I recently went back to revisit a clients garden in the city of Irvine to check on the garden progress and was pleased at what I saw. This was a front yard that was lawn and more lawn with some cracked concrete that had to be redone. Almost everything was gutted and replaced with California native plants, a few California friendly plants, pavers for the driveway and main path along with a wall to denote the outside seating area.
Some of the plants we used are:
Galvezia juncea 'Gran Canon' - Baja Bush Snapdragon