Top Plants For Sonoma CountyThis report lists all plants in the selected Exposure category, and further breaks down each to Water requirements. Click on any plant to see it's full detail.
Drought TolerantAchillea spp.
Flowers in a wide range of colors.
Tough plant - withstands harsh conditions. Groundcovers and upright shrubs available.
A tough, summer-flowering tree for difficult sites.
Clear blue flower in summer followed by red foliage in fall.
Needs good drainage.
Spring flowers, fall color, winter berries.
Needs excellent drainage
Cut back after bloom to renew. Attractive to pollinators.
Rugged; tolerates heat, wind, drought, salt spray.
Grown for dramatic foliage and showy bracts around flower heads.
Native has orange flowers. Cultivars available with pink, white, cream, salmon flowers.
Easy-care and long-flowering.
Brilliant flower display. Should be sheared afterwards to showcase evergreen foliage. Many different flower colors.
Yellow flowers in summer followed by lantern-shaped seed capsules.
Cut back in winter to renew - may not survive particularly cold, wet winters.
Native; dramatic accent grass, cut back every few years to freshen
All parts of plant toxic. Good hedge or screen. Tolerant of many conditions and useful in hot, sunny sites.
Cut back in winter to renew.
Cut back in early spring to renew.
Pink flowers. Cut to ground and allow to go dormant in summer.
Cut to ground in early spring; little to no summer water only.
White or pale blue flowers. Tolerates harsh conditions. Good drainage.
Some species form woody trunks.
Prune lower branches to train as small tree.
Cedars need plenty of space; weeping forms need training.
Choose 'Pink Dawn' or white blooming 'Morning Cloud'
Decorative bark, summer flowers, and striking fall color.
Can be grown as a tree or shrub.
Brilliant fall color; some species spread by suckering.
Varies from groundcover to upright or trailing shrubs. Blue flowers in winter attract butterflies and bees.
Cut to ground in late winter.
Cut just above ground in early spring.
Flowers in summer; foliage attractive year-round.
Dwarf varieties available for containers or patios
Red-spotted yellow flowers in summer followed by rose-colored papery seed capsules.
Protect from hard frost. Dramatic bloom in white, pink or red.
Cut back in winter to renew; native species require lean soil and little water.
Cut to ground in late winter.
Faint aroma of garlic; long bloom period spring through fall.
Many cultivars. Short-lived but re-seeds. Dramatic shape and foliage.
Compact forms available. White flowers, red, orange, gold berries. Decorative peeling bark.
Scale-like foliage similar to juniper.
Fast-growing, bright golden flowers in summer. Leaf drop can be messy.
Cut back in winter to renew - plants generally need replacing in 4-6 years.
This dwarf olive tree is actually a shrub that bears little if any fruit and
is valued for its low water needs, tolerance of pruning, and attractive
dark green foliage. Space plants 6 feet apart for a fast growing,
dense screen or hedge. Unsheared shrubs reach 12 feet high and
Fruitless and dwarf varieties available.
Fall color bright orange/red.
Blue, white or pink flowers bloom in late summer when most other plants are past their prime.