Landscape Development, Inc has been working in the landscape industry since the mid 80’s, we have installed millions of plants during that time throughout California.
Let’s look at some of the top plants of choice in the Los Angeles area and explore some of the best performers!
Time and time again these trees have shown up on the job site for installation, they have proven themselves to thrive in our climate and offer beauty wherever they grow.
Arbutus Marina – Strawberry tree, known for unique bark and strawberry-like fruit
Lagerstroemia – Crape myrtle, various varieties/colors
Olea europaea Wilsonii – fruitless olive tree
Platanus – Sycamore, various varieties, pretty bark
Magnolia – various varieties, some known for fragrant, saucer-sized flowers
Here is a look at our top picks for hedge and shrub installations. I am sure you have seen these plants while driving around Los Angeles.
Prunus caroliniana columns/shrub – used for hedging/privacy
Podocarpus gracilior – hedging/privacy
Rhaphiolepis – multiple varieties-pink and white flowers, good filler shrub
Pittosporum – all varieties, some flowers smell like ‘mock’ orange blossom
Iceberg roses – pink, burgundy, and white
Ligustrum texanum – good, sturdy landscape plant, comes in shrub and column forms
Phormium tenax – various varieties, adds color and texture to the landscape, some get very large
If you are looking for some added color to your site please consider these top performers in the Los Angeles Area. They have proven themselves to be hardy and reliable.
Lantana camara – varieties with multiple ‘hot’ colors, avail in pastels also
Lantana montevidensis – shorter in height, white or purple flowers
Nandina domestica – shrub, leaves of various shades of green, red….
photinia fraserii – shrub, new leaves are burgundy, they make a good hedge also
To live in Los Angeles is to be mindful of water conservation. Here are a few plants that are drought tolerant in this area and beautiful to look at. These top picks have proven themselves in our climate and shown us that they are here to stay.
Phoenix dactylifera – palm
Beaucarnea – ponytail palm
Chilopsis linearis – tree, Cal native
Hesperaloe – yucca-like, perennial succulent shrub
Senecio mandraliscae – good succulent ground cover, filler in containers
Ceanothus – California lilac, Cal native, ‘blueish’ flowers
Baccharis pilularis – coyote brush, Calif native
Salvias – sage, different varieties, various shades of purple, some pink, white, and the leaves are fragrant
Arctostaphylos – manzanita, Cal native, beautiful bark, small tree
Pennisetum – shrublike grass, leaves, and flowers come in multiple colors