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Don't forget to read our article "Lawn Alternatives Using California Native Plants" (opens in a new window) for suggestions on ground covers and their use in a water-friendly garden setting.

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Exposure: Sun
Botanic Name Common Name Size Exposure Water Type Deer Tolerant? Clay Tolerant? Good w/ Oaks?
Arctostaphylos 'John Dourley' 'John Dourley' Manzanita 3'h x 8'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Arctostaphylos 'Pacific Mist' 'Pacific Mist' Manzanita 2'h x 6'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Arctostaphylos 'Winterglow' Winterglow Manzanita 2'h x 6'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Arctostaphylos edmundsii 'Bert Johnson' Bronze Mat Manzanita 1'h x 6'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Arctostaphylos edmundsii 'Carmel Sur' Bronze Mat Manzanita 1'h x 6'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Arctostaphylos edmundsii 'Rosy Dawn' 'Rosy Dawn' Manzanita 1'h x 6'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Buxifolia' Manzanita 1'h x 5'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Ken Taylor' Monterey Manzanita 2'h x 6'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Good Under Oaks
Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Monterey Carpet' 'Monterey Carpet' Manzanita 1'h x 8'+w Sun Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Artemisia californica 'Canyon Grey' California Sagebrush 3'h x 6'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Artemisia pycnocephala 'David's Choice' Sand Hill Sage 1'h x 3'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Aster chilensis Chilean Aster 1'h x 3'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Clay Tolerant
Baccharis pilularis pilularis 'Twin Peaks II' Coyote Bush 4'h x 8'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Clay Tolerant
Ceanothus maritimus 'Popcorn' Maritime Ceanothus 2'h x 4'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Epilobium 'Brilliant Smith' California Fuchsia 1'h x 2'w Sun Occ.H2O/moist perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Epilobium canum 'Everett's Choice' California Fuchsia 1'h x 2'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Epilobium canum 'Hurricane Point' California Fuchsia 1'h x 2'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Epilobium canum 'UC Hybrid' California Fuchsia 1'h x 2'w Sun Summer dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Epilobium canum latifolium California Fuchsia 1'h x 2'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Epilobium septentrionalis 'Wayne's Silver' California Fuchsia 1'h x 2'w Sun Occ.H2O/moist perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Lessingia filaginifolia 'Silver Carpet' California Beach Aster 1'h x 4'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Salvia 'Bee's Bliss' Sage 2'h x 6'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Salvia 'Dara's Choice' Dara's Choice Hybrid Sage 2'h x 3'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Good Under Oaks
Salvia leucophylla 'Point Sal' Purple Sage 3'h x 6'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Solidago californica Californica Goldenrod 2'h x 4'w Sun Occ.H2O/moist perennial
Clay Tolerant
Solidago canadensis Canada Goldenrod 2'h x 4'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Clay Tolerant
Solidago multiradiata Goldenrod 2'h x 2'w Sun Occ.H2O/dry perennial


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Exposure: Sun-Part Shade
Botanic Name Common Name Size Exposure Water Type Deer Tolerant? Clay Tolerant? Good w/ Oaks?
Achillea millefolium 'Calistoga' Grey-Leaved Yarrow 1'h x 3'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Achillea millefolium 'King Range'' White Yarrow 1'h x 3'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Achillea millefolium 'Pink Island Form' Yarrow 1'h x 3'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Achillea millefolium 'Sonoma Coast' Sonoma White Yarrow 1'h x 3'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Arctostaphylos 'Emerald Carpet' 'Emerald Carpet' Manzanita 1'h x 6'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Good Under Oaks
Arctostaphylos 'Seaspray' 'Seaspray' Manzanita 1'h x 4'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Good Under Oaks
Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Wayside' 'Wayside' Monterey Manzanita 3'h x 8'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Good Under Oaks
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Green Supreme' 'Green Supreme' Bearberry 1'h x 6'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Point Reyes' 'Pt. Reyes' Bearberry 1'h x 6'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Good Under Oaks
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Radiant' 'Radiant' Bearberry 1'h x 6'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Good Under Oaks
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'San Bruno Mountain' 'San Bruno Mtn.' Bearberry 1'h x 6'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Good Under Oaks
Baccharis pilularis 'Pigeon Pt.' Dwarf Coyote Bush 3'h x 8'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Berberis aquifolium compacta Oregon Grape 2'h x 4'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Bouteloua gracilis Eyelash Grass 1'h x 1'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry grass
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Calamagrostis foliosa Leafy Reed Grass 1'h x 2'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry grass
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Good Under Oaks
Carex praegracilis Clustered Field Sedge 1'h x 2'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/moist sedge
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Ceanothus 'Centennial' Wild Lilac 1'h x 6'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Good Under Oaks
Ceanothus gloriosus 'Anchor Bay' Point Reyes Ceanothus 2'h x 6'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Ceanothus gloriosus 'Heart's Desire' Glory Mat 1'h x 6'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Clay Tolerant
Ceanothus gloriosus exaltatus 'Emily Brown' Point Reyes Ceanothus 3'h x 8'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Ceanothus griseus 'Diamond Heights' Variegated Carmel Creeper 2'h x 6'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Ceanothus hearstiorum Hearst Ceanothus 1'h x 6'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Clay Tolerant
Ceanothus maritimus 'Frosty Dawn' Maritime Ceanothus 2'h x 4'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Good Under Oaks
Ceanothus maritimus 'Point Sierra' Maritime Ceanothus 2'h x 4'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Deschampsia caespitosa Tufted Hair Grass 2'h x 2'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/moist grass
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Clay Tolerant
Epilobium 'Bowman's #1' California Fuchsia 1'h x 2'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Epilobium canum 'Calistoga' California Fuchsia 1'h x 2'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Epilobium canum 'Carman's Gray' California Fuchsia 1'h x 2'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Epilobium canum 'Sierra Salmon' Pink Flowered California Fuchsia 1'h x 2'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Epilobium canum 'Solidarity Pink' California Fuchsia 1'h x 2'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Epilobium canum canum California Fuchsia 1'h x 2'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Good Under Oaks
Epilobium septentrionalis 'Select Mattole' California Fuchsia 1'h x 2'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/moist perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Festuca rubra Red Fescue 1'h x 2'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/moist grass
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Fragaria chiloensis Beach Strawberry 1'h x 2'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/moist perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Heterotheca sess. bolanderi 'San Bruno Mtn.' Golden Aster 1'h x 3'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Melica sp. Native Melic 1'h x 1'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry grass
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Salvia mellifera 'Terra Seca' 'Terra Seca' Black Sage 2'h x 6'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Good Under Oaks
Salvia sonomensis Creeping Sage 1'h x 3'w Sun-Part Shade Summer dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Salvia spathacea Hummingbird Sage 2'h x 4'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Salvia spathacea 'Avis Keedy' Yellow-Flowered Hummingbird Sage 2'h x 4'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Salvia spathacea 'Powerline Pink' Hummingbird Sage 2'h x 4'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Sidalcea malvaeflora 'Palustre' Checker Bloom 1'h x 1'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Good Under Oaks
Solidago sp. Goldenrod 2'h x 4'w Sun-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial


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Exposure: Sun-Shade
Botanic Name Common Name Size Exposure Water Type Deer Tolerant? Clay Tolerant? Good w/ Oaks?
Lonicera hispidula vacillans Hairy Honeysuckle 10'h x 10'w Sun-Shade Occ.H2O/moist vine
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Rubus ursinus Western Blackberry 1'h x 4'w Sun-Shade Occ.H2O/moist vine
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Symphoricarpos mollis Creeping Snowberry 1'h x 3'w Sun-Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Good Under Oaks


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Exposure: Part Shade
Botanic Name Common Name Size Exposure Water Type Deer Tolerant? Clay Tolerant? Good w/ Oaks?
Whipplea modesta Yerba de Selva 1'h x 2'w Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Good Under Oaks


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Exposure: Shade-Part Shade
Botanic Name Common Name Size Exposure Water Type Deer Tolerant? Clay Tolerant? Good w/ Oaks?
Asarum caudatum Wild Ginger 1'h x 2'w Shade-Part Shade Moist perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Clay Tolerant
Berberis nervosa Northern Holly Grape 1'h x 4'w Shade-Part Shade Occ.H2O/moist shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Clay Tolerant
Berberis repens Creeping Barberry 2'h x 4'w Shade-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Dicentra formosa Western Bleeding Heart 1'h x 2'w Shade-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Festuca 'Siskiyou Blue' Fescue 2'h x 2'w Shade-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry grass
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Fragaria californica (vesca) Woodland Strawberry 1'h x 2'w Shade-Part Shade Occ.H2O/moist perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Oxalis oregana Redwood Sorrel 1'h x 2'w Shade-Part Shade Occ.H2O/moist perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: medium
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks
Ribes viburnifolium Catalina Currant 4'h x 4'w Shade-Part Shade Occ.H2O/moist shrub
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Good Under Oaks
Satureja douglasii Yerba Buena 1'h x 1'w Shade-Part Shade Occ.H2O/dry perennial
Deer Resistant
Resistance: high
Clay Tolerant
Good Under Oaks


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