If you're rethinking your yard for water efficiency, it helps to know your natives. Native plants, that is! There are over 5,000 species of plants that are native to California. Of those, over 2,000 are endemic, meaning they aren't found anywhere else in the world.
Why grow California natives?
- They are tough.
- Plants that are native to California are perfectly adapted to our climate, including our long, hot, and dry summers.
- They are easy.
- These plants require very little maintenance and add to the natural beauty of your landscape.
- They are drought resistant.
- Once established, they are low water plants, saving you money and conserving water.
- They attract native pollinators and beneficial insects.
- Providing food and habitat for native insects is the cornerstone of integrated pest management, and is the best way to build a healthy organic garden.
The following is a small sampling of gorgeous, tried and true native perennials which have earned their place in our nursery, and in your garden!*
Check out our California Native Landscape 2.0 design for ideas
California Native Plants for Sacramento
Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
This compact beauty only grows one foot tall by three feet wide, and is covered in clusters of reddish-pink blooms summer through fall. It provides food for bees and butterflies and in addition is deer resistant.
Penstemon ‘Margarita B.O.P.’
Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Margarita B.O.P.’
The flowers of this penstemon can be sky blue or violet purple, or both at the same time! This dreamy perennial grows only two feet tall and wide. It is very attractive to hummingbirds and bees, and will bloom continuously spring through summer if trimmed back occassionally.
This evergreen shrub grows four-to-five feet high and wide and it’s greyish-green leaves emit a strong herbal aroma. Blooming in late spring and early summer, spikes punctuated with whorls of tubular blue flowers beckon hummingbirds, bees and butterflies to your garden. Deer resistant!
Epilobium canum (Zauschneria californica)
Bearing little resemblance to other varieties of fuchsia, CA fuchsia is by far prettier, tougher, and more irresistible to hummingbirds! It forms a soft mound of grey-green foliage, topped with tons of striking red-orange tubular flowers summer through fall. Reaching about three-to-four feet high and four-to-five feet wide, it is a great choice to plant en masse on dry slopes. Deer resistant!
*Inventory levels are subject to change, please call stores for current availability
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