This year, though, I'm delighted to report that California fuchsia seems to have made it to landscape plant status. Even in gardens that do not have a native focus, I see them shine.
Another pleasing combination with yarrow and I think a fig tree. If you were a humming bird, where would you go?
And a nice use of the same plant in a side strip and in the front garden itself. Very drought tolerant, this is one native that usually does OK in side strips and other truly difficult spots.
But I knew this plant had made its mark when I saw it in a townhouse landscape with the usual ornamental grasses and New Zealand flax. And, if I may say so, she was really shining here as well.
You've come a long way, baby! Now live long and prosper...