millefolium lanulosa, Mountain Yarrow Yarrow can grow only few inches tall or a few feet according to how it's pruned. It has soft lacy foliage.
Flower stalks are a few feet tall and terminate in large white flower
clusters. It makes an excellent groundcover for part shade. It
tolerates sea side conditions.
(Mimulus) aurantiacus, 'Sierra' Sticky Monkey Flower In the demonstration garden we have a Sierra Sticky monkey
flower under a coast live oak in nearly full shade. It will flower more
in part shade than in full shade. This monkey flower was watered 3
times when we planted it 5 years ago. Now it thrives on rain alone (
arbutifolia, Christmas Berry Christmas berry or Toyon is a large dense evergreen shrub.
Toyon grows 6 to 8 ft tall and 4to 5 ft wide. It is covered with red
berries around Christmas. The birds love this shrub. They use it for
cover and eat the berries. It will grow in part shade or full sun.
cordifolius, Climbing Penstemon This is also called heart leafed Penstemon. The foliage is a
dark shiny green and heart shaped. The branches are arching and
terminating in multiple orangish-red Penstemon-like flowers. This isn't
a vine but it will hold on to neighboring shrubs when the branches get
to long to support their own weight. In part shade it will get around 6
to 8 ft tall. It is very drought tolerant. Hummingbirds like it.
lyoniii, Catalina Cherry is a cherry native to the islands. It likes part
shade of full sun. Young trees are not cold tolerant. It produces large
black berries that are mostly seed with little meat on them.
lewisii, Wild Mock Orange has lots of white flowers that smell like
orange blossoms. It can survive in dry conditions but it prefers part
shade and a little moisture. It grows any where from 3 ft to 6ft tall.
Generally it is shorter in full sun.
douglasii, Western Spiraea is a 4 to 5 ft
tall deciduous shrub with long arching branches. It has attractive
foliage that turns red and orange in the fall. It likes moist areas in
part or full sun.
Shade is relative to what climate you live in.
Many of the
plants on this page grow in full sun along the coast, but in the
interior they are much happier with some shade. Also many of these
species will grow in full shade, but they may not flower as much.
occidentalis, Spice Bush is a rounded shrub that reaches about 4 ft high and
4ft wide. It has large shiny leaves and is deciduous. The flowers are
red and smell like red wine. It is deciduous in the winter. The
attractive seed pods dry on the plant and hang around through the
occidentalis, Western Redbud is a small deciduous tree. It has a nice
upright form. It is popular for its showy, burgundy flowers that emerge
in spring before the leaves. The leaves are glossy and heart shaped.
Flower in the demonstration garden is growing
in an area with morning sun in the shade of Cercocarpus alnifolius. It
has never been watered.