Californian weather is known to be extremely hot, sunny, and dry. As such, it can be tough on some flowers, while for others, it is perfect. Perennial plants bloom and thrive in all seasons and require very little maintenance. This is why they might be the perfect choice for your garden, especially if you want it blooming all year long. So here are some plants that will bring life, texture, and color into your California landscape.
1. Santa Barbara Daisy (Erigeron karvinskianus)
This plant requires no maintenance at all and thrives both in the sun or shade. Three feet wide and tall, this flower has green-gray leaves and a golden center that is surrounded by petals that are white at the base and then fade into shades of purple or pink.
2. Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri)
Matilija Poppy is not just a flower, although it is also not a shrub either. It earned its nickname – the fried egg – due to its crinkly white petals and a big yellow center. Thanks to its underground runners, the flower spreads fast and with ease, so you can even place it along slopes.
3. Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus mollis)
Known for its distinctive coarse leaves and beautiful flower spikes, it can add sculptural form and texture. It thrives in any season, but especially in summer, and grows best in shaded areas and on well-drained, dry soil. If you are interested in learning more, you can get additional information here.
4. California Fuchsia (Zauschneria californica)
This a great option for bringing some vivid colors into your garden with its trumpet-shaped, bright orange or red blooms. The leaves are distinctive, a bit fuzzy and narrow, but that is exactly what can bring some informality into your landscape. It is a long bloomer, heat-resistant, and actually best thrives in full sun and dry soil. Keep in mind that the plant needs a bit more room since it spreads on runners.
5. Sea Lavender (Limonium latifolium)
Also called statice, it is a popular choice and can be found in many dried-flower arrangements. With its clumps and clusters of small white and purple blooms, it is a flower that is resistant to drought and needs very little care. It blossoms throughout the summer and can grow up to 1 foot. It is likely to attract birds to your backyard too.
6. Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus africanus)
It is a flower that is well-known and is a part of many gardens. It usually appears in late summer, decorating your yard with its clumped foliage base, topped by the classic trumpet-shaped, white bloom. They can grow to three feet tall, are low-maintenance, deer-resistant, and can be a great addition to containers as well.
These beautiful, colorful plants can take California’s weather with ease and will not only make your garden flourish, but also attract bees, butterflies, birds, and admiration from your neighbors as well. They are easy to take care of but will also add beauty to your landscape, so let your imagination run free and create a garden of your dreams.