agapanthus-grOne of the great blessings about owning your own home is the ability to maintain a beautiful garden. Because Southern California’s weather can often be hot and dry, you want plants that are hardy. Perennials are often a great choice because they do not require a lot of care and can thrive in many conditions.

Lily-of-the-Nile is a common site in Southern Californian gardens. The purple flower blooms in late summer. This plant does well in full sun and well drained soil, and can grow up to three feet tall.

African iris thrives in hard-to-grow spots and near sidewalks. Blooming during the summer with a beautiful white flower, this plant does well in sun or shade, with well-drained soil.

The Santa Barbara daisy looks great in any home. This plant has gray-green leaves and yellow-centered flowers with purple and pink petals. The size of this plant can reach up to three feet tall and it likes partial sun and well-drained soil.

Sea lavender is another plant you will often see in Southern California gardens, as well as being very popular in floral arrangements. This plant enjoys full sun and can grow about a foot tall.

The Matilija poppy is somewhere between a shrub and a flower, and has beautiful white blooms. It enjoys full sun and well-drained soil, and can grow to eight-feet tall and four-feet wide.

California fuchsia is a heat-resistant plant that has beautiful red orange blooms all through the summer. It can grow up to two feet wide and two feet tall, and likes full sun and well-drained soil.

The Bird of Paradise is one of the most distinctive plants you will see in Southern California gardens. The very distinctive look of this plant really will remind you of a tropical bird and it will do well in a terra cotta container, or in your garden itself. It can grow up to six feet tall and four feet wide, and enjoys full sun and well-drained soil.

No Southern California garden is complete without some succulents. One popular succulent is known as Hen and Chicks. This succulent ground cover forms additional growths that you can transplant to other parts of your yard or give to your friends and neighbors. They can grow to be half a foot tall and thrive in full sun and well-drained soil.

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