Judith Larner Lowry, Gardening with a Wild Heart: Restoring California's Native Landscapes at Home. "I had hoped to rewire unused pathways in the brain, connections having to do with setting out looking, with matching the image in the brain to what was hanging from bushes, drooping from trees, swaying with grasses in the wind." p. 145 Also good description of fights in the local Bolinas newspaper about eucalyptus. Recommends, among other titles, two I have not read: Gertrude Atherton's The Californians and Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Squatters.
Nora Harlow and Kristin Jakob, Wild Lillies, Irises, and Grasses. There are cool season and warm season growers among grasses.