Practical Advice on Drought-Tolerant Landscaping

After years of severe drought, California residents are now used to dealing with water restrictions. Many of us know that having a yard that requires regular watering is not only impractical but is unfair on current water resources. Wasting water is not only out of fashion, it’s beyond our budget. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to create a stunning landscape that is drought-friendly.


Having a lawn means endless hours of play for children and pets alike. You can still have a lawn in California thanks to artificial grass. You get all the benefits of a lawn but it requires no water, chemicals, or mowing! You can extend those benefits by using artificial grass for walkways.


Every drought-tolerant landscape needs some mid-size plantings. Since shrubs can be a couple of feet high to 9 feet tall at maturity, you can use them to edge your lawn, create privacy for your pool, or separate outdoor living areas within your yard. A few good choices include:

  • Beautyberry
  • Boxwood
  • Butterfly bush
  • Forsythia
  • Holly
  • Rosemary


When it comes to plants, opting for drought-friendly, California-native plants are best. Check with your local garden center to find out what grows best in your area. A few choices include:

  • Rose moss
  • Apple geranium
  • California mountain lilac
  • Jasmine
  • Aloe vera
  • Blue daisy
  • White sage
  • Catmint
  • Echeveria (and other succulents)
  • Lavender

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