This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum’s “Life After Lawn” series – 45 can’t-fail, easy-care, low-water plants well adapted to our region and ideal for drought-tolerant landscapes.
Pink Australian fuchsia
Correa “Pink Flamingo”
Size: Up to 3 foot wide and tall
Bloom season: Attractive salmon-pink bell-shaped flowers in winter and early spring
Exposure: Full sun to light shade
Pruning needs: Little or none; prune young plants to shape.
Water needs: Medium to low water; once established, water deeply once a week or every other week.
Snapshot: This charming winter bloomer from down under is finding new fans in water-wise gardens. Originally discovered in Australia by the botanist who accompanied Capt. James Cook’s Pacific explorations during the late 1700s, this shrub became an instant star back in 18th Century England. Nicknamed “Australian fuchsia” for its bell-like flowers, this compact, evergreen shrub is a hummingbird magnet in California gardens. In late winter and early spring, the bush is covered with many salmon-colored 3/4-inch blooms. In Sacramento, correa prefers bright shade or direct morning sun. It demands good drainage. A bonus for foothill gardeners: It’s deer resistant.
For more on “Life After Lawn,” click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.