- California Native
Chosen by Candace Cross-DrewThis pure white blossom caught my eye at an Arboretum plant sale, and I had to have it for my "white garden". More than ten years later, I am still delighted with the flowers!
Chosen by Terry DavisonI love the cute little red "hat" that tops the delicate orange flower. It grows quickly and fills in a shady spot.
Chosen by Cindy AndersThis plant is an easy-care, good looker with gray-green leaves. Prune it to a shrub or let it become a small tree.
Chosen by Bob SegarThis plant likes the summer sun and keeps producing bright yellow suns of its own.
Chosen by Lyn TaylorI really like the dark purple-black foliage, and the dynamite deep blue flowers.
Chosen by Dick and Trish BrugaBright orange-red blooms create a "sea of stars" in late Spring.
Chosen by Joe Frankenfeld From these attractive whorls of leaves, dramatic red spikes of flowers emerge in winter and early spring.
Chosen by John Meyer, UC Davis Vice ChancellorPuts on amazing show in our front yard in spring & early summer!
Chosen by Terry DavisonI love the velvety flowers and the delicate yellow stamens. They are prolific and pop out of the ground brightly.
Chosen by Emily GriswoldI love the big, showy flowers on this aster. Unlike the fall-blooming asters, this one pumps out flowers all summer long!
Chosen by Nancy CrosbyI love the long, trailing flower stalks that hang down. Perfect for containers; especially hanging. Beautiful medium-blue flowers.
Chosen by Ellen ZagoryWhile many people think of Cannas as high water, they can actually be grown with less water in in part shade for the tropical foliage in summer.
Chosen by Dorothy YerxaMoist shade to dry sun; it makes no difference to the success of this charming sedge.
Chosen by Dorothy YerxaThe weeping form and striking variegation makes this a sedge-sational eyecatcher!
Chosen by Jim FowlerI love the masses of dark blue flowers in Spring which accentuate the small, shiny leaves.
Chosen by Linda SchmidtWho doesn't love our California lilacs covered with clouds of heavenly blue flowers?
Chosen by Francesca ClaverieI love the little intense royal blue flower clusters that start blooming at the branch tips in June.
Chosen by Margaret KralovecA bamboo-like grass (but not invasive) with graceful, drooping seed heads.
Chosen by Nancy FosterBright yellow flowers that bloom forever. I like to use the flowers in bouquets; they make other colors pop.
Chosen by Ryan DeeringOne of my favorite Australian fuchsias with hanging, two-tone flowers in dayglo green and red all winter.
Chosen by Nancy FosterI love the purple leaves that stand out against the greens of gardens. Unusual flowers that look like smoke.
Chosen by Warren RobertsI especially love this glossy evergreen in early summer when it becomes a campanile of delightful ivory bells.
Chosen by Francesca ClaverieThese beautifully speckled, red velvety flowers are nicely complimented by the grey foliage. I adore the very classic and vintage feel this Dianthus evokes!
Chosen by Ernie LewisI love this humble little plant that likes being tucked into corners and is happy just about anywhere.
Chosen by Mary PattersonThe perfect "edge filler" plant in my garden in small groups of 3-5. They grow as big as dinner plates with morning light, and afternoon shade.
Chosen by Emily GriswoldI love designing with the glowing globes of these blue flowers. It's a great shape to contrast with wispy grasses or spiky salvias.
Chosen by Francesca ClaverieThis tower of jewels is bedazzling in its tall and architectural blooming glory. My favorite biennial of all!
Chosen by Chris DentonProfuse, long-lasting blooms in late summer when most other plants are dormant. Hummingbirds fight over the fantastic orange red flowers!
Chosen by Lynda IvesI like this plant because it's beautiful, bulletproof and very attractive to bees and butterflies!
Chosen by Lisa FowlerI love the texture that the leaves give to the shade garden all year round. Very tough and easy to grow.
Chosen by Dick & Trish BrugaWe love the silvery-blue foliage and the larger size of this native Fescue.
Chosen by Ellen ZagoryI can never resist the beautiful and delicate flower of this species that I wish could be made into a pair of earrings!
Chosen by Carmia FeldmanI love this evergreen California native plant because of its long silky tassels. It's stunning in the winter and early spring!
Chosen by Marilynn VilasGeraniums make great fill-in plants, and the blue flowers of this one are eye-catching.
Chosen by Kathryn Shack
I love the almost rose like flowers, and the fact that it blooms nearly all summer.
Chosen by Dick & Trish BrugaA great succulent for winter interest. A low rambler that works perfectly in the front of a border, or a container.
Francesca ClaverieThe mature green leaves look gorgeous and unique with the purple-red stems, new growth, and flowers.
Chosen by Kathryn ShackI love the foliage all year around, and the fact that this plant loves the shade.
Chosen by Terry McDowellI love all the Heuchera I’ve encountered, but 'Stormy Seas' with its dramatic dark purple leaves is a standout in my mature shady yard.
Chosen by Cindy AndersI love the way the leaves glow reddish purple when backlit by the sun. Pink buds, cream flowers! It is a neat, compact plant, good in a border.
Chosen by Dorothy YerxaLove how this deciduous hydrangea magically leafs out in spring with large woodland-like leaves.
Chosen by Candace Cross-DrewI like this iris for the graceful way it holds its lovely creamy white flowers.
Chosen by Emily GriswoldI love how the cheerful yellow flowers brighten the dark days of winter. This easy shrub is also super adaptable
Chosen by Warren RobertsThis gorgeous tree celebrates late summer and fall first as a cloud of yellow flowers.
Chosen by Linda SchmidtThe flowers of this neat, fragrant, gray-green lavender are a real stand-out.
Chosen by Mary PattersonI have used this as the centerpiece of many a perennial flower bed. The beautiful grey/blue foliage is the perfect foil for bright colors, and the pleated leaves add texture year-round.
Chosen by Kathy OlsonA great summer bloomer! I love the soft brick-red color of the flowers.
Chosen by Kathleen SocolofskyI especially love its sculptural qualities and the fact that it dances in our strong breezes. It's also a great choice for Valley-Wise Gardening.
Chosen by Jim FowlerThese striped leaves glow, especially in a.m and p.m. lights. Long-lasting flowers provide vertical structure and year-round interest.
Chosen by Christy DeweesThis grass reminds me of fireworks bursting in the sky. I like the idea of deer using this grass to bed down in.
Chosen by Nancy CrosbyA good plant for trailing over a wall or container. Profuse bloomer with subtle and soft colors.
Chosen by Margaret KralovecThis 'false holly' gets its name from the deep purple of its new growth.
Chosen by Jim FowlerA lovely plant that provides year-round texture to the garden. Honeybees love its burgundy, late-summer blooming flowers.
I love the gorgeous grape-purple flowers of this Penstemon.
Chosen by Carmia FeldmanI love this California native plant because it provides food for native bees. It also has fun, long-lasting flowers that start out coiled and unravel as they bloom over the summer.
Chosen by Kathy OlsonI like the fragrant flowers in the spring, and that it is a shrub of manageable size.
Chosen by Chris DentonThrives in hot sunny locations. Good drought tolerance. Unique pinkish-purple blossoms shaped like little thatched huts bloom non-stop all the summer.
Chosen by Marilynn VilasA favorite of mine for years; I love the delightful clusters of long-blooming pink flowers which are followed by small, cherry-red berries. Looks fantastic draped over rocks.
Chosen by Linda SchmidtI love fragrant roses, and this one has pale pink flowers that bloom spring to fall. Also compact and disease-free; what more could you want in a rose?
Chosen by Margaret KralovecTall vertical structure, with deep green leaves, maroon stems, and purple petunia-like blooms that last just one day. Makes a striking impression in a close grouping.
Chosen by Lois CroweI get to watch a hummingbird feast on its nectar out of my breakfast window almost every morning.
Chosen by Olive & Kristen KolbOlive says that her mom, Kristin, really loves the rosy pink bracts and pinkish flowers of this plant.
Chosen by Warren RobertsI admire this low-spreading salvia for its carefree success in dry gardens, the attractive gray-green sage leaves, and the pale lavender flowers.
Chosen by Candace Cross-DrewProlific blue flowers in the spring provide "bliss" for bees. Nice grey foliage the rest of the year.
Chosen by Chris DentonBeautiful clusters of pinkish purple blooms non-stop though out the summer. Low effort/high yield!
Chosen by Lyn TaylorI like the beautiful yellow flowers, and the fact that I can't kill it. Easy to propagate and share. Looks great paired with Ajuga 'Black Scallop'.
Chosen by Kathy OlsonEspecially nice positioned in a close-up spot, where you can view the beautiful blue bell-shaped flowers.
Chosen by Lois WolkI love the fragrant blooms, which bring back memories of growing up back east. This lilac, blooms well in Davis.
Chosen by Lisa FowlerA great choice for a shady spot with its golden-edged leaves and delicate, exotic looking flowers.
Chosen by Ellen ZagoryI love the adorable little flowers of Verbascums on narrow spikes in the spring garden poking up above other plants.
Chosen by Debbie ArringtonI love remembering this plant from my grandparents' farmhouse, where it lined the driveway and attracted countless bees.
Chosen by Nancy CrosbyI like that it grows almost anywhere and is easily transplanted and shared.
Chosen by Ryan DeeringMy new favorite Australian rosemary. This compact variety seems hardier than the others, and its white foliage really shines in light shade.
Chosen by Ryan DeeringOne of my favorites for a sunny spot - like a living fireworks explosion of beautiful blue!