The Santolina moment that is happening in my garden right now.
This is Santolina neopolitana ‘Lemon Queen’ and it is just about the coolest thing ever. The slightly brighter yellow you can see in the background is Santolina virens and the silvery blobs are Santolina chamaecyparisis ‘Nana’ which will have even more intense flowers. All the species of Santolina hail from the Mediterranean and are very drought resistant. In fact summer water will shorten their lives. So I have let them go about three weeks between watering and they seem fine. When they are established next year I’ll try to give them no water at all for 4 or 5 months.
I’m so happy with them that I plan on expanding the mediterranean garden this fall and including more of the plants that did work and removing the ones that didn’t and making it look more like a designed garden rather than the current hodge podge of a plant collection.