Edible · Herb Garden · Perennial

Cannabis sativa

Scientific name: Cannabis sativa Synonym: Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalis Family: CANNABACEAE Common names: “Cannabis” “hemp” “marijuana””ganja” “grass” “weed” “pot” Plant Type: Perennial or short lived shrub, grown as an annual Conditions: Zone: 7-11 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Nitrogen rich, fertile best, tolerant of poor conditions Moisture: Moist well drained, avoid overhead irrigation… Continue reading Cannabis sativa

Cactus · Drought Resistance · Succulent

Lophophora williamsii

Scientific name: Lophophora williamsii Synonym: Ariocarpus williamsii, Echinocactus lewinii,  Echinocactus williamsii, Lophophora texana, Peyoti zacatensis Family: CACTACEAE Common names: “Peyote” Plant Type: Evergreen succulent spineless cactus Conditions: Zone: 10-11 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered from cold, exposed to heat and sun Soil: Alkaline cactus mix with additional perlite, or make a perlite pete potting soil mix… Continue reading Lophophora williamsii


Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’

Scientific name: Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ Family: CORNACEAE Common names: “Variegated table dogwood” “wedding cake tree” Plant Type: Deciduous tree Conditions: Zone: 5-8 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Exposed or sheltered Soil: Acidic – neutral Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: 12-24′ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Tiered branches bearing narrowly ovate leaves with broad… Continue reading Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’

Conifer · Tree

Taxodium distichum

Scientific name: Taxodium distichum Family: CUPRESSACEAE, OR TAXODIACEAE Common names: “Common bald cypress” “Swamp cypress” “deciduous cypress” “sabino tree” “southern cypress” “white cypress” Plant Type: Deciduous conifer tree Conditions: Zone: 4-9 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Exposed or sheltered Soil: Acidic – average Moisture: Moist, handles poor drainage and wet conditions Aesthetic: Plant Size:… Continue reading Taxodium distichum

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

Weeds & Invasive Plants

Ulex europaeus

Scientific name: Ulex europaeus Family: PAPILIONACEAE Common names: “Gorse” “European furze” “thorn broom” Evergreen shrub, invasive weed Root system: Branching taproot Conditions: Soil: Grows best in poor sandy, infertile acidic soils Moisture: Well drained – drought Light: Full sun Location: Exposed or sheltered, seaside conditions Aesthetic: Size:  4-7′ H & W, fast growing Leaf and Stem shape: Very spiny… Continue reading Ulex europaeus

Bulbs · Fragrant Flowers · Mediterranean

Hyacinthus orientalis

Scientific name: Hyacinthus orientalis Family: ASPARAGACEAE Common names: “Hyacinth” Plant Type: Bulb Conditions: Zone: 3-7 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Organically rich, fertile soils Moisture: Moist well drained, avoid excessive winter wet Aesthetic: Plant Size: 8-12″ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Glossy, broadly strap-shaped leaves Flower: Highly fragrant flowers with recurved petals in all… Continue reading Hyacinthus orientalis