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California Native Plants For The Garden

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Native plants for the landscaping of a California garden. This software is provided free by Las Pilitas Nursery, with nurseries in Santa Margarita and Escondido. You can go straight to the searching, Search For Plants, or continue reading for a deeper understanding. The mynativeplants.com program is designed to point out native plants that will work in your area and native plants to match each garden plot in your landscape. To get the full benefit, design the garden using the full search for each garden plot and then filter the resulting native plants by using the hyperlinks to read about each and print out the ones you think will work for your garden design. The goal is to empower you with knowledge of native plants in a broad manner so you can make decisions about your garden, a native hillside, or native landscape design. “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” John Muir After almost 30 years of fighting with native plants, planting hundreds of gardens, we’ve come to the conclusion that James Lovelock’s Gaia does have meaning as does Clements ‘complex organism’. The ‘whole’ concept can be very useful in putting together a small scale system in a garden. We’ve observed it in many environments, many gardens, landscapes, and ecosystems. Put the whole together right, and the garden becomes self-sustaining and stable. We’ve set this up so landscape contractors, homeowners, gardeners, landscape architects, planners and even other nurseries can feel comfortable using native plants in a garden, landscape or restoration. Native gardens are wild. We’re trying to help you understand their natural needs, and make them as fun for you as they have been for us. Taming is not the operative word, rather living with, experiencing, and enjoying the vitality of a native garden instead. We’re California -based and have grown native plants, installed native plants, and maintained native plants for more than 25 years, but the data generated by the database still gives some funny results. We’re at about 80% accuracy, ok, maybe 75%. We hope to push that to 90% in the next year. Coastal towns produce more accurate native lists, sometimes near perfect, mirroring a native hillside. (The data will ‘think’ of a whole lot more possibilities than I.) Some of the margin areas of California, such as Needles, Alturas, and Eureka may be as low as 60% and provide much merriment for our critics about some of the weird native plants recommended. BUT, I’ve heard worse from some of the local nurseries, and although this is the 5th beta of this, it still is beta. Search for native plants for each different area of the garden or landscape. The north side (north slope garden) of the house will give a different native plant list than the front side, the clay soil on the left of the front door is different from the sandy soil on the right of the front walk. Large areas may need as many as ten searches, one for every soil, type site, aspect, biological interactions, and moisture level. This is very consistent with a native hillside, little native plant ‘communities’ every 30-200 ft. These niches(as defined by Hutchinson) are not a new native plant community, but a part of the whole. Some plant niches can be very small. Almost a foot print can eliminate a native plant grouping nestled into a crevice or under a boulder. If your site has these nuances, each needs to be searched individually. If there’s a seasonal stream through the property, it has different native plants than the hillside one pace up. Two more paces and you commonly have another native plant grouping. In many ways it will make you wish for Carrizo Plains, where everything is the almost same for miles. Hey, we only grow California Native plants, so this design software only works in California for native plants! This tool only works in California. If ya don’t like it, send $300,000 (maybe more if you want it all spelled right) and we’ll happily ‘fix’ it for the rest of the dominant native plants of the US. Search for Native Plants, and then plant them! Search For Plants This software is provided free by Las Pilitas Nursery, with nurseries in Santa Margarita and Escondido. Copyright Las Pilitas Nursery 2001
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California Native Plants For The Garden

Along a similar line are plant strategies R-C-S, why some plants tolerate drip irrigation. How different is California from the rest of the United States? California plants have problems in other areas. Help with irrigation, soil problems, slopes, shady garden plants, and fragrant native plants. How to put Vegetables and Native Plants in the same garden and then there are Permaculture ideas. Designing a native garden with deer present. Usually if you have to deal with deer you are in a fire area. We also have pages on designing for safety in a fire area Drought resistant plants In the 1500’s California had an 80 years drought and the native plants survived. Drought tolerant plants for specific cities in California.
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California Native Plants For The Garden

We’re California -based and have grown native plants, installed native plants, and maintained native plants for more than 25 years, but the data generated by the database still gives some funny results. We’re at about 80% accuracy, ok, maybe 75%. We hope to push that to 90% in the next year. Coastal towns produce more accurate native lists, sometimes near perfect, mirroring a native hillside. (The data will ‘think’ of a whole lot more possibilities than I.) Some of the margin areas of California, such as Needles, Alturas, and Eureka may be as low as 60% and provide much merriment for our critics about some of the weird native plants recommended. BUT, I’ve heard worse from some of the local nurseries, and although this is the 5th beta of this, it still is beta.
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California Native Plants For The Garden

California Native Plants for the Garden is a comprehensive resource that will appeal to every gardener who has an interest in California’s unique flora. Featuring more than 500 plants and illustrated with 450 color photos, this beautiful reference book describes the best California species for gardens and provides detailed advice on their cultivation–from landscape design and installation to watering, pruning, and pest control. Regardless of where you live or your level of horticultural expertise, California Native Plants for the Garden will help you discover the joys of growing California’s remarkable plants.
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California Native Plants For The Garden

This is the index page for most of the native garden related pages on our website. We have such a huge site and the pages are fairly diverse so here is an attempt to organize them for you. Design help. A tool to search for plants for your garden. Design Your Native Garden with a series of small steps. Do not try to be too grandiose until you’ve worked through some of the website. Start the garden in the back corner and work your way up to the house. You can read about the plant communities here, along with how native landscaping makes economic and environmental sense. Learn how to pick your vegetables as you watch the hummingbirds, and see gardens of some of our customers. How to plant a native plant and all sorts of design ideas and help. We’ve also built a series of how to build stuff from bird houses to fences. Learn how to maintain your native garden after you’ve planted it. You can build a garden for seasonal color. Plant for flowers in February, May, August or even November.
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California Native Plants For The Garden

Native Plant Gardening Here is the basic dirt about planting a native plant garden in California. It doesn’t rain in California from May to November. Most of the soils in California are considered infertile. It’s hot and dry in summer, cool and moist in winter. Humidities are generally low, but can be very low in summer. We have a rather extreme Mediterranean Climate. Before you get all misty about Lavender, Lavender grows in a climate closer to Medford, Oregon than Los Angeles or Fresno. And our El Ninos knock out a lot of the desert species, not to mention those 100 year frosts that seem to be happening more often with climate change. Historically California had an 80 year drought in the 1500’s and no measurable rain in 1847. California is very diverse from nearly 0 rainfall to 120 inches. Just because it grows in California doesn’t mean it’s for you. Again, think about it.
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The north side (north slope garden) of the house will give a different native plant list than the front side, the clay soil on the left of the front door is different from the sandy soil on the right of the front walk. Large areas may need as many as ten searches, one for every soil, type site, aspect, biological interactions, and moisture level. This is very consistent with a native hillside, little native plant ‘communities’ every 30-200 ft. These niches(as defined by Hutchinson) are not a new native plant community, but a part of the whole. Some plant niches can be very small. Almost a foot print can eliminate a native plant grouping nestled into a crevice or under a boulder. If your site has these nuances, each needs to be searched individually. If there’s a seasonal stream through the property, it has different native plants than the hillside one pace up. Two more paces and you commonly have another native plant grouping. In many ways it will make you wish for Carrizo Plains, where everything is the almost same for miles.

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