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California has been in a drought for a long time, and 2021 was no exception. For the entire state of California, 2021 was one of the driest years in almost a century, leaving nearly 33% of the state still in extreme drought. With this in mind, you might be thinking that you have to say goodbye to your home’s garden - but that is not the case!

This blog will serve as a guide to help you build a cost-efficient garden in California, with a focus on conserving water to help the environment and keep your water bill low without giving up your home’s curb appeal.


A pop of color can go a long way to help make your garden look full of life. Here is a list of flowers that are still able to thrive during a drought:

Apricot Mallow

The apricot mallow is a beautiful orange flower that attracts butterflies when in bloom. They can grow in the desert or in a yard with a slope. They are a perennial plant, meaning they live for two or more years.

California Fuchsia

True to its name, this flower is easy to spot because of its brilliant deep red color. Like the apricot mallow, it is also a perennial plant; it can live long. This flower grows in a shorter shrub, reaching up to about only two feet maximum.

Coyote Mint

Another perennial flower, the coyote mint, produces small round flowers that bloom from June to August. They can vary in color but tend to be vibrant lavender or pale pink. They form in a small bush and grow in the sun or partial shade.

Colorful trees

The Western Rosebud

This is one of the most beautiful trees that can grow in Southern California; it grows beautiful lavender flowers on its branches. This tree is appealing to many homeowners because it requires little to no maintenance and is resistant to Oak Root Fungus.

California Holly Tree

This iconic California tree sprouts red berries and white flowers, adding a fun pop of color to your yard. The red berries can be eaten if cooked, and the white flowers help attract bees and butterflies to your yard.

Green Trees

The Australian Willow

If you’re looking for a big, beautiful tree for your yard that will cast a lot of shade, look no further than the Australian Willow. This tree can grow to be 30 feet tall and is adaptable to many different types of soils.

The California Fan Palm

When you think of a tree in California, you most likely think of a palm tree. They are an iconic fixture to many homes and properties around Southern California. The California Fan Palm is the only native palm tree to Southern California, which means it is built to withstand drought and wildfires.

For other water conservation advice contact Nautilus Plumbing at (323) 629-4627.