Best Ground Cover Plants For Southern California. Leaves can be green purple or variegated with pink and white. Gazanias are native to the southern part of the African continent and have proven to be a good choice for use as a drought-tolerant ground cover for sun in Southern California.
Shrub Ground cover Native. All day sun Partial sun. Hoary California fuchsia is a mat-forming perennial with narrow slightly fuzzy pale green leaves and brilliant vermillion flowers in summer.
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It is also well loved for its ability to spread quickly to fill crevices and add color to flowerbeds. Plants tend to spread by runners so give it room to roam. Carpet bugleweed does best in fertile well-drained soil with good air circulation. Needs some replacement over time but a very good ground cover.