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Plants for Hot and Dry Climates

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Abelia x grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’

Type: Shrub

Height: 2-3′

Width: 3-3.5′

Water Need: Very low

Sun Exposure: Full sun, part shade

Bloom Season: Spring

Description: A dwarf, easy care evergreen shrub that flowers and provides year long color. It is as versatile as it is colorful, with chameleon-like foliage that changes with the seasons from golden yellow in spring, to orange-red in fall. Good for borders, containers and slopes.

Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn’ / Vine Hill manzanita

Type: Shrub

Size: Medium

Water Need: Very low

Sun Exposure: Full sun, part shade

California Native: Yes

Pruning Need: Little to none

Bloom Season: Winter

Wildlife Attraction: Hummingbirds, beneficial insects

Description: Pink flowers, known for its smooth, wine-red bark; one of the few manzanitas that tolerates our clay-loam soils.

Aristolochia californica / California pipevine

Type: Vine

Water Need: Very low

Sun Exposure: Part shade, shade

California Native: Yes

Pruning Need: Little to none; train stems up trellis or support

Bloom Season: Winter

Wildlife Attraction: Butterflies

Description: Green flowers; leaves provide food for pipevine swallowtail butterfly larvae; versatile plant that can be used as a climbing vine or a groundcover.

Berberis thunbergii ‘Orange Rocket’

Type: Shrub

Height: 4′

Width: 1.5′

Water Need: Very low

Sun Exposure: Full sun, part shade

Description: Unique foliage color spring through fall – changing from coral to mid green then to ruby red; can be used as vertical element in borders, gardens and containers.

Bouteloua gracilis / Blue grama

Type: Grass

Height: 6-12″

Width: 9-12″

Water Need: Very low

Sun Exposure: Full sun

California Native: No

Pruning Need: Little to none

Description: Green to grayish color; deer resistant; takes lawn traffic

Calycanthus occidentalis / Western spice bush

Type: Shrub

Size: Large

Water Need: Very low

Sun Exposure: Part shade, shade

California Native: Yes

Pruning Need: Little to none; prune to shape

Bloom Season: Spring

Wildlife Attraction: Beneficial insects

Description: Maroon-red flowers attract pollinating beetles; leaves have a sharp, clean fragrance and turn yellow in the autumn, adding seasonal color to the garden.

Carex oshimensis ‘Everillo’

Type: Grass

Height: 12-18″

Width: 12-18″

Water Need: Very low

Sun Exposure: Full sun, part shade

Pruning Need: Little to none

Description: Bright, colorful foliage, year round; deer resistant, disease / pest resistant; can be used as a groundcover, to edge a path or patio, or tucked into a living wall or window box.

Carpenteria californica / Bush anemone

Type: Shrub

Size: Medium

Water Need: Very low

Sun Exposure: Part shade

California Native: Yes

Pruning Need: Little to none; prune to shape

Bloom Season: Spring

Description: White flowers; has clusters of large, sweetly-scented white flowers in late spring and early summer; glossy, dark-green leaves stay on the plant all year; older stems have attractive, pale, papery bark.

Ceanothus ‘Concha’ / Concha ceanothus

Type: Shrub

Size: Medium

Water Need: Very low

Sun Exposure: Full sun, part shade

California Native: Yes

Pruning Need: Little to none; prune to shape after spring flowering

Bloom Season: Spring

Wildlife Attraction: Beneficial insects

Description: Purple flowers; one of the best California lilacs for the garden with dark-green leaves all year; showy, deep blue flowers with reddish bracts.

Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’ / Ray Hartman California lilac

Type: Tree

Size: Small

Water Need: Very low

Sun Exposure: Full sun

California Native: Yes

Pruning Need: Little to none

Bloom Season: Spring

Wildlife Attraction: Beneficial insects

Description: Purple flowers; one of the best ceanothus cultivars for gardens; it can tolerate some summer irrigation; makes a good screen or small garden tree.


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