Are you interested in drought-tolerant landscaping but you don't know where to start? One of the outcomes of several periods of prolonged drought over the past 30 years is a regional committment to water conservation. Drought-tolerant, or sustainable, landscaping practices use plants that are well adapted to hot and dry climates, while incorporating efficient irrigation, smart irrigation controllers, mulch (water retention) and maintenance/pruning practices. Please reference the links below for educational materials, garden tours, classes and rebates.
Online Water Conservation Resources
San Diego County Water Authority's "WaterSmart" website (educational materials, free design class offerings):
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California "bewaterwise" website:
California Water Efficiency Partnership Design Handbook
Water Conservation Garden
San Diego Botanic Garden
Mira Costa College Horticulture Department