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Miscanthus sinensis (dwarf varieties) - Japanese silver grass. Leaves may turn red, orange, and yellow in the fall; many varieties are available, with different leaf patterns and a range of sizes; thrives in clay soil.

Leaves may turn red, orange, and yellow in the fall; many varieties are available, with different leaf patterns and a range of sizes; thrives in clay soil.

Heuchera maxima - island alumroot. California native plant; a good informal groundcover for dry shade; tolerates heavy clay soils; frilly green leaves look good all year.

a good informal groundcover for dry shade; frilly green leaves look good all year.

EPILOBIUM CANUM 'CALIFORNIA FUCHSIA' Planted: 1, Spring 2011. Small Year 1. Hope it grows more Yr 2.

California Fuchsia (Zauschneria) Hummingbirds love it. A top 25 hummingbird nectar plant.

California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum) This California native is also known as Zauchneria califonica.

The 2 Minute Gardener has over 600 garden photos to help inspire you. Here is one of a California Fuschia (Epilobium canum) which is great Fall blooming hummingbird plant.

Acacia boormanii - Snowy River wattle  Fragrant yellow flowers add color to the winter garden; very adaptable and hardy, grows best in well-drained soils; heat and drought tolerant.

Acacia boormanii - Snowy River wattle Fragrant yellow flowers add color to the winter garden; very adaptable and hardy, grows best in well-drained soils; heat and drought tolerant.

Cape balsam

There are very few flowering plants in our garden that are as low-maintenance, easy to grow and long-blooming as cape balsam ( Bulbine frute.

deergrass - California native plant; makes a low informal screen ...

Muhlenbergia rigens Common Name: deergrass Perennial-makes a low informal screen; adds texture and movement to the garden.

Hummingbird sage (Salvia spathacea) Side of driveway

Arboretum All-Stars: Great Plants for Central Valley Gardens

Striking Little Bluestem, a native prairie grass perfect for Midwest gardens. Details: http://www.midwestliving.com/garden/ideas/best-ornamental-grasses-for-midwest-gardens/?page=4,0

Best Ornamental Grasses for Midwest Gardens

Otto Quast Spanish lavender (lavandla stoechas) UCD Allstar - showiest of all lavendars, loves sun, attracts butterflies and beneficial insects, ct back to remove old flowers and keep compact

Otto Quast Spanish lavender (lavandla stoechas) UCD Allstar - showiest of all lavendars, loves sun, attracts butterflies and beneficial insects, ct back to remove old flowers and keep compact

Ornamental grasses produce fabulous textural effects and look stunning when grouped together.

A Garden Bed of Grasses

Impressive size, graceful aspect, and spectacular flowers all combine to make Pompas Grass, Cortaderia selloana, one of the most recognized plants in the landscape. The real show starts in midsummer when the spectacular tall white plumes er