Drought smGardening During Drought

Native plants are adapted to our summer-dry climate, and they make a particularly good choice when water is in short supply.

 

 

planting in spring 2018Planting Natives in Spring

Care of new plants purchased and planted in the spring, when the rainy season is winding down

 

 

planting in fall 2018Planting Natives in Fall   

Care of new plants purchased and planted in the fall, ahead of rainy season

 

 

Sowing wildflowers 2018Sowing wildflower mix

Instructions for planting wildflower seed mix over a large area

 

 

  best bee plants 2018Best Plants for Bees

 A listing of the native plants attractive to native bees and which species will visit your flowers. From the Urban Bee Lab, Berkeley

 

 

 

butterfly host plants 2018Butterfly Larval Host plants

What to plant to attract specific species of butterflies to your garden

 

 

 

Butterfly Nectar Plants

Butterfly Nectar plants

How to provide nectar resources for adult butterflies

 

 

our native pollinators 2018Our Native Pollinators

How to differentiate the most common bees, flies and bugs that are likely to pollinate your garden

 

 

deer country 2018Gardening in Deer Country

Notes on which plants are least tempting to deer and some tips on protecting your plants until they are established

 

 

chaparral list 2018Chaparral plant list

Chaparral plants thrive on open slopes with full sun, low water and fast-draining, gravelly soil

 

 

grassland list 2018Grasslands plant List

Grasslands mix perennial bunchgrasses with bulbs and annual wildflowers that die back as the dry season occurs

 

 

under oaks list 2018Plant list for Under Oaks

Oaks should not be watered in summer and these plants will thrive under those conditions as well

 

 

riparian list 2018Riparian plant list

Riparian plants grow in damp, streamside conditions, and usually will tolerate some degree of shade and water immersion

 

 

 shady slopesNative Plants for Shady Slopes

Landscaping a north facing or shady slope can be problematic for a number of reasons.

 

 

sunny slopesNative Plants for Sunny Slopes

Many of California’s native plants are ideal for sunny slopes.

 

 

Plants for salt water

Plant List for Saltwater

Plants that will tolerate saltwater or brackish water

 

 

 Planting Milkweed 2018Planting Milkweeds

Tips on germinating milkweed plants from seed

 

 

 

salvia from seed 2018

Salvia from Seed

Tips for imitating the fire-adapted strategies that assist germination of salvias from seed

 

 

Planting bulbs

Planting Native Bulbs

Tips for fall planting of native bulbs

 

 

Care of Bulbs 2018Care of Bulbs

Notes on handling and care of native bulbs through summer dormancy for fall planting

 

 

what not to plant 2018What Not to Plant

Invasive, non-native plants that should not be in your garden and suggested ideas for replacing them if they are