California Friendly™ Garden of the Month: Backyard Retreat

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!


By grouping California Friendly® plants in similar arrangements throughout the yard, this California Friendly® garden feels like one cohesive design as you walk from the front to the back of the property. Repeating these design elements throughout your garden brings a clear sense of unity, consistency, and cohesiveness to your backyard retreat.

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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