Adding Privacy Screening With California Native Plants
Many of our smaller lots in San Diego need a screen for privacy. Sometimes its to give us space between us and the neighbors, other times its to offer something more attractive than the view beyond our gardens. If our goal is to save water at the same time, this becomes a perfect opportunity to experiment with California native plants.
Fremontodendron 'California Glory' (Flannel Bush) - This hybrid of Fremontodendron californicum and F. mexicanum can reach 20 feet tall by as wide. The velvety, deeply-five-lobed leaves sparsely cover the branches and 3-4 inch wide lemon-yellow flowers with a reddish tinge to the outside of the petals are displayed in great abundance in spring and summer. Ideally suited to a well-drained soil in full sun with no supplementary water.
Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn' (Manzanita) - A medium-sized, evergreen mounding shrub to 7 to 10 feet tall by as wide with a densely-branched structure - can be kept smaller by pruning.
Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman' (Ray Hartman Wild Lilac) - A fast-growing, evergreen shrub or small tree that reaches 10 to 20 feet tall with an equal width.
Heteromeles arbutifolia (Toyon) - A California native evergreen shrub that typically grows to a dense 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Older plants can be taller and wider and even trained into small trees.