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!


This month's garden was designed to help keep rain water on the sloped property. By creating a dry river bed with boulders and gravel and a large basin at the bottom, water collected in rain gutters is directed directly into the stream bed and is absorbed back into the ground. The plants featured in this design are all Mediterranean climate plants that need very little water.

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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