Because of drought-related water usage mandates, many homeowners are looking
for methods of conserving water in their garden in San Jose. There are
several ways in which you can cut back on the water needed to maintain
your landscaping, and one of these is to choose plants that are well-suited
for your climate and native to your area. Continue reading to learn about
California native plants that are
popular choices for water-wise gardens.
A large, evergreen shrub that has deep green, leathery leaves and blooms
in spring with pink flowers, the lemonade berry helps stabilize slopes
and is excellent for creating habitats and screens. Plant in full sun
or partial shade and well-draining soil.
A favorite among water-conscious homeowners, the desert mallow deserves
a place in any water-wise garden. This is an evergreen shrub that has
crenulated, silvery leaves and blossoms in early spring with cupped flowers
ranging from rich red to brilliant orange. Choose full sun and well-draining
soil for this plant.
Boasting large, papery flowers that have white petals and a golden yellow
center, the Matilija poppy is sometimes called the “fried egg plant”
and is a native perennial. This plant does best on a slope or other area
where its underground runners have plenty of room to spread. Install this
plant in a spot in your garden that gets full sun and has well-draining soil.
Hoary California Fuchsia
The hoary California fuchsia is another plant that usually spreads via
underground runners, so try to give it plenty of room. Although it can
grow in less, this mat-forming perennial blooms best when it gets full
sun. This plant has narrow, pale green leaves and flowers in summer with
bright, vermillion blossoms.
Encompassing a large group of evergreen shrubs that can range in height
from ground cover to tree-sized, manzanita plants often boast architectural
structures and bark that is mahogany to ebony in color. Depending on the
species, plant in part shade or full sun to part shade and well-draining soil.