Spring has hit the central coast and with that, the natural landscape has awoken. A number of native plant species have begun to grow and blossom in a matter of weeks. These recent rains have given these natural wonders a chance to show their true potential and are a great example of how homeowners can transform their yards using native plant species. For those who love the outdoors, plants for the landscape can be found on hikes through almost any area close to your own home. For those living in the Los Osos area, Montana de Oro is currently booming with a number of gorgeous plants waiting to inspire you. Beautiful floral displays put on by bright orange to yellow California poppies (Eschscholzia californica), Sand aster (Corethrogyne filaginifolia) with purple daisy like flowers and a back drop of grey green foliage, and the intense contrast of the California buttercups’ (Ranunculus californica) deep green foliage and showy yellow flowers. For those in San Luis Obispo, many incredible specimens can be found at Bishops Peak. On a typical day in spring, one can come across a unique selection of spring flowers and color. A local wild flower called Padre’s Shooting Star (Dodecatheon clevelandii), with purple fading to white, pendulant flower petals and a yellow center is beginning to pop up along the Felsman loop trail. The flowers resemble stars falling from space that have landed in the landscape. California paeony (Paeonia californica) are also a must see and have plant for the central and southern coast gardener. This native species of paeony are just as beautiful as the ones you may find in a floral shop and they are a great option for the local area. These plants can appear as stunning bouquets of deep maroon flowers and dark green, fringy foliage growing from the ground in the yard that will come back year after year due to their tuberous manner of growth. There are many ideas for your garden that can be found in nature year round and spring is a great time to start.