Camarillo garden
Nancy Worthington photo

Native California plants have adapted over hundreds of thousands of years to the very conditions that exotic plants must overcome with fertilizer, water and constant care. It makes so much sense if you think about it: They live here!

And, when you restore a plot of land to its natural cover, nature smiles and sends you creatures you have seldom seen before — birds look down from the sky and recognize home, and butterflies gather to sip nectar and add another dimension of exquisite grace to your territory.

How to grow California native plants

They will walk you through all the essential steps to successfully grow low maintenance native California plants:

About Growing Native

Palo Alto garden
Glenda M. Jones photo

Edited and published by Louise Lacey since 1990, the Growing Native articles about native California plants, landscaping and California plant care, gardening and tips on plant ecology are meaty, well written, honest and full of information not available anywhere else. They carry information about specific California plants, by plant community, and incorporate the personal experience of people who have been successful in creating beautiful gardens and/or have knowledge of special aspects of plant care and/or the wholeness of a healthy, sustainable ecology.