( from a TRUE landscape newbie)

When it comes to drought-tolerant landscaping, lets be honest it can be quite daunting, especially for those that do not have a green thumb like me. 

But creating an outdoor space that complements your aesthetics of your property and features drought-resistant plants can sometimes be more difficult than thought.  There are so many options that are drought adapted plants so deciding on these with a mix of California native plants can be a bit mind boggling. Bottom line there are endless possibilities for every color palette and style. 

1. Choose your plants with care!

Right now California unfortunately is in a drought. So one must decide what plants to select that can handle the states blistering summer heat and that require the least water for half the year once planted. This saves you a fortune on water bills and allows your babies to thrive! A win win!

2. Are you willing to do what it takes?

You should also consider the amount of work you are willing to dedicate to the garden. While choosing solely drought-resistant plants may accomplish the primary goal, many grasses and shrubs require continual maintenance to avoid creating a jungle in the yard. If low-maintenance landscaping sounds more doable than intensive-care gardens, avoid invasive species of native or drought-tolerant plants such as the popular pampas grass and the ultra-colorful periwinkle. 

You should for sure decide the amount of work you are willing to dedicate to your landscape. Choosing carefully is key as just deciding on the sole purpose of drought tolerant plants is not enough. Many grasses and shrubs will require continuous work in order to avoid creating a jungle! Keep this in mind and if you want low maintenance (like me) then avoid invasive species like pampas grass for instance. 

3. Home grown is the way! ( California grown!)

If the amount of maintenance needed is not a determining factor for your landscape, consider picking plants that are native to California or regions with Mediterranean climates. These types of plants will react positively with the external environment—from coping well with various soils to surviving on little water—and attract organisms such as bees and butterflies. Species like lavender and some varieties of lilies, for instance, are both drought tolerant and welcoming to hummingbirds and other local inhabitants that help to pollinate the flowers throughout the entire garden.

If you do not care about the maintenance then consider choosing native California plants or plants that are closer to Mediterranean climates. These plants will work will with our environment and will work well with different soils and survive on little water. You can also aim to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds while choosing and they in return will pollinate flowers throughout your garden and bring much love to you as well! Win win!

4. Add H2O!

While it’s easy to overlook drought–resistant species when planning a watering schedule, they often require additional care during their first year. After the plants have adapted to their surroundings, watering becomes less important and eventually may not be required at all.

Sometimes one thinks drought resistant and you can overlook the care and watering of your landscape. Remember sometimes they will require additional care their first year. Once your babies have adapted, watering becomes less important and may not be required at all!

All in all, drought resistant lands are not only beautiful but help with our environment and our pocket books!

And if all fails I suggest contacting or following one of our dear friends and clients Judy who will set you on your way! @bighatladysgarden Happy gardening!