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Plant Lists for California Climates

Photo credit: Ian Leslie
Photo credit: Ian Leslie
Rain gardens have become popular as a way to conserve water for landscape and food plants. They have many other benefits as well.  If you are interested in rain gardens; you can start by downloading our publication Coastal Rain Gardens. We've also prepared the plant lists below so you can learn about plants that are good choices for rain gardens in California.

Click on your climate zone below for a plant list to help you plan your rain garden. 

Southern California Rain Garden Plant List

Central Coast California Rain Garden Plant List

North Coast California Plant List


For comments of plants to add or delete to these lists, please contact Deborah Giraud, Farm Advisor ddgiraud@ucanr.edu  and add several short sentences why this plant is useful in rain gardens.

Webmaster Email: ddgiraud@ucanr.edu