Top Plants For Sonoma County
Huge genus with much variation. Virtually all suitable for Bay Area.
Popular ornamentals for drought tolerance and showy floral displays. Tubular, two-lipped blossoms in a wide range of colors on long- and short-lived species attract hummingbirds and bees. Some plants develop woody bases, are hardy and shrublike; others are more tender and should not be cut back until frost danger is past. Local native S. sonomensis and similar S. clevelandii cultivars have aromatic foliage and spread widely as groundcovers.