Top 20

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People new to using California native plants are often overwhelmed by the many new and unfamiliar plants. Some of us “experts” further confuse these newcomers by using botanical names. Today I spent some time looking for short lists containing the most commonly used garden natives. The very best list I found was on the Tree of Life Nursery website. Under Plant Information they have a list of 30 Reliable California Native Plants. And, OMG,  they also have a google plus folder of images of these plants!!!!

Anyway, not to be outdone by my friends at Tree of Life Nursery, I decided to make a shorter list, so I came up with my own Top 20. This list can be found on WeedingWildSuburbia, under Gardening Resources (on left), Plant Lists.
I absolutely love the photo album that Tree of Life Nursery posted and will shamelessly copy that as well – when I get the time. 
If you have not visited Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano then you are missing something special. It is a truly beautiful and magical place.

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Picture of Tree of Life Nursery taken in October 2010 on an overcast day.
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Sales yard at TOLN.
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Nursery worker approaching Casa ‘La Paz’ (Casa La Paws?)

7 thoughts on “Top 20

  1. Nice list. Uncomplicated and good plants. Thanks for sharing.

  2. sima

    Are you sure that worker isn't Quincy from TPF moonighting?

  3. @Sima. Yes, I think it is!

  4. Very much a fan of Casa 'La Paws'!! Will be stealing that one in future…!

  5. Big fan of Casa 'La Paws' will have to steal that in future!!

  6. I&#39;m sure you considered the UC Davis Arboretum Allstars when looking at native plant lists. <br /><br />I know why I haven&#39;t purposely made selections from it even though some of my garden plants are on it: I have the impression (quite possibly mistaken) that in general the plants on the UCDAA list are less interesting – perhaps because they are hybrids, perhaps because they are not as

  7. Hi Brent. I had forgotten to have a look at that list. I guess my problem with it is that it is native and non-native so I have to scroll through a list with many plants I am not interested in. Also it is too long. My thought on picking 20 was to help people &quot;get their toe wet&quot; in the confusing world of CA native plants for the garden. <br /><br />I like the Rancho Classics list a lot.

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