Low, summer-drought

Heteromeles arbutifolia

Evergreen shrub

White flowers in Summer. Bright red berries in fall are attractive to birds. Can be pruned to tree shape, but will need to be cleaned regularly. Plant under shade of native oaks, or in full sun at coast.

Ixia viridiflora

Deciduous Bulb

Small bulb with tall bloom stalks and lots of vibrant blue flowers. Winter-growing, flowers in spring followed by summer-dormant. Prefers sandy soils.

Leymus “Canyon Prince”

Turf Grass

Blue-grey, evergreen, running, mat-forming grass thrives on seasonal winter rains. Avoid regular summer irrigation or the grass will flop over.

Marrubium “All Hallows Green”

M. bourgaei “All Hallows Green”

Evergreen perennial

Short shrub spreads many feet wide and makes an excellent border. Lime green leaves, round and textured, send up cream colored flowers in spring and fall.

Muhlenbergia rigens

Semi-Evergreen Grass

Deer resistant. Whip-like blooms to 5 feet tall. A stunning vertical accent especially when back-lit by autumn sun. Used in basketry.

Myrica californica

Evergreen shrub

Purple-ish, single-seeded berries coated with a white wax. The leaves are extemely fragrant when crushed, also known as bayberry – used for various medicinal preparations.

Olea “Little Ollie”

O. europaea “Little Ollie”
Evergreen tree

Dwarf non-fruiting olive, multi-stemmed, with dark green leaves. Excellent for hedges and marine exposures.

Olea “Manzanillo”

O. europaea “Manzanillo”
Evergreen tree

Cultivated for edible fruit. The epitome of a Mediterranean climate plant – loves the San Francisco Bay Area. Picturesque shade tree with grey leaves.

Olea “Montra”

O. europaea “Montra”
Evergreen tree

Bushy multi-stemmed small tree. Fruitless. Closely spaced grey-green leaves. Great for small yards. The epitome of a Mediterranean climate plant for the Bay Area.

Olea “Skylark”

O. europaea “Skylark”
Evergreen tree

Compact, multi-trunked small tree. Small fruit some years. Closely spaced grey-green leaves. Great for small yards. The epitome of a Mediterranean climate plant for the Bay Area.

Olea “Wilsonii”

O. europaea “Wilsonii”
Evergreen tree

Cultivated to be fruitless. The epitome of a Mediterranean climate plant – loves the San francisco Bay Area. Picturesque shade tree with grey leaves, and no fruit dropping – “a clean plant.”

Olea europaea ssp. africana

Evergreen tree

Pea-sized black fruit. Picturesque shade tree with glossy dark green leaves, brown on the undersides.

Parkinsonia aculeata

Evergreen tree

Gracefully arcing canopy, spiny branches atop a short trunk, covered in bright yellow flowers in spring.

Parkinsonia X “Desert Museum”

Cercidium “Desert Museum”
P. microphylla x P. florida x P. aculeata
Semi-Evergreen tree

Gracefully arcing canopy, thornless branches atop a short trunk, tiny leaves, covered in bright yellow flowers in spring.

 

Restio multiflorus

Evergreen Feather-Reed

“The sparsely branched bloom stalks rise like a fountain out of a mass of finely branched, bright green stems.”

Restio quadratus

Evergreen Feather-Reed

Young, soft, feathery stems with dark green foliage mature to thick, square branches. Small white flowers. Plant at beginning of rainy season.

Salvia “Point Sal”

S. leucophylla “Point Sal”
Evergreen perennial/shrub

Low growing, but wide spreading. Deer resistant, attracts butterflies, fragrant flowers.

x Chiranthofremontia

Chiranthodendron pentadactylon X Fremontodendron “Pacific Sunset”
Evergreen shrub

Large, broad, showy intergenic hybrid. If provided space in a garden, this centerpiece plant will be covered in golden flowers in spring. No water once established.