Nature has a devine order. Part of that order is the laws of attraction. What is this law ? Visual beauty, unique characteristics, supplier of physical and/or social needs. These values are needed when developing or recreating a natural environment for beneficial insects and wildlife. There are various native plants Calif. natives in this case that will provide a great foundation and starting point for the creation of a native landscape. Review this short list of some of the more favorite and workable shrubs and small scale trees.
1. Calif. Coffeeberry : Rhamus californica -Attracts & supports native birds, hummingbirds,ladybugs,full sun/partial shade shrub,low water once established.
2. Cleveland Sage: Salvia clevelandii- Attracts & supports native birds,ladybugs,butterflies,full sun, partial shade shrub,low water once established.
3. Hollyleaf Cherry: Prunus ilicifolia ssp ilicifolia-Attracts & supports native birds,full sun/partial shade shrub, low water once established.
4. Calif. Lilac: Ceanothus species-Attracts & supports butterflies,ladybugs,full sun/partial shade low water once established, * Suggested cultivars: Yankee Point,Concha,Skylark. ( One of the most fragrant and colorful natives)
5.Shrub Oak: Quercus berberidifolia ( Large shrub to small tree ) Attracts & supports native birds, full sun, low water once established. ( If you live on the coast, plant the locally endangered Coast Scrub Oak Quercus dumosa.)
6. Manzanita: Arctostaphylos species. Ground cover to tree. Attracts & supports native birds, hummingbirds,ladybugs,full sun/partial shade, low water once established. * Suggested cultivars: Sunset, Howard McMinn. ( Manzanitas are being lost as a result of urban sprawl, so plant many ! )
Be sure to check with your professional landscaper or nursery to obtain more details on your choices and most important,
OBEY THE LAWS !
* Native plant list was compiled from brochure "Top 10 native plants to attract wildlife into your garden" by Flyway Cities Coalition San Diego.