These are manzanita species that are found from south of San Jose to north of Tejon or Gaviota pass . This includes the central and southern Sierras, Santa Cruz to Santa Ynez. Just because you live in this area doesn't mean you can grow all these. What kind of soil do you have (clay, sand )? Are you near the coast or in the desert (high rainfall, low rainfall)? It is fairly easy to raise rainfall, just water. If you have high rainfall though, you are stuck with it. Keep these things in mind when picking your Manzanita plant.These species are just a place to start depending on your exact location you may be able to grow manzanitas from northern and southern California as well!
The normal reaction to first timers seeing a native garden done with manzanitas is disbelief. They can't believe you're not watering, they can't believe there's almost no weeding, and they can't believe how good it looks.