I had a friend ask about re-landscaping her yard with native and drought-tolerant plants, and while I feel like I steered her in the right direction, I also felt like I didn’t know as many options off the top of my head as I wanted to. I know that lavender and sage are popular and need very little water, but I don’t think they’re native; and I know there are lots of pretty, hearty grasses on the market, but have no idea what their names are; and I think artichokes are utterly fabulous plants (and I like to eat them too), but I don’t know how much water they need; so I decided to do some research and come up with some good options for eco-friendly landscaping here in Northern California.
Turns out I knew several plants by sight, but not by name, that are native to California and also drought tolerant (the two often go hand in hand here); and I learned that artichokes are neither native to California (they are from the Mediterranean) nor drought resistant.
Native California Plant Resources:
GrowinNative.com – Drought resistant native California plants
Laspilitas.com – Native California plants
MyNativePlants.com – Resource site with software that will help you or your landscaper design your entire yard in native plants, taking into account that the same plant may not like your front and backyard equally, due to sun exposure, soil content and other factors.
Wildflower.org – Resource and listing of native plants, not just for California
Wildflower suppliers in California
I share this viewpoint on native landscaping that, “Taming is not the operative word, rather living with, experiencing, and enjoying the vitality of a native garden instead.” – MyNativePlants.com
As I sit in my backyard garden while I type this, I’m looking around thinking just where all of these fabulous plants will fit.