Low Water Shrubs for California Picture Gallery

FBTS cultivates a wide range of hardy, drought tolerant plants California gardeners need for native plant gardening and xeriscape. If you are redoing your landscaping because of water rationing, this list is the place to start when looking for great garden ideas.

We offer many easy grow perennials, including groundcover sages, that are native to the West Coast from Northern Baja to Southern Oregon. This area is called the California Floristic Province and has a mild, Mediterranean climate characterized by wet winters and dry summers.

Most of these Salvias and companion plants love full sun while tolerating partial shade. All need soil that drains well, but otherwise are easy care plants.

The choices displayed here are ideal for California native plant gardens and thrive throughout the state. They work well in dry gardens in which plants must survive despite almost no supplemental watering. They also are ideal for wildlife garden design, including pollinator gardens for bees, butterflie&


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Properties for plants in the Low Water Shrubs for California Picture Gallery
Name Mature height Mature width Flower color Bract color Exposure
Salvia clevelandii 'Whirly Blue' 5 to 6 feet 5 to 6 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia mellifera 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia brandegeei 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia x 'Pozo Blue' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia apiana 4 to 5 feet 4 to 5 feet Yellowish white Yellowish Gray Full sun
Salvia cedrosensis 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Strong Purplish Blue Light Greenish Gray Full sun
Salvia x 'Starlight' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia apiana x clevelandii 'Vicki Romo' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Light Purple Very Pale Green Full sun
Salvia brandegeei x munzii 'Pacific Blue' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Light Violet Dark Red Full sun
* We have not yet defined this plants colors