Annual · Beneficial Insects! · Shrub · Tropical

Lantana camara

Scientific name: Lantana camara Family: VERBENACEAE Common names: “Shrub verbena” “Lantana” Plant Type: Tropical evergreen shrub – annual bedding plant Conditions: Zone: 10 – 11 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Cultivated fertile soil Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 3-6′ W 1-3′ Leaf and Stem shape: Ovate, toothed, dark green leaves, rough-wrinkled above and aromatic… Continue reading Lantana camara

Annual · Drought Resistance · Vancouver Island Native

Matricaria discoidea

Scientific name: Matricaria discoidea Family: ASTERACEAE Common names: “Pineapple weed” “disk mayweed” Plant Type: Annual Conditions: Zone: 6-9 Light: Full sun Exposure: Exposed Soil: Rocky soil -gravel driveways and concrete cracks, tolerates compacted clay soil, doesn’t do well in cultivated fertile soils Moisture: Average – dry Aesthetic: Plant Size: 3-12″ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Deeply divided into… Continue reading Matricaria discoidea

Annual · Biennial · Edible · Herb Garden

Anthriscus cerefolium

Scientific name: Anthriscus cerefolium Family: APIACEAE Common names: “Chervil” “garden chervil” “hedge parsley” Plant Type: Annual or Biennial Conditions: Zone: 3 -6-9 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Cultivated sandy soil with less clay Moisture: Evenly moist – well drained, no drought Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 12-18″ W 9-12″ Leaf and Stem shape: Pinnate leaves… Continue reading Anthriscus cerefolium

Annual · Attracts Hummingbirds! · Perennial · Shrub

Abutilon spp. & cvs

Scientific name: Abutilon spp. & cvs. Family: MALVACEAE Common names: “Flowering maple” “Abutilon” Plant Type: Tropical evergreen or deciduous shrub, perennial or annual Conditions: Zone: 9-10 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Acidic sandy loam Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: 2-9′ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Simple or palmately lobed leaves Flower: Bell-shaped or bowl-shaped flowers… Continue reading Abutilon spp. & cvs

Annual · Biennial · Edible · Herb Garden

Ocimum basilicum

Scientific name: Ocimum basilicum Family: LAMIACEAE Common names: “Basil” “sweet basil” Plant Type: Annual or biennial Conditions: Zone: 2-11 Light: Full sun best – part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Fertile cultivated soil Moisture: Evenly moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: 1-2′ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Fragrant tender lanceolate leaves Flower: White flowers, cut off when… Continue reading Ocimum basilicum

Annual · Biennial · Edible

Beta vulgaris ssp. cicla

Scientific name: Beta vulgaris ssp. cicla Family: AMARANTHACEAE Common names: “Swiss chard” Plant Type: Biennial vegetable, can be grown as an annual Conditions: Zone: 2-11, survives winter in zones 7-8+ usually Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered, not frost hardy Soil: Fertile Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: 16-20″ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Green – burgundy… Continue reading Beta vulgaris ssp. cicla

Annual · Biennial · Edible

Brassica oleracea

Synonym: Brassica oleracea Family: BRASSICACEAE Common names: “Ornamental Cabbage” “cauliflower” “kale” “red cabbage” Plant Type: Evergreen biennial grown as an annual Conditions: Zone: 2-11 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Rich fertile alkaline soil, enjoys lime Moisture: Moist-average well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: 12-18″ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Rosette of rounded, glaucous, green-purple leaves,… Continue reading Brassica oleracea