Suzie's Scapes
Water-Wise Gardens
Typical suburban lawn

In the southwestern United States and particularly in California, water is a precious resource.  Despite this, many people living in drought-prone or water-restricted areas attempt to have tropical trees, sprawling green lawns or other water-thirsty plants in their yards. When the drought years descend, these lush green gardens often suffer or die.


  • Low-Water and Drought Tolerant plants can survive on up to 2/3 less water than their thirsty counterparts.
  • Regular use of compost and mulch can significantly reduce water usage.
  • Avoid watering in breezy or windy conditions.
  • Set automatic sprinklers or drip irrigation systems to water in the early morning if possible.
  • Override sprinkler timers during dewy or rainy conditions.
  • Use only as much water as the ground can hold without creating run-off.
Agave, Century Plant

Some folks think a drought resistant or low-water garden limits their choices to a handful of trees, cacti and succulents.  And while there are many beautiful specimens to consider, these are not the only choices available to water-wise gardeners. Trailing Ice Plant, Ground CoverThe fact is, many plants have native varieties that actually thrive in low-water conditions.  So the trick is finding the best variety for your area and providing your water-wise garden with adequate sun/shade, soil, pH and drainage.

Low-water garden with ornamental grass, iris and coreopsis

Iris, ornamental grass and coreopsis

A beautiful garden doesn’t have to be thirsty. Here are just a few other Water-Wise Plants to consider.

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