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Greg Rubin's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite California Native Groundcovers.

Greg Rubin

Harmony Manzanita - Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Harmony'
Heat and drought tolerant vigorous, low-growing manzanita. Rich foliage, nice flowers, red bark and baby apple fruits make this a great groundcover, even good for Japanese gardens! Easy and adaptable.
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Pigeon Point Dwarf Coyote Brush - Baccharis pilularis var. pilularis 'Pigeon Point'
Medum green, evergreen, fire-resistant groundcover. Great for slopes. Water every 7-10 days in summer to keep looking its best. "Pigeon Point" if the preferred form over "Twin Peaks" as it doesn't die out in the middle. Fast to 9 feet across by 1 foot high in two years. Clay tolerant.
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Yankee Point Carmel Creeping Ceanothus - Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis 'Yankee Point'
All these ceanothus (Yankee Point, Joyce Coulter & thrysiflorus repens) are much wider than they are tall, up to 10-20' wide by about 18" typically (c.t.r is lower). Very neat, evergreen leaves with striking blue flowers in Spring and intermittently throughout the year. Great groundcovers!
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Joyce Coulter Ceanothus - Ceanothus sp 'Joyce Coulter'
All these Ceanothus (Yankee Point, Joyce Coulter & thrysiflorus repens) are much wider than they are tall, up to 10-20' wide by about 18" typically (c.t.r is lower). Very neat, evergreen leaves with striking blue flowers in Spring and intermittently throughout the year. Great groundcovers!
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Creeping Blueblossom - Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. repens
All these Ceanothus (Yankee Point, Joyce Coulter & thrysiflorus repens) are much wider than they are tall, up to 10-20' wide by about 18" typically (c.t.r is lower). Very neat, evergreen leaves with striking blue flowers in Spring and intermittently throughout the year. Great groundcovers!
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Woodland Strawberry - Fragaria californica
Great shade ground cover with delicious strawberries. Evergreen, emerald colored foliage. Can grow all day under oaks. Nice groundcover for a woodland garden.
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San Diego Povertyweed - Iva hayesiana
Nice evergreen groundcover superficially resembling a sage. 6-8' across by 1-2' high. Fire resistant if given water every 7-10 days. Only maintenance is an occasional shearing to remove seed heads.
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Mrs. Beard Sage - Salvia sonomensis 'Mrs. Beard'
Fast, low growing, colorful ground hugging sages based on Salvia sonomensis. Can often get to be 8'+ in one year.
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Daras Choice Sage - Salvia sonomensis x mellifera 'Daras Choice'
Fast, low growing, colorful ground hugging sages based on Salvia sonomensis. Can often get to be 8'+ in one year.
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Bees Bliss Sage - Salvia X hybrid 'Bees Bliss'
Fast, low growing, colorful ground hugging sages based on Salvia sonomensis. Can often get to be 8'+ in one year. Bee's Bliss is a nice silver color contrast with blue flowers in Spring.
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