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The low-growing, spreading habit of certain California natives make them ideal groundcovers for planting in masses on slopes, in the front of mixed border plantings, in parkways or even as a lawn substitute. Many of the native groundcovers make beautiful drought tolerant landscape accents with their unique colors, textures, flowers, berries and fragrant foliage. As a general rule, combining three or four compatible varieties will make a more interesting planting; more successful and better for the birds and butterflies too! By using the plants in the following table as staples for your groundcover plantings and mixing in a few jewels for aesthetic and environmental appeal you will be creating a low maintenance beautiful landscape. 

Botanical Name Common Name Exposure 
Achillea millefolium Yarrow Full Sun to Full Shade 
Arctostaphylos sp. e.g. Point reyes, Pacific mistManzanita Coastal Sun, Inland Partial Shade 
Baccharis pilularis e.g. Pigeon pointDwarf coyote bush Sun 
Ceanothus sp. e.g. Point reyes, Yankee point California lilac Coastal Sun, Inland Partial Shade 
Clinopodium (Satureja sp.) San Miguel savory, Yerba buena Partial to Full Shade 
Epilobium californicum e.g. Wayne’s silver, everett’s ChoiceCalifornia fuschia Sun 
Eriogonum fasciculatum e.g. Bruce dickinson, Dana Point Buckwheat Sun
Fragaria vesca Wild strawberry Partial Shade 
Grindelia stricta var. platyphyllaGum plant Coastal Sun, Inland Partial Shade 
Iva hayesiana San Diego marsh elder Full Sun to Full Shade 
Corethrogyne ‘Silver carpet’ California beach aster Coastal Sun, Inland Partial Shade 
Ribes viburnifolium Evergreen currant Partial to Full Shade 
Salvia sp. e.g. Bee’s bliss, Tera seca, Jade carpet, Skylark Sage Sun