I love using native plants in any garden design. There are many varieties to choose from and I never thought I could pick just one. But here we happily are and I have. This Gambelia juncea 'Gran Canon' (Baja Bush Snapdragon) is my favorite California native plant.
This one gets 3-4' tall and wide with beautiful red flowers in the spring. It gets watered weekly in my potted garden and I have 2 in full sun and 2 in mostly shade. What I love most about this is that it has a funkiness to it. There is one in my garden that get purposely in your face as you walk up to my front door.