grindelia

Gum Plant

Gum plant (Grindelia hirsutula). (Sort of, mostly) evergreen perennial. These plants start blooming when other natives are winding down. They bloom a long time with no supplemental water, grow in clay and might even reseed if they’re happy. They get about two feet tall in our garden, if they don’t flop over. We tried the…

Pacific coast iris

Pacific Coast Iris

Pacific Coast Iris. Perennial. These plants tend to be hybrids between several species. Ours have been unpredictable, growing well in some spots and dying in others. They come in a range of colors from brownish to gold to blue to white. In our garden, only the gold plants survived.