The post so so SO many of you have been asking for! A full plant guide of the each of the flora in my front yard. The collection includes a mix of California natives, a few Australian natives that thrive in our similar climate, but all with an emphasis on low water that are beautiful and mostly evergreen. As a refresher, you can review my garden goals and see all of the garden posts here.
Since I’m not going to pretend I’m a plant expert, this post isn’t going to be a description of all of the qualities of each plant. Instead, I’m listing all of the plants with their common name, describing what I like about them, and how they work in my house. Then, I’ve linked a “learn more” button to do some more research on each of them if you want to well, learn more.
This plant layout design was an earlier version of the plans, so the plantings did change a little. However, you can match up the map above to the plants below to visualize where they’re at in the garden. You’ll notice there are a LOT of plants on that plan - and there really are in real life, too! Looking back, I could have scaled WAY back on the plantings. I wanted the garden to be super lush, but I had no idea it would be so full only a couple of years after planting. Though, who can really complain about an abundance of flowers and leafy greens?
Well, without further ado…
My Southern California Garden Plant Guide
All of the photos below are from my exact flowers from my yard so you can see exactly how they are doing in my climate. But note that I’ve compiled photos I took throughout the seasons of the plants during their prime, so I recommend researching each plant to see how it looks throughout the year. Click the “learn more” buttons for everything you need to know. Also, be sure to check out my garden resources where I compiled all of the books, classes, and gardens that taught me everything I know.
I also want to mention that while I’m publishing this in the spring/summer. We planted all of these plants in the fall when we knew the air and soil wouldn’t be so hot. It took some patience to wait, but if you’re planning your SoCal garden, hold off until it cools off!
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