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.