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The plants chosen for the poolside landscape must meet specific criteria. In addition to being beautiful, they mustn’t be overly messy, nor should they be too attractive to stinging insects. A drought tolerant poolscape of mixed native plants is an appropriate way to add softness, texture and beauty to your backyard oasis. The native plants listed below, with their unique grey- green, fragrant foliage, and subtle flowers are perfect choices for the poolside landscape.

Groundcover

  • Arctostaphylos ‘Emerald carpet’ manzanita
  • Artemisia pycnocephala ‘David’s choice’ 
  • Baccharis ‘Twin Peaks’ Prostate coyote bush
  • Salvia ‘Tera Seca’ Tera seca sage

Low Shrubs

  • Arctostaphylos cruzensis – Arroyo de la cruz manzanita
  • Arctostaphylos ‘John Dourley’ manzanita 
  • Arctostaphylos ‘Howard Mcminn’ manzanita 
  • Rhamnus ‘Little sur’ Litte sur coffeeberry 
  • Salvia greggii – Autumn sage 

Perennials

  • Galvezia speciosa – Island bush snapdragon 
  • Heuchera hybrids – Coral bells 
  • Iris douglasiana – Douglas iris 
  • Lobelia laxiflora – Mexican lobelia bush
  • Muhlenbergia rigens – Deergrass 
  • Nasella species – Needlegrass 
  • Nolina parryi – Beargrass 
  • Oenothera – Evening primrose 
  • Penstemon spectabilis – Showy penstemon 
  • Verbena lilacina – Lilac verbena 
  • Zauschneria californica – California fuschia 

Large Shrubs

  • Artemisia tridentata – Big basin sagebrush 
  • Dendromecon harfordii – Island bush poppy 
  • Myrica californica – Pacific wax myrtle 
  • Rhus integrifolia – Lemonadeberry 
  • Rhus ovata – Sugarbush

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