I was asked to come up with a simple design plan for planting natives around this entrance to the Los Angeles River. It's part of Day of Service through the mayor's office.
It was fun to look through the list of approved plants.
You can find that list here along with more information on the LA River Master Plan.
I chose the following plant species:
The clean-up, trimming and planting will happen at the end of April.
I'll let you know how it turns out!
As I knew going into this, April is not a great time to plant natives, but that was when the Day of Service is scheduled! We didn't have a lot of success with this planting, mainly because of the time of year and the lack of irrigation. The chances of success are much less if you plant California natives (with but especially without irrigation) outside of Fall and Winter. Now we are trying to get the city to use Martin Luther King day as a logical opportunity to plant California Native plants so they will thrive.
Designing landscapes, I often come up against what people want vs. what plants need! This project would have been much more successful if we had planted in January. I am planning to plant a few natives there myself this January, 2012, and, if we get some rain, I really hope they will take.