California Friendly™ Garden of the Month: Front Yard

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!


A typical front yard with a green lawn is so east coast. A California Friendly® front yard is an opportunity to beautify the neighborhood, add curb appeal, and save money and water. If you aren’t using a water-guzzling lawn for entertainment or a play space, why not replace it with a beautiful and enhancing feature that will be the talk of the neighborhood? California Friendly® gardens require a fraction of the water and maintenance of a typical lawn and never need toxic chemicals to keep it looking great. Adding a drip irrigation system is the most efficient way to water these types of gardens by ensuring that you only water where it’s needed; the roots. Maintenance required - weeding every other month and a yearly pruning.

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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