The use of native groundcovers that will help reduce water use and provide food source's for native wildlife is a topic that is on customer's minds these days. With our current drought showing no signs of letting up and with the prices of water going up, it is wise to consider using native groundcover plants to help reduce water use and increase the curb appeal of your home or business. I have listed with the aid of reference notes from Las Pilitas Nursery ( www.laspilitas.com ) a number of California native groundcovers that are available for Inland and coastal use.
Inland Choices Full & Part Sun Exposure : Coastal Choices Full & Part Sun Exposure:
Artemisia 'Montara' Arctostaphylos ' Carmel Sur '
Baccharis pilularis 'Green Surf ' Arctostaphylos ' Emerald Carpet '
Baccharis pilularis ' Pigeon Point ' Baccharis pilularis ' Green Surf '
Ceanothus ' Joyce Coulter ' Baccharis pilularis ' Pigeon Point '
Ceanothus ' Yankee Point ' Ceanothus ' Yankee Point '
Salvia mellifera repens Lonicera hispidula
Salvia ' Dara's Choice '
Inland Shade Exposure: Coastal Shade Exposure:
Arctostaphylos ' Carmel Sur ' Arctostaphylos ' Carmel Sur '
Arctostaphylos ' Emerald Carpet ' Arctostaphylos 'Emerald Carpet '
Mahonia repens Mahonia repens
Ribes viburnifolium Ribes viburnifolium
Satureja douglasii Satureja douglasii
Vitis girdiana Vitis girdiana
By Installing any of the above listed groundcovers you will enjoy water savings and enjoy the beauty of native plants.