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Hey, California, you can still have a lawn! Here are five water-wise alternatives

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Deer Grass – Deer Grass is dependable and fast growing. This ornamental grass is the perfect softening contrast to harsh cacti and boulders in your landscape. It thrives in full sun and harsh hot temperatures of Phoenix Arizona. It generally grows to a size of 4’ x 4’ and requires little watering. In the fall, Deer Grass produces tall slender flower spikes which create a stunning contrast to dense foliage.

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Muhly Grass 'Pink' (Muhlenbergia Capillaris) - Zone 6-9 Full Sun 3' Height/Width. Clump-forming grass known for its pink-purple (avail in white also) colored inflorescence that float above the plant in an airy & eye-catching display from September to December. Heat, humidity, deer, & drought resistant (once established) in well-drained soil (hates wet feet). Space 2' apart & cut back in early spring to remove any brown blades. Propagate by division of clumps every 3 yrs in early spring.

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Create a drought-friendly landscape. (Originally featured on a California-Friendly Landscape Contest hosted by Roger's Gardens in Orange County, CA)

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List of plants used in California drought tolerant yard :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

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Planting: Drought Tolerant Garden

Last fall we stayed in a house in Northern California with the most wonderful garden I have seen in a long while. I loved that it was filled with beautiful g

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thyme replaces grass... drought resistant, lovely to walk on, rich green colour, zero maintenance...

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Kochia Scoparia Grass - OMG! I need this in my future yard. How Dr. Seuss looking is this stuff

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Drought-Tolerant Landscaping Ideas

Foliage plants shine in this drought-tolerant garden. Many drought-tolerant plants offer less-showy blooms, but make up for it with interesting foliage, such as this Japanese bloodgrass. The combination of grass and concrete in many curb strips doesn't do much to stem water loss, but this planted version catches water before it hits the street. In place of grass, choose drought-tolerant plantings, which are more likely to prevent erosion. Shade, too, can be a necessary element in the fight…

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Festuca Boulder Blue - Discovered in Colorado, Boulder Blue has a much brighter steel-blue foliage color than the more commonly available Elijah Blue. This hardy, perennial grass forms tufts of metallic-blue fine foliage from early spring through late fall & even into winter. Festuca Boulder Blue takes intense heat & drought without losing its blue color and makes the perfect addition to patio/deck container gardens. Special Features: Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Easy Care, Fast Growing

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When the Grass is Not Greener: 10 Plant Alternatives to Spruce Up Your Lawn

Thyme is a drought resistant plant that is a beautiful shade of purple. Save water and glam up your lawn at the same time! While a little foot traffic won't hurt, you should set up a walking path through the thyme to keep from damaging the plants.

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12 water-wise groundcovers

Silver Carpet - Dymondia Margaretae. Stepable groundcover. Drought resistant. Not plastic, not gravel, not painted. Not phony. YES!

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Drought resistant front yard with plants that need little to no water! California Drought / Sacramento Drought

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