Colorful California

Whether you live here or just want to add a bit of color from the Golden State to your corner of the world, we have you covered! Here at Annie’s, we take great pride in our home state and cultivate over 250 species of California natives right here in Richmond, CA for gardens near and far. Versatile enough for any garden setting from dry to high color country style. Give them a try and we are sure that our faves will be your faves soon too!

In more temperate areas Winter is the best time to establish natives as the rain saturates the soil deeply and helps these beauties to set deep and therefore drought resistant roots! These picks are also very cold hardy! So if you live in a colder climate- fear not, you can still bring the Golden State home!

We’ve featured some of our favorites here but you can also check out our complete list of California Natives on our website.

Basil herbalea 'Wild Magic'
Osteospermum 'Zion Copper Amethyst'
Eschscholzia californica
'Apricot Chiffon'

Like the Dreamsicles you may have loved eating as a kid, ‘Apricot Chiffon’ California poppies are deliciously gorgeous anywhere! Single to semi-double 2.5” peachy blooms suffused with apricot and a touch of rose, appear in profusion above a soft, ferny mound of foliage. Plant it with Penstemon heterophyllus 'Blue Springs' or Nemophila menziesii "Baby Blue Eyes" for a heart-melting Springtime combination. Flower­ing for up to 2 months, just snip it back to 4” for a second flush of bloom.

Perennial USDA zones 9-10
Annual Elsewhere
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

Geum coccineum ‘Totally Tangerine’ Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’
Penstemon heterophyllus
‘Blue Springs’

Truly luminous, almost turquoise blooms, 6-12” tall, will make this one of your favorite California natives. Not a shy bloomer, you’ll get lots of those beautiful blooms much loved by hummers and butterflies. Dense and compact, it grows to a maximum 14” x 14” with bluish-green evergreen foliage. Once established, it’ll live long and prosper in low fertil­ity soil with no Summer water. A superb choice for dry gardens and containers. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant.

Perennial USDA Zones 6-10

Nemophila menziesii
"Baby Blue Eyes"

We just couldn’t live without our favorite California wildflower! With 1-1.5” flowers the true blue color of a clear Springtime sky, we use it extensively to fill in and trail perfectly over the edge of beds. A profuse bloomer over several months, it’s beyond charming bubbling over the edge of a mixed container, too! To 12” x 18”. Absolute must-have! Self-sows for new plants each successive Spring! Some plants sport small white spots on the lovely scalloped foliage while others are solid green.

Annual All USDA Zones

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' Callistemon 'Cane’s Hybrid'
Sisyrinchium californicum
“Yellow-Eyed Grass”

Native to Coastal California from Monterey County and northward, “Yellow-Eyed Grass” is almost ever blooming as long as it has ample moisture. 8” to 12” tall and wide, numerous sunny yellow star-flowers are borne just above the tufted, grass-like, smooth foliage. Nice as edging or next to a water feature or water faucet for maximum bloom. Foliage darkens in Fall and should be cut back.

Perennial USDA Zones 8-10

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus

Compact and densely branching with pleasing glossy emerald green leaves and a long bloom season, California native hybrid ‘Skylark’ has much to tout. Fast growing to 3-5’ tall and a bit wider, this handsome evergreen shrub is easy to use as an accent in smaller spaces or as a groundcover or even a hedge. Abundant clusters of fragrant cerulean blue flowers burst into a breathtaking display. Tolerates heat, clayish soil and Summer water and is quite frost hardy.

Perennial USDA Zones 6b-10

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Nursery: 740 Market Ave. Richmond, CA 94801
Business Office: 801 Chesley Ave. Richmond, CA, 94801
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