I love the beauty and visual appeal of natives. And, I love using plants that aren't found all over the place. One of my favorites is Cupressus forbesii or Hesperocyparis forbesii - the clean resinous scent, the sculptural form.
It is easy to grow and I have about a dozen or so growing on my own property. I've included it in garden designs from Los Angeles to Chula Vista...here is a cute picture at my home: