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This list of links to descriptions & images of commonly specified plants is provided as a supplement to the plant lists provided by this office. A Tree Information page is also available.

Vista Park Planting Design, Sacramento, California

The shrubs and groundcovers below are listed alphabetically by botanical name to correspond with the Plant Legends on the Preliminary Landscape Plans and Planting Plans produced by this office (see plan excerpt at left). Clicking the links below will open a new window with a nursery description and photo of the plant. If you leave the new window open, all subsequent clicks will open in it, allowing navigation using the forward and back buttons of your browser.


Less frequently specified plants can typically be found at the Monrovia, San Marcos or Sunset web sites. A search on Google Images may also be worthwhile. Most of the foreground plants shown in the photos on this page are identified with labels that are activated by your mouse cursor. Clicking on these plants will open the relevant information page.

Shrub & Groundcover Information Links

Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum'
Open Tesselaar's Flower Carpet Rose Site
Tulbaghia violacea

Vista Park Office/Warehouse

Open Sunset's Gazania Page
Highland Crossing Roseville Planting Design
Lagerstroemia x. 'Catawba' in Roseville, California
Open Monrovia's Fortnight Lily Page
Open Sunset's Oleander Page
Open San Marcos' Emerald Carpet Manzanita Page

Highland Crossing Center

Folsom Gateway Planting Design
Open Monrovia's Mexican Feathergrass Page
Open Monrovia's Lavender Page
Open UCD Arboretum's Deergrass Page
Open UCD Arboretum's Deergrass Page
Open San Marcos' Coreopsis Page
Planting Design for UC Davis Office, Elk Grove, California
Open Monrovia's Japanese Maple Page
Open Monrovia's Lily-of-the-Nile Page
Open Monrovia's Asian Jasmine Page

UCD Medical Office

Knipfofia uvaria

Lantana montevidensis

Lantana x. ‘Spreading Sunset’

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’

Leymus c. ‘Canyon Prince’

Liriope muscari

Loropetalum chinense


Macfadyena u. catii

Mahonia aquifolium

Mahonia a. ‘Compacta’

Miscanthus sinensis

Muhlenbergia rigens


Nandina domestica

Nandina d. ‘Gulf Stream’

Nassella tenuissima

Nerium o. ‘Dwarf Red’


Agapanthus orientalis

Agapanthus o. ‘Alba’

Agapanthus o. ‘Peter Pan’

Arctostaphyllos d. ‘Howard McMinn’

Arctostaphyllos x. ‘Emerald Carpet’

Azalea species (Southern Indica)


Baccharis pilularis

Berberis t. ‘Atropurpurea’

Berberis t. 'Crimson Pygmy'

Bergenia crassifolia


Calamagrostis x. acutiflora

Callistemon citrinus ‘Little John’

Camellia japonica

Camellia sasanqua

Carex divulsa

Ceanothus g. h. ‘Yankee Point’

Ceanothus x. ‘Concha’

Clytostoma calystegioides

Coprosma r. ‘Verde Vista’

Coreopsis grandiflora

Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Lowfast’


Deschampsia caespitosa

Dietes bicolor

Dietes vegeta

Elaeagnus pungens

Erigeron karvinskianus

Euryops pectinatus ‘Viridis’


Festuca california

Ficus pumila

Gazania hybrids

Gelsemium sempervirens


Hemerocallis hybrids

Heteromeles arbutifolia

Heuchera sangunea

Iris (Pacific Coast Hybrids)


Jasminum polyanthum

Juncus patens

Juniperus chinensis ‘Armstrongii’

Juniperus r. conferta ‘Blue Pacific’


Gateway Retail Center

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’

Phormium tenax ‘Atropurpureum’

Phormium tenax ‘Pink Stripe’

Photinia x. Fraseri

Prunus caroliniana ‘Bright-n-Tight’

Punica granatum ‘Nana’

Pyracantha fortuneana ‘Graberi’


Rhamnus c. ‘Mound San Bruno’

Rhaphiolepis indica

Rhaphiolepis x. ‘Majestic Beauty’

Rosa banksiae

Rosa californica

Rosa x. ‘Flower Carpet’

Rosemarinus officinalis ‘Irene’

Rosemarinus o. ‘Tuscan Blue’



Planting Design for the Laguna Creek Meetinghouse in Elk Grove, CA

Laguna Creek Meetinghouse

Technology Business Park Planting Design in Livermore, CA
Open Monrovia's Xylosma Page
Open Monrovia's Purple Leaved Barberry Page
Open Saratoga's Coprosma Info Page (no image)

Broadstone Office Building “C”

Spirea b. ‘Anthony Waterer’

Stipa gigantea

Thymus praecox arcticus

Trachelospermum asiaticum

Trachelospermum jasminoides

Tulbaghia violaceae


Verbena x. ‘Tapien Hybrids’

Viburnum davidii

Viburnum tinus ‘Spring Bouquet’

Viburnum tinus ‘Robustum’

Vinca major

Vinca minor


Xylosma congestum



Excerpt from a Typical Plant List

Muhlenbergia rigens at Broadstone, Folsom, CA
Baccharis pilularis in Folsom, California
Baccharis pilularis in Folsom, California
Rosemarinus officinalis 'Ken Taylor' in Folsom California
Arctostaphyllos densiflora 'Howard McMinn' in Folsom, CA
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