Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Spring Plant Sale
Come get your California native annuals and perennials for spring planting at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden spring plant sale on Saturday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The garden is located at 1500 North College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91722; (909) 625-8767;

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Drought-Tolerant Plants
Consider landscaping with plants that thrive under conditions of drought and neglect. Flowering annuals include alyssum, cosmos, gazania, geranium, helichrysum, marigold, morning glory, phlox, portulaca, thunbergia, verbena, vinca, and zinnia. Shrubs include Australian fuchsias, ceanothus, coffee berries, cotoneasters, pineapple guavas, manzanitas, rockroses, and verbenas (an especially good ground cover).

Many beautiful flowering shrubs are naturally drought-resistant and can help birds and small animals survive next winter by providing food and habitat. Dwarf pomegranate, pyracantha, and barberry are excellent choices for fall and winter color.

Perennials with great tolerance for drought include achillea, anaphalis, artemisia, asclepias, coreopsis, daylily, dianthus, echinopsis, eryngium, gaillardia, lavandula, potentilla, salvia, santolina, sedum sempervivum, stachys, thyme, and veronica.


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