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May wild flowers in a California Native Garden
Here are many native flower photos. I've tried to include enough pictures so you can get a feel for the potential of a native garden. California native plants are very unique and wonderful.
These plants grow in our(mostly) California garden in May. I started with just random photos but got totally lost and ended up going through the last four years of photos in the garden with a date in May. (You can see that random changes part way down the page.) There are a few flowers in the pots, and few in the wild, but most are flowers in the Santa Margarita garden.
has fired off every year for at least 15 years with no water or care.
Salvia Pozo Blue
flowers it's heart out late May every year for 20 years. It's a favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies.
is a different looking sage. Sun near coast, full shade in interior heat.
is a late May favorite in a desert garden.
There are many more sages in flower in May, but at least you have a taste of their diversity.
Salvia brandegei, Island Black Sage
grows and flowers along a very hot, sunny path. The 10 year old plants are are enjoyed by Butterflies, chipmunks, and hummingbirds. It's native to the channel islands of California.
is native on the site, and was planted in the garden over ten years ago in a sunny spot with Ceanothus and Buckwheat plants adjacent to it and a large coast live oak on its north side. It has grown very well with no supplemental water.
is big and carefree and loved by hummingbirds. Plant at the back of a perennial garden.
is native on the east, west and north slopes, and has benefited from the removal of weedy grasses and yellow star thistle (compliments of California Department of Forestry, they planted it for us, we got to remove same) in its vicinity. A favorite of hummingbirds.
It's really funny; plant a pound of seed and get one or two plants (the quail show up and eat all the seeds) and plant 3 plants and get hundreds of new plants the next year. They have reseeded in open mineral soils and areas mulched with coast live oak leaf mulch. The poppies don't care, they like the garden.
Eriophyllum confertiflorum, Golden Yarrow,
is native on the site and planted throughout the garden. The plants are ignored unless they get ratty, then we trim their heads off and they grow new ones. They have declined in garden areas that become shady and/or contain oak leaf mulch.
Antirrhinum multiflorum, Multiflowered Snapdragon,
is native on the site in decomposed granite and full sun, comes up in the garden occasionally, and is short-lived, but very showy and a hummingbird favorite. We do not water it. As a pioneer species after brush fires, it would probably do very well in gardens around the world.
Eriogonum umbellatum, Sulfur Buckwheat,
has been growing in the front garden for 20 years. The bed it is growing in receives 1-2 supplemental besprinklings during the dry season (May- November) if we remember and have time. The snowberry next to it keeps trying to bury it, but so far so good.
Shasta Sulfur Buckwheat
has been ignored for years. It was planted under an Arctostaphylos glauca that drowned in the rains of the early 1990's. I'm not sure we ever watered it. It was in full sun by itself for a while, then Chilopsis linearis seeded in where the A. glauca drowned. Now the area has morning shade. I'd guess the plant was 15 years old when this picture was taken. (You think you have a strange garden, we have weird natives popping up in our garden!)
Keckiella antirrhinoides, Yellow Bush Penstemon,
was planted originally in the sun. After 20 years it is in the shade of a coast live oak that has doubled in size. Although the plant is leaning away from the oak, it has grown well in the garden with no irrigation.
will grow in full sun if the summers are cool and there is regular water.
Utah Service Berry
will flower in fairly dry part shade in mountain areas. In a conventional garden it should done fine.
is a four foot bush in most of California. A flat groundcover up at 7500 ft.
grows in semi-moist full shade. Nice looking in the underground portion of a parking garage.
grows next to alkaline moist spots in Malibu up into the Sierras at 6000 ft and from Baja to Washington to Utah. Well liked by butterflies and most customers.
grows in full sun and needs little care after the first season. The butterflies are free.
major limitation is frost. It's only hardy to about 28 F.
grows from the coast, through the San Joaquin Valley, into the mountains of central and southern California. Munz lists the elevation from 160-6800, but I taken pictures of it at about 7000 ft.
grows right on the coastal bluff but has done fine with some regular water at Santa margarita.
has grow in San Luis Obispo gardens and our garden in Santa margarita with no water after a year of so. But it loves water. In Bakersfield one was in full sun with continuous water and it looked great.
San Diego Mtn. Lilac
is frost sensitive, but if your temperatures are above about 25F it's worth a try.
San Simeon Ceanothus
could be called flat Mt. Lilac. It works well in a native garden near the coast.
Arroyo Grande Lilac
grows from south of San Luis Obispo to almost Santa Maria. Very fast and showy.
is a small late flowering Mountain Lilac.
We're too cold for Palo Verde
to flower here, but those of you in Southern California and the desert will enjoy it in May.
Mountain bush sunflower
is a show stopper for those of you along the desert edge ot the mountains around Southern California.
grows in the desert and Southern California
grows in seasonally wet spots like seasonal creeks.
will grows in most California gardens,. It needs a little more water than the drought tolerant plants.
grows in desert washes, but will grow in a fast food planting in Palmdale or a yard in Bakersfield.
grows in mountain meadows or conventional gardens.
Island Alum Root
grows in shade. In areas of decent rainfall it will survive in dry shade.
seasonally wet in winter, dry in summer in part shade.
Jack o the rocks
likes to grow in rocky areas in part shade of east facing slopes.
grows in seasonal seeps along the coast. Does well in conventional gardens or native gardens.
likes seasonally wet ground and part shade.
Fragrant Pitcher Sage
likes regular water and garden conditions, but will work in part shade in a native garden.
grows along streams in the Sierras. It will do very well under a birdbath in your native garden.
grows in sun or part shade and gravel to gravelly sand.
is a rather weedy Lupine that will grows anywhere as an annual, in most of California as a perennial.
Grape soda lupine
grows along the desert edges in the mountains up to maybe 8000 ft. Does fine in many California gardens.
grows in full sun and makes an interesting flower show.
is an amazing perennial that has large fragrant flowers. Unfortunately it's a PITA to grow and not reliable in low land gardens.
is easy to grow in most California gardens. It will grow in fairly cold climates, desert climates, or coastal climates.
is a flat perennial that emerges from the snow in the Sierras and flowers. In lower elevations it makes a little mound of blue.
grows in much of the populated areas of central and southern California. Full sun, no water.
is an annual but it can provide color in most California gardens.
likes to grow in part shade and regular water.
is found along the coast of California and in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
grows here on the north side of a greenhouse. But it did ok in a Bakersfield garden and grows in full sun in San Francisco.
is an excellent plant for shaded slopes and birds
Sand Bar Willow
is a small willow that forms a small thicket. It flowers fairly late for a willow.
San Miguel savory
is a mounding little groundcover that smells nice. Will grow in dry or moist shade.
is like a Carnation, but with red flowers. Grows in beach sand along the coast. Does fine here with part shade and regular water.
grows in the mountains. Seems to be happy here with part shade and regular water.
grows on coastal bluffs or out in the blue oak woodland. Full sun to filtered sun.
grows fine here and is native east of us living on as little as 3 inches of rainfall.
is a cute little perennial that grows in much of coastal California.
has done well here, Each little bush flowers every year for about 10-12 years.
flowers well here as long as it has part shade and regular water.
is growinf in a semi-moist shady spot. In much of coastal California it will grow with no additional water.
is a rather prolific perennial with blue flowers that the butterflies like.
Last edited on 2013-02-27 07:16:32.