Drought-Tolerant and Native Varieties
Native and drought-tolerant plants foster a natural environment and need little care. Not only are native plants beautiful in their own right; they will adjust well to your environment because it’s theirs too! Most drought-tolerant plants also thrive in our climate.
Evergreen Nursery carries one of the largest selections of drought-tolerant and native plants in the East Bay. Our staff has unequaled knowledge and experience in helping you choose the right plant for your garden.
Come see our native and drought-tolerant plant collection. In the unlikely event that we don’t carry what you are looking for, we would be happy to special order any available size or variety.
It’s September already. We can’t believe that the summer has flown by so quickly! As we head into fall, the days are growing shorter and some trees and shrubs are starting to show signs of seasonal changes. Fall is the perfect time to plant, especially in our Mediterranean climate. Fall, winter and spring rains will help to establish plants and allow them to develop deep root systems.
Planting succulents is an easy way to bring some structure and interest to your garden. They are so easy to take care of, needing very little attention year-round and very little water. It’s time to add some succulents to spruce up your low maintenance, drought tolerant, or Mediterranean garden.
Chondropetalum tectorum are easy to grow, low maintenance, and highly adaptable, making them the perfect multi-purpose garden specimens for Bay Area landscapes. Their fine texture is similar to that of bamboo.
Sago palms, or Cycas revoluta, are wonderful plants to feature in your garden. They are prehistoric, palm-like plants that bare large male or female cones and are found in tropical or sub-tropical regions. They existed before the dinosaurs and flourished during the Triassic and Jurassic eras but have been declining recently.
Landscapes are becoming dry and dusty in our Mediterranean climate as we head into the late summer. With water conservation on everyone’s minds, we continue to focus on and stock drought tolerant plants that will best survive and still look good with limited irrigation.
The Foxtail Agave or Agave attenuata has a delightful rosette-shaped form, which can add an interesting accent to your garden beds. The upward growing leaves are an attractive silvery green. The Foxtail Agave is an easy to grow, evergreen succulent perennial that will provide your yard with structure year round.
The purple fountain grass, known by the botanical names Pennisetum ‘Rubrum’, is a beautiful and useful grass to add to your landscape. Its foot-long plumes of golden and burgundy seed heads wave in the breeze above the clumping green and maroon foliage. These inflorescences are long lasting and persist through the summer and into the fall. The seed heads are sterile and therefore won’t cause a problem with re-seeding grasses all over your yard!
Verbena is a great selection for Bay Area gardens. Their bloom time is very long – from early spring into late fall. Verbenas are either bedding annuals or perennials that originate from the Americas or Asia.