Smart California Garden
Dry Climate and Low Water Use Plants & Trees

By planting California native plants, you will support and attract our essential insects, bees, butterflies, birds and countless other animals that lay their eggs on, or consume, only native plants. There is still another benefit to native plants: they are designed by nature to grow here, so once they are established, they require little or no irrigation or fertilizer. Nature will take care of your yardwork!

Why Dry Gardening (Xeriscape)?

California garden incorporates xeriscape, feng shui, zen living, stone, boulders, and creative water elements into xeriscape "dry gardening/landscaping/farming" - perfect for an area like California.

Preservation of the spirit of California and xeriscape creates a visually attractive landscape that uses plants selected for their water efficiency. Properly installed and maintained, a xeriscape can use less than one-half the water of a traditional landscape and require less maintenance than turf landscapes.

35 Low Water Plants you Probably Never Heard of
50 Perenials For Lower Water Use
127 Stunning Drought Tolerant Plants
The 13 best Calif. native drought-tolerant plants for your garden
Drought tolerant plants for the Santa Barbara and Goleta area
Califrnia Drought Tolerant Plant Full List
13 Amazing Drought Tolerant Plants That Hardly Need Any Water
'Water-wise' versus 'drought-tolerant': What does all the terminology really mean?
Santa Clara County Landscape Rebate Program
Landscaping and Drought
Amazing Landscape Designs with Drought-Tolerant Plants
Facts about Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia) Plants
A California-Friendly Guide to Native and Drought Tolerant Gardens
Landscape Plants for California
Nature Gardens at Los Angeles History Museum
Guide to Sustainable Landscaping
University of California Garden Web
University of California Vegetable Research & Information Center
Top 10 Bird Plants in Central Arizona
University of California All-Stars Plant Search
Tucson Botanical Garden
App to identify plants: PictureThis
12 Great Drought-Tolerant Plants
Blue Chalk Sticks Succulents
Fabric Weed Barrier
Humming Birds Plant List
Safer Option For Garden Bug Spray
Wild Flowers in Bloom
Hawaiian Ti/Cordyline banksii 'Electric Pink'
Drought Tolerant Garden Design
Landscape Plants for the Desert
Colorful Flowering Landscape Plants
Gardening Tips from the Experts at the Desert Botanical Garden
Growing Healthy Succulents
Salvias For Every Garden
Plants That Won’t Drain You
Desert USA Plants
Butchart Garden
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
National Gardening Association
Our House Plants
Oregon Garden
Cheyenne, Wyoming Botanic Garden


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