Gardening in a Drought
Bringing California’s Beauty Home
The news is everywhere–-we are in a historic drought, the likes of which haven’t been seen since 800 BCE. And even if that wasn’t in the headlines, we would know. We’ve witnessed the dry winters, felt the parched soil, seen the increased use of sprinklers, drip irrigation, and hand watering during what is supposed to be the rainy season.
Do you know that 50% of residential water use goes to outdoor irrigation? Often that water is wasted on thirsty green lawns, which came into fashion in England and are unsuited to our climate and resources. Water restrictions are turning green lawns brown and making it clear that we need to rediscover the natural beauty of California plants. Now is the time to replace that dead lawn with plants that evolved to thrive in our climate, and that are drought tolerant, low maintenance, and beloved by pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. A world of native plants is just waiting to be discovered. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to bring them into your life!
Getting Rid of Your Lawn
Learn: Sheet Mulching
Explore: Grass Removal Options
Plan: Native Grass Alternatives to Lawns
Creating a Successful Garden
Imagine: Garden Inspiration
Plan: Garden Planner
Watch: Seasonal Aesthetics for the California Garden
Learn: Watering California Native Plants
Learn: How to Water Once a Week
Together Let's Bloom! California
Bloom! California makes it easy for you to find beautiful, bold native plants suited for your style and space. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or completely new to the movement, join us to Bloom! California for a bright tomorrow. Learn more!
Learn: Meet The Plants
Imagine: Design Ideas
Plan: Tips and Tricks
Plan: Find a Nursery Near You
The California Native Plant Society is working with the state of California on sustainable water-wise gardening and irrigation solutions for the drought. Find out more!