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Demonstration Garden a
Rhaphiolepis Pink Lady
Wax Leaf Privet
Prostrate Rosemary
Butterfly-Iris, Fortnight Lily
Rhaphiolepis Pink Lady

Common name:Rhaphiolepis Pink Lady
Botanical name:Rhaphiolepis indica 'Pink Lady'

This slow-growing plant will only grow 4-5' high and has dark green, thick foliage. It produces clusters of pink flowers that bloom in spring and clusters of black fruit in the fall. 'Pink Lady' is a vigorous grower to 4-5' tall and 4-6' wide, a size which can easily be kept smaller with occasional pruning.

Wax Leaf Privet

Common name:Wax Leaf Privet
Botanical name:Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum'

This dense evergreen shrub of an upright habit is capable of growing as a shrub or small tree. Its dark green, leathery leaves are opposite those of a simple evergreen.

Prostrate Rosemary

Common name:Prostrate Rosemary
Botanical name:Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'

The 'Prostratus' grows to a height of 2-3' with a spread to 8'. Its flowers are pale, lavender-blue in color, and the leaves are needle-like with a dark, blue-green color. This plant makes a good ground cover, and its leaves can be used as seasoning in cooking.

Butterfly-Iris, Fortnight Lily

Common name:Butterfly-Iris, Fortnight Lily
Botanical name:Dietes iridioides

This clumping evergreen iris bears tall, narrow leaves to 30" tall and white flowers marked purple in the center on stalks to 3' tall. This variety has stiffer, darker foiliage than the bicolor form. It requires sun to part shade with little or no summer watering when established. -Monterey Bay Nursery

The Magic of Mulch

In the natural world the endless cycle of birth, growth, decay, death and rebirth flows throughout the seasons. Plants die, leaves fall and new growth springs up in its place. Nothing is lost and the fallen leaves and dead plants decay into the soil, enriching it for the next generation of growth.

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Demonstration Garden a

Photographer: San Jose Water Company

Soils and Compost:

Practice grass-cycling by leaving short grass clippings on lawns after mowing, so that nutrients and organic matter are returned to the soil.

Integrated Pest Management:

Remove irrigation water and fertilizer from areas where you don't want weeds to grow.