Top Plants to Help in the Design of Your Long Beach Landscape

When designing your ideal landscape, choosing the right plants can be difficult. It doesn’t have to be though, there are many plants native to our semi-arid climate that can thrive in your landscape. Though there are many different design themes you can choose from, there are often plants native to Long Beach that can help fulfill your design.

Different Design Themes

Every homeowner has different preferences when designating their ideal landscape. Some of the themes offered by MC Landscaping include:

  • Drought tolerant
  • Low Maintenance
  • Cottage Garden
  • Vegetable Garden
  • English Garden
  • Xeriscape
  • Contemporary
  • Modern
  • Mediterranean 
  • Water Wise
  • Tropical

Although each design can be made unique, they’re not mutually exclusive to each other, feel free to contact us if you have any ideas in mind.

Popular Plants used in Long Beach Landscaping

To help with designing your landscape we’ve gathered 7 of the top plants homeowners in Long Beach use to help design their landscape.

Aloe Vera

An incredibly robust and versatile plant, aloe vera can be used in a variety of themes including water wise, xeriscape, and tropical. It being a succulent plant, it can withstand severe droughts and it’s hearty enough to be planted on nearly any kind of soil.

Purple Tree Aeonium

Another succulent, the purple tree aeonium is often used as an accent plant due to it growing a wide rosette of dark green and purple leaves on long thick woody stems. The purple tree aeonium is often paired with other succulents that require similar water needs like the aforementioned aloe vera, as well as the lion’s tail and other succulents.

Fox Tail Agave

A water wise plant, the agave thrives in dry and arid locations. Often planted around entry points, around foundations, patios and swimming pools, the fox tail agave is a slow growing succulent that grows a large rosette atop a long curved trunk.

Golden Barrel Cactus

Nothing says water wise like a cactus. The golden barrel cactus is a plant that requires well draining soil as its roots can rot if left wet for too long. Used as an accent plant for its unusual shape the golden barrel cactus is best used around walkways, patios and raised planters.


A drought tolerant plant, dymondia grows in an incredibly dense mat that can be used to replace lawn grass all together. It produces a small yellow flower when it blooms and is also used to grow between stepping stones, and pavers.

Elfin Creeping Thyme

Though not having as great ground coverage as a dymondia, the elfin creeping thyme can spread quickly over the soil it’s planted on. Often used around walkways, fences and walls the elfin creeping thyme produces beautiful little purple flowers during the summer and can be used to flavor your foods.


Olive trees can provide shade to your patio, lawn or be used as an accent piece. While not requiring much water to grow, this tree can grow with multiple trunks and produce olives during the fall. Though fruitless varieties can also be purchased if you feel like dealing with the fruits can be too messy.

There are many other plants that can thrive in the Long Beach weather. The majority of the plants listed only require low to medium watering and can be a part of any design theme.

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