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Ceanothus “Point Sierra”

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 “Ray Hartman”

Evergreen shrub

Light blue flowers, dark green leaves. Fast-growing, completely drought-tolerant. Cold and heat hardy. Do not irrigate.

Ceanothus “Skylark”

C. thyrsiflorus “Skylark”
Evergreen shrub

Particularly dark green foliage and blue flowers. Good for coastal gardens, and as a low border hedge.

Ceanothus “Snow Flurry”

C. thyrsiflorus “Snow Flurry”
Evergreen shrub

Provides seeds that native birds thrive on. Huge sprays of brilliant white flowers in spring. Rich green leaves. Perfect for Bay Area gardens – drought-tolerant, easy to grow.

Ceanothus “Starbright”

Evergreen shrub

Medium sized dark green leaves on dense upright stems. Deep blue flower clusters completely cover the plant in spring.

Ceanothus “Tilden Park”

Evergreen shrub

Small glossy green leaves with impressive displays of vivid blue flower clusters that completely cover the plant in late spring. Grows under native Oaks.

Ceanothus “Vandenberg”

Evergreen shrub

Small dark green leaves, compact clusters of dark blue flowers in late winter. Deer resistant.

Ceanothus “Wheeler Canyon”

Evergreen shrub

First found in Ventura County, great for coastal gardens. Clusters of blue flowers in spring, broad glossy green leaves. Tolerates clay soils.

Ceanothus hearstiorum

Evergreen Groundcover

One of the lowest growing Ceanothus, excellent groundcover. Small bumpy green leaves, medium blue flower clusters. Protect from afternoon sun inland. Prefers fast draining soil.

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus

Evergreen shrub

Large shrub can be pruned to a single trunked tree shape. 2″ glossy leaves, large sprays of dark blue blooms in spring. Rough bark with age.

Chamaerops humilis v. argentea

Evergreen Perennial

High elevation palm that tolerates extreme temperatures, drought and wind. Blue fan-shaped fronds emerge from stem, eventually reaching 10′ tall and wide.

Chilopsis linearis

Deciduous Tree

Usually seen as a shrubby multi-trunked tree. Green leaves on long branches give a willow-like appearance. Large white to pink flowers in late summer, attracts hummingbirds and bees.

Chrysocephalum “Desert Flame”

Evergreen Perennial

Low spreading with silvery leaves and topped with bright yellow puffy flowers most of the year. Protect from frost.

 

Chrysocephalum “Silver and Gold”

C. apiculatum “Silver and Gold”

Evergreen Perennial

Low spreading with silvery leaves and topped with golden puffy flowers most of the year. Protect from frost.

Chrysothamnus nauseosus

Evergreen Perennial

Shrubby with long, narrow gray fuzzy leaves and pungent gold flowers summer – fall. Prune back in spring.

Colletia paradoxa

Evergreen Shrub

Weird anchor-shaped green photosynthetic stems. Cream colored flowers along the stems in Fall.

Coreopsis verticillata “Moonbeam”

Evergreen Flowering Perennial

Bright yellow daisy flowers, fernlike foliage forms a lacey/frilly mound. Classic garden plant, works well in containers.

Cuphea “David Verity”

Evergreen Perennial

Fast growing evergreen perennial with bright red-orange tubular flowers nearly year round. A hummingbird favorite!

Cuphea “Strybing Sunset”

Evergreen Perennial

Fast growing evergreen perennial with bright orange tubular flowers nearly year round. A hummingbird favorite!

Cuphea cyanea

Evergreen Perennial

Fast growing evergreen perennial with a huge profusion of bright pink tubular flowers nearly year round. A hummingbird favorite!

Cussonia spicata

Evergreen Tree

Large distinctive tree with intricately divided leaves. Small yellow flower borne on club like spikes on the branch ends in Summer. Needs protection from frost and moderate water while young.

Dendromecon harfordii

Perennial Shrub

Moderately-fast growing, evergreen poppy native to the Channel Islands. Bright yellow, 3″ flowers in spring and summer. Low water once established.

Dymondia margaretae

Evergreen Perennial Groundcover

Slow spreading, only 1 to 2″ high, tightly compact. Grey green leaves. Lots of yellow daisy flowers.

Echium “Cielo del Sur”

Evergreen Shrub

Produces a dense rosette of leaves followed by an erect inflorescence 3-6ft. tall topped by hundreds of true blue flowers. Great coastal plant. Self-seeds and restarts every 5 years or so.

Echium candicans

Herbaceous Biennial

Large biennial produces a dense rosette of leaves followed by mulitple erect inflorescences 3-8ft. tall topped by hundreds of blue violet flowers. Great coastal plant. Self-seeds and restarts every 5 years or so.

Echium wildpretii

Herbaceous Biennial

A biennial producing a dense rosette of leaves during the first year and in the second year produces an erect inflorescence w/hundreds of dark pink to almost red flowers. Self-seeds and restarts.

Elegia fistulosa

Evergreen Restio

Low maintenance, easy to grow. Tall grass-like plant is attractive year-round. Brown sheaths, dark brown flowers.

Encelia farinosa

Herbaceous Perennial

Easy to grow rich 2″ yellow/orange blooms. Dead-head for longer bloom season. Silvery foliage. Attractive to bees and butterflies. Clay-tolerant. Semi-Deciduous

Ephedra tweediana

Perennial Vining Shrub

Flexible jointed leafless branches will climb and spread from a thick trunk. Frost tolerant.