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But choosing climate-appropriate plants doesn’t necessarily mean that a drought-tolerant garden has to be arid. “I might start by reassuring someone that a drought tolerant garden can be beautiful. I like to think about it as not so much drought-tolerant as ‘resilient,’” says landscape architect Susan Van Atta, whose firm Van Atta Associates Landscape Architecture + Planning is based in Santa Barbara. Van Atta advises gardeners to “look at what grows in nature itself where you live. Here in Santa Barbara, there are plants that look gorgeous and green even when it gets very hot and very dry.” If assessing soil and other conditions in your garden plot sounds daunting, a landscape designer can assess the conditions for you and provide expert guidance.
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Drought Tolerant Plants Landscape Design

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 Plants Landscape Design

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 Plants Landscape Design

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 Plants Landscape Design

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 Plants Landscape Design

Even in our succulent-obsessed times, many people feel intimidated by and unsure about the idea of drought-resistant landscaping. For some, the notion of drought-tolerant landscape still conjures a drab vision of plain gravel with a few sparse plants. But with the growing trend in artful and verdant low-water landscaping, not to mention municipal incentives for reducing water use, drought-resilient gardening makes great aesthetic and economic sense.We’ve interviewed some top landscape architects in southern California on the key steps to create a garden that looks beautiful—and even lush—while remaining environmentally sustainable.
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Drought Tolerant Plants Landscape Design

Once your garden is designed and planted, the relationship you have with your garden really begins. Experts caution that just because a garden is drought tolerant doesn’t mean it doesn’t need attention, and that paying attention to your garden and its needs is a crucial element to its growth. “‘Drought tolerant’ doesn’t mean no water. It means plants can survive with little water, but it doesn’t mean they will necessarily thrive,” says Kameon. Palmer says, “Even if you are planting natives or low-water plants they need water while their roots are establishing, and then you can back off and water less. So the key is observing.” Kameon advises, “Try to be patient. Allow plants the time and space to grow in. For me, that’s part of the pleasure of the garden, how it grows and changes over time.”
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Drought Tolerant Plants Landscape Design

Once you have figured out which types of plants will grow well in your garden and what plants you like, you are ready to create the design of the garden. “Another thing to remember is you’ll use the same design principles for a drought-tolerant landscape as for any other landscape—you use plants in the same way, but just different plants,” Van Atta says. When you begin designing, it may be useful to look at landscaping designed by professionals to gather aesthetic inspiration.
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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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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.

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.
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Down the Garden Path An attractive garden bed relies on native plants. Research native plants, such as yarrow, which often have built-in drought-tolerant features. Spread 2-3 inches of mulch between widely-spaced plants; this reduces water loss and suppresses weeds. Install a drip-irrigation system. It wastes less water and delivers hydration directly to the plants. In place of mortar, a porous material between paving stones provides another way for rain to soak into the soil. In this garden, simple elements, including a birdbath and wooden bench, offer subtle focal points. See more garden path ideas.
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An attractive garden bed relies on native plants. Research native plants, such as yarrow, which often have built-in drought-tolerant features. Spread 2-3 inches of mulch between widely-spaced plants; this reduces water loss and suppresses weeds. Install a drip-irrigation system. It wastes less water and delivers hydration directly to the plants. In place of mortar, a porous material between paving stones provides another way for rain to soak into the soil. In this garden, simple elements, including a birdbath and wooden bench, offer subtle focal points.
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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.

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