Native plants are adapted to our summer-dry climate, and they make a particularly good choice when water is in short supply.
Care of new plants purchased and planted in the spring, when the rainy season is winding down
Care of new plants purchased and planted in the fall, ahead of rainy season
Instructions for planting wildflower seed mix over a large area
A listing of the native plants attractive to native bees and which species will visit your flowers. From the Urban Bee Lab, Berkeley
What to plant to attract specific species of butterflies to your garden
How to provide nectar resources for adult butterflies
How to differentiate the most common bees, flies and bugs that are likely to pollinate your garden
Notes on which plants are least tempting to deer and some tips on protecting your plants until they are established
Chaparral plants thrive on open slopes with full sun, low water and fast-draining, gravelly soil
Grasslands mix perennial bunchgrasses with bulbs and annual wildflowers that die back as the dry season occurs
Oaks should not be watered in summer and these plants will thrive under those conditions as well
Riparian plants grow in damp, streamside conditions, and usually will tolerate some degree of shade and water immersion
Landscaping a north facing or shady slope can be problematic for a number of reasons.
Many of California’s native plants are ideal for sunny slopes.
Plants that will tolerate saltwater or brackish water
Tips on germinating milkweed plants from seed
Tips for imitating the fire-adapted strategies that assist germination of salvias from seed
Tips for fall planting of native bulbs
Notes on handling and care of native bulbs through summer dormancy for fall planting
Invasive, non-native plants that should not be in your garden and suggested ideas for replacing them if they are