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.
Size: Arching branches to 10 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide
Bloom season: Small, dark-reddish buds open to reveal light-yellow bottle-brush flowers in late spring through early summer.
Exposure: Full sun
Pruning needs: Prune to shape as desired.
Water needs: Low; once established, water deeply once a month. Foliage and blooms look better with more occasional watering.
Snapshot: This Australian native feels right at home in Sacramento gardens. A quick-growing evergreen shrub with 10-foot arching branches, honey-myrtle is covered with soft gray leaves. In late spring, reddish buds open to reveal pale-yellow bottle brush-like flowers. Honey-myrtle is useful in the background of large beds or as a specimen plant.
For more on “Life After Lawn,” click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.