With more and more people transforming their yards from grass to drought resistant, we figured it would be a great idea to give some ideas of drought resistant plants we have found that thrive in the Southern California climate.
1. Sunset Strain: Originally from California, this plant can grow up to a foot high and 10 inches wide. Called the “Sunset Strain” because it bursts with Sunset colors such as yellow, peach, salmon, orange and pink. They thrive best in rocky soil.
2. Nasella Tenuissima: This is Mexican feather grass that grows about 2 feet tall and wide. Its very popular in landscaping for the blonde flower heads it develops in the summer and how it waves in the slightest of breezes. It thrives best in sunny environments with low watering.
3. Salvia Clevelandii: This shrub is a type of California Blue Sage that grows about 3-4 feet tall and wide with violet flowers that bloom in the summer time which have a fresh scent. This plant has very low water maintenance and thrives best in a full sun environment.
4. Helitrotrichon Sempervirens: Also known as Blue Oat Grass, it can grow to 1 to 2 feet tall and wide. This grass has blue-gray leaves that are thin and spikey. The flowers bloom in summer and it works best planted in the sun or shade, and requires very little irrigation.
5. California Fuchsia: This plant ranges in colors from white, pink, orange and red with gray or green foliage. It is low growing, and extremely tolerant which makes it great for ground cover. Once the flowers bloom, it is very popular amongst hummingbirds.
Drought resistant yards are a great and aesthetically pleasing look for rentals, as well as a personal home to decrease water consumption, and gardening costs. As we are not landscape architects, we highly recommend you consult with one as every yard, soil, and climate is different. Head over to contact page to get in touch with us for a local landscape recommendation.