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.
Sapphire bluebell creeper
Sollya heterophylla “Monterey Bay Sapphire”
Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide untrained; with support, will climb to 6 to 8 feet.
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Bloom season: Deep blue flowers throughout late spring and summer.
Exposure: Full sun to almost full shade.
Pruning needs: Prune to desired shape.
Water needs: Low; once established, water deeply once a month.
Snapshot: This Aussie import is right at home in Sacramento. A hybrid of a woodland shrub native to Western Australia, Sapphire bluebell creeper forms a sprawling shrub that can be trained as a vine with support. Cold- as well as drought-tolerant, this tough plant will grow in sun or shade and produces beautiful blue bell-shaped flowers in spring and summer. Flowers for this showy hybrid are deeper blue than other Australian creepers.
For more on “Life After Lawn,” click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.