A couple of the wonderful benefits of living and working in San Mateo County, as well as the Silicon Valley, is our weather and proximity to open space preserves. The weather ("weather best by government test" is the slogan for Redwood City, the county seat) allows for a great array of plants to thrive here. However, due to the proximity of the open space that we love and cherish, not all plants that grow here are suitable for every garden, including the one at 20 Sequoia Court in San Carlos.
We often share our neighborhoods with hungry deer, who take great delight in the smorgasbord of roses, pansies and other common plants.
Fortunately many of the plants best suited to this Mediterranean climate tend to be deer resistant. A quick Google search for "deer resistant plants in northern California" came up many hits, including these sites:
I encourage you to embrace the wildlife around us and accept the challenge to find garden plants that enable co-existing with the deer. And who knows, you'll likely create a colorful habitat for butterflies and birds in the process, to add delight to your eyes, song to your ears, and joy in your heart.