Common name: California Poppy
Botanical name: Eschscholzia californica
The California State Flower. This small annual (sometimes acts as a perennial) plant will grow to less than 1' tall and has light, small blue green leaves with gold and orange flowers that bloom in spring and summer. It is an aggressive grower and can get away from you in a residential garden space. Plant it in spaces where it is alright for it to roam.
Common name: White California Poppy
Botanical name: Eschscholzia californica 'White'
This annual will grow 6"-24" tall and produces beautiful white blooms surrounded by dark green foliage. It does best in full sun and dry to moist soil.
Common name: Deer Grass
Botanical name: Muhlenbergia rigens
Deer Grass is a warm season perennial grass that forms dense clumps from the base. The spike-like flower stalks grow 2'-3' tall in summer. This grass has dramatic and handsome form. Deer Grass needs watering once or twice a month after it has been established. It is very water efficient but looks better with regular waterings.
Common name: Blue Mountain Lilac
Botanical name: Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Skylark'
This ceanothus shrub variety has dark blue flower clusters that bloom profusely in the spring. This smaller growing selection grows to 3' tall and wide. This plant tolerates coastal conditions but will also grow in inland, hot valleys as it does well in clay soil. This cultivar seems to bloom longer than other varieties. It does well in full sun but will tolerate dry shade also. Leaves are bright green and glossy. It is drought tolerant once it's established and can benefit from some summer watering.