Last weekend I planted my second “round” of natives purchased through discount programs the city and Audubon Society offer (separate programs). Fall and spring are the best times to plant natives, since there will be sufficient water from the rain to keep them irrigated and develop their root system before the long dry summer. The first season I’ll still need to provide supplement irrigation during the summer, but after that they should be good to go without it. Besides their water saving qualities, natives provide a familiar food source (for those that are fruiting) for birds, bugs, and animals, are well adapted to our soil and weather conditions, and are noninvasive in wild habitats. Here is what I selected for this round. Next round is next month, and I’ll actually be volunteering as a Master Gardener and hopefully leaving with a bunch more using my volunteer discount.