Common name:Pindo or Jelly Palm, Yatay
Botanical name:Butia capitata
This slow-growing tree has leaves that vary from bluish gray to green and has round, yellow to orange fruit that is edible and delicious. Arching leaves spread 10'-15' wide; palm can reach 20' tall.
Common name:Moonshine Yarrow
Botanical name:Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth of Gold'
This Yarrow is characterized by dense clumps of upright stems, which show green, densely-hairy leaves similar to those of a fern. The plant is accented with flower heads formed in flat-topped clusters of a bright yellow color. Yarrows propagate easily from rooted cuttings or division, which should be performed in the early spring or fall. Following bloom, one should dead head the plant and divide the clumps when it appears crowded.
Common name:Strawberry Tree
Botanical name:Arbutus unedo
This plant is either a small tree or large evergreen shrub. It has a red-brownish trunk and branches that are twisted with age. The dark green leaves have red stems. It has clusters of small, white or greenish-white urn shaped flowers and small, red and yellow fruit that has a strawberry like texture from which the common name is derived. It has slow to moderate growth to 15' with the same spread. It can become damaged in severe winters.
Common name:Yankee Point California Lilac
Botanical name:Ceanothus griseus hor. 'Yankee Point'
Yankee Point is a fast growing shrub that stays near 3' in height with a spread of 6'. It has large, bright green leaves and light blue flowers. It is great for banks and mass plantings. It does well on the coast and in hot inland areas. It attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and beneficial insects.
Common name:John Dourley Manzanita
Botanical name:Arctostaphylos 'John Dourley'
This small, low growing shrub has grayish green leaves with pink and white flowers that bloom in winter and early spring.
Common name:Blue Sage
Botanical name:Salvia 'Allen Chickering'
The Allen Chickering Sage is a perennial shrub that grows 2'-5' high and 2'-4' wide. It has blue flowers that bloom in the spring and summer. This shrub is native to California and is drought tolerant.
Practice grass-cycling by leaving short grass clippings on lawns after mowing, so that nutrients and organic matter are returned to the soil.
Attract, or buy beneficial insects such as ladybugs and lacewings to control pest outbreaks in your garden.