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It's made for arid gardens.

The little evergreen subshrub called bush morning glory (Convolvulus cneorum) has much to offer water-frugal gardeners. Its silvery, silky leaves contrast subtly with bright-flowered, dark-foliaged plants. In borders or raised beds or planters it's striking, especially with the applegreen foliage and coppery bronze flower bracts of shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeana, Beloperone guttata) and with dwarf rosemary.

In rock gardens, on slopes, or along driveways, use bush morning glory with low-growing, spreading perennials such as Convolvulus mauritanicus, which has gray-green foliage with lavender blue flowers in summer; trailing gazania (G. uniflora, often sold as G. leucolaena), whose flowers range from white or yellow to bronze; and Peruvian verbena, with red, pink, white, or purplish flowers.

In full sun, bush morning glory stays 18 inches tall; in filtered shade, it can reach 2 to 4 feet. It needs light, fast-draining soil. Go easy on watering, especially in the summer. Feed sparsely, if at all.
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