Although the recent changes in the climate have made it necessary to decrease our water consumption, we can still benefit from a luscious, flowering garden. In fact, these adjustments to our water usage has effectively opened up new ways of creating California landscapes.
There are many plants that thrive in California, with blooms that either remain throughout or return each year, and that need very little water and minimum irrigation. These natives are visually pleasing, fill in and naturalize quickly, provide interesting color and texture, and can be quite fragrant. California native plants also increase species diversity of bees, birds, and butterflies; fortify the native ecosystem; provide excellent screening; and enhance existing natural landscapes.
Planting native flowering bushes, shrubs and ground covers makes it easy to decrease water usage, preserve resources and still enjoy an abundant garden.