Incorporating plants native to your climate means less water, less maintenance, and more wildlife. Here are our top picks around the West. Find out what grows best in your climate zone here. And if you don't know your zone, you can easily look it up.
Native to: California and southern Oregon
To about 1 ft. high, 10 in. wide. Rosettes of narrow, fleshy, evergreen leaves bear 10-in. stems topped by large, extremely showy clusters of 1-in. white or pink flowers often striped with rose or red. Blooms from spring to early summer. Lewisia cotyledon howellii is similar but has wavy-edged leaves and somewhat larger flowers. Prune out side growth to maintain air circulation around root crown. Can be grown in pots of fast-draining sterilized soil or growing mixes.
Penstemon Margarita BOP
Native to: California
These deep blue beauties have purple throats.
Native to: California, Oregon, Washington, and B.C.