San Diego Landscaping and Design features one plant each week seasonally in its prime, or which can be used as a year-around stalwart in the garden. We recommend the plants listed because of their outstanding features as water-wise and durable additions to San Diego landscapes.
Cistus skanbergii, a species of Rockrose, is blooming its heart out right now in landscapes throughout the San Diego area. It’s a designer favorite for water-wise landscapes. This Rockrose species has a smaller habit than some of the other Cistus, growing two in height and five feet in width. It’s light pink flowers are less obtrusive in the garden palette than the more commonly used Orchid Rockrose and Sage Leaf rockrose, showing nicely on a green foliage background. Overall it seems a better garden companion than its brethren while sharing the exceptional drought tolerant aspects of the Rockrose tribe. It looks good in groups of three or five, grows well on slopes, and will even drape somewhat to soften a harsh retaining wall. Cistus skanbergii grows fairly rapidly as do nearly all Rockrose species and varieties – purchase it in one or five gallon containers and it will fill in its designated space in one to two years.