Full to Part Sun

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 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.

Asclepias fruticosus

Gomphocarpus fruticosus
Perennial

Butterflies. Deer-resistant. Star-shaped flowers. Round pendant seedpods.

 

Asclepias physocarpa

Gomphocarpus physocarpus
Perennial

Monarch butterfly host. Large, round pendant seedpods.

Aster “Wartburg Star”

Evergreen perennial

Lavender flower with yellow center, produces huge number of flowers through the summer. Easy to grow, great for cut flowers.

Aster chilensis “Purple Haze”

Semi-evergreen perennial, drought deciduous

Showy deep-purple blossoms are attractive to butterflies. Grows on dry banks and grassy fields to 5000 ft. Violet flower with yellow center.

Banksia blechnifolia

Evergreen

Low tothe ground, leaves arch outward and appear like fern leaves. Giant red cone flowers at the ground level in spring. Serrated leaves come in rusty brown and turn green with age. Drought tolerant, but a little extra water when hot will increase growth.

 

 

Banksia coccinea

Evergreen Shrub

Great for cut flowers. A compact upright shrub with impressive large scarlet flower cones. Mediterranean climate plant – keep dry in summer.

Banksia marginata “Mini Marg”

Evergreen Shrub

Dense, rounded shrub, dark green foliage shows silver underneath, topped with stunning displays of orange-yellow flowers on cone shaped flower spikes in summer and fall.

Banksia menziesii

Evergreen Shrub

Great for cut flowers. A compact upright shrub with large maroon and yellow flower cones. Twisted trunk with thick bark. Coastal native, Mediterranean climate plant – keep dry in summer.

 

Banksia serrata

Evergreen Tree

Can grow tall if kept in perfect conditions but generally will stay smaller with hard growing.  Very large creamy-pink flower spikes. Coastal native, Mediterranean climate plant – keep dry in summer. Can handle sandy soils, doesn’t like clay.

 

Bauhinia lunarioides

Semi-deciduous shrub

Dainty slow growing small tree with an open growth habit and cute bi-lobed leaves. Small white flowers in late Spring through early Summer.

Brachychiton populneus

Evergreen tree

Bottle Tree. Attractive green, lance-shaped leaves. At maturity, has a tapered trunk and dome-shaped canopy. White flowers in late spring to early summer.

Buddleia “Buzz Hot Raspberry”

Evergreen Perennial

Dwarf shrub with compact habit. Perfect for patio containers and small garden centerpieces. In summer graceful tapering spikes of fragrant flowers. Prune back each year.

Buddleia “Silver Anniversary”

Perennial Shrub

Small white and yellow flower clusters in early spring. Soft silver-grey leaves. Cut back hard in early spring to keep plant compact, or let grow shrubby to 5 feet tall and eventually taller.

Butia capitata

Palm Tree

Silver-blue leaves, compact stout palm with wide spreading arching fronds. Cold hardy, but prefers a warm spot in summer.

Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Semi-evergreen Tree

Small vase-shaped tree with bright yellow and orange flowers year-round. Low maintenance and drought tolerant. Deciduous below 25F.

Ceanothus “Centennial”

Evergreen Shrub

Low mounding shrub with arching branches and clusters of lavender blooms in late winter to early spring. Excellent for coastal gardens, provide afternoon shade inland.

Ceanothus “Cliff Schmidt”

Evergreen Shrub

Native to the Channel Islands, great for coastal gardens. Clusters of blue flowers in spring, reblooms in fall along the coast. Can be pruned into a small tree. Tolerates clay soils.

Ceanothus “Diamond Heights”

Evergreen Shrub

Variegated yellow and green foliage all year round. Flowers in spring with pale blue blooms. Beautiful groundcover, provides a pop of color in the garden.

Ceanothus “Emily Brown”

C. gloriosus v. exaltatus “Emily Brown”
Evergreen shrub

Low-spreading shrub with rich dark green leaves, dark blue blooms in spring. Edible seeds are favored by native birds. Deer-resistant, cold-hardy, doesn’t like temps over 100F.

Ceanothus “Heart’s Desire”

C. gloriosus “Heart’s Desire”
Evergreen shrub

Wild variety found North of Pt. Reyes. Will tolerate clay soils and heat over 100° with some summer irrigation. Good border plant and along sidewalk strips. Deer-resistant.

Ceanothus “Joyce Coulter”

Evergreen shrub

Fast growing, mounding shrub with dark green leaves. Medium blue flower clusters in late spring. Full sun in coastal gardens.

Ceanothus “Kurt Zadnik”

C. griseus “Kurt Zadnik”
Evergreen shrub

Cultivated in Berkeley at the UC Botanic Garden from a plant found in Sonoma. A prolific bloomer with rich dark blue flowers. Edible seeds are favored by native mockingbirds and others.

Ceanothus “Tassajara Blue”

Evergreen shrub

Hybrid California Lilac with glossy deep green leaves, blue flowers in late spring to early summer. Makes a great hedge plant.

Ceanothus gloriosus

Evergreen groundcover

Low-spreading shrub with rich dark green leaves, light lilac blooms in spring. Edible seeds are favored by native birds. great for Coastal locations. Deer-resistant, cold-hardy, doesn’t like temps over 100F.

Cercis occidentalis

Evergreen tree

Careful not to disturb roots when transplanting. Magenta flowers in Spring. From rocky soils at foothills. Bright green kidney-shaped leaves.

Convolvulus “Snow Angel”

Evergreen perennial

This low-growing evergreen bush has a compact form dense with shimmering silver-green leaves and beautiful white flowers blooming spring through fall.