Designing your native garden with plant communities
California plant communities and a native garden.
The best way to design a California garden is to realize that
California is one of the unique areas of the world that gets no rain
for during it warm season. So any plant that you water during the
warm season is consistent with our rivers, lakes and streams only.
California plant communities will recognize a lawn or English garden
as a riparian area. Our other site, www.mynativeplants.com,
tries to do this for you.
can look up the plant community that we think existed for your city
You can look up the plant community that we think existed for your
You can read about California plant communities and
the plants within them.
native plant Communities and Companion Plantings. How to design
your California Landscaping with a mind to California mycorrhiza and
a native plant communities.
(This is partially outdated, sorry)
You can also see what community the plant you are interested in by
going to the individual plant page and look at Communities.
Plants from adjacent plant communities can usually be planted with
just a little thought. Coastal sage scrub types can usually grow
chaparral and oak woodland plants with minimal problems.
If you plant plants that were native on your site you are planting
for birds, butterflies
bees. A well planned native garden
that incorporates plants from the surrounding community uses almost
no water, no fertilizer and doesn't attract the rodents. (Don't
laugh, native gardens do not usually have Norway rats or field mice.)