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.

10 Drought Tolerant California Native Plants
Drought Tolerant Plants
12 Great Drought-Tolerant Plants
13 best Calif. native drought-tolerant plants for your garden
13 Amazing Drought Tolerant Plants That Hardly Need Any Water
35 Low Water Plants you Probably Never Heard of
50 Perenials For Lower Water Use
127 Stunning Drought Tolerant Plants
Growing Haworthia Succulents: How To Care For The Pearl Plant
Drought tolerant plants for the Santa Barbara and Goleta area
Califrnia Drought Tolerant Plant Full List
'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
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

Drought-tolerant, drought-adapted, drought-resistant: Mostly interchangeable, these terms mean much the same thing. Such plants survive in average or less-than-average rainfall in your region
Native: Native plants occur naturally in an environment and were not put there by us
Mediterranean: In terms of plants, Mediterranean refers to five similar climate regions
Established vs. non-established: An established plant has grown its root system from its former fussed-over nursery pot life into your yard’s soil
Sustainable, California-friendly: These are buzz-word concepts to promote plants and techniques that support the environment’s welfare
Microclimate: Microclimate is a smaller area within a larger, general climate zone that has its own unique climate.
Hydro-zoning: Hydro-zoning is an irrigation term. It’s a technique that groups plants together based on needs, mostly regarding water

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