Grasses, Perennials, Shrubs and Trees

Arctostaphylos morroensis

Evergreen shrub

Endangered in its native range in Southern California, it grows well in coastal gardens throughout the state. Lavender flowers with red berries.

Arctostaphylos refugioensis

Evergreen Tree

Native to California’s Central Coast. Upright form, relatively fast-growing (for a Manzanita). Dense with reddish-green leaves and white flowers spring into summer. Tolerates heavy clay soils.

Arctostaphylos rudis

Evergreen shrub

Dense foliage forms a deep green garden backdrop, or perfect as a hedge. Clusters of small pink flowers in spring.

Arctostaphylos viscida

Evergreen shrub

This species is characterized by sticky grey-green foliage, white flowers and smooth red bark. Edible berries.

Armeria “Alba”

A. maritima “Alba”
Groundcover Perennial

Prefers coastal, sunny location or partial sun inland, but can handle most conditions. Fully drought-tolerant only at coast. White pom-poms will reach up to 12″. Can handle sandy soils or clay.

Armeria “Nifty Thrifty”

A. maritima “Nifty Thrifty”
Groundcover Perennial

Variegated chartreuse green foliage. Prefers coastal, sunny location or partial sun inland, but can handle most conditions. Fully drought-tolerant only at coast. Pink pom-poms will reach up 12″. Can handle sandy soils or clay.

Armeria “Rubrifolia”

A. maritima “Rubrifolia”
Groundcover Perennial

Dark burgundy foliage. Prefers coastal, sunny location or partial sun inland, but can handle most conditions. Fully drought-tolerant only at coast. Pink pom-poms will reach up to 12″. Can handle sandy soils or clay.

Armeria maritima

Groundcover Perennial

Prefers coastal, sunny location or partial sun inland, but can handle most conditions. Fully drought-tolerant only at coast. Pink pom-poms will reach up to 12″. Can handle sandy soils or clay.

Armeria maritima “Bloodstone”

Groundcover Perennial

Slow spreading, tufted grass-like clumps of dark green leaves. Blooms in spring with dark pink pom-pom flowers. Can handle sandy soils or clay.

Armeria “Ballerina Red”

A. pseudarmeria

Low Mounding Perennial

Prefers coastal, sunny location or partial sun inland, but can handle most conditions. Attracts Butterflies, Heat Tolerant, Frost Tolerant. Tall bloom stalks with large sprays of deep red flowers Spring thru Autumn. Deadhead through the year for more blooms.

Armeria “Dreameria® Daydream”

A. pseudarmeria

Low Mounding Perennial

Prefers coastal, sunny location or partial sun inland, but can handle most conditions. Attracts Butterflies, Heat Tolerant, Frost Tolerant. Bright pink flowers Spring thru Autumn.

 

 

Armeria “Dreameria® Dream Clouds”

A. pseudarmeria

Low Mounding Perennial

Prefers coastal, sunny location or partial sun inland, but can handle most conditions. Attracts Butterflies, Heat Tolerant, Frost Tolerant. White flowers Spring thru Autumn.

Armeria “Dreameria® Dreamland”

A. pseudarmeria

Low Mounding Perennial

Prefers coastal, sunny location or partial sun inland, but can handle most conditions. Attracts Butterflies, Heat Tolerant, Frost Tolerant. Pink flowers Spring thru Autumn.

Armeria “Dreameria® Sweet Dreams”

A. pseudarmeria

Low Mounding Perennial

Prefers coastal, sunny location or partial sun inland, but can handle most conditions. Attracts Butterflies, Heat Tolerant, Frost Tolerant. Lavendar flowers Spring thru Autumn.

 

 

 

Artemisia “Canyon Gray”

Evergreen Shrub

Forms a mat of gray groundcover. Prefers coastal, sunny location with little to no water once established. Grows in clay, though shows fussiness if wet in the summer. Great wildlife plant.

Artemisia “David’s Choice”

A. pycnocephala “David’s Choice”
Semi-Evergreen Perennial

Very fine silver foliage mounds to 18″ high. Deer resistant.

Artemisia “Powis Castle”

Herbaceous Perennial

Billowing mounds of silver foliage grows wide. Perfect for coastal gardens. Can’t handle inland heat.

Artemisia “Silver Mound”

Semi-deciduous perennial

Dense mound of soft feathery sliver-grey foliage.  Useful in rock gardens and as a border plant.

Artemisia absinthium

Herbaceous Perennial

Great green-grey leaves, easy to grow low-water plant needs fast draining soil. Semi-woody, will form clumps to 3 ft., bloom sprays to 4 ft tall. Blooms are used for medicinal properties.

Artemisia arborescens

Evergreen Perennial

Billowing mounds of fragrant silver foliage. A fast grower perfect for coastal gardens. Sprays of yellow blooms in spring. Deer resistant. Summer drought.

Artemisia californica

Herbaceous Perennial

Prefers coastal, sunny location with little to no water once established. Grows in clay, though shows fussiness if wet in the summer. Great wildlife plant.

Artemisia frigida

Semi-deciduous Perennial

Dense mound of soft wooly sliver-grey foliage. Fragrant and useful in rock gardens or as a border plant. Tiny yellow flowers in summer.

Artemisia glacialis

Alpine Herbaceous Perennial

Needs lots of sun and very good draining rocky soils. Careful not to overwater – plant does not like wet roots. Can be used as an herb. Divisions can be taken from the rootball. Yellow flowers on 12″ stalks poke up mid-summer. Used medicinally for “mountain sickness.”

Artemisia pycnocephala

Semi-Evergreen Perennial

White foliage lays out flat, subtle flowering stems to 12″ high. Deer resistant

Artemisia pycnocephala “Dr Seuss”

Evergreen Perennial Groundcover

Silver foliage mounds up in tufts with flower stalks to 3ft tall. Woody branches, spreads wide. Deer resistant. Can handle sandy soils and clay soils. Grows well near the coast.

Artemisia tridentata

Herbaceous Perennial

Aromatic silver foliage with tiny cream or yellow clusters of flowers. Soft new growth that matures to a woody stem. A nitrogen fixing plant.

Artemisia viridis “Tiny Green”

Tiny groundcover that can handle light traffic. Very green leaves turn bronze with sun. Great for borders, rock gardens, between paving stones, or anywhere that needs a little extra texture. Yellow button flowers.

Artemisia “Leprechaun”

A. arbrotanum “Leprechaun”
Semi-Evergreen Perennial

Upright stems in a mounding habit, or can form a short hedge. Very green leaves, strong fragrance. Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Rabbit Resistant.