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Cool Shrub Border
Waxleaf Privet
Dwarf Karo
Razzleberry Red Fringe Flower
Purplish N.Z. Flax
Dwarf Vinca or Periwinkle
Waxleaf Privet

Common name: Waxleaf Privet
Botanical name: Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum'

This dense, evergreen shrub reaches 6'-8' tall and 4'-6' wide. Waxleaf Privet has dark green, leathery, evergreen leaves that make a great privacy hedge. White fragrant flowers bloom in spring and summer. Bees love these flowers! Blue black berries follow bloom season. Part of this shrub may be poisonous if ingested. It prefers full sun to light shade with a medium amount of watering, more in hot summer months.

Dwarf Karo

Common name: Dwarf Karo
Botanical name: Pittosporum crassifolium 'Compactum'

Pittosporum crassifolium 'Nana' is an evergreen shrub. Can reach 2'-3' high with multiple colors of green in the foliage. Because of this quality, the plant is both an excellent foundation planting and accent plant.

Razzleberry Red Fringe Flower

Common name: Razzleberry Red Fringe Flower
Botanical name: Loropetalum chinense 'Razzleberri'

Red Fringe Flower is a 6'-12' shrub with arching branches and reddish leaves when first emerging, then turning olive gray. In spring, pink to red flowers bloom in spring. It tolerates full sun but prefers afternoon shade in hot inland areas. It needs moderate watering and more during hot spells. It prefers acidic, well draining, rich soil. Keep roots cool by applying a thick layer of mulch around the plant.

Purplish N.Z. Flax

Common name: Purplish N.Z. Flax
Botanical name: Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum'

Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum' is an evergreen perennial. Big, dramatic plant composed of many swordlike, stiffly vertical leaves (9' long, to 5" wide) in a fan pattern. Leaves are purple red. Flower stems reach high above leaves, bearing cluster of 1"- 2" blossoms in dark red to yellow.

Dwarf Vinca or Periwinkle

Common name: Dwarf Vinca or Periwinkle
Botanical name: Vinca minor

This groundcover will grow less than 1' tall and has small, glossy, dark green leaves with blue, purple, lavender, or white flowers that bloom in the spring.

Designer: Jeff Gamboni

Cool Shrub Border

Photographer: GardenSoft

Water Saving Tip:

Mulching and adding compost to soil can minimize evaporation and help soil absorb and store water.