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Water Smarts Foliage plants shine in this drought-tolerant garden. Many drought-tolerant plants offer less-showy blooms, but make up for it with interesting foliage, such as this Japanese bloodgrass. The combination of grass and concrete in many curb strips doesn’t do much to stem water loss, but this planted version catches water before it hits the street. In place of grass, choose drought-tolerant plantings, which are more likely to prevent erosion. Shade, too, can be a necessary element in the fight against water loss: Plants lose a lot of moisture from evaporation on hot days. Grasses and artemisia offer beautiful foliage in this planted bed.
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Drought Tolerant Landscape Design Plans

Foliage plants shine in this drought-tolerant garden. Many drought-tolerant plants offer less-showy blooms, but make up for it with interesting foliage, such as this Japanese bloodgrass. The combination of grass and concrete in many curb strips doesn’t do much to stem water loss, but this planted version catches water before it hits the street. In place of grass, choose drought-tolerant plantings, which are more likely to prevent erosion. Shade, too, can be a necessary element in the fight against water loss: Plants lose a lot of moisture from evaporation on hot days. Grasses and artemisia offer beautiful foliage in this planted bed.
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Drought Tolerant Landscape Design Plans

The New California Landscape promotes a balance between urban landscapes and the environment, includes diverse and beautiful aesthetic qualities, and facil- itates the efficient use and management of resources, especially water. These landscapes are suited to the Sacramento Region’s Mediterranean- typeclimate and support a rich diversity of plants and wildlife. The carefully selected plants in these designs make caring for the landscape easier, even for the beginning gardener. These plants also provide food and shelter for many types of birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects. Because these plants are climate appropriate, and many are California native and drought tolerant, they will thrive and more easily resist pest infestations and plant diseases, minimizing the need to use pesticides and reducing pollution, while saving time and money. Additionally, the use of organic gardening practices and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) help to create and sustain healthy soils. Healthy soils support healthy plants. The design of these landscapes uses water-efficient, low-volume drip irrigation systems that provide each plant with just the right amount of water, when and where it is needed. Functional-sized lawns are effectively irrigated by sprinklers fitted with high-efficiency nozzles that apply water at a slower rate so the water can soak into the soil, reducing runoff. Keeping water from irrigation and storm events on site prevents it from flowing into gutters, storm drain inlets, creeks, and rivers. Some design elements that help facilitate on-site water management include rain gardens, dry creek beds, and permeable materials. These elements help to slow the flow of water, enabling the soil to “filter” it, which reduces toxicants such as oil from driveways and other waterborne pollutants from contaminating our waterways. These landscapes use less water, require fewer hours of labor, and produce less green waste. Reducing landscape maintenance means fewer mowers, fewer blowers, less noise, cleaner air. Whether utilized by homeowners or landscape professionals, these landscape design plans, information, and resources are provided to help us enhance our lives in terms of increased beauty, cost-effectiveness, value of property, and the health of our families, communities, and environment. Enjoy your eco-friendly landscape­—The New California Landscape.
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Drought Tolerant Landscape Design Plans

Charming Cascade An unexpected water feature dresses up a drought-smart yard. A fountain may not seem like a first choice in a drought-tolerant garden, but good design can enable the feature to capture and recycle water. Showy foliage, including Japanese forest grass, offers dramatic visual interest. To counteract the warming effect of pavers, consider groundcovers to cool key areas, such as wide gaps between stones. Herbs — oregano and thyme, for example — are good drought-tolerant plants for a garden. Planted and mulched areas on a slope also provide a spot for water to soak into the ground.
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Drought Tolerant Landscape Design Plans

An unexpected water feature dresses up a drought-smart yard. A fountain may not seem like a first choice in a drought-tolerant garden, but good design can enable the feature to capture and recycle water. Showy foliage, including Japanese forest grass, offers dramatic visual interest. To counteract the warming effect of pavers, consider groundcovers to cool key areas, such as wide gaps between stones. Herbs — oregano and thyme, for example — are good drought-tolerant plants for a garden. Planted and mulched areas on a slope also provide a spot for water to soak into the ground.
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Drought Tolerant Landscape Design Plans

Circle Play Hardscape elements step up to the challenge of a drought-tolerant garden. Groundcovers — here, thyme — provide a good way to catch water that might be lost on the gentle slope. Two sculptures — a whimsical cat, and an orb — offer drama in place of showy, water-needy plants. In any garden, but especially in drought-conscious ones, mulch is essential to conserving moisture (and it keeps down weeds). Many flowers supply showy blooms but require loads of water; in place of them, hardscape elements — including pavers and a series of circles — furnish visual interest. Once established, shrubs and evergreens, such as arborvitae, require very little supplemental water — except in times of extreme drought — and offer bountiful structure and color.
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Drought Tolerant Landscape Design Plans

Hardscape elements step up to the challenge of a drought-tolerant garden. Groundcovers — here, thyme — provide a good way to catch water that might be lost on the gentle slope. Two sculptures — a whimsical cat, and an orb — offer drama in place of showy, water-needy plants. In any garden, but especially in drought-conscious ones, mulch is essential to conserving moisture (and it keeps down weeds). Many flowers supply showy blooms but require loads of water; in place of them, hardscape elements — including pavers and a series of circles — furnish visual interest. Once established, shrubs and evergreens, such as arborvitae, require very little supplemental water — except in times of extreme drought — and offer bountiful structure and color.
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Drought Tolerant Landscape Design Plans

OK, so California isn’t the only state going through a water shortage. At least 30 states in the U.S. currently have some level of drought, ranging from “abnormally dry” conditions in Florida and Massachusetts to the “exceptional drought” currently happening in California and Nevada. (How’s your state faring? You can check using the NOAA’s U.S. Drought Monitor.)
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PWP will work with contractors to survey your home’s existing landscape, create a preliminary design of a drought-tolerant and water-efficient landscape, remove the turf, replace spray irrigation with drip irrigation, and install native plants and mulch in your home at no cost. To apply for this program, please email our Water Conservation team at: water@cityofpasadena.net.

Design ideas for a mediterranean full sun hillside drought-tolerant landscape in Denver with a garden path and natural stone pavers for summer. — HouzzBack yard ❤️, from new addition, connected with the breezeway. Maybe a more rustic, but see through, possibly one way breezeway. Nice patio in the space between the new and old. — mattie_6828 EmbedEmailQuestion
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If you live in more one of more than half of the states on the list, water conservation is probably a high priority for you, but honestly, conserving water doesn’t mean you have to live with a dry and neglected garden. And it’s not the only reason to swap your water-loving lawn for a more drought-tolerant landscape. Today’s low-water gardens aren’t just smart and in vogue; they’re downright gorgeous.
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A Better Garden Bed Water-saving strategies make gardening sense for this flowerbed. Showy hardscape elements, such as an oversize boulder, fill in gaps in a drought-tolerant garden by adding unexpected focal points. If plants with a variety of water needs are included in a garden, group those with similar requirements together, such as the lavender cotton the penstemon grouping here. Another way to ensure good growth for water-smart plants: Add the right amounts of soil amendments, such as a healthy dose of natural compost. A tall outdoor light provides accent and security to the landscape. Different varieties of evergreens offer structure and color.
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Water-saving strategies make gardening sense for this flowerbed. Showy hardscape elements, such as an oversize boulder, fill in gaps in a drought-tolerant garden by adding unexpected focal points. If plants with a variety of water needs are included in a garden, group those with similar requirements together, such as the lavender cotton the penstemon grouping here. Another way to ensure good growth for water-smart plants: Add the right amounts of soil amendments, such as a healthy dose of natural compost. A tall outdoor light provides accent and security to the landscape. Different varieties of evergreens offer structure and color.

Whether utilized by homeowners or landscape professionals, these landscape design plans, information, and resources are provided to help us enhance our lives in terms of increased beauty, cost-effectiveness, value of property, and the health of our families, communities, and environment. Enjoy your eco-friendly landscape­—The New California Landscape.
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Because these plants are climate appropriate, and many are California native and drought tolerant, they will thrive and more easily resist pest infestations and plant diseases, minimizing the need to use pesticides and reducing pollution, while saving time and money. Additionally, the use of organic gardening practices and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) help to create and sustain healthy soils. Healthy soils support healthy plants.

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