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Plant Wildflowers  If you want a look that is easy to maintain yet still pretty, plant wildflowers in a flower bed. You won't have to worry about making the area look perfectly landscaped, but you will still have a flower bed that is lovely and didn't take much work. Seeds work well, or you can go with cheap plants. Make sure to see if the plants are annuals or bi-annuals so you will know when to expect them to die off.

10 High Impact Landscaping Ideas For Instant Curb Appeal

A new look: A frontyard is crafted to match a Craftsmans home in CA, melding gingkos and Japanese maples with California natives.

A frontyard is crafted to match a Greene & Greene Craftsman home in Pasadena

A new look: Susan and Derek Pippert gave the front yard of their Greene & Greene home a complete makeover, melding gingkos and Japanese mapl.

Lawnless in Ventura, CA  Water-conserving gardens can be as colorful as any other. The front yard of Rick Cole, Ventura's city manager, is blooming proof.    Get planting ideas from this Southern California garden

21 Inspiring Lawn-Free Yards

Lawnless in Ventura, CA Water-conserving gardens can be as colorful as any other. The front yard of Rick Cole, Ventura& city manager, is blooming proof. Get planting ideas from this Southern California garden

Here in California and other arid states, we're really having to watch our water.  But that does not mean that we have to forego lush, colorful, flowery gardens!  Thanks to California native plants and many varieties from other dry climates like the Mediterranean and Australia, we have a huge selection of drought tolerant flowering shrubs and perennials to choose from.

Landscaping and Garden Trends St. Louis Mo Dowco explains new trends for Gardening and Landscaping this year! Including drought tolerant plants, simple and elegant containers, and gardening for the greater good.

There are so many beautiful native plants in CA, I'm glad there's someone out there showing how to use them.  Can I Add Year-Round Color To My #Garden Using California Native Plants?

KITCHEN SIDE There are so many beautiful native plants in CA, I'm glad there's someone out there showing how to use them. Can I Add Year-Round Color To My Using California Native Plants?

OH MY!!! a page with all the native sages!!! "Sages, Salvias, truly drought tolerant California Native plants." Starting with my favorite, White Sage, Salvia apiana.

Salvia apiana / White Sage ~Can grow in sandy loam, granite scree, or red loamy clay. one of the sages used in sweat lodges in the past .

Long blooming, drought tolerant and clay friendly California native Clarkias annuals. they self-sow reliably, so you’ll have new volunteers every year, brand new plants that never look aged or sad. Exceptionally exuberant, “Ruby Chalice Clarkia” quickly reaches 30” x 30”, displaying a profusion of 2” cherry centered lavender-pink blooms beginning in May and lasting till midsummer and even Fall (with some water).

Ruby Chalice Clarkia - long blooming, drought tolerant and exuberant, quickly reaches x displaying a profusion of cherry centered lavender-pink blooms beginning in May and lasting till midsummer and even Fall (with some water).

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