Native Landscapes: Diane H.

eHarmony and Californa Native Plants

It all started six years ago when I met my future husband on eHarmony. He took me on a hike in Southern Orange County. He’s a biologist specializing in Southern California botany.

It is such a treat going on hikes with him because he always points out and identifies the beautiful native flora and fauna on the trail. I learn so much about native plants when I’m out hiking with him; he opened up an exciting new world to me when he introduced me to California native plants!

I’ve always been an avid gardener and after we purchased our first home, we decided to start replacing the thirsty ornamental plants and parts of our lawn in our front and back yards with California natives.

I love the fact that we are able to provide habitat and food for the wild birds, butterflies and bees with the plants we incorporate into our landscape.

As an added bonus, our water bill has decreased considerably as a result of replacing the ornamentals with drought-tolerant California natives. We plan to continue incorporating many more natives into our landscape, our goal is to completely replace our front lawn and most of the back lawn.

My excitement for native plants is rubbing off on our neighbors too. They appreciate and enjoy the beauty and value of California native plants as they see them thrive in our landscape.

Diane H.
Placentia, Calif.

California native plants currently has thriving in their front and back yards:

Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
Galvezia speciosa 'Firecracker'
Rhamnus californica 'Mound San Bruno'
Sisyrinchium bellum
Artemisia tridentata
Artemisia californica 'Canyon Gray'
Artemisia pycnocephala 'David's Choice'
Abutilon palmeri
Salvia gregii
Carpenteria californica
Eriogonum fasciculatum
Muhlenbergia rigens
Isomeris arborea
Encelia californica
Eschscholzia californica
Clarkia unguiculata
Layia platyglossa
Achillea millefolium
Epilobium parviflorum
Nemophila maculata