This lovely hybrid from two California native salvias blooms in spring. It's a perfect choice for hillsides because it spreads laterally, never growing more than two feet high. Salvia Bee's bliss will not like irrigation, particularly overhead, after the first couple of years in the ground.
March 26, 2010. I heard that familiar scritchy call and there it was, as usual, in the Grevillea. Orioles love this plant, and Melianthus too, which is not blooming yet.
Grevillea Long John is a big rangy plant, but it can be hedged nicely with quarterly pruning. I like mine to be natural and it is a large shrub or small tree with narrow leaves a bit like pine needles. It blooms almost year round and is popular with hummingbirds too who always nest in it.