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.
Saint Catherine’s lace
Size: 4 to 6 feet
Bloom season: Summer
Pruning needs: Remove old flower stalks. Prune to maintain a compact form.
Exposure: Full to partial sun
Water needs: Once established, water deeply once or twice a month.
Snapshot: A California native, this shrub produces large, showy clusters of lacy white flowers throughout the summer – a big draw for butterflies and beneficial insects. Fast-growing, this plant quickly develops into a large, rounded shrub with woolly, light gray foliage – and needs little water. You can see specimens mixed in with the conifer collection at the UC Davis Arboretum on campus.• 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 .