Partial shade, drought tolerant plants for coastal San Diego

llopisOctober 31, 2012


Long time luker, first time poster here. I'm having a hard time finding good plants to fill a strip along the house after some remodeling/landscaping.

The strip is between 2 and 3 feet wide, and gets about 3 hours of sun (mid-morning until 1pm or so). See picture.

I was hoping to put in drought-tolerant plants, especially because I don't want much water that close to the house, but I'm finding that most plants that like it dry, also like it sunny and hot. Ideally I would love to plant something along the lines of rosemary and lavander mixed in with a few rocks, but they seem to really want full sun.

Any suggestions on some kind of similar plants that might be a good fit for that space? I'm in coastal San Diego, so that's zone 10a or so (summers never get very hot either--around 80F).


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Is that possibly a window you might have open for fragance?
I think goodwin creek lavender will do ok there.
3 dwarf bottlebrushes 'little john' would work also and attract hummingbirds with a hummer feeder hanging would give you plenty to watch.
For lower plants western columbine would work also and they will self seed and propogate.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 8:34PM
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You could also try succulents. Many do not take full sun like cacti do. Kalanchoes and echeverias and some sedums might like it there.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 12:27PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Like lgteacher, I would do Echeverias/Graptoverias and other little succulents such as small hybrid Aloes and Aeoniums. Low maintenance and they are happy with just a little sun and no more. Hummingbirds love the flowers, too. If you pick like 4 different kinds and repeat them in groups, it makes for a very cool border.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 5:03PM
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