The greatest abundance of beneficial insects was collected on California buckwheat, followed, in decreasing amounts, by coyote brush, elderberry, coffeeberry, toyon and California lilac
Among the shrubs, California lilacs
(Ceanothus), with white, blue, and lavender flowers, are very eye-catching.
The dominant plant on this slope is a trailing California lilac
or ceanothus that is generously covered with light blue, drumstick-shaped flower wands.
The more I see and learn about Ceanothus (see-a-NO-thus), also called California lilac
, the more I recognize the value of this plant, both aesthetically and ecologically.
Local woodlands are incubating carpets of spindly fire poppies; Phacelia, a knee-high annual with fern-like leaves and blue flowers; and California lilac
, a shrub.
I certainly agree with your opinion about ceanthous, the California lilac
Wolf e-mailed a list of natives that tolerate clay or slow-draining soil, including: columbine (Aquilegia Formosa), manzanita (Arctostaphylos `John Dourley,' Sunset,' `Harmony,' `Louis Edmunds'), mounding coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis `Pigeon Point'), California lilac
(Ceanothus `Julia Phelps,' `Ray Hartman,' `Snow Flurry'), wine-scented spice bush (Calycanthus occidentalis),and breathtaking bush poppies (Dendromecon harfordii and D.
In Morlang's outdoor spaces, garden expert Feldman planted fast-growing plants like California lilac
In terms of bloom period and easy care, grevilleas are reminiscent of our own Ceanothus or California lilac
shrubs, which will soon be flowering in white and in all shades of blue.
If you see the shoot tips of azalea, escallonia, California lilac
(Ceanothus), or hopseed bush (Dodonaea) turning brown or shriveling, the culprit is Phytophthora.
For dry, sunny areas, plant California natives, such as California lilac
(a drought-tolerant shrub with dark blue or violet-blue flowers) and California fuchsia, which produces scarlet flowers from summer to fall and requires little to no water once established.
For blooming natives that stay around 2 feet in height I would recommend Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium), golden currant (Ribes aureum) and low-growing California lilac