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Native Plants, Wise Additions
 
Where and when water is scarce, natives are wise additions to your garden. They are suited to dry-summer climates. Most can thrive on rainfall alone. On the coasts, mist and fogs are sources of moisture. Give the plants what  they need - the correct exposure and well-drained soil. If you plant them at the right season, they will thrive. Remember, as with all newly-planted additions to the landscape, extra watering for a year or two during dry season especially,  is essential. 
 
Some California Natives:
 
Bush anemone (Carpenteria californica) Evergreen, Claifornia fuchsia (Zauschneria californica), Ceanothus 'California Lilac', Cleveland Sage (Salvia clevelandii) Evergreen, Coral bells (Huechera),  Matilja poppy (Romneya coulteri), Scarlet monkey flower (Mimulus cardinalis), Wooly blue curls (Trichostema lanatum) Evergreen
Annuals:                        Perennials:     
Arroya Lupine             Climbing Penstemon
Chia Sage                    CA fuchsia
CA Poppies                 Rattlepod
                                    Milkweed    
Shrubs:                               Trees:
Lemonadeberry                  Toyon    
Bush Monkeyflower           Blue Elderberry
Purple Sage
Bush Sunflower
Coast Buckwheat
Ashy-leaf Buckwheat
 
 

Helpful Hints: To Mulch or Not
 
Put mulch to work anytime you have bare soil. Mulch retains moisture and inhibits weeds. Weeds that do grow are easy to pop out of the soil. Mulch keeps the soil evenly moist and is especially good for new transplants. As mulch breaks down, it adds organic nutrients to the soil. 
 
Keep mulch an inch or so away from stems of plants. Keep mulch 2-4 inches away from the trunk of trees to keep pests from hiding. Lay most mulches in layers at about 1-3 inches deep.

Types of Mulch: Organic and Inorganic; compost and shredded leaves , bark, shredded wood,  pine needles,   cocoa hulls,  grass clippings,  crushed oyster shells, brick chips,  turkey grit, stone, and gravel, tree circle rings (recylcled materials)

Feel free to e-mail me with your Solutions and Contributions by e-mailing me:  elaine1111@earthlink.net 

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