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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).

Flowering Western Redbud tree (Cercis occidentalis) in Southern California, drought tolerant native plant garden

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’

Fremontodendron - Flannel Bush (from the San Marcos Growers California Native Plant Page)

Ceanothus Concha has many colors, shades, and tones. Some years the plants are more reddish purple, some years bright blue, some years larg...

  • Kim

    Just planted 5 of these in front if our coutyard wall. Looking forward to the big blooms someday!

  • Jeannie Hanson

    5 is a perfect number and sounds like a great location.

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)

  • Marie Sanders

    Hello Jeannie Hanson, could You please invite me to your board California Native Gardens. I am already a follower. Thank you!

All about Southern California wildflowers! (and the doggie)

one of my new favorites!The warm apricot flower of the native California Spheralcia

California Native Plant Society - Sacramento Valley Chapter - Friday walks are for seed and data collecting, plant identification, photography, and fun! Our destination changes each week depending on th...

Great article "Myths about California Natives" (Pic: Cornus stolonifera, Red Stem Dogwood)

Heuchera Coral bells. Compact, evergreen perennials forming basal clumps of roundish, scalloped leaves accented by wiry stems to 3’ bearing ...

  • Sandi Lopez

    Love heuchera! Such a big variety besides the beautiful coral bells!

lilacina ‘De la Mina’: Recent introduction from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, selected on Cedros Island by Carol Bornstein. Plants form ...

A San Diego garden featuring California native plants. Plants include Coast Live Oak, Toyon, Western Red Bud, J. Dourley Manzanita, Deergras...