The Q&A Archives: Brentwood Northern California Garden

Question: I move to Brentwood N. Calif(zip code 94513 NO the one close to LA)and I don't have any idea about gardening in this area.The house has been unattended for a year and I want to redo the garden for a practical year round landscaping.What plants and shrubs (or tall plants) should I look for it?

Answer: The Brentwood near Antioch and San Francisco? If so, you can plant all kinds of wonderful annuals, perennials and shrubs. Here's a short list:
Abutilon palmeri - Indian Mallow; Acacia baileyana "Purpurea"; Achillea "Heidi";
Adiantum capillus-veneris - Maidenhair Fern; Albuca nelsonii; Allium unifolium;
Angelonia angustifolia; Anigozanthos ?Bush Pearl?; Arctostaphylos densiflora "Howard McMinn"; Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly Milkweed; Astelia nervosa v. chathamica;
Aster alpigenus; Aster chilensis ?Purple Haze?; Baccharis pilularis ?Pigeon Point?;
Baccharis pilularis ?Twin Peaks"; Baileya multiradiata - Desert Marigold; Baumea rubiginosa variegata; Brachychiton rupestris; Briza media ?Rattlesnake Grass?;
Calamagrostis nutkaensis; Calliandra californica - Baja Fairy Duster; Calystegia macrostegia; Carex pansa; Carex tumulicola; Ceanothus "Blue Jeans"; Cercis occidentalis - Western Rosebud; Chorisia speciosa - Silk Floss; Cistus salvifolius;
Chondropetalum elephantinum; Coleonema pulchellum; Coreopsis erticillata "Moonbeam";
Corokia cotoneaster; Cortaderia sp. Pampas Grass; Cupressus macrocarpa - Monterey Cypress; Deschampsia cespitosa; Deschampsia cespitosa holciformis; Deschampsia cespitosa "N. Lights"; Dichondra argentea "Silver Falls"; Dodonaea viscosa purpurea - Hop-Bush; Ephedra tweediana; Epidendrum ibaguense - Reed-Stemmed Orchid; Epilobium canum; Eriogonum giganteum; Eriogonum parvifolium; Euphorbia amygdaloides "Purpurea;
Festuca rubra "Molate"; Ficus auriculata - Roxburgh Fig; Fremontodendron "Ken Taylor"; Fremontodendron "Pacific Sunset";Gaura lindheimeri "Siskiyou Pink";
Helictotrichon sempervirens; Heuchera rubescens; Homalocladium platycladum;
Jacaranda mimosifolia; Juncus acutus; Juncus patens; Kniphofia caulescens; Kniphofia rooperi. You'll find lots more at your local garden center. Enjoy your new garden!

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