Common name: Queen Palm
Botanical name: Syagrus romanzoffianum
This palm has a very straight trunk to about 50' in height. It has arching, feathery, bright green, glossy leaves that can be 10'-15' long. It is fragile in heavy winds and a fast grower. It will become damaged in temperature below 24 degrees F.
Common name: Windmill Palm
Botanical name: Trachycarpus fortunei
This easy-to-grow palm of medium height will mature to a size of 30', and its slender trunk is covered with dense, heavy fiber topped with a crown of rich green, fan-shaped leaves that could spread 8' wide. Once it's established, it needs occasional watering. This is a great palm for a tropical theme near the pool.
Common name: Sea Pink, Common Thrift
Botanical name: Armeria maritima
This clumping, grass-like perennial is native to many areas, including coastal California. Its flowers range from deep rose pink to white.
Common name: Australian Dracaena
Botanical name: Cordyline australis
Cordyline australis is an evergreen tree that slowly grows to 25' tall. Leaves are long, sword shaped and light green. White fragrant flowers bloom in summer. Small blue berries appear in fall. It likes full sun and is very tolerant of heat, drought, wind and coastal conditions. It will live in any type of soil that is well drained. It may develop one or multiple trunks which are dark gray and furrowed. It is considered invasive in some areas.
Common name: Umbrella Plant, Umbrella Flatsedge
Botanical name: Cyperus alternifolius
This perennial will grow 5'-6' tall and has long, thin, flat leaves on top of triangular stems. Small greenish flowers at the center of the leaves bloom in summer but are considered inconspicuous. It also produces fruit that appears golden and then turns to dark brown. This plant does well in full to part sun but needs lots of water and can be even submerged in water. It does best with monthly fertilizing. It looks great in containers and may do best in them as to contain the roots which may be invasive.
Common name: Dymondia, Rock Ditty
Botanical name: Dymondia margaretae
This foliage is gray/green/silvery; it is a very dense, mat forming groundcover. It tolerates drought, cold, salt spray and poor soils. It's deep rooted and produces small, inconspicuous yellow flowers. Rock Ditty is great for use in between stepping stones or pavers.