To attract pollinators to your garden, set out colorful, drought-tolerant perennials such as autumn sage (Salvia greggii), bush poppy (Dendromeeon harfordii), California wild lilac (Ceanothus), and flannel bush
It is called the flannel bush
in its native land for the hairy undersides of its leaves, but it is a skin and eye irritant, so be careful when pruning.
(Fremontodendron californicum), with stunning yellow-orange, cupped flowers in spring and early summer has a natural V-shaped form and grows to 20 feet or taller.
These include clematis, honeysuckle (Lonicera), the Flannel Bush
(Fremontodendron californicum "California Glory") which produces large golden-yellow flowers for weeks on end.
Taller accents could be cordyline, flannel bush
, or toyon.
On a sunny property edge, slope or little-used stretch of ground, California natives such as the arboreal ceanothus, which grows wild in canyons and foothills throughout the Valley and blooms in all shades of blue this time of year, flannel bush
(Fremontodendron), which has yellow-orange flowers in spring, and palo verde (Parkinsonia), a stately, low-growing tree with yellow-green bark, are recommended.
For contrast, he added flannel bush
, which covers itself in spring with bright yellow flowers, and airy apricot mallows, which produce long-lasting sprays of satiny orange, cup-shaped flowers.
In the large shrub to small tree category, you can select from the pink, trumpet flowered desert willow (Chilopsis linearis), the brilliant magenta blooming western redbud (Cercis occidentalis) and the flannel bush
And he chose more than 30 species of native plants--including bush anemone, ceanothus, flannel bush
, and California fuchsia--for continuity between the garden's designed areas and the native woodlands.
Included in this list are the orange-flowered lion's ear (Leonotis Leonurus), the yellow-flowered flannel bush
(Fremontodendron) and Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa), rockrose (Cistus), angel's trumpet (Brugmansia) and Iochroma cyaneum, this last shrub famous for its tubular purple flowers.