Brad Monroe's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Not-So-Common Shrubs for Southern California.
Red Orchid Bush - Bauhinia galpinii
The salmon orange blooms from early spring to late fall look great on this vining shrub and is perfect for cascading over a south facing wall.
Brazilian Plume Flower - Justicia carnea
This easy to grow herbaceous shrub is an attractive addition to color up a shady spot in the garden. It can be cut down after bloom and grows back rapidly.
Syringa x hyacinthiflora 'Excel'
This is one that will bloom with fragrant flowers even in low chill areas. Light lilac blooms in late winter or early spring make the deciduous period worth the wait.