The secret to successful gardening of any kind starts with choosing plants that are a good fit for the environment in which you’re planting them. Select plants that will thrive in the climate, soil, sunlight, and water conditions where you are working. Beyond that, planting plants that belong in the same plant community fosters microscopic soil life, which, in turns, improves plant health.
In the first part of this section, Designing With Native Plants, we’ll explain some basic landscape design guide lines in the context of native plants. Also see our recommendations of the best native plants for a variety of circumstances and objectives. And check out our Calscape guide; Calscape is a valuable CNPS website with information that will help you learn about any California native plant. See what our Calscape handout explains about how easy it is to build plant lists in Calscape and then export them to your computer.
You can download and print these Redbud resources; they are in PDF form.
Designing with Native Plants
Selecting Plants for Local Landscapes
These handouts can help you figure out which native plants will work best for your setting and purpose.
Firewise Design, Plant Selection, and Maintenance
Planting for Wildlife
Rainwater Harvesting and Rainscaping Strategies for Healthy Watersheds. Video recording of Redbud program by Nancy Gilbert (our horticulture chair) and Ames Gilbert (long-term member), who have taught a course on this subject. Learn about rain gardens, bio-swales, berms and basins, and appropriate native plants for these ecosystems. Their presentation includes best practices for rainfall bio-retention strategies, such as how to store and harvest rainwater; and strategies to slow, spread and sink rainfall & storm water runoff.