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Partial shade, drought tolerant plants for coastal San Diego

Posted by llopis 10a (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 31, 12 at 18:07


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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RE: Partial shade, drought tolerant plants for coastal San Diego

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.

RE: Partial shade, drought tolerant plants for coastal San Diego

You could also try succulents. Many do not take full sun like cacti do. Kalanchoes and echeverias and some sedums might like it there.

RE: Partial shade, drought tolerant plants for coastal San Diego

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Thu, Nov 1, 12 at 17:03

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.

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