Fall Rains Supreme
Erin Aguiar, Manager of Horticulture
Even for the experienced gardener the most challenging plants should also be planted in fall. Some California natives easily succumb to the challenges of the summer dormancy. Woolly bluecurls, Tricostema, is a tricky plant, but the bright blue flowers spikes and the unique aroma makes it totally worth the effort. For the shady spot choose bush anemone, Carpentaria californica, with delicate white flowers and glossy green leaves.
There are many plants native to Mediterranean climates, which are well adapted to grow alongside California native plants. Plants from parts of Chile, Southwest Australia, South Africa, and the Mediterranean region thrive in cool wet winters. At Sherman Library & Gardens you will see plants from these climates growing beautifully together. California natives reduce water use, are low maintenance, and provide important food and habitat for our native fauna.
Stop mourning the end of summer! Instead grab a shovel, visit the nursery, and get a jump start on the fall planting season!
California fuchsia, Epilobium canum, is another easy native perennial and a favorite at Sherman Library & Gardens.
For a big impact in full sun and low water try white sage, Salvia apiana, for the aromatic foliage and nectar source.
A California native garden classic is Cleveland sage, Salvia clevelandii, for its showy flowers. Its fragrant ashy green leaves are obovate and rugose.