Botanicare Landscape Inc.
Costa Mesa, CA
July's Featured Plant
"Far and away this is my favorite
palm tree" says landscape designer, Kevin Campbell. He's talking about the gorgeous
Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana),
a native from Lord Howe Island, Australia.
"I really like this palm because
it is elegant, broad and most similar
to a coconut palm look. Also, it's a
clean palm to maintain.
This graceful palm is perfect
for Southern California."
The Kentia palm grows slowly. It can be used either indoors or outdoors.
Kevin says the ideal way to feature
the Kentia is to plant it in groupings of
3 or 5 stems and select trees of
various heights to mimic nature.
Kevin maximizes successful plantings of
Kentia palms by only using using those
trees that are California "sun grown".
The Kentia palm is a great size for the
Southern California garden,
easy to grow and maintain.
It is beautiful in the coastal, traditional and tropical look gardens of California.
June's Featured Plant
Trichostema lanatum, Woolly Blue Curls,
is a beautiful California native
evergreen shrub. The woolly "blue curls"
are deep purple to blue flowers.
This beautiful shrub is compact
and drought tolerant--a perfect addition
to the Southern California garden.
Indigenous Americans prized this
pretty native for its medicinal value.
Tea made from sprigs of
Woolly Blue Curls is also extremely tasty,
with a soothing, calming effect
May's Featured Plant
Kangaroos Paw or Anigozanthos (genus) is a showy, exotic and beautiful plant for the California garden.
This Drought tolerant plant comes in full size
and dwarf varieties. The Kangaroos Paw is
from Australia originally.
It comes in a variety of colors;
especially popular in red, pink and
a lovely golden yellow.
The flowers are carried on long stems
and have a long blooming time.
They are unusual and resemble a "paw"
and are velvet-like to the touch.
This is a wonderful plant for a
drought tolerant garden in Southern California
For beautiful and dramatice design impact
in your landscape consider
massing them in your garden.
You can also use the flowers as cuttings
for your home. They are graceful,
modern and lasting.