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PLANT PROFILES

Key:

💧- Water needs/WUCOLS classification

☀️ - Sun exposure 

 - Bloom time/season of interest

- Attracts pollinators 

Perennials

Achillea millefolium​

Yarrow

Yarrow is a fragrant, spreading perennial that comes in a variety of colors. It is an excellent addition to any pollinator friendly landscape. Plant along borders or pathways in your garden. You can dead-head the flowers and pull off the dead leaves  to encourage new growth and to keep neat. 

 

Recommended varieties include:

Common Yarrow- white flowers

'Moonshine' - bright yellow flowers

'Terra Cotta'- yellow/orange flowers

'Paprika'- bright red flowers

California native

1-5' tall x 1-3' wide

💧Low water

Full sun - partial shade

Spring - Summer

ꕤAttracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Agapanthus

Lily of the Nile

A very popular plant with a neat, bunched look. The foliage remains evergreen year round, and its many flowers bloom in the summer. The fragrant flowers make great cut flowers, growing in large clusters on long stalks. 

2-3' tall x 3-4' wide

💧Moderate water

Full sun - partial sun

Summer  

Attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Deer/gopher resistant 

Anemone x hybrida
Pink Japanese Wildflower

 

These wildflowers make a great addition to your late Summer and Fall landscape. They stay small, and have large numbers of pale pink, whimsical flowers that have a neat appearance. Grow these in your garden beds or along the edges of your garden. They are low maintenance, but require regular watering.

2-3' tall x 2-3' wide

💧Moderate water

Full - partial sun

Summer - Fall 

ꕤ Attracts bees, butterflies

Deer/gopher resistant 

Anigozanthos
Kangaroo Paw

 

Kangaroo paw is a fun and unique addition to your rock or low maintenance garden. It has unusual, velvety flowers that come in several vibrant colors such as yellows, red and pinks. There are some tall and some smaller, dwarf varieties of this plant. Cut the flowers back after they bloom to maintain a neat appearance. 

Recommended varieties include:

Anigozanthos 'Bush Gold' -

2-3' tall x 1-2' wide 

Anigozanthos 'Big Red' - 

4-5' tall x 2-3' wide

Anigozanthos 'Bush Pearl' -

1-2' tall x 1-2' wide

A lovely dwarf pink variety! 

1-6' tall x 1-3' wide

💧Low water

☀️Full sun

Spring - Summer - Fall 

ꕤ Attracts bees, birds

Deer/gopher resistant 

Callistemon citrinus
Bottlebrush Shrub

 

Bottlebrushes shrubs are the dwarf version of the larger Bottlebrush trees. They come in different sizes depending on your selection. They have distinct feathery flowers that grow in deep pinks and reds. These shrubs are evergreen and often bloom throughout the year. They make a fun addition to garden beds or along borders. Prune in the Summer.

5-12' tall x 5-12' wide

💧Low water

☀️Full sun

Year round

ꕤAttracts bees, birds

Deer/gopher resistant

Dicentra 'Luxurient'
Fernleaf Bleeding Heart

This pretty, low - growing perennial has lacey, fern like foliage and clusters of pink bleeding heart flowers. The flowers have a long bloom time. This plant makes a great addition to the edges of your garden or along pathways. 

1-2' tall x 1-2' wide

💧Moderate water

Full - partial sun - shade

Spring - Summer - Fall

ꕤAttracts bees, butterflies

Deer/gopher resistant 

Diplacus aurantiacus 
Sticky Monkey Flower

Sticky Monkey Flower is a very drought-tolerant, spreading California native with long, evergreen stems and lots of flowers. Its leaves are slightly sticky to the touch, hence the common name. The flowers come in a range of warm colors including peach, yellow, orange and red. Hummingbirds and bees love this plant. Plant along the edges of your rock or low water garden.

California native

3-4' tall x 3-4' wide

💧Very low water

Full - partial sun

Spring - Summer 

ꕤAttracts bees, birds

Deer/gopher resistant 

Echium candicans

Pride of Madeira 

This is an impressive shrub with large, cone shaped flowers. This is an evergreen plant that is a great choice for hillsides or slopes, and will grow quickly to fill space within your landscape. Flowers should be cut back after blooming to encourage new growth.

5-6' tall x 6-10' wide

💧Low water

☀️Full sun 

Late Spring - Summer

ꕤAttracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Deer/gopher resistant 

Erigeron glaucus
Seaside Daisy

 

Seaside daisies are low-growing, perennials commonly found on the rocky coast of California. They grow in bunches with lots of pink or purple flowers and bright yellow centers. Plant these along the pathways in your garden or for a splash of color in your rock gardens.  

California native

6"-1' tall x 1-2' wide

💧Low water

Full - partial sun

Spring - Summer 

ꕤ Attracts bees, butterflies

Eriogonum karvinskianus​

Santa Barbara Daisy

This small, mounding shrub has lots of white to pink flowers that grow as wildflowers in California. They are very drought tolerant and low maintenance. Great for use in borders, edging, or as a ground cover.

California native
1-2' tall x 2-5' wide

💧Low water

☀️Full sun
Year round
ꕤ Attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Epilobium canum 

(Zauschneria californica)

California Fuschia

 

With pale green leaves and red, tubular flowers, this native shrub is a great addition to any low-water, hummingbird friendly or rock garden. You should cut this plant all the way back in the fall to maintain a neat appearance. 

California native

1-2' tall x 2-4' wide

💧Low water

☀️Full sun 

Summer - Fall 

Attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Deer/gopher resistant

Freesias
Freesias

 

Typically grown as cut flowers, these have wonderful, brightly colored, and long lasting blooms. They are well known for their strong, sweet fragrance and multi-colored flowers. Plant several different colors of these in clusters and enjoy them in your landscape as well as cut flowers inside.

1-2' tall x spreading

💧Very low

☀️Full sun

Year round

ꕤAttracts bees, birds

Deer/gopher resistant 

Germanium spp.

Cranesbill

Easy to grow with many flowers, hardy geraniums are a great choice for a variety of your garden needs. Some are excellent groundcovers, while others do well as a border or edge plant. They have different colored flowers and sun and water preferences dependent on variety. 

Recommended varieties include:

Geranium 'Johnson's Blue' - 

1-2' tall x 2-3' wide 

An outstanding variety! Recommended for use as a groundcover or border plant.

Geranium 'Rozanne' -

1-2' tall x 2-3' wide 

An outstanding variety with a long bloom time. Recommended as a border plant. 

Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis' -

1-2' tall x 2-3' wide 

An excellent variety for partial shade, use this plant along edges or as a groundcover. 

4"-4' tall x 10"-5'wide

size dependent on variety

💧Low - Moderate water

Full sun - partial sun

Bloom dependent on variety

ꕤAttracts butterflies

Deer/gopher resistant 

Helleborus

Helleborus 

 

 Helleborus is a great choice for ensuring color and interest in your landscape year round. Starting in the late Winter or early Spring, it will come up before most of your other plants will. It stays low to the ground, and has blushed pink, purple, and white flowers with dark evergreen foliage. Plant this perennial under trees or on the shady edges of your garden.

 

Recommended varieties include:

 

Helleborus 'Ivory Prince' -

Cream colored flowers with a deep purple accent. 

 

Helleborus 'Tropical Sunset' -

Yellow, creamy flowers with streaks of dark purple.

Note: This plant is poisonous - use with caution around domestic animals. 

1-2' tall x 1-2'wide

💧Low-moderate water

Full - partial shade

Late Winter - Spring

Deer/gopher resistant 

Hosta Fortunei

Hosta

Hostas are recognized ​for their large, heart shaped leaves that  add color and texture to the shady areas of your garden. They have long stalks with clusters of flowers that come up in Spring and Summer. This shrub is low maintenance and hardy, but you  should cut the stalks back after they bloom.

1-2' tall x 1-2'wide

💧Moderate water

Full - partial sun - shade

Spring - Summer - Fall

Iris douglasiana 
Pacific Coast Iris

 

These Irises are a wonderful addition to any lush garden or meadow. They spread through rhizomes, and will come up year after year. You can separate clumps of them to plant in other sections of your garden if desired. Plant along your pathways for a bold splash of color. They are also appropriate for dry, shady areas of your landscape. 

1-2' tall x 2-4' wide

💧Low water

Full - partial sun

Spring blooms

ꕤAttracts bees, butterflies

Deer/gopher resistant 

Lupinus albifrons

Bush Lupine

 

This fast growing, native perennial is a wonderful addition to meadows, and low maintenance rock gardens. It has light green, silvery leaves and showy clusters of many flowers in a variety of colors from purple to magenta. Be careful not to over water this plant, and it is very low maintenance. 

California native

3-4' tall x 4-5' wide

💧Very low water

☀️Full sun 

Spring - Summer 

Attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Deer/gopher resistant

Penstemon heterophyllus X 'Margarita BOP'
 Foothill Penstemon

Neat evergreen perennial with bright purple flowers. This shrub has delicate light green foliage and stays compact. It is a go to for your pollinator friendly gardens, and is especially loved by hummingbirds.

California native

1-2' tall x 1-2' wide        

💧Low water
☀️Full sun
Year round
 Attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Deer/gopher resistant 

Polygala fruticosa 
Sweet Pea Shrub

This small, mounding shrub has ​

lots of pink pea-like flowers that have a long bloom time, sometimes blooming nearly year round in temperate areas. This plant is evergreen and the flowers can be used as cut flowers. It should be watered regularly and it 

looks great along borders or under windowsills. 

3-4' tall x 3-4' wide

💧Moderate water

Full - partial sun

Spring - Summer

ꕤ Attracts bees, birds

Romneya coulteri

Matilija Poppy

 

Matilija Poppy's impressive blooms are eye catching and love to be planted next to other tall shrubs for competition. They can take over in small gardens and should be given lots of space to grow. They are recommended for borders and along edges. 

California native

6-8' tall x 6-8' wide
💧Very low water

☀️Full sun
Early Spring - Summer 
ꕤAttracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Deer/gopher resistant 

Salvia spathacea 

Hummingbird Sage

This sweet smelling, showy sage is an absolute favorite for hummingbirds. It is a spreading plant, and can be used to fill in any gaps in your garden. This plant should be dead-headed after blooming to encourage new growth. 

California native