

Cornflowers ‘Bachelor Button’

Hypoestes phyllostachya ‘Polka dot plant’

Love in a mist (purple flowers)

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Sweet Pea’ (purple, lavender, white, red)

California Poppies

Petunia (purple) 4th of July color

Petunia (Supercal Artist Rose Petchoa)

Vinca (cora red) 4th of July color

Lobelia ‘Crystal Palace’, Vinca ‘Titan Pure White’ and Salvia ‘Red Hot Sally II”  (4th of July Earth Box, 2018)

Annual Summer Garden, Including Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs

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Basil (sweet)



Golden Lemon Thyme (raised planter, back garden)




Tomatoes (heirloom)

Thyme ‘True English’ (raised planter, back garden)

Bulbs, Corms and Rhizomes

bulbs blog bannerAlstromeria Rock & Roll Peruvian Lily


Narcissus ‘Daffodil’

Narcissus ‘Paperwhite’


Firecracker Plant Dichelostemma ida-maia (California native) 2019

Hyacinthus ‘Hyacinth’ William and Kate

California Native or Drought-Tolerant Plants

native plants blog bannerAnigozanthos hybrid ‘Harmony’

Angelonia ‘Archangel White’

Bulbine frutescens ‘Hallmark Orange’

Calibrachoa ‘Cabaret Bright Red’ (adapts to low water)

Campanaula poscharskyana

Convolvulus sabatius (aka Ground Morning Glory), purple, front garden

Hemerocallis hybrid ‘Evergreen Yellow’

Helictotrichon sempervirens

Kniphofia uvaria

Leonotis leonurus

Mimulus ‘Jelly Bean Fiesta Marigold’

Myoporum parvifolium ‘Putah Creek’

Muhlenbergia rigens

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Yaku Jima’

Phlomis fruticosa

Penstemon gloxlnoides ‘Garnet’

Pentas ‘Graffiti White’

Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’

Scaevola ‘Mauve Clusters’

Salvia greggii ‘Red’ (one near swing)

Salvia clevelandii

Salvia leucantha

Salvia microphylla

Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night’

Stipa gigantea

Trichostema ‘Midnight Magic’

Verbena bonariensis

Vitis californica

Ground Cover

ground cover blog bannerVinca minor Creeping Myrtle ‘Bowles Variety’ (planted in pot with camellia) 2018

Thymus pseudolanuginosus ‘Wooly Thyme’

Soleirolia’Baby Tears’

Miniature New Zealand Garden

Thyme ‘Mauve’ evergreen perennial (full sun, low water use)

Sedum ‘Sea Urchin’ (full sun, tolerates dryness)



Abutilon ‘Apricot’

Abutilon hybrida ‘Moonchimes’ Chinese Lantern

Anemone japonica ‘White’  ‘Japanese Anemone’


Bougainvillea ‘Barbara Karst’ (back garden, planter box) 2017

Camellia sasanqua ‘White Doves’

Campanula poscharskyana ‘Serbian Bellflower’



Geranium, Sweet Mimosa Scented (three, back garden, raised bed)

Gaillardia ‘Arizona Apricot’ (front garden)

Gaillardia ‘Arizona Red Shades’ (front garden)

Gaura ‘Belleza Dark Pink”

Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ Japanese Forest Grass

Hardenbergia ‘Lilac Vines’

Heuchera sanguinea ‘Coral Bells’

Hibiscus ‘TradeWinds Tortuga Wind’ (back garden, planter box)

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Niko Blue’

Jasminum ‘Pink Jasmin’

Loropetalum ‘Burgundy Fringe Flower’

Nephrolepsis Cordifolia ‘Southern Sword Fern’

Phormium hybrid ‘Maori Sunrise’ New Zealand Flax

Viola ‘Penny White’ (technically a perennial, but often die in the heat of our San Jose summers)


succulents blog bannerAngelina Stonecrop (next to garden stairs, back yard)2018

Cotyledon Ladismithiensis ‘Cub Paws Variegata’ (fuzzy light green leaves with yellowish streaks) Potted

Echeveria agavoides

Echeveria Minima (tiny rosettes of very chubby, frosty blue leaves with frost rose on tips) Potted

Echeveria Parva ‘Shamrock’ (stiff green leaves developed red leaf margin) Potted

Echeveria pulvinata ‘Frosty’ (velvet grey leaves, rosette succulents with bell shaped flowers) Potted

Graptopetalum Paraguansis ‘Ghost Plant’ Compact rosette has gray leaves with a pinkish cast) Potted

Graptoveria ‘Opalina’ (clusters of tight rosettes upright held pale blue green leaves) Potted

Kalanchoe tomentosa ‘Panda Plant’ (potting bench, green container) 2018

Portulacaria afra ‘Variegata’ ‘Rainbow Elephant Bush’

Sedum album (Stonecrop)

Sedum Repestre Angelina (yellow needle-like foliage)

Sempervivum ‘Platyphylla’

Sempervivum ‘Dwarf Hens & Chicks’

Senecio Vitalis (thin blue leaves)

Senecio Serptens (powdery blue green finger like leaves)


trees collage blog bannerOrnamental:

Pistacia chinensis ‘Chinese Pistache’

Acer palmatum ‘Japanese Maple’




Four-in-one ‘Fruit Cocktail Tree’

Meyer Lemon











Received as a gift:

Canna Lily, Lantana, New Guinea Impatiens and Scaevola (November, 2018)