Search for Beautiful Water-Wise Plants

YOU WILL LOVE SEARCHING HERE for the best plants to satisfy your landscape needs for your Southwest yard! CLICK on the image above to take you to the full list of categories to search. Our WATER-WISE PLANT DATA BASE includes hundreds of plants, both native and non-native, that are water-wise, drought-tolerant, available at Southern California nurseries, and that are cold-hardy in our cool desert winters but still stand up to our extreme summer heat.

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Plant of the Month

Goldeneye Bahiopsis parishii (Viguiera deltoidea parishii) Plant Form: Semi-deciduous Shrub Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 2-3 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring (Feb-May), Summer (June), Fall (Sept-Oct) Native to: Southwestern California, southern Nevada, Arizona, northern Mexico (below 5000 feet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Goldeneye is blanketed with bright, golden flowers on long stalks, contrasting nicely with its dark-green leaves — which feel like a cat’s tongue due to their stiff hairs. A moderately fast-growing, winter-deciduous shrub […]

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Plant of the Month – Jan. 2018

Coffeeberry Frangula californica Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 5-12 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Spring – Summer (May-July) Native to: California, southwest Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, northern Baja (below 7000 feet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Coffeeberry is touted as looking “trimmed without trimming”, although this tidy evergreen does take pruning well. This long-lived California native, also known as California Buckthorn, grows naturally in a wide range of habitats, with many available varieties, so check […]

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Plant of the Month – December

Little John Dwarf Bottlebrush Callistemon citrinus ‘Little John’   Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3 ft. tall x 5 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring – Fall (March – November) Native to: Australia Hardiness: Cold hardy to 20°F Little John Dwarf Bottlebrush is a hummingbird’s delight that is compact enough to fit into any garden. This slow-growing evergreen shrub holds up in hot, dry landscapes, and resists the browsing of rabbits and deer while […]

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Plant of the Month – September

Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia Plant Form: Deciduous perennial Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 3-4 ft. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Summer – Fall (June – September) Native to: Asia (Afghanistan to Tibet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to -20°F Russian Sage is a hardy, drought- tolerant, heat-loving perennial that is underused in southwest landscapes. Small but brilliant violet-blue flowers seem to float in an airy cloud above its foliage from summer until a hard frost. Neither Russian nor […]

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Plant of the Month – August

Chaste Tree Vitex agnus-castus   Plant Form: Deciduous shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 15-25 ft. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Summer (June – August) Native to: S. Europe, W. Asia Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Chaste Tree is a beautiful large shrub or small tree with a profusion of fragrant lavender flowers in summer that attract butterflies, bees, and birds. Deep green leaves are divided into 5-7 lace-like leaflets, and the foliage is aromatic. Medieval legends tell […]

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