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Vista Verde Landscaping

Most Vista Verde residents moved to this area because they love the beauty of the native plants and enjoy the opportunity to see wild birds and animals nearby. This landscape guide, contributed by Yvonne Price, provides direction in planting with suitable natives and other plants that lend themselves naturally to this area. Appropriate landscaping helps avoid conflicts with Vista Verde’s natural surroundings while enhancing the beauty and maintaining the character of this area.

Native plants that do well here:


  • Coyote Bush – Baccharis
  • Wild Currant
  • Hazelnut
  • Coffee Berry bush – Cascara sagrada
  • Ceanothus – wild lilac
  • Manzanita
  • Toyon
  • Oregon Grape


  • Coast Live Oak – Quercus agrifolia
  • White Oak – Quercus lobata
  • Canyon Live Oak – Quercus chrysolepsis
  • Madrone
  • Coast Redwood – Sequoia sempervirons
  • Big Leaf Western Maple
  • Douglas fir – flammable, plant away from structures

Plants that have invaded the area and need to be removed:

  • French Broom – small yellow pea type flowers
  • Scotch Broom – larger yellow pea type flowers
  • Italian Thistle – small purple thistle flowers, seed pods fall off easily
  • Scotch Thistle – large purple thistle flower, seeds blow in wind
  • Star Thistle – small yellow flower with spikes

Plants that have invaded but may have a use in certain limited situations:

  • Vinca, also known as Periwinkle – very green runners, purple flowers,becomes a thick mat that takes over and chokes out natives
  • Ivy – watch that it doesn’t get into trees and choke them to death
  • Most grasses – wild ones dry out and become a fire hazard, lawns use excess water

Plants that deer do not eat (unless they are particularly hungry that day):

  • daffodils, bearded iris, narcissus, oleanders, baccharis (coyote bush), ceanothus, rhododendrons, ferns, lavender, rosemary, hypericum, shasta daisies, redwoods

Delicacies that deer love and that need to be enclosed or covered:

  • fruit trees, roses, tulips, petunias and most bedding flowers and vegetables

Plants that are highly explosive and flammable and should not be planted in this area:

  • Pines – all varieties are sources of flammable pitch
  • Eucalyptus – the oil in their leaves is highly flammable, trees explode in a fire
  • Junipers – very flammable from pitch
  • Chamise – also known as greasewood because it burns so quickly

Fences that can spread fires by providing a line along which a fire can race and may block access for fire fighters:

  • Fences made of flammable material
  • Fences that enclose large parcels of land

Enclosures that work well in this area:

Small enclosures for flower and vegetable gardens