San Diego Plants
Landscaping plants that thrive in the San Diego climate
San Diego can be a great place for a lively garden as long as you make educated and appropriate plant choices. You are going to want plants that are drought tolerant and thrive in bright sunlight. You will also need to consider the condition of your soil and what planting zone you are in. Below is a collection of plants being grown successfully in private San Diego gardens. Get more landscape design inspiration from these San Diego landscaping ideas.
Coast Aloe & Aeonium A tall tree-like Coast Aloe (Aloe thraskii) is surrounded by blooming Large Purple Aeonium (Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop'). Succulents are a good choice for a San Diego because they store water to survive drought.
Silver Carpet Dymondia margaretae grows low to the ground, handles foot traffic well and requires little water, making it a great groundcover for around flagstone pavers. San Digeo soil may need to be amended to provide proper drainage.
Pride of Maderia Echium fastuosum, which is deer-resistant and drought tolerant, is a great shrub to grow in the canyons of San Diego. It is a fast-growing plant that does best in temperatures above 30°F. Plant in an area where there is room for growth.
Echeveria A small, low-growing succulent, Echeveria Lola will thrive in areas of San Diego that have rocky soil. Tightly massing the geometric rosettes provides a lush look, especially in early spring when they send up their colorful, bell-shaped blooms.
Pepper Tree The CA Pepper Tree (Schinus molle) is incredibly drought-tolerant and will reach a mature height of 20-30 feet. However, it requires frequent pruning, drops leaves and berries and has shallow roots. Plant away from pool, paving or buildings.
Blue Fescue Festuca glauca, a mounding ornamental grass, was used to edge this walkway at a San Diego county residence. This grass is low-maintenance, stays fairly compact and does especially well in cool, coastal areas.
San Diego Nurseries: To purchase the plants mentioned, or learn more about them in order to be sure they are the right choice for your garden, check out these local nurseries.
Oasis Water Efficient Gardens - located in San Diego's North County, specializing in cactus and succulent plants and drought tolerant perennials
Las Pilitas Nursery - locations in Santa Margarita and Escondido, specializing in California native plants
Glorious Gardens - located in Encinitas, specializing in unusual succulents, cactus, CA natives and drought tolerant perennials
Barrels & Branches - located in Encinitas, specializing in grasses, perennials, succulents and natives
All photos taken by LandscapingNetwork.com at the Spring 2011 Garden Tour: Take a Botanical Odyssey, hosted by the San Diego Horticultural Society which is based in Encinitas, CA.
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