Fremontodendron sp.

Flannel Bush

Flannel Bush (Fremontodendron sp.). Evergreen shrub. These plants need lots of room and no water in summer. Too much water promotes too-fast growth and shortens the plant’s lifespan. Wear gloves to protect yourself from itchy¬†stellate hairs on the leaves. Advertisements

Cornus sericea

Creek Dogwood

Creek Dogwood, American Dogwood (Cornus sericea). Sometimes known as red-twig dogwood. Deciduous shrub. This is not a drought-tolerant plant, as its common name indicates. I remember enjoying this plant while walking along streams in Yosemite Valley for its lush green appearance. In winter, our plant transforms into a maze of bright red twigs backed by…



Camas (Camassia quamash). Bulb. These bulbs like seasonally wet soil – our bulb is at the edge of the rain garden where it can be submerged for brief periods during heavy rains. They haven’t reseeded or spread, but they’ve been in the ground for years and do bloom reliably. They’ve been easier to establish than…