California Native Plant Society
San Gabriel Mountains Chapter

Native gardening: Selecting plants

Once you have completed the site analysis and basic design, you will be ready to select the plants for your garden. Several native plant nurseries have detailed instructional web pages and plant lists to assist you based on your objectives and the conditions of your site:  butterfly garden, sandy soil, clay soil, sun, shade, slope stabilization, deer resistance. Some nurseries provide plant recommendations based on zip code.

RESOURCES TO HELP YOU SELECT PLANTS — NURSERIES AND WEBSITES

Theodore Payne Foundation (See their Native Gardening Wiki)

Plants for birds, hummingbirds, butterflies, pollinators
Plants for containers
Heavy soil and clay
Slopes
Deer list

Las Pilitas Native Gardening

Plants to attract birds, bees, hummingbirds, butterflies
Deer list
Plant (communities) by city and zip code
Slope, hedge, shade, containers

Tree of Life Nursery (See also their PDF downloads page)

Plants for butterflies, hummingbirds
Sage advice

Orchid Black of Pitcher Sage Design has compiled a list of “Easy Natives for your Garden” on her native plant blog.

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WHERE TO SEE MATURE NATIVE PLANTS

Listed below are some places where you can see mature native plants to aid you with your selections.

Eaton Canyon Nature Center: There is a lovely native plant garden surrounding the center with monthly docent-led talks.

Theodore Payne Foundation: Annual garden tour in April. Established plants at the nursery site.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden: Many established plants with signage.

Many parks and other sites are incorporating more natives into their landscapes – or establishing native gardens. 

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