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, stones, 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.

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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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