Drought tolerant

Angelonia angustifolia

Evergreen Perennial

Long lasting colorful blooms. For a massed effect, space plants 9-12 in apart. They also make great flowering edging in front of perennial beds and borders. They’re good for cut flowers too.

Arctostaphylos “Bright Beauty”

Evergreen shrub

Low mounding shrub, spreads wide, stays dense, with small bright grey/green leaves and white flowers in winter through spring.

Arctostaphylos “Carmel Sur”

A. edmundsii “Carmel Sur”
Evergreen Groundcover

Fast-growing attractive low Manzanita. Light green foliage, easy to grow in gardens. Coastal sun, inland needs some shade.

Arctostaphylos “Rosy Dawn”

A. edmundsii “Rosy Dawn”
Evergreen shrub

Low grower, compact form. Grey-green leaves with a rosy tinge and pink flowers. Great for hillsides.

Arctostaphylos “Sentinel”

A. densiflora “Sentinel”
Evergreen shrub

Great quantities of pink and white flowers in early spring. Soft greyish leaves. Clay soil tolerant. Attracts hummingbirds and native butterflies.

Arctostaphylos “Wavelength”

Evergreen shrub

Low shrub, spreads wide, stays dense, with small grey/green leaves and white flowers in winter through spring.

Arctostaphylos “Wayside”

A. hookeri “Wayside”
Evergreen shrub

Low shrub, spreads wide, stays dense, with bright green leaves and white flowers in winter through spring.

Brahea nitida

Palm Tree

Bright, green, palmate leaves with undersides of a chalky, white color. Beautiful outdoor palm. Also makes a great container plant.

Ceanothus “Anchor Bay”

C. gloriosus “Anchor Bay”
Evergreen shrub

Spectacular dense groundcover shrub. Low-spreading with rich dark green leaves, dark blue blooms in spring. Deer-resistant.

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 “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 “Yankee Point”

C. griseus “Yankee Point”
Evergreen shrub

Fast growing ground-cover shrub with glossy dark green leaves and blue flower clusters winter through spring. Can handle partial shade and as low as 20 F.

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.

Chondropetalum elephantinum

Marsh Restio

Rich dark green stems giving the appearance of a common rush, but more relaxed – radiating in an arc.

Chondropetalum tectorum

Marsh Restio

Rich dark green stems giving the appearance of a common rush, but more relaxed – radiating in an arc.

Cistus “Gordon Cooper”

Evergreen Perennial

Fast growing shrub, blooms throughout spring and summer. Flowers are white with crimson spots at the base of each petal. Tolerates poor soil and salt spray. Very low maintenance, does not respond well to hard pruning.

Cistus “Jester”

Evergreen Perennial

Fast growing shrub, blooms throughout spring and summer. Flowers are pink with orange centers. Tolerates poor soil and salt spray. Very low maintenance, does not respond well to hard pruning.

Cistus “Sunset”

Cistus x pulverulentus “Sunset”
Evergreen Perennial

Showy magenta blooms with yellow stamens. Acts as a tall groundcover, compact and orderly. Tough plant can handle coastal locations and is deer-resistant.

Cistus salvifolius

Evergreen Fragrant Ornamental

Showy white blooms through spring, striking green leaves. Great for groundcover or short hedge and in rock gardens. Deer and Fire resistant, good for coastal locations.

Cistus x purpureus

Evergreen Fragrant Ornamental

Showy rose-purple blooms with maroon spots. Great for informal divider, in rock gardens or accent plant.

Cistus x skanbergii

Evergreen Fragrant Ornamental

Showy 1″ pale pink blooms. Great for informal divider, in rock gardens or accent plant. Deer and Fire resistant, good for coastal locations.

Coleonema “Monterey Rose”

Aromatic Evergreen Shrub

Soft, aromatic chartreuse leaves with small star-like pink flowers winter through spring.

Cotula “Big Yellow Moon”

C. lineariloba “Big Yellow Moon”
Evergreen Perennial

Huge 1″ round yellow flowers sit well above the 2″ groundcover foliage. Plant 1-2 feet apart.

Cotula “Silver Mound”

Evergreen Perennial

Large yellow flowers resembling buttons rise above the silver-green groundcover foliage on 2″ stems, flowerinf from spring to fall.

Cotula lineariloba

Evergreen Perennial

Huge 1″ round yellow button flowers sit well above the 2″ groundcover foliage. Plant 1-2 feet apart.

Dichondra “Silver Falls”

D. argentea “Silver Falls”
Evergreen groundcover

Small soft fuzzy silver leaves creep along the ground forming a vibrant mat. Cascades well over steps or rocks. great for hanging pots.