Explore Deer Resistant Shrubs, Identical Twins, and more!

Calendula officinalis is one of the easiest-to-grow medicinal herbs and so versatile in its healing properties that it invariably finds its way into the hearts and gardens of all herb lovers.  Calendula’s name derives from the Latin Calendae, referring to its long-blooming season – in certain locales it is said to bloom in nearly every month of the calendar.

Calendula - edible, medicinal,blooming flower- make a tea, cook in a bone broth to add to soups, eat raw or re-hydrate in water.

Photos of California Native Plants in a drought tolerant garden. Toyon, Chitalpa, Arctostaphylos, Ceanothus, Zauschneria, Erigeron. Salvia. Xeriscaping

Photos of My Favorite California Native Plants

Grevillea dimorpha: This is a small rounded shrub that will grow to about 1m in height and width.  It has long dark green linear leaves.  During winter and spring pretty clusters of red flowers appear along the branches in the leaf axils.With its long flowering season and dense rounded growth habit this is a good option for anyone wishing to grow natives in a smaller garden. Good at attracting birds.

Grevillea dimorpha: This is a small rounded shrub that will grow to about 1m in height and width. It has long dark green linear leaves. During winter and spring pretty clusters of red flowers appear along the branches in the leaf axils.With its long flowering season and dense rounded growth habit this is a good option for anyone wishing to grow natives in a smaller garden. Good at attracting birds.

Ribes viburnifolium - Evergreen Currant by pete@eastbaywilds.com, via Flickr

Open link for a great picture of Catalina Perfume current next to a meadow of Carex pansa (Dune Sedge).

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'-Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is a bee magnet. It's a favorite of butterflies as well. A mass planting with ornamental grasses creates both beauty and a bee haven in your landscape. It also is pretty in border plantings. It blooms from August into late fall and is drought tolerant. The blooms start as a dusty pink and change to a coppery look in the fall. This plant is often referred to as a stonecrop and is right at home in a rock garden as well as a perennial garden.

Flowers That Attract Bees

Top 20 Perennials for Your Garden Sedum The fleshy leaves and bright flowers make sedum a popular perennial. It is practically foolproof, and offers spectacular color during the latter part of the growing season when most other flowers are fading.

Grevillea Red Clusters - small compact flowers most of year

Grevillea Red Clusters - small compact flowers most of year

Aeonium 'Mint Saucer'--each roset is about 6"+ wide. For in front of boulder/coprosma

Aeonium 'Mint Saucer'--each roset is about wide. For in front of boulder/coprosma

my misty morning

Peony and Iris border: Neighbors down the street have an old stone wall out by the road. A border of pink peonies and various shades of purple and lilac irises grows in front of it. What a glorious sight it is each year.

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