Dry territory that needs covering up - Knowledgebase Question

Azusa, Ca
Question by xcreatorjake
March 27, 2010
I live in the Southern Part of California (specifically coastal and inland valleys) and need two hardy bushes/shrubs that dont need to be watered frequently. They would be in full sun all day. It would also be nice if they

Answer from NGA
March 27, 2010


Here are a few duel-purpose shrubs for you to consider:
Achillea spp. Apple Blossom Yarrow, Salmon Beauty Yarrow
This perennial produces bright pink flower heads. It is drought tolerant once established and can act as a fire retardant. It is sometimes used for its herbal qualities.

Arbutus unedo var. compacta Strawberry Tree
This tree, which can grow to be eight to 35 feet tall, needs little water once established. It has shredding, reddish-brown bark and dark green oblong leaves. The flowers are white and the fruit is strawberry-like.

Chaenomeles cultivai Toyo Nishiki Flowering Quince
This quince is similar to the red flowering quince, except that it produces pink, white, red and pink and white bicolored flowers in the early spring.

Nepeta faassenii Cat Mint
This drought tolerant perennial mounds up to two feet in height. It has aromatic leaves and lavender blue flowers that appear in early summer. It is used for its herbal qualities.

Rosmarinus officinalis var. prostratus Huntington Blue Rosemary
This fast-spreading, evergreen ground cover can grow to be one and one-half inches tall and has small aromatic leaves. It produces deep blue flowers in late winter and early spring and again in the fall. Once established it needs little or no watering. It provides good garden color.

Sambucus caerulea Blue Elderberry
As a shrub, blue elderberry can grow to be four to 10 feet in height; as a tree, up to 50 feet. Its white flowers bloom in rounded clusters in the spring. The edible blue berries will attract many species of birds to your yard.

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