Incorporating plants native to your climate means less water, less maintenance, and more wildlife. Here are our top picks around the West
(Sisyrinchium idahoense bellum)
Native to: Coastal California and Oregon
Grows 4 in. to 2 ft. high, 6 in. to 2 ft. wide. Green or bluish green leaves. Purple to bluish purple, 1/2-in. flowers appear in spring. Several named forms, many of them dwarf, are available.