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Flowers From My Garden

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GUARA ROSE, cut back for over the winter

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GUARA ROSE, WHITE, small slip in February that will stay small until about April or May when it will start to grow bigger

GUARA ROSE (above)
I have both pink and white guara rose bushes. I have the best luck with them if I plant them in the spring as a little slip. Here in Chino, CA I can plant them anywhere from January until May or so. They grow into a nice pretty bush about 3-feet round as soon as it’s warm. Then they bloom all summer long. When it gets cold and windy around November, I just yank the whole thing out. (Although I do have one bush that I cut back ever winter and it comes back nicely.) Then I plant a new one in the spring again when I see another slip growing nearby. I dig it up and put it where I want. Or I dig up the slips, put them in disposable pots, and give them to friends. One of my favorites! They will grow smaller if planted in shade. They do well either in full sun or part shade. Very versatile!

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HEAVENLY BAMBOO, ABOUT 6 years old, 6-8 feet tall

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HEAVENLY BAMBOO, SMALL, ABOUT 2 months old

HEAVENLY BAMBOO (Above)
Heavenly bamboo grows slowly. In the first year it grows to be about 1 foot tall. In about 4-5 years it will grow 6-8 feet tall. It makes a nice border along a wall and gets beautiful red berries on in the winter that the mockingbirds love to eat. I’ve had mockingbirds nest in the heavenly bamboo! It does well in either shade or full sun. Very versatile and can be pruned to stay a couple feet tall.

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GAZANIA, MEDIUM SIZE, ABOUT 4 months old

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GAZANIA, SMALL, ABOUT 3 weeks old

GAZANIA (above)
I have different shades of orange and yellow gazania.
Behavior: These open in the sun and close in the shade. They do best in full sun and become scraggly in shade.
Planting and Growth Habits: I plant a little slip and space them about 1 to 2 feet away from other plants. Within a couple of weeks it seems, the foliage is about 10-inches round and has pretty daisy-like flowers. I keep them about 2 years or until they get wide and scraggly. They can spread to be about 2-feet across. When they start looking ugly, I dig the whole thing out with a shovel and put a new slip in its place. I don’t have to buy new ones because I find several slips coming up in the garden on their own to either transplant or give to friends.

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MILKWEED, LARGE, In August

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MILKWEED, MEDIUM, In June or July

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MILKWEED WITH MONARCH

MILKWEED (above)
Milkweed dies down in the winter (I cut it back to about 4-6 inches tall) and comes back in the spring to grow about 6-feet tall in the summer. If you want monarch butterflies, these are the only plants monarchs will lay their eggs on, so it’s a must for your garden. However, it is a weed and spreads a lot so you have to be okay with pulling out tiny shoots all year round. And milkweed is poisonous, so it’s not safe for pets to nibble.

 

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LANTANA, pink and yellow

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LANTANA, pink and yellow
Birds and butterflies love this tall, beautiful bush. Growing up to 7 or 8 feet tall, it is beautiful and lush nearly all year round. We prune these 2 bushes back to about 4-feet tall in October, just to keep them within the size of the space we have them in. The swallowtails and skippers love the flowers and the mockingbirds feast on the little black berries.

We have several different kinds of lantana growing in our yard, but this is the biggest one. The deep red/orange one grows about 5 feet tall (with berries) and the gold one grows about 2 feet tall (few or no berries) but I can’t tell which kind is growing when I dig them up at 2 or 4-inches tall. So if I give you some of these, you’ll just have to wait a month or two to see which color it is. Then you’ll have to wait a year or two to see how big it will grow. If it’s got pink/yellow flowers like the ones in the photos, though, chances are you’ve got a big beautiful bush to grow and enjoy in your butterfly garden!
 

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