This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum “New Front Yard” series, 41 drought-tolerant and beautiful plants well adapted to our region.
Dwarf coyote bush
Size: Under 2 feet
Bloom season: Summer, fall
Pruning needs: Little or none
Exposure: Full sun
Water needs: Once established, water twice a month or as needed.
Snapshot: Want a sea of green with little water? This durable ground cover is a favorite for stabilizing slopes and low-water landscaping. A California native, coyote bush is also known as coastal sage scrub, coyote brush or chapparel broom and grows from San Diego to Oregon. It’s an important nectar source for such beneficial insects as predatory wasps, native bees and native butterflies. It tolerates alkaline, sand and clay soils. Coastal varieties such as Pigeon Point hug the ground and stay low. Other varieties grow into soft rounded mounds. The one thing it doesn’t like is dusty leaves; spray them off occasionally to keep the plant looking fresh and growing strong. A big plus for foothill gardeners: Deer won’t eat it.
• For more on the New Front Yard, click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
See photo galleries of the arboretum’s Community Favorites and Arboretum All-Stars at sacbee.com/home_garden.