California Native Landscape Designs

If you know all about greening your house with solar energy, then why not go green with your landscape designs as well? Make your garden self-sustaining on the sun and natural rainfall while saving the earth's ecology for future generations.





A native garden and turf alternative

Our goal is to help you design and build your very own sustainable landscape design. Do it without a huge expense and without the hassle of tearing up your entire yard. We provide how-to guides and free landscaping ideas to help you make this transition in easy steps. We also sell low-cost designs suited to your local micro-climate that match a specific look you might be after. This service saves you the hours of work needed to assemble an ideal native plant combination on your own.

A design with natives and an artichoke plant instead of grass

The photograph above shows one of our California native plants design. It is a corner of a front yard landscaped with California natives and artichoke. A design that is beautiful, water-wise, and more useful than just turf for butterflies, birds, and bees!

We will examine your front yard and backyard one watering zone at a time, and advise you on what to do with the existing soil and irrigation system. You can start with one of our free landscape designs, or buy a plant design from us to suit your location. We will provide you with guidance on nurseries that sell native plants, and provide you with planting information. We also have pointers to forums where you can discuss yard maintenance and landscape designs.

Verbena lilacina de la mina flowers profusely, attracts butterflies, is fragrant, and drought-tolerant

You probably know that California is in it's third year of drought. But what you might not be aware of is that a typical landscape, with its lawns and water-thirsty plants, accounts for an average of 50% of your household water bill. Today, many counties have already called for a 20-30% reduction in water consumption, and more will follow. Besides water conservation, there are many other environmental and ecological reasons to convert to drought tolerant California native plants. You can read all about these benefits as you browse our website.

A pluot tree with blossoms

You do not need to be a veteran gardener to follow our guides. Once established, Californian native plants can be extremely resilient and tough. Native gardens have lower maintenance needs, so you can skip that constant mowing and pruning all summer long and stop sending tons of yard waste to the landfills.

Using landscape plans that include fruit trees and backyard ponds add to your pleasure and benefit the local fauna. So please read on to create an environmentally friendly, drought tolerant, California native plant garden.


You can go directly to our 7 step guide and start converting your lawn to a native garden. Or, continue reading about the benefits of natives by choosing the appropriate buttons on our menu.






Topics to Browse on this Website

Lawn to Drought Resistant Perennials in 7 Easy Steps
We give you 7 easy steps to follow to remove your backyard or front yard lawn and replace with drought resistant perennials.
Water-wise California Native Plants
A description of water-wise California native plants and the different plant communities that harbor them.
Why Grow American Native Plants?
Using American native plants in your garden has huge benefits on the local ecology, the environment, and the human spirit
Remove Your Lawn using Sheet Composting
How to Remove Your Lawn Safely and Organically using Sheet Composting
California Native Plant Design For Sale
A database of California native plant design for sale
Purchase Wildflower Tshirts at the Cafepress Store
Access our Cafepress store to buy wildflower tshirts and other merchandise
Wildflower Slideshows
Use these wildflower slideshows to recognize flowers and plants on your next hike
Gardening Ideas and sample garden layouts for California native plant gardens
Get gardening ideas and garden layouts from visiting demo gardens and parks with California native plants
Plant Encyclopedia
Provides useful pointers to plant encyclopedia and plant dictionaries to be found on the web
Some Useful Plant Lists
Look up plant lists to find the appropriate choices for specific habitats and climates
California Native Plant Nurseries
A list of California native plant nurseries organized by region
Landscape Design Education
A list of landscape design education courses and horticultural classes offered in the San Francisco Bay Area
Garden Books and Resources for Native Gardeners
A resource list of garden books and other useful links for California native gardeners
Native Plant Garden Tours in California
A list of native plant garden tours in California for 2009
Native landscape: About Us
Why native landscape design is fascinating
The Cheerful Iris Backissues
Page linking to The Cheerful Iris E-zine Backissues
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