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Elija Blue Fescue
Foothill Penstemon
Monterey Pine
California Coffeeberry
Spiny Rush
Superba Fescue
Atlas Fescue
Elija Blue Fescue

Common name: Elija Blue Fescue
Botanical name: Festuca glauca 'Elija Blue'

The 'Elijah Blue' is a dwarf variety with gray blue (but sometimes white-looking) foliage. It should receive sun and little summer watering. -Monterey Bay Nursrey

Foothill Penstemon

Common name: Foothill Penstemon
Botanical name: Penstemon heterophyllus

This perennial will grow 1.5'-2' tall and 2'-3' wide. It has glossy, blue green foliage with flowers that vary in color and bloom from spring through early summer.

Monterey Pine

Common name: Monterey Pine
Botanical name: Pinus radiata

The Pinus radiata is an evergreen with an incredibly fast growth rate. It survives well in coastal areas and in well drained soils. With age, the tree drops its lower branches, thus producing a rounded, flat crown. This tree can reach 50'-100' tall and 3' wide. Pine needles are aromatic.

California Coffeeberry

Common name: California Coffeeberry
Botanical name: Rhamnus californica

The California coffeeberry is an evergreen shrub that reaches 6'-8' high. It grows inland and has large green to black berries in late summer. This shrub tolerates sun or partial shade in all soil types. The California coffeeberry is a native to California and is drought tolerant. It is a beneficial insect plant and attracts butterflies. -Cornflower Farms

Spiny Rush

Common name: Spiny Rush
Botanical name: Juncus acutus

This native Rush grows naturally in moist alkaline soils especially in coastal salt marshes. As one of the larger native Rushes, growing to 3'-4' tall and 3'-4' wide, it can provide interest through form and structure in a natural garden setting. It is carefree-looking. The tips of the leaves are sharp so care should be taken when designing the landscape not to place this species close to walkways, etc. Tall grasses are highly combustible.

Superba Fescue

Common name: Superba Fescue
Botanical name: Festuca amethystina 'Superba'

The Rainbow Fescue is a hardy fescue with fine, blue green foliage that grows 8" tall. It has spring flowers that are 12" above the foliage. This fescue is a very showy, neat grass for sunny spots during spring and fall. The Rainbow Fescue is drought tolerant. -Cornflower Farms

Atlas Fescue

Common name: Atlas Fescue
Botanical name: Festuca mairei

Festuca mairei is a mounding grass that grows to 2-3'H x 2-3'W. The foliage is yellowish green and often browns at the tips. Is considered drought tolerant but performs better (stays greener) with fairly regular summer irrigation. Rarely blooms in the landscape in Southern California. Basically carefree.

Designer: Form LA Landscaping

Dry Shade Garden

Photographer: GardenSoft

Water Saving Tip:

Mulching and adding compost to soil can minimize evaporation and help soil absorb and store water.