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Sempervirens spp
  • Common name: Hens and Chicks
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun/Part shade
  • Height x Width: 1” - 3” and spreading
  • Native to: Mediterranean

There is a whole array of different little gems in the genus Sempervirens, meaning “Forever Living” or “Evergreen”. These Hens and Chicks come in different colors and range from tiny to fist-sized. They are wonderful fillers in rock gardens, perched in rock walls and edging pathways.

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Sisyrinchium montanum
  • Common name: Blue-eyed Grass
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun/Part shade
  • Height x Width: 6" x 10"
  • Native to: Idaho

This cheerful little native wildflower produces dainty blue/purple flowers on grassy foliage. It prefers rich, moist soil in spring but tolerates summer dryness. Will gradually spread, creating a little ‘meadow’.

Thymus praecox arcticus cv. “Elfin”
  • Common name: Elfin Thyme
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1 in. x 6 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Elfin Thyme is a slowly spreading dwarf thyme, perfect for the rock garden. Small leaves tightly blanket the ground. Pink flowers in spring.

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Thymus praecox arcticus cv. “Pink Chintz”
  • Common name: Pink Chintz Thyme
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Pink Chintz Thyme is a tight, fairly slow-growing groundcover. Pink flowers nestle with the foliage and do not need dead-heading

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Zinnia grandiflora
  • Common name: Rocky Mountain Zinnia
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4” x 12”
  • Native to: AZ, NM. CO

This native Southwest wildflower thrives in very rugged terrain. Preferring hot sunny spots with well-drained soil, the plant will delight you with its bright yellow or golden yellow flowers from late summer until fall. Great for edging, in rock gardens and containers. More info here.