California poppy – Eschscholzia californica
Brilliant orange in spring and fades to yellow as it ages. This is a medicinal plant. Annual or perennial.
Blue Blossom/California Lilac/Ceanothus – Ceanothus sp
There are many species and cultivars but most are known for their deep blue, indigo or pale blue flowers. I especially love C. “Dark Star”. Evergreen shrubs and ground covers.
Fremontia/Flannel Bush – Fremontodendron californium
This large, sprawling shrub has fuzzy light olive-green leaves that can sometimes cause contact dermatitis. But the profusion of brilliant yellow flowers in late winter or early spring make up for that. Evergreen shrub.
Baby Blue Eyes – Nemophilia menziesii
A lovely annual wildflower with 5 delicate blue petals and a white interior. Fleeting, delicate and memorable.
Shooting Stars – Dodecatheon sp
Another early season annual wildflower. Its form resembles a shooting star. Mostly magenta/pink in color. Prefers part shade to shady conditions.