Monday, March 1, 2010


Have you ever gone through a California native plant catalog and realized that there is so much info? Where do you start? Well there is a simple solution developed and shared by Mike Evans from Tree of Life Nursery. Mike has taken the mass amounts of plants to choose from and boiled it down to 30 easy to grow California natives.

This past Saturday I had the pleasure (with permission of course) of filming Mr. Evans lecture about these plants. From Arctostaphylos to Zauschneria (aka Epilobium), these plants are easy to grow, 100% sustainable and available for purchase at Tree of Life.

The three videos are as follows...
  1. Part 1 - Tall Growing Plants
  2. Part 2 - Medium Growing Plants
  3. Part 3 - Low Growing Plants

(I apologize for the video quality - I am in process of getting a better video editing software)

30 CA native plants listed by genus and species
  • Quercus agrifolia
  • Platanus racemosa
  • Prunus lyonii
  • Cercis occidentalis
  • Arctostaphylos ‘Lester Rowntree’ or refugioensis or ‘Byrd Hill’ (tall)
  • Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’ or ‘Snow Flurry’ (tall)
  • Mahonia ‘Golden Abundance
  • Heteromeles arbutifolia
  • Rhus integrifolia
  • Rhamnus californica ‘Eve Case’
  • Romneya ‘White Cloud’
  • Arctostaphylos ‘Sunset’ or ‘Howard McMinn’ or ‘Louis Edmunds' (medium)
  • Ceanothus ‘Joyce Coulter’ or ‘Dark Star’ or ‘Skylark’ (medium)
  • Vitis californica ‘Roger’s Red’
  • Salvia clevelandii
  • Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Margarita’
  • Arctostaphylos ‘John Dourley’ or ‘Point Reyes’ or ‘Pacific Mist’ (low)
  • Ceanothus ‘Heart’s Desire’ or ‘Yankee Point’ or ‘Centennial’ (low)
  • Monardella villosa
  • Galvezia ‘Firecracker’
  • Mimulus aurantiacus
  • Epilobium californicum ‘Catalina’
  • Ribes viburnifolium
  • Muhlenbergia rigens
  • Solidago californica
  • Iris douglasiana
  • Artemisia californica ‘Canyon Gray’
  • Heuchera maxima
  • Eriophyllum confertiflorum
  • Dudleya species

I personally have shopped at Tree of Life many times either for myself or a client and I will say from my own experience that the staff is very knowledged and friendly. Sustainable design is not just about what you use, but also where it is made. Buy locally made whenever possible!

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