Recommended Plants for San Diego County

These are a list of 50 great plants for San Diego County and the surrounding areas. Although not all are native to the area, each responds well to the temperate climate and are easy to grow without relying on heavy watering or frequent maintenance. 

  1. Ian Bush (arcostaphylos)
  2. Narrowleaf Milkweed
  3. Baccharis 'Pozo Surf'
  4. Brittlebush (encelia farinosa)
  5. Scarlet Bugler (penstemon centranthifolius)
  6. Showy Penstemon (penstemon spectabilis)
  7. Sugarbush (rhus ovata)
  8. Pride of Madeira (echium candicans)
  9. Lemonade Berry (rhus integrifolia)
  10. Bougainvillea
  11. Woolly Thyme (thymus psuedolanuginosus)
  12. Autumn Sage (salvia greggii)
  13. Copper Canyon Daisy (tagetes lemmonii)
  14. Mexican Terragon (tagetes lucida)
  15. Strawberry Tree (arbutus unedo)
  16. Crape Myrtle (lagerstroemia)
  17. Sweet Bay (laurus nobilis)
  18. Fruitless Olive (olea europea wilsonii)
  19. Chinese Pistache (pistacia chinensis)
  20. Coast Live Oak (quercus agrifolia)
  21. White Sage (salvia apiana)
  22. Pozo Blue Sage (salvia clevelandii 'pozo blue')
  23. Desert Mallow (sphaeralcea incana) 
  24. Woolly Blue Curls (trichostema lanatum)
  25. California Fuchsia (epilobium canum)
  26. Echeveria
  27. Shoestring Acacia (acaia stenophylla)
  28. Kangaroo Paw (anigozanthos manglesii)
  29. Lavender (lavandula)
  30. California Sunflower (encelia californica)
  31. Lockwood de Forest Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis)
  32. Pig's Ear (cotyledon orbiculata)
  33. Rockrose (cistaceae)
  34. Grevillea
  35. California Lilac (ceanothus)
  36. Morning Glory (ipomoea tricolor)
  37. Iceplant (lampranthus)
  38. Silver Carpet (dymondia margaretae)
  39. Whale's Tongue Agave (agave ovatifolia)
  40. Fig (ficus carica)
  41. Arroyo Willow (salix lasiolepis)
  42. Monkey Flower (mimulus)
  43. Purple Ice Plant (delosperma)
  44. Red Fountain Grass (pennisetum setaceum)
  45. Yellow Orchid Vine (callaeum macroptera)
  46. Manzanita (arcostaphylos)
  47. Toyon/Christmas Berry (heteromeles)
  48. Lemmon Bottlebrush (callistemon citrinus)
  49. Russian Sage (perovskia atriplicifolia)
  50. Gardenia (gardenia jasminoides)