The Redbud chapter has created many resources to help people learn which native plants are good candidates for the landscape and for the garden. Local species offer ecological benefits that non-native plants, and even native but non-local natives do not. They support pollinators and wildlife. Our local plants have a unique character and offer a sense of wonder and beauty at home without the need to travel to wildlands.

Though plant biodiversity can be preserved only through habitat conservation, by planting even on our own properties, we can help preserve diversity of the organisms that rely on native plants. Planting natives in your garden or yard attracts a huge variety of insects, birds, and pollinators, drawn by the food and shelter offered by those plants.

In this Gardening section of our website, we have many resources related to the benefits of using natives in your landscape and related topics. Visit our Gardening With Natives page to find:

  • Suggested Planting Lists
  • Gardening With Bulbs
  • Planting Around Native Oaks
  • And much more!

Fire-wise Planting

Firewise Landscaping for Zone 1 Defensible Space

Recent devastating wildfires have underscored the need for firewise landscaping, but it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and confused about what to do. This handout focuses on the area closest to your house, or Zone 1 — the “lean, low and green” zone. This critical zone plays a key role in keeping your home and property safe from wildfires.  To help you develop a prioritized action plan, It provides recommendations for plants, “hardscape,” and irrigation, as well as safe access for you and firefighters.

Fire-Resistant Plants

Selected Fire-Resistant Native Plants for Nevada and Placer County Landscapes. A wide variety of California native plants are fire-resistant, making them valuable components of fire-safe landscaping. Characteristics of fire-resistant plants are described (high moisture content of leaves and stems, tolerance for summer irrigation, low amounts of oils and other volatiles, etc.) and lists of commonly available fire-resistant species are provided, grouped by ground covers & vines; annuals, perennials & bulbs; shrubs; and trees. Sources for plants and seeds are also included.

Xeriscaping with Drought-Tolerant California Native Plants

An overview of xeriscape gardening with lists of selected native plants for full sun, shade, and in between with subcategories of tall, medium height, and low.

Wildlife and Plants

Creating Pollinator Friendly Gardens

Creating Pollinator-Friendly Gardens by Nancy Gilbert. Explains the pollination process and the unique ways in which plants and pollinators have evolved and adapted to each other to complete this process; the importance of healthy pollinator populations to our food and other crops and threats to pollinators; design guidelines for creating pollinator-friendly gardens and habitats; and lists of top California Native Pollinator Attracting Plants.

43 Local Native Plants For Pollinators

UC Davis researchers have identified 43 plants that attract both pollinators and other beneficial insects to support natural ecosystems and reduce pesticide use. This list includes only local native plants.

Pollinator Resources

List of links to online resources about pollinators from the Redbud Chapter, from CNPS, from the Xerces Society for Pollinator Conservation, and from other sources.  Includes links to  sources on ecological gardening, restoring vital relationships that are critical to pollinators and the health of our ecosystems, and protecting pollinators from pesticides.

Butterflies and Skippers – Order Lepidoptera

Annotated Checklist by Family and Subfamily for Nevada and Placer Counties, California (1st Edition) . Species are listed by common and scientific name in phylogenetic (evolutionary) order. The list also includes select life history details for each species: Flight period-when the adults can typically be seen flying in the proper habitat; diapause strategy-the life stage that hibernates through the winter; and number of broods-the number of flight periods each species can be expected to have in a normal year.

Hummingbirds in the Nevada and Placer County Region of the Northern Sierra Nevada

Brief description of each of our four local species of hummingbirds, description of hummingbird feeding habits, plus other tidbits of information about hummingbirds in general

California Native Plants that Attract Hummingbirds Nevada and Placer County Region of the Northern Sierra Nevada

An overview of hummingbird gardening, including a list of our four local species and when they are here. Extensive list of native plants that attract hummingbirds, most of them native in our two counties with a brief description of each plant, including horticultural requirements. This list is arranged alphabetically by botanical name and family.

Invasive Species

Invasives You Should Never Plant

Some ornamental non-native plants crowd out native plants, create severe fire danger, and/or destroy natural habitat and native ecosystems.  This handout identifies invasive plants you should never purchase or plant — and should remove if they are in your garden or on your property to stop further spread.