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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.

Featured Plant:  Agave attenuata

Featured Plant: Agave attenuata

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.

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Featured Plant:  Pennisetum ‘Rubrum’

Featured Plant: Pennisetum ‘Rubrum’

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!

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Featured Plant:  Verbena

Featured Plant: Verbena

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.

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Featured Plant:  Arctostaphylos manzanita ‘Emerald Carpet’

Featured Plant: Arctostaphylos manzanita ‘Emerald Carpet’

A Great Addition to Your Drought Tolerant Garden Arctostaphylos manzanita (or Common Manzanita) is an attractive, useful, and low maintenance plant to use in a drought tolerant garden. It's species and cultivars range in size from large shrubs that can be planted as...

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Featured Plant: Tecomaria

Featured Plant: Tecomaria

Tecomaria is a bright and beautiful shrubby vine, also known as the Cape Honeysuckle, originating in South Africa. Since this plant is from the southern hemisphere, we get to enjoy their blooms throughout the winter…

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Milkweed: Sow and Grow Guide

Not only is milkweed a beautiful addition to the garden, but it is the only food monarch butterfly caterpillars can eat (what is called a "host plant"). For many years, milkweed has been sprayed with herbicides and eradicated from farms, yards, and public landscapes...

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