Bruce Reed, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's nursery manager has compiled a list of plants that are recommended for our area. They are both native and drought tolerant and would be a welcome addition to any Mission Canyon property. The criteria for the plants were "low growing, low water, full sun native species that might be good for revegetation.
- Dwarf black sages would be great - Salvia 'Terra Seca', 'Green Carpet', 'Mrs Beard'
- Purple sages – particularly Salvia 'Pt Sal'
- Chaparral morning-glory (Calystegia)
- Lessingia 'Smart Aster'
- Chaparral mallow (Malacothamnus)
- CA buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum)
- Gumplant (Grindelia stricta)
- Epilobium - any cv, all sun-loving annuals
- Bush poppy (Dendromecon rigida)
- Lupines – all
- Coast sunflower (Encelia)
- Dwarf coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis)
And some shrubs for accent plants:
- Toyon (Heteromeles)
- Chaparral laurel (Malosma),
- Saltbush (Atriplex).
Also, here are the "Easy 8" as refferenced by Steve Windhager of the SB Botanic Gardens during the Annual Meeting: (link to the SBBG page)
1. Arctostaphylos 'Howard McMinn' (Manzanita)
2. Erigeron glaucus cultivars (California Seaside Daisy)
3. Iris 'Canyon Snow'
4. Rhus integrifolia (Lemonade-berry)
5. Salvia spathacea (Hummingbird Sage)
6. Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman' (California Wild Lilac)
7. Salvia 'Allen Chickering' or 'Winnifred Gilman' (Sage)
8. Heuchera cultivars (Coral Bells)
Another Easy Eight
1. Eriogonum grande var. rubescens (Red-flowered Buckwheat)
2. Muhlenbergia rigens (Deergrass)
3. Verbena 'De La Mina'
4. Vitis californica and hybrids (California Grape)
5. Quercus agrifolia (Coast Live Oak)
6. Galvezia speciosa (Island Snapdragon)
7. Achillea 'Pink Island Form' (Yarrow from San Miguel Island)
8. Leymus 'Canyon Prince' (Dwarf Giant Rye)