Planting Native Plants in the Spring

Q: Can I plant natives in my garden during spring?

A: There is quite a bit of debate about whether it is appropriate to plant natives year around. The best time to add California native plants to the garden is in the late fall through winter. This is especially true for those of you who live in the hotter inland areas. Consider planting perennials, grasses, and shade-loving and riparian plants. Avoid plants that cannot tolerate summer water such as flannel bush (Fremontodendron species) and some of the manzanitas (Arctostaphylos spp.) and wild lilac (Ceanothus spp.).