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Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote dwarf English lavender
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Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'

dwarf English lavender

A dwarf English lavender growing 1 foot tall, 1 to 1 & 1/2 foot spread.  Dark purple flowers late spring into summer - good for flower arrangements.  Full sun, it likes good drainage and is quite drought and deer resistant.  An excellent low border, good in containers.

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Lavandula x 'Grosso'

lavender

This lavender hybrid grows 2 to 3 feet round with 18 inch violet purple flower spikes spring through fall - the most popular in Europe for flowers and essential oils. Full sun, prefers good drainage. Drought tolerant, take care not to over water. Quite deer resistant. Shear after flowering to keep compact. Hardy to 10°F.
Lavandula X Provence Provence lavender
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Lavandula X 'Provence'

Provence lavender

This hybrid lavender grows 2 to 3 feet round with highly fragrant lavender blue flower spikes in summer - one of the most popular for drying with its long spikes.  Full sun, prefers good drainage. Drought tolerant.  Take care not to over water. Quite deer resistant.  Hardy to 10°F.

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Lavandula x intermedia 'Hidcote Giant'

Hidcote giant lavander

Evergreen lavender that grows into a 2 to 3 foot mound with a long bloom of 2 foot dark purple flower spikes with dense, fat buds, excellent for cutting and drying. Similar to L. Grosso but 30% larger. Full sun, prefers good drainage. Drought tolerant.  Take care not to over water. Quite deer resistant. Hardy to at least 15°F.
Lavandula x Quasti  Quast's lavender
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Lavandula x Quasti

Quast's lavender

Excellent lavender hybrid, 2 foot tall, 3 foot spread, with purple flowers almost year round.  Full sun, prefers poor soil and not too much water.  Quite deer resistant.  Tolerates wind, heat and salt air.  This is a local hybrid from the Quasts of Point Reyes Station that blooms as much as the French, but is more cold hardy.
Lavatera x kew rose  bush mallow
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Lavatera x kew rose

bush mallow

Evergreen shrub 6 feet tall, 5 foot spread with purplish stems and large, 3 inch, deep pink flowers all summer. Very showy. Full sun, drought tolerant. Tolerates poor soils. It makes a good informal hedge or background for lower perennials. Hardy to around 0°F.

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Leptinella species

Western Hills brass buttons

Low growing mat like perennial 2 inches high, creeping to 1 foot or more. Soft fern like bronzy foliage. Small yellow brass buttons in summer. Grow in sun or part shade, drought tolerant but can handle more water. Excellent low ground cover for small areas.

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Leptospermum 'Dark Shadows'

Australian tea tree

This Tea Tree is a fast growing shrub 12 to 16 feet tall, 15 to 20 feet wide. Planted for its flexible sprays of 1 inch long soft dark olive green leaves flushed with dark burgundy maroon. Small white flowers in summer. Full sun, quite drought and deer resistant. Stunning against a wall or tall fence.
Lewisia cotyledon Rainbow Mix cliff maids
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Lewisia cotyledon 'Rainbow Mix'

cliff maids

Rosettes of evergreen leaves  9 inches across support 3 to 10 inch stems with clusters of 1 inch white, yellow, pink, or peach flowers spring and early summer, very showy. Grow in part shade, they need excellent drainage and not too much water. A good plant for rock gardens, containers.
Libertia peregrinans  New Zealand iris
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Libertia peregrinans

New Zealand iris

This Iris relative has sword like coppery bronze and green leaves and grows 1 to 2 feet tall, 1 foot wide forming colonies by rhizomes. Spreading panicles of large, pure white, lightly fragrant flowers. Attractive orange seeds in the fall. Sun near the coast, sun or light shade inland. Moderate water. Hardy to 15°F or below.
Lilium pardalinum  leopard lily
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Lilium pardalinum

leopard lily

A stately lily from the coastal ranges and mid Sierras, this perennial grows to 6 feet each year. In summer, large burnt orange flowers with brown spots supplies the name. It grows in full sun only along the coast, light to heavy shade everywhere. Average water. Bay Area native.

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Lilium parvum

Alpine lily

Soft orange flowers, 12 or more are held horizontally on each stalk growing 2 to 3 feet tall. Native to the subalpine region of the Sierras, they grow along streams and in boggy spots. Sun or shade with average water, a nice compliment to the larger Leopard Lily in a pond or a woodland setting.
Linum lewisii  western blue flax
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Linum lewisii

western blue flax

A perennial that grows 1 to 2 feet tall, 1 foot wide with delicate bluish green leaves on arching stems that end in 1 inch silky sapphire blue flowers, free blooming. Grow in full sun, it prefers poor rocky soils and not too much water. Self sows. Good in meadows, informal gardens. May be cut back hard midsummer to refresh. Bay Area native.
Lithodora diffusa Grace Ward Grace's lithodora
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Lithodora diffusa 'Grace Ward'

Grace's lithodora

This evergreen perennial grows 1 foot high, spreading 3 to 4 feet. The often scruffy looking foliage is compensated for by incredible true blue flowers summer, fall. It can be grown in full sun to part shade, is quite drought tolerant and deer resistant and can be used as a groundcover. Works under pine trees.
Lobelia laxiflora  perennial lobelia
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Lobelia laxiflora

perennial lobelia

This perennial lobelia grows with erect, single stems to 2 feet, slowly spreading. Spikes of orange red and yellow inch long flowers all summer into fall. Native to Mexico it is quite drought tolerant once established. Full sun or light shade, it is easy to grow and can be divided in the spring.
Lonicera nitida Baggesen's Gold Baggesen's honeysuckle
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Lonicera nitida 'Baggesen's Gold'

Baggesen's honeysuckle

This evergreen shrub grows 4 to 6 feet tall, 4 feet width, with erect, densely leafy branches golden in color turning bronzy in winter. Flowers are small, fragrant and creamy white followed by purple berries. Full sun in cooler climates, part shade anywhere. Tolerates salt spray, oak root fungus. Prune for neatness.
Lonicera nitida Maigrun box honeysuckle
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Lonicera nitida 'Maigrun'

box honeysuckle

A hardy, versatile plant that can be grown as a  spreading groundcover as well as clipped for a formal, low hedge. It grows fairly quickly 2 to 3 feet high, 3 to 4 foot spread. Sun or part shade, it is one of the top groundcovers used in France.
Lonicera x Americana  gold flame honeysuckle
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Lonicera x Americana

gold flame honeysuckle

This semi-evergreen vine is a cross between two Mediterranean Honeysuckles. It grows 20 feet tall but can also be pruned to a smaller size. Long, very fragrant 2 inch coral pink buds open to cream inside then fading to yellow and appear summer into fall. Sun or medium shade, low water.
Lotus formosissimus  coast lotus
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Lotus formosissimus

coast lotus

This sweet little perennial can be found hugging the ground in wet meadows, ditches and coastal seeps. It forms a low mat with small, pea shaped yellow flowers with rose colored wings in summer. Good by a pond, in front of a mixed border that gets summer water or containers. Bay Area native.
Lupinus albifrons  silver bush lupine
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Lupinus albifrons

silver bush lupine

Compact evergreen shrub 3 feet round with silvery gray foliage and violet blue, pea shaped flowers on 1 foot stalks. Full sun, quite drought and deer resistant. Likes good drainage. Excellent in coastal areas or further inland. Good under the sunny side of oaks. Bay Area native.
Lupinus albifrons collinus  prostrate silver lupine
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Lupinus albifrons collinus

prostrate silver lupine

Low growing evergreen shrub 6 to 12 inches tall and spreading with silvery gray foliage and purple, pea shaped flowers on short stalks. Full sun, quite drought and deer resistant. Likes good drainage. Excellent in coastal areas, good in dry border or rocky hillside. Bay Area native.
Lupinus arboreus  yellow bush lupine
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Lupinus arboreus

yellow bush lupine

A dense gray green shrub growing 3 to 4 feet round. Long stems with yellow flower clusters May and June. It prefers full sun, good drainage, and not too much water. It can tolerate salt winds but may have trouble with inland heat. Attracts butterflies and is quite deer resistant. Bay Area native.
Lupinus propinquus  blue bush lupine
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Lupinus propinquus

blue bush lupine

A dense gray green shrub growing 3 to 4 feet round. Long stems with violet colored pea shaped flowers May and June, it prefers full sun, good drainage, and not too much water. It can tolerate salt winds but may have trouble with inland heat. Attracts butterflies and is quite deer resistant.
Lysimachia nummularia Aurea moneywart
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Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'

moneywart

This vigorous perennial grows a few inches high, creeping or trailing 2 feet or more. Tiny yellow flowers form in leaf joints, summer. Grow in part shade with average water. Give it room or grow in a hanging basket. Good groundcover near streams, in difficult shady areas. The golden color lights up a dark corner. 
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