Grasses, Perennials, Shrubs and Trees

Ribes viburnifolium

Evergreen Perennial Shrub

Dark green, heavily scented foliage with red stems. Tolerates clay soil. Semi-deer-tolerant. Edible fruit.

Romneya coulteri

Semi-deciduous Perennial Shrub

Spectactular giant California poppy blooms on top tall stems. Difficult to establish, needs good drainage, but easy to care for.

Rosa minutifolia

Deciduous shrub (Summer deciduous if dry)

Open, small-leafed coastal California rose. Long, curving canes produce small, pink flowers with dense thorns in spring. Well-draining soil preferred. Perfect in coastal garden settings.

Rudbeckia “Cherokee Sunset”

R hirta “Cherokee Sunset”

Perennial Daisy
Beautiful autumn colors, rusty red and orange 3-4″ flowers. Blooms summer-fall. Dead-head the spent bloom for a full 2nd flush. Divide every 2-4 years.

Ruellia makoyana

Herbaceous Perennial

A “wild desert tropical,” can be used as a low mounding garden plant, or cascades nicely in a hanging basket and as a houseplant. Magenta blooms summer through fall.

Rumohra adiantiformis

Evergreen Fern

The beautiful deep green fronds rise from creeping rhizomes to create a dense, low plant cover. Great for shaded areas in the landscape and in hanging baskets.

Rumohra adiantiformis “Iberia”

Evergreen Fern

Deep green fern with leathery leaves. Cut foliage for indoor centerpieces. Can be grown in hanging baskets. Protect from hard frosts.

Russelia “Flamingo Park”

R. equisetiformis “Flamingo Park”
Semi-Deciduous Perennial

Evergreen sub-shrub, with arching leaves and stunning pink coral flowers spring through fall. Tolerates wind and even deep shade. Will spill over edge of a large container, or garden wall.

Russelia equisetiformis

Semi-Deciduous Perennial

Evergreen sub-shrub, with arching leaves and stunning red coral flowers spring through fall. Tolerates wind and even deep shade. Will spill over edge of a large container, or garden wall.

Sabal riverside

Palm Tree

First Identified in Riversaide, CA. Fast growing, cold tolerant, drought tolerant. Gigantic blue-green fan shaped fronds. Grows well at coast.

 

Salvia “Kaleidoscope”

S. clevelandii “Kaleidoscope”
Evergreen perennial/shrub

Fragrant grey-green leaves. Strongly fragrant lavender blue flowers. Deer resistant, attracts butterflies.

Salvia “Winifred Gilman”

S. clevelandii “Winifred Gilman”
Evergreen perennial/shrub

Fragrant grey-green leaves. Strongly fragrant lavender blue flowers. Deer resistant, attracts butterflies.

Salvia “Allen Chickering”

Evergreen perennial

Fragrant leaves make a nice tea. Lavender flower whorls make this a Bay Area garden favorite. Deer resistant, attracts butterflies, fragrant flowers.

Salvia “Amethyst Bluff”

S. leucophylla “Amethyst Bluff”
Evergreen perennial/shrub

Easy to grow. Fuzzy white-gray leaves and dark rosy-pink flowers make this a standout. Deer resistant, attracts butterflies, fragrant flowers.

Salvia “Bee’s Bliss”

Evergreen perennial

Rambling low green-leaved sage topped with abundant whorls of lavender flowers in spring and into summer.

Salvia “Berzerkeley”

S. microphylla “Berzerkeley”
Evergreen perennial/shrub

Dense and compact with deep pink flowers. Will bloom through fall into winter. Best with good sun, except in hotter areas. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

Salvia “Calamity Jane”

S. mellifera x S. leucophylla
Evergreen Perennial

Forms a fragrant, low mound with lavender blossoms. Great for a dry, sunny spot. Wonderful aroma. Attracts hummingbirds and native bees. Deer resistant.

Salvia “Cranberry Crush”

S. greggii “Cranberry Crush”

Evergreen perennial/shrub

Semi-woody dwarf salvia will bloom bright fuchsia through into winter.  Best in full sun, except in hotter areas.

Salvia “Dancing Dolls”

S. microphylla x S. greggii
Evergreen Perennial

Semi-woody dwarf salvia with fragrant green leaves. Light pink flowers with dark pink upper lip in spring through winter. Best in full sun at coast, afternoon shade inland. Attractive to Hummingbirds

Salvia “Dancing Embers”

S. microphylla x S. greggii
Evergreen Perennial

Semi-woody dwarf salvia with fragrant green leaves. Masses of deep, glowing red blooms in spring through winter. Best in full sun at coast, afternoon shade inland. Attractive to Hummingbirds

Salvia “Dancing Shadows”

S. microphylla x S. greggii
Evergreen Perennial

Semi-woody dwarf salvia with fragrant green leaves. Light pink flowers in spring through winter. Best in full sun at coast, afternoon shade inland. Attractive to Hummingbirds.

 

Salvia “Dark Dancer”

S. microphylla hybrid
Evergreen Perennial

Dense clumping sage with narrow leaves. Beautiful red-violet flowers in spring and fall. Best in full sun, except in hotter areas. Deer-resistant. Attractive to Hummingbirds.

Salvia “Dazzler”

S. microphylla hybrid
Evergreen Perennial

Semi-woody dwarf salvia with fragrant green leaves. Dark cranberry to intense magenta violet flowers in spring through winter. Best in full sun at coast, afternoon shade inland. Attractive to Hummingbirds.

Salvia “Desert Blaze”

Evergreen Perennial/Shrub

Variegated leaves. Semi-woody dwarf salvia will bloom bright red through into winter. Best in full sun, except in hotter areas.

Salvia “Fancy Dancer”

S. microphylla hybrid
Evergreen Perennial

Semi-woody dwarf salvia with fragrant green leaves. Light pink flowers with dark pink upper lip in spring through winter. Best in full sun at coast, afternoon shade inland. Attractive to Hummingbirds.

Salvia “Figueroa”

S. leucophylla “Figueroa”
Evergreen perennial/shrub

Fuzzy white-gray leaves and lavender-pink flowers make this a standout. Deer resistant, attracts butterflies, fragrant flowers.