Drought Tolerant Groundcovers and Shrubs
Native to Australia, this shrub typically grows up to 3 feet tall. It grows well in dry, alkaline soils and poorly in wet soils. Beautiful green-blue foliage makes a great addition to floral arrangements.
Commonly found along the San Francisco Bay Area coastline, this shrub grows 12-18 inches tall and spreads 6-8 feet wide. Prefers full sun on the coast and light shade inland. Good drainage is preferred, as it becomes prone to disease in excess water.
A California native perennial shrub, the bladderpod has yellow blossoms all year round, and produces an unpleasant odor to detract insects. Commonly found along roadsides and in the desert.
Grevillea x ‘Superb’
Prefers well drained, slightly acidic soils with full sun or light shade. Attracts nectar-feeding birds and bees with year round blossoms.
A warm season perennial bunchgrass preferring sandy, well drained soils. Assists in soil stabilization, erosion control, and is able to access moisture far below the soil surface. Provides food and habitat for butterflies, birds, bees, herbivores, and mycorrhizal fungi.
Native to California, this shrub tolerates considerable shade, growing 6-12 inches tall and 4-6 feet wide. Prefers well drained soils and dry summers, blooming mostly in the spring.
Pink Hair Gras
A warm season perennial grass native to southern Texas and northern Mexico that flowers during the fall season. Grows 2-3 feet tall by 2-3 feet wide, prefers full sun to partial shade, and dry soils.
Dwarf Coyote Bush
A low-growing groundcover native to California, Baccharis species provide nectar for predatory wasps and native butterflies. They are resistant to deer and useful for stabilizing slopes.
Turkey Tangle Frogfruit
Evergreen low-growing groundcover native to South America ranging along sandy, beachy areas. Attracts bees and butterflies, withstands heavy foot traffic.
A native perennial blossoming mid to late spring, drawing in hummingbirds and resisting deer. Requires good drainage and prefers dry summers.
Grows well in lean, dry, well-drained soils in full sun. Blossoms from summer to fall, attractive to butterflies.
A perennial pollinator shrub commonly found in oak woodlands and valley chaparral. Tolerates sand, clay, and seasonal flooding. Blossoms from summer through fall.
Repels pest insects and attracts predatory wasps, ladybugs, and hoverflies. Works well as a groundcover, tolerating moderate traffic. Prevents soil erosion with deep roots that take up minerals.
Yarrow ‘Island Pink’
A color variant of the white yarrow, attractive to bees and butterflies, tolerating full sun to partial shade.
A deciduous shrub that can grow up to 4 feet tall, native to the deserts of the Southwest, in dry sandy soils. Attractive to hummingbirds.