Fire-Resistant Gardens
Thinking about fire safety in our own home gardens

With wildfires once again threatening the lives and livelihoods of our friends, family and neighbors, we thought it would be a good time to revisit some excellent fire-safety garden advice that sustainability champion and garden designer Kate Frey shared with us a few years back. With Fall planting just around the corner, it's an excellent time to evaluate and renovate existing landscapes and ask ourselves what changes we can make to create a more fire-safe situation in our own gardens and neighborhoods.

Kate wrote a helpful and informative BLOG POST covering so many important topics – from how fires affect plant communities to creating defensible space and choosing/maintaining fire-resistant plants and gardens. Check it out, even if you don't think you need to consider fire safety in your own garden, there is sensible advice in there for everyone.

Be safe friends, our hearts are with everyone suffering from the fires here in Northern California and beyond.

with tips from Kate ON OUR BLOG

Our Favorite Fire-Resistant Plants!

All plants can burn, but fire-resistant plants are open in growth habit, don’t accumulate dead wood/leaves/stems, and are free of flammable resins/oils and terpenes.

Check out the complete list of fire-resistant plants

Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Blue Springs’ Eriogonum grande var. rubescens

Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Blue Springs’
Our most popular Penstemon! An essential and superb choice for rock and dry gardens, it does equally well in average garden soil with minimal water, once established. Deer and drought tolerant, hardy to USDA zone 6!

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
Beautiful Buckwheats are a boon to bees and other pollinators, not to mention excellent for edging, containers and erosion control. Cheerful blooms light up the Summer garden. Salt, wind and drought tolerant, deer resistant! Hardy USDA zone 8b.

Heuchera 'Marmalade' Sedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco'

Heuchera 'Marmalade'
With ruffled foliage aglow in sunset gold, peach and pink, this is the Heuchera to grow for smashing contrast, edging or to brighten a shady spot. Hummers love the tiny bell-shaped blooms. Dry shade ok once established. Hardy USDA zone 4!

Sedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco'
Add exciting silvery contrast and cushiony texture with this standout Pacific Coast native succulent. Growing slowly to a compact 6" x 1-2’ wide, it self-propagates for freebies. Very low water needed along the coast. Deer resistant. Hardy USDA zone 5!

Crassula capitella “Red Pagoda” Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps'

Crassula capitella “Red Pagoda”
Organic origami! Bright green leaves edged with deep red form tightly-stacked pagodas forming a whimsical and useful groundcover! More sun = redder coloration. Stemlets radiate out from the base to reach 7” tall and 18” across. Self-propagates for more coverage! Heat and drought tolerant.

Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps'
THIS is the “California Lilac” that creates a mind-bending cloud of indigo-purple bloom in Spring. To 6-8’ tall and wide, it's unsurpassed for native, xeric and fire resistant landscaping where soil is infertile and drainage is fine (slopes especially) and Summer water is very low to non-existent. Deer resistant.

Zauschneria californica ‘Everett’s Choice’ Achillea millefolium ‘Little Moonshine’

Zauschneria californica ‘Everett’s Choice’
Profuse glowy red trumpets and a useful ground-hugging habit makes this CA native late-Summer/Fall bloomer perfect for low maintenance slopes, driveway edging or along paths. 6” tall x 4-5’ wide. TOUGH as NAILS, heat and drought tolerant. Deer resistant! Hardy USDA zone 8.

Achillea millefolium ‘Little Moonshine’
Reaching only 8" tall x 12" across with sunshine-yellow clusters above dense, ferny foliage, this adorable mini-Yarrow is excellent for lighting up a rock garden or edging beds and pathways. Tough, heat/drought tolerant and deer resistant. Long bloom season. Hardy USDA zone 3.

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