Landscape Plants for California Gardens by Bob Perry, available online: http://landdesignpublishing.com/index.html
Landscape Plants for Western Regions is out of print.
Bob's book will get you up to speed on California climate considerations and water use in addition to plants.
A couple more books to add to what is becoming quite a comprehensive list ...
Designing California Native Gardens by Glenn Keator and Alrie Middlebrook.
The California Garden by Jere Stuart French.
The California Landscape Garden by Mark Francis and Andreas Reimann
One of the favorites on my shelf is "The Gardens of California" by Nancy Goslee Power. It provides great images of many major and minor southern California landscapes, with partial plant lists accompanying each project. While I was getting started on my journey into plant knowledge, this book was very inspirational to me. She also has a more recent book entitled "Power of Gardens" which I don't have, but might be worth checking out.
In addition to the resource books already listed, such as Bob Perry's book and others, I found it even more helpful to study plant combinations in books by other designers.
Landscape Plants for California Gardens by Bob Perry. Bob Perry was a professor of mine at Cal Poly Pomona last year. This is the greatest book for California Plants. It has all of the climate zones, water needs, plant factors, Eto calculations and sections of plant palettes with plants that work well together. An amazing book. It was great to have him sign my copy.
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