Gardening with native plants is a fun and rewarding activity that also benefits our local ecosystem. Following, you will find our recommendations for the best native plants for a variety of circumstances and objectives as well as links to other gardening resources.

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The following are Redbud resources in PDF form you can download and print.

Lists of selected native plants for shade, striking fall color, bird attractants, showy flowering shrubs, butterfly and beneficial insect attractants, riparian habitat restoration, sunny rock garden, foothill native grassland and wildflower field, evergreen groundcovers, deer-resistant plants, flowery montane meadow, and evergreen screening.
This collaboration between CNPS and the Redbud Chapter includes landscaping design tips for native gardens and gardening advice to keep your plants (and soil) healthy. It also includes a hand-picked list of list of California native trees, shrubs, ground covers, grasses, succulents, and vines recommended by Redbud Horticulture Chair Nancy Gilbert for Nevada and Placer County gardens.
This spreadsheet includes information about more than 125 native trees and shrubs; perennials; ground covers;  grasses, rushes, and sedges; succulents; and vines. For each plant, indicates if deciduous; whether locally native; preferred sun exposure(s); water requirements; height and width; flower color; and kinds of wildlife attracted.
Brief overview of landscaping design concepts: accent, framing, and funneling; specimen; and massing. Lists of selected native plants for each concept with subcategories of tall, medium height, and low. Includes brief description of each plant.
Handout by Redbud Horticultural Chair Nancy Gilbert from her  presentation on “California’s Native Garden Gems.” It provides information on 87 of the most garden-worthy California native plants identified by botanical and common name. Includes brief description of the landscape uses of each species, and a key indicating cultivation requirements and wildlife habitat value.
60 species  of bulbs are native to Nevada and Placer Counties, ranking among the most beautiful and interesting of our native plants.There is a native bulb for almost every niche in your garden — the key to success with native bulbs is to provide the preferred habitat of the species. With a wide range of colors, sizes, and flower shapes, these striking plants become focal points of any landscape. Most are well adapted to summer drought and all are excellent pollinator plants.
This handout goes over some considerations to make when incorporating native bulbs into your garden. Also, one can find information about the needs for specific species of native bulbs.
California was once a state dominated by vast and beautiful native grasslands and meadows. It is estimated that over 99 percent of these beautiful plant communities and habitat have been lost. Grasses add textures and colors to your garden not found in other plants, as well as uncommon beauty and drama, especially in late summer and early fall when other garden plants are waning. In memory of grasslands past, include native grasses in your landscape and garden. Includes descriptions of each plant and line drawings.
Published by the California Oak Foundation. See, particularly, page 5: “Guidelines for Oak Tree Protection.”
Learn step-by-step how to use CNPS, a database that gives you access to 150 years of knowledge about the almost 7,000 plants that are native to California. With Calscape, you can identify which plants are truly native to your local area. You can then search those plants by type (annual, perennial, grass, shrub, vine, tree) and by cultivation requirements such as exposure (sun/shade) and water needs. When you grow native plants in the areas where they evolved and naturally belong, with the right soil, sun, and water conditions, they are easier to grow, healthier, and require little or no extra water. Most plant profiles give details about how to grow the plant, its natural plant communities and associations (so you can group plants with similar needs together, and even where you can buy it.