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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!
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Stylomecon heterophylla "Wind Poppy" - Seldom seen in cultivation, this rare CA native makes a statement in the garden with its gorgeous glowing orange flowers. Good drainage please!

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Native Plants and Insects: A Vital Connection

Are you aware of the connection between native plants and insects?

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How to Design a Garden for Native Bees

How to Design a Garden for Native Bees

Native Plants for Pollinators

Best Nectar Plants for Monarchs and Other Butterflies

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24 inspiring lawn-free yards

Since most California natives bloom in spring, combine them with plants that flower at other times. Blanc added butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), coral fountain (Russelia equisetiformis), and Mexican lobelia (Lobelia laxiflora) for summer color.

21 inspiring lawn-free yards

Photo of the Mary Wattis Brown Garden featuring California natives. The pink-blossomed tree is a redbud, and of course, you see our always appreciated CA poppies. (Note: lots of water-wise articles and resources on this link.)

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Growing California Native Plants

Want to start your own Native Plant Garden? Start here by visiting the California Native Plant Society webstore and buy a copy of this book! Great reference for all level off gardeners.

Pacific Horticulture Society | Growing California Native Plants

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).

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

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Red Ribbons, Claria elegans, from Jane Gate's guide to native plant ID in SoCal.

Identify Southern California Wildflowers

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’

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

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...

California Lilac, Ceanothus

"Add Year-Round Color Using California Native Plants"

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CA Poppy!

Week 40 Leucadia Cal Native Garden – Garden of the Week

Limnanthes douglasii, or Meadow Foam

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Native grasses planted in urban landscapes are low-maintenance, drought-tolerant, and can filter polluted runoff.

California Native Grasslands Association - Grass Facts

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)

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All about Southern California wildflowers! (and the doggie)

Identify Southern California Wildflowers

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

Drought tolerant plants of the Southern California Chaparral

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...

Sacramento Valley CNPS - Home

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

Myths about gardening with California native plants

Low growing CA native plants

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