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California Fescue
Douglas Iris
Carmel Creeper
Alkali Sacaton or Dropseed
Scarlet Monkeyflower
Blue Marguerite, Blue Felicia Daisy
California Fescue

Common name:California Fescue
Botanical name:Festuca californica

The California fescue is a cool season bunchgrass with blue-green blades that reach 2 ft. high. The flower stalks are 5 ft. tall and create fountain-like clumps. This grass is drought tolerant for sun and shade. The California fescue is native to California and is a beneficial insect plant. -Cornflower Farms

Douglas Iris

Common name:Douglas Iris
Botanical name:Iris douglasiana

Douglas iris is an evergreen perennial for shade or partial sun with blue-violet spring flowers. It is a California native that is drought tolerant. -Cornflower Farms

Carmel Creeper

Common name:Carmel Creeper
Botanical name:Ceanothus griseus horizontalis

Carmel Creeper is one of the most popular forms of spreading shrubs. Its glossy oval leaves of 2" are bright green. The tiny light blue flowers are abundant and form 1" clusters. This shrub benefits from pruning. It does best in well-drained soil with little to no summer water.

Alkali Sacaton or Dropseed

Common name:Alkali Sacaton or Dropseed
Botanical name:Sporobolus airoides

This winter-dormant drought tolerant grass tolerates a variety of soils including alkaline conditions. Pinkish inflorescence in summer. Best in mass plantings.

Scarlet Monkeyflower

Common name:Scarlet Monkeyflower
Botanical name:Mimulus cardinalis

This herbaceous perennial has soft green leaves with bright red/scarlet flowers that bloom in the spring. Requires regular water. Prune back regularly to maintain shape. Great for natural water gardens/meadows. High water needs, best used along riparian or pond areas, in wet soils, or on properties with high rainfall or water tables.

Blue Marguerite, Blue Felicia Daisy

Common name:Blue Marguerite, Blue Felicia Daisy
Botanical name:Felicia amelloides

This shrubby perennial has oval leaves that are 1" in length and dark green in color. It produces a variety of bright blue 1 1/4" wide flowers almost continuously, those of which resemble daisies.

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Soils and Compost:

Incorporate compost 6" into your soil to retain water, reduce compaction, feed earthworms, and provide valuable nutrients to your plants.

Integrated Pest Management:

Attract, or buy beneficial insects such as ladybugs and lacewings to control pest outbreaks in your garden.