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Plant Lists

Plant Lists

We love and have gardening experience with many types of plants. Because most people don't have the time to experiment with the incredible variety plants available, we like to put together and share different kinds of plant lists. We think the plants on these lists are attractive, typically low-water perennials that perform well in our Central Valley climate.

We love our Arboretum All-Stars too, but there's so many more great plants out there! Expand your gardening palette with some of the plant recommendations below.  


 

Fall 2018 Good Life Garden perennial plant list

Fri, October 12, 2018

Below is the list of perennials planned for the in-ground planting beds at the UC Davis Good Life Garden. Staff, volunteers and students will be helping plant this newly renovated garden throughout Fall 2018. LEARN MORE

Fall 2018 Edible Plant List

Fri, October 12, 2018
Below is a list of plants that students in our Learning by Leading™ Edible Landscaping internship will be planting in the UC Davis Good Life Garden in Fall 2018. Most of these plants will also be available at our plant sale on Saturday, October 13 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Larval Host Plants for Butterflies

Fri, September 29, 2017
When creating gardens to attract butterflies, expand your palette beyond plants that only provide nectar for mature butterflies. There’s another type of plant, called larval host plants, that any well-rounded butterfly garden needs.

Life After Lawn Plant List

Thu, March 31, 2016
Fill your lawn-free front yard with selections that not only have less-than-lawn water needs, they also perform well in our region, look great, and benefit our ever important pollinators!

LIFE AFTER LAWN: A Davis Backyard Transformation

Tue, October 06, 2015
Are brown lawns the new normal? Facing that question a year ago, Ria de Grassi, longtime Davis resident, removed her backyard lawn and hopes sharing her experience can help others who struggled, like her, with where to begin.

10 Rising Stars

Thu, September 24, 2015
THE ORIGINAL 100 ALL-STAR PLANTS are not the only ones that we have found to have excellent qualities for gardens in our area. This season, our Teaching Nursery staff nominated ten plants that they consider “Rising Stars.” These plants have many of the same characteristics as our Arboretum All-Stars—they are attractive, dependable, drought tolerant, low maintenance, and provide value to our wildlife.

(Almost) 50 Greens for Shade

Fri, March 13, 2015
Here is a list of almost 50 plants–actually it’s 33–that Stacey Parker, horticulturist with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, has included in her  shady “new front yard” to date.

New Front Yard Plant List

Wed, October 01, 2014

Looking for attractive, low-water, regionally appropriate plants for your front yard landscape? Consider incorporating some of the of 40 plants selected by our Director of Public Horticulture Ellen Zagory. The list is what she calls the "New Front Yard" plant list.

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8 Summer-blooming Plants

Sat, July 05, 2014
Check out eight summer-blooming plants for your water-wise landscape!