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Janet Sluis

Sunset Plants

Janet Sluis is an experienced horticulturist with a demonstrated history of new plant introductions and plant programs within the Horticultural industry. Specializing in low water, regionally appropriate, easy maintenance landscape plants. Manages trial and test gardens for Sunset Plants.
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Cistus ‘Little Miss Sunshine’

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Lavender x allardii ‘Meerlo’

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Tecomaria ‘Cape Town’

Cistus ‘Little Miss Sunshine’
Drought & Fire Resilience

Plant Family

Cistaceae

Genus

Cistus
Plant Species

Species

Cistus ‘Little Miss Sunshine’
This groundcover Cistus has variegated leaves of green and yellow plus incredible abundant white flowers. Good in poor soil, drought, salt, wind, heat...They take it all! Add deer, pest, and fire resistance, what's not to love? This new charmer stays compact without pruning, and even looks great when not in bloom. Works well as a border plant, or in containers.

Water Use

Once established, low depending upon conditions

Conditions When It Thrives

Ecosystem Services

Uses for pollinators, nitrogen-fixing, etc.

Native To

Cultivar of a plant native to Mediterranean regions

Geographic Range

Hardy to Zones 8-10, to 10 degrees Farenheit

Availability

Height & Habit

Mounded trailing, 1.5-2’ x 1-1.5’

Special Features

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Why They Love It

Cream-edged foliage accents white flowers with a yellow eye, on an easy-care, tough-as-nails edger

Seasonal Appearance/Dormancy

Spring bloom, evergreen foliage

Advice

Lavender x allardii ‘Meerlo’
Drought & Fire Resilience

Plant Family

Lamiaceae

Genus

Lavandula
Plant Species

Species

Lavender x allardii ‘Meerlo’
The best lavender for California: long-lasting, waterwise, with knockout fragrant foliage. This resilient lavender can take some of the toughest conditions in the garden: heat, humidity, and low-water conditions once established. In addition, ‘Meerlo’ sports dramatically variegated foliage that holds its good looks all season. Grown more for foliage than its single crop of blooms, its summer flowers are a lighter blue.

Water Use

Once established, low to moderate depending upon conditions.

Conditions When It Thrives

Ecosystem Services

Uses for pollinators, nitrogen-fixing, etc.

Native To

Mediterranean

Geographic Range

USDA Zones 9-10, hardy to 23 degrees Farenheit

Availability

Height & Habit

Upright mounded, 2-3’ x 2-2.5’

Special Features

Highly fragrant, variegated foliage. Stands up to heat, drought, and humidity. Deer-resistant. Leaves can be used in sachets and as moth repellent.
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‘Meerlo’ is a cross between Lavandula dentata (French lavender) and Lavandula latifolia (Spike lavender)

Why They Love It

Seasonal Appearance/Dormancy

Bloom times, Deciduous/Evergreen

Advice

Tecomaria ‘Cape Town’
Sustainable Gardening

Plant Family

Bignoniaceae

Genus

Tecoma
Plant Species

Species

Tecomaria ‘Cape Town’
Compact, Nearly-Perpetually Blooming Tecomaria Delights Early Pollinators. A compact, drought-loving shrub-form of long-blooming Tecomaria humans and pollinators can enjoy most of the year.

Water Use

Once established, low to moderate depending upon conditions.

Conditions When It Thrives

Full sun, partial shade, well-drained soils

Ecosystem Services

Uses for pollinators, nitrogen-fixing, etc.

Native To

Geographic Range

USDA Zones 9a-11b

Availability

Height & Habit

4-5’ x 3’

Special Features

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Why They Love It

The compact size of this cape honeysuckle easily earns as spot in a sunny garden – a heavy bloomer that feeds pollinators most of the year, including early in the season when they need it most.

Seasonal Appearance/Dormancy

Bloom times, Deciduous/Evergreen

Advice

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