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Landscaping and Conservation

In 2012, the District completed a beautiful observation garden showcasing lush and efficient native plants.  The garden is open to the public from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday thru Friday and is a self guided tour.  As the plants are native to the desert area, they are naturally drought tolerant and require little water making them the perfect addition to any desertscape.  For more information concerning lush and efficent native plants, visit our Let's Go Native Brochure. 

     Cacti and Succulents

  • Barrel Cactus

  • Beavertail Cactus

  • Desert Agave

  • Hedgehog Cactus

  • Joshua Tree

  • Mojave Tree

  • Mojave Yucca

  • Prickly Pear

  • Silver Cholla

      Bunch Grasses

  • Big Galleta

  • Deergrass

  • Desert Needlegrass

  • Indian Ricegrass

  • Purple Three-Awn


        Perrineals and Vines

  • California Fuchsia

  • California Wild Grape

  • Coyote Melon

  • Datura

  • Desert Marigold

  • Desert Senna

  • Dune Primrose

  • Globe Mallow

  • Penstemon

  • Prickly Poppy

  • Snapdragon Vine


  • Bladderpod

  • Brittlebush

  • California Buckwheat

  • Chuparosa

  • Creosote Bush

  • Desert Broom

  • Desert Lavender

  • Desert Milkweed

  • Desert Saltbush/Cattle Spinach/Allscale

  • Four-winged Saltbush

  • Golden Eye

  • Jojoba

  • Mojave Sage

  • Mormon Tea

  • Ocotillo

  • Paperbag Bush/Bladdersage

  • Rubber Rabbitbrush

  • White Sage


  • Blue Palo Verde

  • Catclaw Acacia

  • Desert Willow

  • Fremont Cottonwood

  • Honey Mesquite

  • Pinon Pine

  • Screwbean Mesquite

  • Smoke Tree

For more information on Native plants click on the links below.


In the average household, water use doubles in the summer, primarily due to landscape irrigation.  But, conserving water does not have to mean a dry landscape. The following are some Myths about Drought-Resistant Landscaping. 

  1. Drought-tolerant landscaping isn't colorful.        
    In truth, many drought-tolerant plants are prolific bloomers.  In addition, by carefully choosing foliage colors and textures for contrast, you can bring color interest to the garden year-round.

  2. Only California-native plants are drought tolerant.

    A great deal has been written lately about the use of California natives, but actually, many good drought-tolerant plants are available to us from the other Mediterranean-type climates around the world.  Some of the most common of these plants are eucalyptus, oleander, and acacia.

  3. Drought-tolerant landscaping doesn't require any water at all. Even drought-resistant plants require some initial watering to become established.  However, once they are established, drought-resistant plants will get  by on considerably less water than we have been accustomed to lavishing on our landscape.

In the garden, try these water-conserving techniques:

  • Use a variety of attractive low-water plants.

  • Use a drip irrigation system to apply water slowly, reducing run-off and promoting deep rooting.

  • Lay mulch, which can be made from readily available wood chips or leaf mold, act as a blanket to keep in moisture, and help prevent erosion, soil compression, and weeds.

  • Preserve existing trees.  Established plants are often adapted to low water conditions.  Porous paving materials such as brick, decomposed granite, or gravel used in patios and walk-ways help keep water in the garden rather than in the gutter.

  • Set automatic timing devices, which allow efficient watering on a schedule suited to each area of the landscape.

More Ways to Save Water in Your Garden

  1. Water in the cool parts of the day to cut down on evaporation.

  2. Add compost to your soil to improve its water-holding capacity.

  3. Check for and repair leaky hose connections and sprinkler valves.  Small leaks can be very wasteful.

  4. If you have a lawn, ask your nursery person about low-water-using turf, and raise your lawnmower cutting height.  Longer grass blades help shade each other and cut down on evaporation.

  5. Don't over water - water only when the soil is dry.

  6. Water trees and shrubs - which have deep root systems - longer and less frequently than shallow-rooted plants, which require smaller amounts of water more often.

  7. When planting, remember that smaller-size container plants require less water to become established.

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