Waterwise Gardening with Native Plants

columb-hhNative plants that are drought-tolerant or drought-resistant plant can survive with little to no irrigation once established. Native plants flourish in our Mediterranean ecosystem, characterized by hot, dry summers and wet, mild winters.

What are the benefits of a drought-tolerant garden?

Want to work with nature and still enjoy a beautiful view throughout the growing season? Garry Oak meadow ecosystems, including the trees, flowers and grasses that naturally live in them, are adapted to survive in our dry summers.

They actually do most of their growing in winter: oaks increase their roots and bulbs send up the following year’s shoots. In summer, they go dormant; that’s why they can survive on so little water during the warmest months.

How can I create my own drought-tolerant garden?

Putting the right plant in the right place is the secret to successful gardening. When buying plants, it is important to consider the sun exposure and soil conditions of your garden.

Native plants thrive and help strengthen our native ecosystems. They help our region conserve water and promote ecological diversity in our region. Native plants also create corridors of habitat and food sources for beneficial insects and wildlife.

Additional Resources

For more information about drought tolerant landscaping, please see A Homeowner's Guide to Outdoor Water Use.

For more information on native plants gardening, please see our Native Plant Workshops section.

To help choose the right drought tolerant plants for your garden, check out the list of PDF resources.