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.
Deinandra fasiculata Fasicled tarplant annual herb in the Asteraceae (Sunflower) Grows in southern/central CA. Tends to grow in grasslands, woodlands & coastal sage scrub at elevations from sea level to about 4,000 feet. Long blooming season makes it a dependable source of color in wildflower gardens. The composite flowers have 5 ray flowers and six disk flowers.
One of California’s most admired native annuals, Mentzelia lindleyi, smells good, to 3' tall, tolerates drought, heat, wind, and low fertility. Also tolerates the garden bed. Deer resistant. Doesn't mention reseeding. Annies Annuals