Landscaping in the California Drought- Santa Monica Real Estate


Wondering what to plant this spring with the new water restrictions in place? Here is a list of the indigenous plants of Southern California that should be able to grow in the naturally dry conditions here on the West Side. 

1. California Lilac:  It has wonderful blue, fragrant flowers that appear in masses on the plants in late spring and early summer.

2. Baby Blue Eyes: A wonderful annual with a low habit and sky-blue blooms, baby blue eyes adds lovely color to the front of your spring and summer border.


3. Fried-Egg Flower: This compact, showy annual will cheer up any dull spots in your landscape. The flowers are bright colored and fragrant. Though it’s an annual, it will self-seed, often profusely, and come back year after year.

4. Pineleaf Penstemon: A hummingbird favorite, pineleaf penstemon offers delicate, fine textured foliage and bright, orange-red or yellow flowers through the summer.

5. Calliopsis: This coreopsis is a carefree, self-seeding annual that creates loads of bright yellow color all summer long. It’s as tough and drought tolerant as it is charming.

6. Hummingbird Trumpet: Another hummingbird favorite (as you probably guessed by the name), this plant offers beautiful late-summer orange and red flowers and a ground-hugging habit.

7. Black-Eyed Susan: Black-eyed Susans are much-loved garden plants that feature daisy-like, golden flowers in summer and autumn. A delightful array of varieties is available. They range in color from rusty red to lemon yellow to the more traditional gold.

8. Desert Evening Primrose: This creeping evening primrose is an ideal ground cover. Nearly pest-free, it has shimmering white flowers that have a delightful fragrance.

9. Succulent plants: Succulent plants are always in style. With juicy leaves, stems, or roots, succulents form a vast and diverse group of plants, offering easy-care choices for your home. Plus, they look stunning planted alone or as companions. The color variation of succulents seems almost endless: blue-green, chartreuse, pink, red, yellow, white, burgundy, almost black, variegated, and more. The leaves may be rounded, needlelike, berrylike, ruffled, or spiky. Many have an enticing “touch-me” quality — even cacti.

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