Common name: Strawberry Madrone
Botanical name: Arbutus 'Marina'
The 'Marina' has gorgeous bark, with leaves that are smaller and not as glossy as Pacific Madrone. Its flowers are pink, borne in pendant clusters in the summer. The fruit is large, red and quite ornamental. The plant should be grown in sun to part shade, with little or no summer watering when established. The 'Marina' prefers good drainage.
Common name: California Fescue
Botanical name: Festuca californica
The California Fescue is a cool season bunchgrass with blue-green blades that reach 2' high. The violet colored flower stalks are 5' tall, appearing in spring and summer, creating fountain-like clumps. This grass is drought tolerant for sun and shade although it looks better with additional summer water. The California fescue is native to CA and is a beneficial insect plant. Plant on dry sunny slopes or on the edge of a dry creek bed.
Common name: California Poppy, Golden Poppy
Botanical name: Eschscholzia californica
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.
Common name: Blue-Eyed Grass
Botanical name: Sisyrinchium bellum
Following winter rains, this grassy perennial brings a soft texture back into the garden. It produces an abundance of small blue-purple flowers which have a long bloom. Foliage is similar to Irises. This California native prefers full sun and is drought tolerant once it's established. It's great in small spaces and among rocks. This plant reaches about 1' tall.
Common name: California Buckwheat
Botanical name: Eriogonum fasciculatum
Eriogonum fasciculatum is a fast growing shrub with needle-like, narrow, evergreen, grayish leaves. Pink-white flower heads appear at the end of branching stems in spring, changing to cream and then rust-brown by fall. Flowers are attractive to butterflies. This plant will reach 4' tall with arching branches, rooting where they touch. It can spread 8' wide. This plant is great for hillsides and erosion control. Does well in coastal areas but will tolerate warm inland areas with afternoon shade and additional water. In coastal areas, it is drought tolerant once it's established.
Common name: California Coffeeberry
Botanical name: Frangula californica
The California Coffeeberry is an evergreen shrub that reaches 6'-8' high and 10' wide. It has a rounded form that can be pruned to your liking. Foliage is large, deep green with reddish tints. Flowers are considered inconspicuous. It has red berries that turn black in late summer, which attracts birds. The berries have seeds which resemble coffee beans! This shrub tolerates sun or partial shade in all soil types. This CA native is drought tolerant once it's established. This shrub also attract butterflies and bees.
Common name: Monterey Carpet Manzanita
Botanical name: Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Monterey Carpet'
This is a compact, low growing variety of manzanita that performs best near the coast and requires protection from the direct sun in inland areas. Very slow growing but will eventually spread to about 6-8' W. Stays under 1' H. Flowers are in clusters of white to pinkish white urns in the winter to early spring months. Virtually no care once established.