Buckwheats and Ceanothus and Sages
AND Manzanitas - Oh My!
The Fab Four for Fighting the Summer Doldrums: FREE TALK
with Pete Veilleux of East Bay Wilds on Sat., June 10 at 11 am!

East Bay Wilds
Photos courtesy Pete Veilleux, East Bay Wilds.
Eriogonums Ceanothus 
'Julia Phelps' Arctostaphylos densiflora 
'Howard McMinn'

Drought tolerant CA Natives have your back!

Join Garden designer and CA natives expert Pete Veilleux for a super fun and info-packed talk on Saturday, June 10 at 11 am about The Fab Four for Fighting the Summer Doldrums: Buckwheats, Manzanitas, Ceanothus and Sages! 

These four fine groups of California native plants provide a wealth of drought-tolerant variety and structure to your native, habitat, dry or cottage garden. Get to know a few of them and you’ll have flower power and provide habitat for all manner of pollinators, birds and wee fauna all year long!

Buckwheat and Sage species can be annuals, perennials or sub-shrubs, while Ceanothus and Manzanitas are typically groundcovers, shrubs or small trees. Come hear about a few of Pete's favorite members of these diverse families and how best to use them in the garden. It’ll be hard for him to choose just a few! BONUS: Pete will be bringing a selection of his favorite plants to sell, too!

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
Salvia apiana “White Sage”

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
Our best-selling Buckwheat! Hard-to-find, evergreen and goof-proof, it thrives on neglect and prefers dry, clay soil! One of the best bee and butterfly magnets around, its cheerful blooms light up the Summer garden.

Salvia apiana “White Sage”
Heat and drought loving, this sacred and medicinal Sage doesn’t want much Summer water. Just provide good drainage and enjoy its arresting silvery foliage and stems and heady aroma! Hardy to USDA zone 8.

Ceanothus x impressus
'Dark Star'
Salvia spathacea “Crimson Sage”

Ceanothus x impressus 'Dark Star'
Unfazed by deer, drought or clay – this fragrant and EASY, evergreen CA native shrub becomes tree-like with age. Regal blue flower clusters obscure foliage late Winter and early Spring. Excellent habitat plant, hardy to USDA zone 8!

Salvia spathacea “Hummingbird Sage”
This groundcovery robust Sage bears chubby, ruby-red 1' flower spikes that are positively irresistible to hummingbirds - we always sell out of it in a snap! Evergreen, fruity scented foliage, drought tolerant, adaptable to part shade. Hardy to USDA zone 8.

Eriogonum giganteum 
“St. Catherine’s Lace”
Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’

Eriogonum giganteum
“St. Catherine’s Lace”

This glorious "Buckwheat" is the largest of the genus and the longest blooming, too – from April to Fall! To 4' tall x 5' wide with wooly foliage and magnificent sprays of tiny white flowers, it's EASY, drought and heat tolerant, but adaptable to coastal areas, too.

‘Ray Hartman’

True blue flowers and a magnetic personality for bees, butterflies and birds make this one of the best "California Lilacs" to know and grow. Can be grown as a shrub or small tree, it's evergreen, fast growing, long lived, drought and heat tolerant, and easy to boot!

Salvia clevelandii 'Winifred Gilman'
Eriogonum latifolium
"Seaside Buckwheat"

Salvia clevelandii 'Winifred Gilman'
Probably the most desirable of all native Salvias for its lovely color, form and most of all, its delectable foliar fragrance! Hummingbird-magnet blooms top an easily-placed 3’ x 3’ nicely rounded form. Good drainage a must.

Eriogonum latifolium
"Seaside Buckwheat"

All species of Eriogonum are a super important nectar source for just about every pollinator out there (native AND honeybees, too!) and so easy and lovely in the Summer dry garden.
Plant them and please the bees!

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