Looking for the perfect groundcover? Need to replace a shrub or tree?
The new Nifty 50 brochure has you covered. One of the region’s most popular WaterSmart plant guides, Nifty 50 has been updated and distributed to local water agencies and conservation gardens by the San Diego County Water Authority as part of the agency’s long-running efforts to promote water-use efficiency. It includes 50 plants selected because they are attractive, readily available in retail nurseries, non-invasive and easy to maintain. Highlighted plants typically last for years, fit the scale of residential landscapes and – once established – tolerate drought.
read more at: http://www.watersmartsd.org/content/nifty-50-plants-watersmart-landscapes
Pungent aromas link plants from the world’s driest regions. This is not the feminine floral essence, but a powerful scent often musky and acrid, carried in the rich oils that are shared by arid zone species. In lands of little rain and hot dry winds such as the Sirocco of northern Africa or the Santa Anas of Los Angeles, oils in the indigenous plants are key to their survival over a long dry season. These oils serve a purpose — to replace moisture lost from foliage and wood. Oil helps to keep cells from collapsing from dehydration, and the potent aromas discourage hungry wildlife that eats anything during drought.
The dry, inhospitable birthplace of our most redolent herbs means they are underestimated as drought-resistant plants. All too often they are coddled in cool, damp gardens where their oils fail to accumulate, leaving these individuals lacking in aroma.
read more at: http://santamariatimes.com/ap/lifestyles/yardsmart-mediterranean-herbs-the-ultimate-drought-solution/article_0541e3d0-27e6-5933-8924-fd726ef4a181.html