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Soil Drainage Requirements

Below is a list of plants categorized by level of soil drainage requirements.

Good Drainage

Acer palmatum 'Crimson Queen'
  • Crimson Queen Red Japanese Maple
  • Good Drainage
Achillea 'Moonshine'
  • Yarrow
  • Good Drainage
Achillea millefolium 'Rosea'
  • Yarrow
  • Good Drainage
Agastache 'Blue Fortune'
  • Anise Hyssop
  • Good Drainage
Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Dr. Hurd'
  • Dr. Hurd Manzanita Tree
  • Good Drainage
Arctotis stoechadifolia
  • African Daisy
  • Good Drainage
Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers'
  • Myer's Asparagus Fern
  • Good Drainage
Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri
  • Sprengeri Asparagus Fern
  • Good Drainage
Berberis thunbergii-atropurpurea 'Nana'
  • Dwarf Japanese Barberry
  • Good Drainage
Carex divulsa (formerly c. tumicola)
  • Berkeley Sedge
  • Good Drainage
Caryopteris x clandonensis
  • Blue Spirea/Bluebeard
  • Good Drainage
Cercis occidentalis (Tree)
  • Western Redbud
  • Good Drainage
Chionochloa flavicans Zotov
  • Snow Tussock, Toetoe
  • Good Drainage
Chondropetalum tectorum
  • Cape Rush
  • Good Drainage
Cistus skanbergii
  • Pink Rockrose
  • Good Drainage
Clivia miniata
  • Kaffir Lily
  • Good Drainage
Clytostoma callistegioides
  • Lavender Trumpet Vine
  • Good Drainage
Coleonema pulchrum 'Sunset Gold'
  • Golden Breath of Heaven
  • Good Drainage
Coreopsis grandiflora 'Early Sunrise'
  • Tickseed
  • Good Drainage
Cotinus coggygria
  • Smoke Tree, ’Royal Purple’
  • Good Drainage
Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'
  • Royal Purple Smokebush
  • Good Drainage
Datura metel 'Belle Blanche'
  • Devil's Trumpet
  • Good Drainage
Dryopteris arguta
  • Wood Fern
  • Good Drainage
Echinacea purpurea 'Big Sky Series'
  • Coneflower
  • Good Drainage
Eschscholzia californica
  • California Poppy
  • Good Drainage
Euphorbia characias wulfenii
  • Spurge
  • Good Drainage
Feijoa sellowiana
  • Pineapple Guava
  • Good Drainage
Fragaria chiloensis
  • Ornamental Strawberry
  • Good Drainage
Gazania rigens 'Gold Sun'
  • Creeping Gazania/Treasure Flower
  • Good Drainage
Geranium incanum
  • Cranesbill Geranium
  • Good Drainage
Geranium sanguineum
  • Bloody Cranesbill
  • Good Drainage
Hardenbergia comptoniana
  • Lilac Vine
  • Good Drainage
Hardenbergia violacea rosea
  • Coral Pea Vine
  • Good Drainage
Hemerocallis Varieties
  • Daylily
  • Good Drainage
Heteromeles arbutifolia
  • Toyon/Christmas Berry
  • Good Drainage
Hypericum moserianum
  • St John's Wort/Gold Flower
  • Good Drainage
Ilex cornuta 'Carissa'
  • Holly 'Carissa'
  • Good Drainage
Iris douglasiana
  • Pacific Coast Iris
  • Good Drainage
Juniperus procumbens 'Nana'
  • Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper
  • Good Drainage
Juniperus sabina 'Arcadia'
  • Arcadia Juniper
  • Good Drainage
Lantana camara
  • Lantana
  • Good Drainage
Lantana montevidensis 'New Gold'
  • New Gold Trailing Lantana
  • Good Drainage
Lavatera maritima
  • Lavatera/Tree Mallow
  • Good Drainage
Leptospermum scoparium
  • Tea Tree, ‘Ruby Glow’
  • Good Drainage
Limonium sinuatum
  • Statice/Sea Lavender
  • Good Drainage
Mahonia repens
  • Creeping Mahonia
  • Good Drainage
Microbiota decussata
  • Siberian Carpet Cypress
  • Good Drainage
Myrsine africana
  • African Boxwood
  • Good Drainage
Nerium oleander
  • Oleander
  • Good Drainage
Osteospermum 'Sparkler'
  • African Daisy
  • Good Drainage
Phlomis fruticosa
  • Jerusalem Sage
  • Good Drainage
Phormium 'Wings of Gold'
  • New Zealand Flax
  • Good Drainage
Picea pungens 'Glauca Globosa'
  • Dwarf Colorado Blue Spruce
  • Good Drainage
Pittosporum crassifolium 'Nana'
  • Karo Pittosporum
  • Good Drainage
Polypodium californicum
  • California Ground Fern
  • Good Drainage
Polystichum munitum
  • Western Sward Fern
  • Good Drainage
Polystichum setuosum
  • Japanese Lace Fern
  • Good Drainage
Prunus cerasifera
  • Cherry Plum, Flowering Plum
  • Good Drainage
Pyrus calleryana
  • Bradford Pear Tree
  • Good Drainage
Quercus suber
  • Cork Oak
  • Good Drainage
Rhamnus alaternus 'Variegata'
  • Varigated Italian Buckthorn
  • Good Drainage
Rosa 'Cecile Brunner'
  • Cecile Brunner Rose/Sweetheart Rose/Mignon
  • Good Drainage
Rosa banksiae
  • Lady Banks Rose
  • Good Drainage
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Huntington Carpet'
  • Huntington Carpet Rosemary
  • Good Drainage
Rubus calycinoides 'Emerald Carpet'
  • Creeping Rasberry
  • Good Drainage
Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'
  • Black-Eyed Susan
  • Good Drainage
Salvia greggii
  • Autumn Sage
  • Good Drainage
Salvia nemorosa 'May Night'
  • Meadow Sage
  • Good Drainage
Salvia sclarea
  • Clary/Muscatel Sage
  • Good Drainage
Schinus molle
  • California Pepper Tree
  • Good Drainage
Stipa ichu
  • Peruvian Feather Grass
  • Good Drainage
Teucrium fruticans 'Azurea'
  • Bush Germander 'Azurea'
  • Good Drainage
Thymus praecox arcticus
  • Creeping Thyme
  • Good Drainage
Verbena tenuisecta 'Edith'
  • Edith Verbenan
  • Good Drainage
Vitex agnus-castus
  • Lilac Chaste Tree
  • Good Drainage
Wisteria sinensis
  • Chinese wisteria
  • Good Drainage
Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’
  • Adam’s Needle
  • Good Drainage

Well Drained

Aeonium 'Sunburst'
  • Copper Pinwheel
  • Well Drained
Agastache 'Apricot Sunset'
  • None
  • Well Drained
Agave ‘Victoriae Reginae’
  • Queen Victoria’s Agave
  • Well Drained
Aloe plicatilis
  • Fan Aloe
  • Well Drained
Aloe striata
  • Coral Aloe
  • Well Drained
Alyogyne huegelii
  • Blue Hibiscus
  • Well Drained
Anemanthele lessoniana (Stipa arundinacea)
  • New Zealand Wind Grass; Pheasant's Tail Grass
  • Well Drained
Antirrhinum multiflorum 'Rose Snapdragon'
  • Rose Snapdragon
  • Well Drained
Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Emerald Carpet'
  • Emerald Carpet Manzanita
  • Well Drained
Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
  • Howard McMinn Manzanita
  • Well Drained
Arctostaphylos pajaroensis 'Paradise'
  • Paradise Manzanita
  • Well Drained
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
  • Bearberry
  • Well Drained
Artemisia 'Powis Castle'
  • Wormwood
  • Well Drained
Asclepias tuberosa
  • Butterfly Plant
  • Well Drained
Carex pansa
  • California Meadow Sedge
  • Well Drained
Carex Testacea
  • Orange New Zealand Sedge
  • Well Drained
Carpenteria californica
  • Bush Anemone
  • Well Drained
Ceanothus 'Concha'
  • California Lilac 'Concha'
  • Well Drained
Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps'
  • Julia Phelps California Lilac
  • Well Drained
Ceanothus griseus horizontalis 'Yankee Point'
  • Yankee Pt. California Lilac
  • Well Drained
Ceanothus griseus horizontalis (Carmel Creeper California Lilac)
  • Carmel Creeper California Lilac
  • Well Drained
Cercis occidentalis (Shrub)
  • Western Redbud
  • Well Drained
Choisya ternate
  • Mexican Orange
  • Well Drained
Convolvulus cneorum
  • Bush Morning Glory
  • Well Drained
Correa 'Wyn's Wonder'
  • Varigated Correa 'Wyn's Wonder'
  • Well Drained
Correa pulchella
  • Pink Australian Fuschia
  • Well Drained
Cuphea llavea
  • Bat-faced Cuphea
  • Well Drained
Cupressus sempervirens 'Stricta'
  • Italian Cypress
  • Well Drained
Daphne odora 'Aureo-marginata'
  • Winter Daphne
  • Well Drained
Dendromecon harfordii
  • Island Bush Poppy
  • Well Drained
Dudleya ‘Britonni’
  • Chalk Dudleya
  • Well Drained
Echeveria ‘Afterglow’
  • N / A
  • Well Drained
Echeveria ‘Perle von Nuremberg’
  • Hens and Chicks
  • Well Drained
Eriogonum grande rubescens
  • Red Buckwheat
  • Well Drained
Fremontodendron californicum 'Pacific Sunset'
  • Pacific Sunset Flannel Bush
  • Well Drained
Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'
  • Coast Silk Tassel
  • Well Drained
Gaura lindheimeri
  • Wand Flower/ Butterfly Gaura
  • Well Drained
Helleborus x hybridus
  • Christmas/Lenten Rose
  • Well Drained
Lagerstroemia indica
  • Crape Myrtle
  • Well Drained
Lavandula
  • Lavender
  • Well Drained
Lupinus albifrons
  • Silver Bush Lupine
  • Well Drained
Mimulus aurantiacus
  • Sticky Monkey Flower
  • Well Drained
Monardella villosa 'Russian River'
  • Coyote Mint
  • Well Drained
Muhlenbergia capillaris
  • Pink Muhly Grass, Pink Hair Grass, Purple Muhly
  • Well Drained
Nepeta racemosa 'Walkers Low'
  • Catmint
  • Well Drained
Olea europaea
  • Olive,’ Majestic Beauty’
  • Well Drained
Origanum rotundifolium 'Kent Beauty'
  • Ornamental oregano
  • Well Drained
Penstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita BOP'
  • Blue Bedder/Foothills Penstemon
  • Well Drained
Perovskia atriplicifolia
  • Russian Sage
  • Well Drained
Rhamnus californica
  • Ca. Coffee Berry
  • Well Drained
Ribes sanguineum glutinosum
  • Pink - Flowered Current
  • Well Drained
Salvia apiana
  • White Sage
  • Well Drained
Salvia clevelandii 'Winifred Gilman'
  • Charparral Sage
  • Well Drained
Salvia leucantha
  • Mexican Sage
  • Well Drained
Salvia spathacea
  • Hummingbird Sage
  • Well Drained
Sedum makinoi ‘Ogon’
  • Golden Japanese Sedum, Golden Makino Sedum
  • Well Drained
Sedum spurium ‘Tricolor’
  • Tricolor Two Row Stonecrop
  • Well Drained
Senecio serpens
  • Blue Chalk Sticks
  • Well Drained
Stipa gigantea
  • Giant Feather grass, Golden Oats
  • Well Drained
Stipa ramosissima
  • Pillar of Smoke
  • Well Drained
Tagetes lemmonii
  • Mexican Bush Marigold/Lemon scented marigold
  • Well Drained
Teucrium chamaedrys
  • Wall Germander
  • Well Drained
Zauschneria californica 'Bert's Bluff'
  • California Fuchsia
  • Well Drained