29 Apr Beyond Succulents: 10 Favorite Native Plants from a California Garden Tour
Earlier this month, we spent a day guiding ourselves around home gardens all over L.A.’s Eastside and San Fernando Valley. They varied in size, design and mood, but here’s what united them: All the gardens primarily grew native plants—flora indigenous to this region. Yes, it was Day Two of the Theodore Payne Foundation 2016 Native Plant Garden Tour!
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our preview of this tour, plus a schedule of similar tours across California. By this point, visiting native springtime blooms is an event for us, one that always brings surprises, new species to adore, aromatherapy, colortherapy, and the therapy that happens when you see pollinators caking themselves in pollen. It was also a fun change of pace to see showy flowers that weren’t attached to succulents.
Here are our 10 favorite native plants we saw during the tour—plus one towering bonus!
And another bonus. Click the linked species names for care information and/or seeds you can purchase directly from the Foundation.
1. Ceonanthus ‘Snow Flurry’
2. Lavatera purisima, or tree mallow
3. Fremontodendron californicum, or flannelbush
4. Iris douglasiana cultivar Pacific Coast Iris
5. Carex pansa, or California Meadow Sedge
6. Sphaeralcea ambigua, or desert mallow
7. Vitis californica ‘Roger’s Red’ California wild grape hybrid
8. Lupinus albifrons var. albifrons
9. Eschscholzia californica
10. Nemophila maculata, or California five spot
Baja bonus! Boojum tree (Fouquieria columnaris)