California Native Gardens
As a garden designer I strive to use the right plants for the right places. The Central Valley in California is hot and dry in the summer. Natives and Mediterranean plants are the way to go!
Long blooming, drought and deer tolerant and clay friendly? Then don’t pass over our California native Clarkias because they’re “just annuals.” Why? Because they self-sow reliably, so you’ll have new volunteers every year, brand new plants that never look aged or sad. Exceptionally exuberant, “Ruby Chalice Clarkia” quickly reaches 30” x 30”, displaying a profusion of 2” cherry centered lavender-pink blooms beginning in May and lasting till midsummer and even Fall (with some water).
Red Ribbons, Claria elegans, from Jane Gate's guide to native plant ID in SoCal.
Knock-out and goof-proof duo. You just can’t beat the alchemy between the radiant Poppy, Eschscholzia californica ‘Apricot Chiffon.’ and the luminous, almost turquoise Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Blue Springs’
Native grasses planted in urban landscapes are low-maintenance, drought-tolerant, and can filter polluted runoff.
From the Sacramento Bee. Ideas for "The New Front Yard"! "You’ve heard the drought warnings and emergency declarations. You see your utility bill. You know you’ve got to do something to save water." (in the picture, a CA native toyon)
Heuchera Coral bells. Compact, evergreen perennials forming basal clumps of roundish, scalloped leaves accented by wiry stems to 3’ bearing ...
lilacina ‘De la Mina’: Recent introduction from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, selected on Cedros Island by Carol Bornstein. Plants form ...