New Front Yard: This shade of Grey perfect for water-wise gardens

08/15/2014 7:04 PM

10/04/2014 12:45 AM

This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum “New Front Yard” series, 41 drought-tolerant and beautiful plants well adapted to our region.

Goodwin Creek Grey lavender

Lavandula X ginginsii ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’

Size: Under 3 feet (with flowers)

Bloom season: Spring, summer, fall

Pruning needs: Cut back after it flowers.

Exposure: Full sun

Water needs: Once established, water deeply every two weeks.

Snapshot: This popular lavender variety is considered the best for Sacramento gardens. A favorite of the UC Davis Arboretum staff, it’s more heat-resistant than most English lavenders and has a bloom season nearly 9 months long. It’s easy to renew the flowers with a little pruning. A midsize lavender, this perennial grows to about 2 feet tall with scalloped gray leaves that form a compact, attractive ball topped with wands of dark flowers. Hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and beneficial insects naturally gravitate to the fragrant blooms. You can see specimens in the arboretum’s Ruth Risdon Storer Valley-Wise Garden on the UC Davis campus.

• For more on the New Front Yard, click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

Debbie Arrington

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See photo galleries of the arboretum’s Community Favorites and Arboretum All-Stars at sacbee.com/home_garden .

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