California Friendly™ Garden of the Month: Mediterranean Style Gardens

The Metropolitan Water District of southern California is excited to introduce the California Friendly™ Garden of the Month! Each month we will showcase an outstanding Garden from Southern California that is both visually stunning and water efficient. Each garden will feature a different theme and highlight the specific plants used to create the spectacular design. Our goal is to show that beauty and water efficiency go hand in hand while providing some inspiration for your own yard!


This month’s theme is Mediterranean Style Garden. Mediterranean climates are the rarest and mildest on the planet. Our climate in Southern California features wet winters and dry falls, springs and summers. Our Mediterranean Garden is located in Pacific Palisades and is designed by Stephanie Blanc.

The garden features multiple garden rooms with permeable surfaces. These surfaces enable rain and irrigation water to percolate into the soil and prevent run-off. Run-off from residential properties tend to carry pollutants and when concentrated in storm drains this creates serious problems for the watershed. When the water stays on the soil it naturally purifies the water as it descends into the aquifer.

The California Friendly™ Garden Guide lists more than 1,500 plants. Find out more about the plants mentioned in the video:


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