California Native Plant Palette
The Gardens of the World at La Cañada Public Library feature 5 distinctive gardens featuring foliage from Los Angeles climate-compatible regions of the world…
Great native flowers: Apricot mallow The following natives are sun lovers except where noted. Shop for them at nurseries or California native plant specialists such as Las Pilitas Nursery in Escondido (760/749-5930; Web orders). Apricot mallow ( Sphaeralcea ambigua). Downy stems bear flowers in summer. Grows 3 to 4 feet tall.
Columbine meadow rue (Thalictrum aquilegifolium): Columbine meadow rue tolerates heat better than its more common cousin, meadow rue, so it's great for adding fine texture to the summer garden. It's also shorter and stockier, so wind doesn't torment it so much. It reseeds in the garden -- but not excessively. Columbine meadow rue blooms in late spring to early summer.Zones: 5-9