Bloomiferous California Natives

We’ve been touting the value and importance of planting natives for quite some time here at Annie’s. So we were more than happy to partner with the California Native Plant Society’s Bloom! California initiative – a statewide effort to educate and encourage Californians to plant more natives. Native plants are inherently climate conscious and, water-wise; and they provide invaluable habitat and food sources for native pollinators and wildlife. Oh, and did we mention they are beautiful and bloomiferous too! Bloom! California is focused on 11 plant groups including some of our favorites -- Clarkia, Salvia, Phacelia, Ornamental Grasses and Yarrow -- but at Annie’s we grow over 150 native varieties and currently have over 50 in stock. Check out these California beauties.

Basil herbalea 'Wild Magic'
Osteospermum 'Zion Copper Amethyst'
Salvia clevelandii 'Winifred Gilman'

Probably the most desirable of all native Salvias for its attractive color, form and most of all, for its delectable foliar fragrance, which I find very sexy – even at my age – ha! Blooming May and June, its hummingbird-magnet, tubular flowers are held in whorls atop the 3’x3’ nicely rounded form. Upright in growth, it makes an outstanding filler in a dry garden and works very well as the backbone of a difficult garden site. Now here’s the thing – S. Clevelandii requires excellent drainage or it gets cranky – so plant it on a slope or provide most excellent drain­age.

Perennial USDA zones 8-11

Aster chilensis 'Purple Haze'

This UBER-TOUGH Cal native Aster, performs like a champ bursting into a cloud of 1.5”-2” golden-eyed, lavender “daisy” blooms in August to October, even in the driest, worst- soil part of your garden! Native to much of California, it’s happy in any soil including CLAY, is EXTREMEMELY DROUGHT TOLERANT, needing only occasional water to keep it pretty. HEAT TOLERANT and much loved by butterflies and bees. To 2.5’ tall and wide it’s a good choice for parking strips and neglected areas. Spreads vigorously by rhizomes in well -watered gardens, not much with low water.

Perennial USDA zones 6-10

Geum coccineum ‘Totally Tangerine’ Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’
Eschscholzia californica ssp. Maritima 'Coastal Form'

Not the common California poppy everyone is familiar with but a superior coastal form well worth adding to your garden or parking strip. Distinc­tively bluish and compact feathery foliage forms a lower, tighter mound only 6-8” tall and 12” across that stays neat and tidy throughout the season. It blooms longer than all the rest, too, (Spring thru Fall) with cheery, bowl shaped, sunny yellow flowers with showy orange centers. Perfectly partnered here with Nemophila menziesii ‘Snow White’. Drought tolerant and deer resistant! Self-sows.

Perennial USDA zones 9-10
(Annual Elsewhere)
Eschscholzia lobbii “Frying Pans”

What a cute common name! This is another tufted poppy like Eschscholzia caespitosa except this one lives in California’s Central Valley and Sierra Nevada foothills, whereas E. caespitosa is common to the North Coast ranges. Also, this one has golden yellow flowers (E. caespitosa’s are pale yellow) like buttercups, 1” across borne well above the soft green foliage. All together pleasant and looks sweet planted here and there in the garden. To 10” tall and wide, combines with Nemophila ‘Penny Black’ beautifully. Self Sows! Deer resistant!

Annual All USDA zones

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' Callistemon 'Cane’s Hybrid'
Lessingia filaginifolia 'Silver Carpet'

Tough as nails and happy under a wide range of conditions, including CLAY, HEAT and DROUGHT, this fantastic native groundcover is also salt spray and deer resistant! Quickly spreading to 3' or more, you get a lovely, dense, flat, weed suppressing silvery carpet only a few inches tall – a great choice for parking strips! Summer and Fall bring a multitude of sweet 1" lavender daisies on short stems. Quite beautiful trailing over the edge of a bed. Grows well under oaks and attracts butterflies! Provide occasional Summer water inland for best appearance.

Perennial USDA Zones 8-10

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var.griseus
'Yankee Point

One of the best choices for a sophisticated, drought tolerant, fast growing and weed suppressing groundcover or hillside stabilizer. Showy, glossy evergreen foliage forms a mounding mass to 30" tall, spreading rapidly to 10 ft. across. In late Winter and Spring, it smothers itself in lovely mid-blue 1" flower clusters adored by the bees and butterflies. This easy "California Lilac" tolerates more water and clay than other varieties but do keep drainage and low fertility in mind. Thrives under oaks and salt tolerant. Deer and fire resistant.

Perennial USDA Zones 8-10

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' Callistemon 'Cane’s Hybrid'
Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
“Red Buckwheat”

This hard-to-find, choice and goof-proof evergreen “Buckwheat” from the Channel Islands thrives on neglect and prefers dry, clay soil! One of the best butterfly magnets around, it blooms June-October, providing lots of Sum­mer color for your habitat, native or dry garden. The shortest, most delicate looking of the “Buckwheats,” it’s also evergreen, forming a nice, low, dense 1’ x 3’ mound of spoon shaped leaves, green above and wooly below. Excellent for massing on dry hillsides. Deer resistant! Hardy to 15° F.

Perennial USDA Zones 8b-10

Achillea millefolium ‘Little Moonshine’

This is the cutest little mini-Yarrow we fell head-over-heels for here at the nursery. Reaching to only 8" tall and 12" across with bright sunshine-yellow clusters 3-4” across above a dense clump short, ferny foliage. With its compact form, long bloom season and mass of cheery color you have an excellent choice for lighting up a small bed, rock garden or edging beds and pathways. Tough, heat and drought tolerant as well as deer resistant and the bloom season lasts from late Spring thru Summer. Cut flowers and butterflies! Well-drained soil with some compost added and deadheading for longest bloom.

Perennial USDA Zones 9-11

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius'

To find out more information about Bloom! California click here

See all the plants Annie’s grows that are Bloom! California selections. Note not all plants are currently available but you can easily create a Wish List and we will email you as soon as they come back in stock.

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