Natives in Your Garden
California native plants for your specific garden needs:
Not every plant will prosper in full sun. Not every plant is used by our native (and very demanding!) hummingbirds. How do you choose the right plant for the spot you have in mind? How do you choose plants which will encourage the wildlife you long to see in your yard?
SBBG is compiling resources and information to help you make these decisions and many more relating to the joy of gardening with native plants. Be sure to check this page regularly for updated information as we begin building this resource to help you with your native California garden needs. Materials will include many horticultural publications created over the years here at the Garden.
Are your specific questions not covered here? Feel free to contact us for expert advice from the Garden Growers Nursery!
Plants for Birds, Butterflies and Caterpillars
Looking for plants to attract particular fauna to your yard? Lists for hummingbird, butterfly interactions with native plants. Resources for butterfly gardens and wildlife friendly gardens.
What are the special considerations for native plants? When can you plant? Resources on planting and culture.
Suggestions for Specific Garden Situations
Which plants are best for full sun? What can you plant in full shade?
Use these lists drawing on a long history of Southern California gardeners for plants to suit distinct cultural situations.
No plant is completely immune to pests or disease. While CA natives are often trouble-free (especially when compared to the non-native landscape plants often planted in southern California) there are some common problems faced by many gardeners. Look here for descriptions of these problems and to find some simple, benign solutions.
Finding Plants for the Right Location
Coming Soon...in a cooperative agreement with Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, we are building a plant finder function to allow you to set certain search parameters (such as height, flower color, exposure requirements, drought tolerance, etc.) and receive a list of suggestions from among over 5000 CA natives.
SBBG's Garden Blog
The most recent article by Nursery Manager, Bruce Reed, appearing in the Santa Barbara News Press, with archives of past articles.
Question and Answer Forum
Got a burning question? Read our continuing forum of questions from the public. Submit your own and our horticulture team will do our best to find an answer.
Contact Us with your questions.
Forum Coming soon...
Plant Availability in the Garden Growers Nursery
The Garden Growers Nursery is a year-round, retail nursery located here at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Three times annually, the Garden Growers Nursery publishes an inventory list.
Cultivating the Wild: April 13th
Experience the beauty and innovative design of native plant gardens in Santa Barbara.
Our 2014 self-guided tour and program will introduce you to eight inspiring and diverse destinations featuring meadows, hillsides, woodlands and front garden transformations. Docents and horticultural professionals will be available at most sites for informal walking tours and to answer your questions.
Reserve by April 1 and save!
Landscape for Life: 5-week course, March 6 - April 17th
How to work with nature in your garden, no matter where you live ~ Classes will meet on March 6, 13, 27, April 3 and 17
Our newest certificate program was developed at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. Five classes cover all aspects of sustainable landscape, including soil and water resources, plant choices, design and installation. Focus on the use of native plants in drought-tolerant, ecologically healthy home gardens. Learn More