Low-Water Natives and Perennials

california natives low water plantsGiven the ongoing significance of water conservation, the demand for plants that can thrive over extended periods with minimal water usage is highly significant. Fortunately, at SummerWinds, we offer a wide range of exquisite California Natives and Low-Water Perennials that not only thrive with reduced water usage but also enhance the beauty of our landscapes in California.

California Natives & Low- Water Perennials

10 California Natives

narrowleaf milkweed asclepias fascicularis california native

1. Narrowleaf Milkweed

Asclepias fascicularis

  • Perennial plant - Native to California
  • Narrow, lance-shaped leaves
  • Clusters of small, fragrant, pink or white flowers
  • Attracts butterflies and other pollinators
  • Provides food and habitat for Monarch butterfly larvae
hummingbird sage salvia spathacea california native

2. Hummingbird Sage

Salvia spathacea

  • Perennial plant - Native to California
  • Large, attractive, deep green leaves
  • Showy, tubular, magenta-colored flowers
  • Attracts hummingbirds and other pollinators
  • Drought-tolerant once established
Romneya matilija poppies california native

3. Romneya

Romneya coulteri

  • Perennial plant - Native to California
  • Also known as Matilija Poppy or Tree Poppy
  • Large, fragrant, white flowers with a yellow center
  • Grey-green, deeply divided leaves
  • Requires well-draining soil and full sun
penstemon margarita bop california native

4. Blue Springs Penstemon

Penstemon heterophyllus 'Blue Springs'

  • Perennial plant - Native to California
  • Compact, upright growth habit
  • Vibrant blue-violet flowers with white throats
  • Lance-shaped, evergreen leaves
  • Drought-tolerant and attracts pollinators
ceanothus diamond heights shrub

5. Diamond Heights Ceanothus

Ceanothus 'Diamond Heights'

  • Evergreen shrub - Native to California
  • Compact, rounded form
  • Dark green, glossy leaves
  • Clusters of fragrant, light blue flowers
  • Drought-tolerant once established
seaside daisy erigeron wayne roderickb purple flowers with a bee on top

6. Erigeron Wayne Roderick

  • Perennial plant - Native to California coastal areas
  • Low-growing, spreading habit
  • Gray-green leaves with daisy-like flowers
  • Flowers have lavender-blue petals with yellow centers
  • Tolerates coastal conditions and attracts pollinators
deer grass muhlenbergia rigens california native

7. Deer Grass

Muhlenbergia rigens

  • Perennial grass - Native to California
  • Clumping grass with dense, fountain-like growth
  • Silvery-green, arching leaves
  • Tall, showy flower spikes in late summer
  • Drought-tolerant and provides habitat for wildlife
coyote mint monardella villosa california native

8. Coyote Mint

Monardella villosa

  • Perennial plant - Native to California
  • Low-growing, spreading habit
  • Aromatic foliage with minty scent
  • Clusters of lavender to purple flowers
  • Attracts pollinators and tolerates dry conditions
spring showers ribes california natives

9. Spring Showers Ribes

Ribes sanguineum 'Spring Showers'

  • Deciduous shrub - Native to California
  • Upright growth habit
  • Lobed, green leaves
  • Drooping clusters of pink flowers in spring
  • Provides nectar for hummingbirds and attracts pollinators
Carpenteria californica bush anemone california natives

10. Carpenteria californica

  • Evergreen shrub - Native to California
  • Glossy, dark green leaves
  • Large, white, fragrant flowers
  • Blooms from late spring to early summer
  • Requires well-draining soil and prefers partial shade

10 Low-Water Perennials

salvia two varieties apiana and bees bliss water wise perennials

1. Bee's Bliss Salvia

Salvia 'Bee's Bliss'

  • Drought-tolerant and low-maintenance
  • Produces fragrant, lavender-blue flowers
  • Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
  • Grey-green, aromatic foliage
  • Well-suited for rock gardens and slopes
hummingbird mint low-water or water-wise perennial

2. Hummingbird Mint

Agastache spp.

  • Attracts hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies
  • Produces tubular flowers in various colors like pink, orange, and purple
  • Fragrant leaves with a minty scent
  • Tolerant of dry conditions
  • Prized for its long-lasting blooms
Creeping or Trailing Rosemary

3. Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis

  • Fragrant, needle-like leaves
  • Produces small, pale blue flowers
  • Drought-tolerant once established
  • Often used in cooking and culinary purposes
  • Tolerates full sun and well-drained soil
Yellow Yarrow also known as achillea

4. Achillea

Achillea spp.

  • Commonly known as Yarrow
  • Clusters of small, flat-topped flowers in various colors like yellow, pink, and white
  • Fern-like, aromatic foliage
  • Attracts butterflies and other pollinators
  • Tolerant of dry conditions and well-drained soil
echinacea flowers

5. Echinacea

Echinacea spp.

  • Also known as Coneflower
  • Produces large, daisy-like flowers in shades of purple, pink, and white
  • Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Tolerant of drought and heat
  • Enhances pollinator activity in the garden
pink buddleia or buddleja shrub is also known as a butterfly bush

6. Butterfly Bush

Buddleja spp.

  • Known for its fragrant flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Flowers come in a variety of colors, including purple, pink, white, and yellow
  • Long, arching branches with lance-shaped leaves
  • Requires well-drained soil and full sun
  • Pruning helps maintain shape and encourages more blooms
catmint purrsian blue perennial

7. Catmint

Nepeta spp.

  • Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Produces spikes of lavender-blue flowers
  • Grey-green, aromatic foliage
  • Tolerates dry conditions and poor soil
  • Can have a cascading or clumping growth habit
assorted varieties of lavender in garden center

8. Lavender

Lavandula spp.

  • Fragrant flowers and foliage
  • Flowers come in various colors, including shades of purple, blue, pink, and white
  • Drought-tolerant once established
  • Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Used for culinary, medicinal, and decorative purposes
Common Lantana

9. Lantana

Lantana spp.

  • Clusters of small, brightly colored flowers in shades of red, orange, yellow, pink, and white
  • Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Tolerant of heat and drought
  • Can be grown as a shrub or ground cover
  • Pruning promotes bushier growth and more flowers
senecio angel wings water wise perennials

10. Senecio candicans Angel Wings

  • Soft, silvery-white foliage that resembles angel wings – velvety texture
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Low maintenance plant – requires little pruning
  • Looks great in containers, as groundcover, in borders and rock gardens
  • Prefers full sun to partial shade
  • While resistant to deer, it attracts butterflies and other pollinators

Low-Water Essentials for Perennials & Shrubs

2 cu ft. bag of summerwinds nursery planting mix sitting on the sidewalk in front of green shrub

SummerWinds Planting Mix

100% Natural and Organic all-purpose planting mix for flowers, trees, vegetables and ornamentals. Formulated for the Bay Area, this exceptional planting mix has received the CDFA seal of approval. Blended with aged redwood, rice hulls, chicken manure and feather meal.

  • 2 cu ft. Bag
E.B. Stone Organics Sure Start Fertilizer 4 lb. box

E.B. Stone Organics Sure Start

Sure Start is a blend of natural organic ingredients formulated for use when planting or transplanting plants.  It's a gentle organic formula that will not burn.  Contains mycorrhizae, beneficial bacteria and humic acid.  Mycorrhizae: are naturally occurring fungus that attaches to plant roots to form a symbiotic relation with the plant.  It’s like putting an extended root system on the plant!

  • 4 lb. Package
  • Feeds at a natural rate
  • Provides a health ecosystem
Adding mulch to landscape

Mulch, Mulch, Mulch

Mulching – or covering a garden surface with a layer of mulch material – provides many advantages to your summer landscape but the biggest and the most important advantage is retaining water and water conservation.  When planting trees, shrubs and perennials, it's a wonderful time to lay down some material.  Don’t worry, we’re here to help make sense of mulch!  


32 oz. bottle of bonide insecticidal soap

Don't forget to protect with - Bonide Insecticidal Soap

Safe for indoor use and out, Bonide Insecticidal Soap will prevent and protect your plants from insects, even killing exising insects in minutes. A multi-purpose insect control for organic gardening is great to use to on vegetables, ornamentals, shrubs, flowers, and more.