In light of recent restrictions on landscape water use by the State, how do you maintain the beauty and value of your home?
Last week, new regulations were enacted by California Governor Jerry Brown that will place hefty fines on residents caught needlessly wasting water. These regulations came in light of what is now (and for the first time in history) known as “exceptional” drought conditions as we face the worst water crisis in 119 years. Fines as high as $500 per day may be levied against California residents who:
- Runoff onto sidewalks and gutters caused by lawn sprinklers.
- Hosing off sidewalks and driveways (Unless a sanitary condition exists)
- Washing vehicles without using a nozzle with shutoff valve
Residents are also strongly urged to cut water usage by as much as 20%.
Santa Clarita water officials announce their own measure to curb water use.
City officials are busy drafting their own proposals for Santa Clarita residents that may be in effect as early as the middle of this month that may include limiting landscape watering to 3 days per week during summer months (April-October), and two days per week during winter months. Residents will be notified in advance once these measures are finalized.
Many homeowners have valid concerns as to what these restrictions may do to the appearance of their property, as well as its value. So what can you do to maintain the aesthetic beauty of your home, while conserving water? Here are 10 different drought-tolerant plants you might consider.
Top Ten Drought Tolerant Plants That Will Beautify Your Landscape
1. Society Garlic
As a ground cover, Society Garlic is hearty and does well in warm climate such as what we experience here in the Santa Clarita Valley. It also requires very little water to maintain its growth and bloomage.
2. Sprenger Asparagus
Not to be confused with the vegetable that tastes great steamed or broiled, this plant works great as a ground cover in areas of indirect sunlight. Fast growing, low maintenance, and again, requires little water.
Also known as Dymondia Grass, this hearty ground cover is green with a silver tint, and does well as surrounding ground cover, or as a replacement for lawn grass.
4. Korean Grass
Great as a low-water, low care alternative ground cover, Korean Grass is hearty in warmer climates, and is also very salt-tolerant, so it can grow well in high chloride areas or by the beach. This grass will go dormant in the winter, however.
5. Mexican Evening Primrose
Also known as Pink Lady and Showing Evening Primrose, this hearty California native plant grows extremely well even in infertile soil and with very little water. Summer blooms will be dainty and pink, about 1-2 inches in diameter. This plant however, is another that goes dormant in winter, so it works best as ground cover in spring and summer.
6. Pampas Grass
This low maintenance, low water plant can grow quite large, so care must be taken when planting in giving it plenty of room go grow. Pampas Grass blooms with feathery plumes from the top of its stems. and can add a unique look to your landscape.
7. Day Lilies
Day Lilies are a perennial flower with fleshy roots that store water, which make it a nearly perfect drought-tolerant plant that can add beauty and variety to your landscape. They also come in several colors and varieties.
8. Purple Heart
This plant grows as a bush indoors and out, and has a purple hue (Hence its name). It also blooms beautiful flowers inside its leaves.
9. Sedum Rubrotinctum
Also known as the Jellybean Plant, or Pork and Beans, this succulent stores water and turns red in the summer, with bright yellow flowers sprouting in spring.
10. Indian Blanket Flower
Perennial that produces red and yellow petals. Hearty and requires very little water. Grows to about 2 feet in height.