California Native Plants

Ask me about creating a California native plant palette suited to the area you live in.

Need help with your landscape?

Would you like a few ideas for a small area or a master plan for a few acres?

 

I offer a full line of landscape design and related services to meet a variety of needs. For more information, please visit my Services page.

Landscape Plans

Unique plant palettes, precise CAD plans, landscape photo imaging, 3D rendering and web conferencing during the design development phase.

Design Details

A Few Ideas

When addressing small areas where plans might not be necessary, Hourly On-Site Consultation might be the way to go. Please visit the Services page for details.

Online Landscape Design

This service is designed for long distance customers. Meetings are conducted online, via web conferencing, to view your site photos, imaged views and the CAD plan. Please visit the Services page for more information.

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Plant Palettes

Using the palettes below as points of departure, a unique plant palette is created for each client, based on individual taste and unique site conditions.



Ceanothus - California Lilac

California Native: Plants from California's many and diverse plant communities, including Chaparral, Coastal, Oak Woodland, Redwood Woodland, Riparian and Sierra Nevada to name a few. Visit the Natives page to learn more about the way I design with natives.



Mediterranean Mix Container Planting

Mediterranean Mix: Plants from regions with climates similar to that of California, namely Mediterranean Europe, Australia, South Africa and coastal areas of Chile, in combination with California native plants.



Italian Cypress, Lavender, Vitex

Mediterranean Europe: Classic garden plants such as Olive, Italian Cypress, Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme and many other garden favorites.

Kniphofia - Torch Plant

Southern Hemiphere: Plants from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The flora native to these regions combine especially well together and are noted for their bold and unusual shapes. Familiar examples would be Kangaroo Paws and many succulent species.



Brugmansia - Angel's Trumpet

Tropical: Plants from tropical areas throughout the world, such as South America, Mexico, India, and the Pacific Islands that are adapted to the California climate.



Mixed Perennials

Perennials: Formal or naturalistic perennial gardens using garden favorites as well as new introductions - can be combined with Roses or fruit trees.



Magnolia soulangiana - Saucer Magnolia

Temperate Climate: Plants from China, Japan, Europe and the eastern United States. Japanese gardens would incorporate plants from this palette.



Stone Planters for Fruit Trees on Slope

Edible: There are many ways to creatively incorporate fruit bearing trees, edible flowers, vegetables and herbs into the landscape design in order to afford the opportunity to eat from the garden year 'round. 



Prickly Pear Cactus, Red Yucca

Desert: California natives as well as other desert plants are used to create plant palettes for desert areas of the state. Plants like Desert Willow and Red Yucca not only offer soft, lovely flower color but are attractive to hummingbirds and Prickly Pear Cactus produces edible fruit.

Lady beetles rest on colorful slope cover during winter months.

Pollinator, Insectiary: Plants specifically chosen to attract benefical insects, butterflies, birds, hummingbirds and other pollinators. These planting plans include trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, vines and bulbs that flower throughout the year, thereby providing nectar and food sources year 'round.

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