Professional Landscape Designer’s Top 5 Easy & Beautiful Plants for Northern California Yards

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Landscaping in parts of Northern California can feel like an uphill battle. Water restrictions, a dry climate, or inconsistent weather can easily squash one’s dreams of a blossoming exotic utopia.

And while you may think this means you have to plant succulents in order to have a garden that doesn’t wither away and die with every season’s changes, there are actually hundreds of incredible plants native to Northern California that won’t require much effort and can save you money in the long run! (No more replacing dead plants every few months)

For an affordable and low-maintenance landscape design, here’s an easy guide to Bay Area Landscaping:

ShrubHub designers in Inyo County, and surrounding areas, are helping homeowners find plants native to Northern California.

Below you’ll find the best plants which require minimal maintenance and low water requirements.

You’ll see these all over the Bay Area, Central California, Monterey, Del Norte, and everywhere in between.

California Lilac (Ceanothus)

California Lilac

This sweetly fragrant plant offers a contrast to your garden with its lovely purple flowers and glossy green foliage. They’re extremely versatile and attract birds, butterflies, and bees that will keep your yard buzzing with life. They grow well in the sun and don’t require much water. There are over 60 species to choose from, and all are breathtaking when they bloom.

They’re relatively easy to grow and tolerate heat well, while also growing just fine in seacoast conditions.

Globe Gilia (Gilia capitata)

Globe gilia is a phenomenal all-around plant that is a must-have for pollinator and butterfly gardens. It has an airy, upright growing habit with long stems, and although it does best in full sun with a drink every couple of weeks, it also does well with no water and even in partial shade.

This drought-tolerant plant is an important native plant in California's coastal ecosystems, and pollinators will love hanging out in your yard space.

California Wildrose (Rosa californica)

California Wildrose

This fragrant and brilliant plant can be seen along the coastal ranges in California and tolerates heat fairly well. The California Wildrose is a highly-adaptable plant and combines well with other native species.

Its protective branches and nutritious rose hips during winter will attract butterflies, bees, and birds, and it makes a great barrier for your garden.

Red-twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea)

This classic woodland plant is native throughout California and is best known for its elegant creamy-white flower clusters on outstretched branches with bright green leaves. Its berries attract songbirds and other wildlife, and its flowers are a perfect treat for butterflies.

Although its tolerance for drought isn’t terribly high, with a little shade and rich soil, infrequent summer watering during excessively hot periods should be all that is needed once it’s established.

Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium)

Oregon grape is a popular plant among communities in Northern California, and it's easy, colorful evergreen provides nectar for pollinators and a bounty of fruit for songbirds. Although its name sounds tasty, the Oregon grape is not a grape at all but a cluster of berries that change from green to blush to deep purple, resembling the delicious fruit that inspired its name.

Its bright and colorful foliage is a must-have for areas prone to drought, making it a great addition to your low-maintenance yard.

With just these 5 additions, even if you don’t have the most green of thumbs, you can still have a yard overflowing with color and life while remaining relatively easy to maintain.

If you need some help with your Northern California yard or garden design, the ShrubHub experts are always around to offer their services. They’re an easy-to-use online design service that can really bring your ideas to life.

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