Fight Fire with 4 Fall Favorites

While there is no such thing as a fireproof plant, those in the Fire Garden retain moisture and play an important role in fuel management. These plants are particularly useful in wildfire-prone areas like LA’s foothills. An added bonus: Bushes are key to cooling areas, and plentiful foliage like this can reduce air conditioning costs by 15-50 percent.


Dwarf Coyote Bush: There are few plants better for LA’s foothills than Baccharis pilularis ‘Pigeon Point.’  Its flash green leaves hold attention and moisture, and its root system beautifully retains slopes.

Our Lord’s Candle: The silver spikes of Hesperoyucca whipplei’s base deliver an architectural charm that is hard to match. It also delivers much more than fire resistance. Virtually every portion of the plant is edible!

Oregon Grape: Don’t let the common name of Mahonia aquifolium fool you – this beautiful grape is native to California. An edible beloved by wildlife, Oregon Grape builds fire resilience and shade.

Lemonade Berry: A beautiful privacy screen, Rhus integrifolia’s thick leaves also screen fire. Clusters of berries erupt in autumn. Harvest them for a beautiful tea or let them be and give the birds a reason to sing.