SMWD SustainaBlue Plants


SMWD SustainaBlue Landscapes features an interactive garden gallery and plant database to help you figure out how best to implement a sustainable landscape!  Find inspirational designs, beautiful plants, and landscape design assistance.  

SustainaBlue Plants



SMWD SustainaBlue Plant List:  Download our SMWD SustainaBlue Plant List which features easy-to-find plants to transform your landscape.  The list includes plant links to our SustainaBlue Landscapes website!





Plant Resources

SMWD SustainaBlue Landscapes

Free Landscape Designs with Plant Lists

Sunset Magazine's 21 Lawn-Free Yards

UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars

Eco-Friendly Landscape Design Plans

Avoid Planting Invasive Plants!

Tree of Life Nursery Planting Guide

Las Pilitas Nursery Guide: When to Plant CA Natives

Nurseries that feature low water use plants

How to Care for Trees During Drought

October 2016: Catalina Fuchsia

'Epilobium canum 'Catalina'

Need festive fall color in your landscape?  Try a CA native Fuchsia!

If you are looking to add color to your summer and fall landscape, Catalina Fuchsia will not disappoint! Also known by its botanical name, Epilobium canum ‘Catalina,’ this Catalina Island native has brilliant red-orange, tubular flowers and soft, grey-green foliage on dense branches. This species blooms later and longer than other CA Fuchsias, and will brighten your landscape through October. Catalina Fuchsia is guaranteed to attract hummingbirds, as it is dependent on these creatures for pollination and provides their main source of nectar during the summer months. Plant at a high point in your landscape to provide better drainage, and away from high traffic areas, as stems are brittle and should be handled with care.

Height:  1-3 ft.

Width:  4 ft.

Flower Color:  Red-Orange

Bloom Time:  Summer and Fall

Water:  Low; water infrequently in summer

Exposure:  Full to part sun

Garden Uses:  Plant for fall color, as an accent with decorative boulders and to attract hummingbirds.


 *Photos courtesy of Tree of Life Nursery and Las Pilitas Nursery.


 Turf Removal Examples

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Growing CA Native Plants


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