Suggestions for Slope Planting
I have a fairly large open area in my front yard, on the north side of our lot that gently slopes upwards. The slope, then, would be south-facing, and gets pretty much all sun all the time. As you can see in the photos, I have lots of other water-wise/Calif natives on this slope (with the exception of some roses down by the driveway on their own drip), and I'd like to do a nice planting of Calif natives cascading down the slope. I know I want Ceanothus and Manzanitas, just not quite sure which varieties. I'm defintely going to put 3 Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman' starting at the very top, but then, not sure after that. Maybe Ceanothus 'Tuxedo', and I am hearing?? about another new cultivar, Ceanothus 'Midnight Magic', which I can't find any info on. I would like the plants to sort of scale down in height as I come down the slope, with the larger, taller specimens up higher (hence the 'Ray Hartman' at the top). Any suggestions? White, blues and pinks all welcome, a variety of blooming times also a plus. Other plant material suggestions also very welcome. I plan on hand-watering to establish, and then I may run a drip line I can keep turned off, and only water this grouping maybe once every 3 weeks or so during the summer if it gets really warm, so I can water these natives as they prefer, and not "over-love" them :-) The area is about 50 feet long and about 18 feet wide - larger and longer than the photos make it appear.