The Right Plants

The Right Plants


Select the Right Plants for your landscape. IRWD customers are within Sunset Plant Climate Zones 22-24, which is influenced by the ocean throughout the year. This results in modest rainfall, warmer winters and cooler summers. For California native plant enthusiasts, the area’s plant community is Coastal Sage Scrub.

 Plants for our Climate
 rightscape garden

This demonstration garden is a great example of what can be done at your home or property to create a beautiful water-efficient landscape by selecting the Right Plants.

Keep in mind that California native plants require different amounts of water, soil conditions, and landscape care throughout the year compared to non-native drought-tolerant plants. IRWD customers who live in the foothill and canyon areas are more vulnerable to fires and would benefit from including fire-resistant plants in their landscape.

RightScape Resources

For a one-stop shop with garden tours, garden galleries, a searchable plant database and a garden resources section, visit RightScape Resources



 Water Efficient= Beautiful 

Examples of plants that will thrive in your landscape:

Drought-Tolerant Plants
• Verbena (Verbena peruviana)
• Rockrose (Cistus sp)
• Marguerite Daisy (Chrysanthemum frutescens)

California Native Plants
• Manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp)
• Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus betuloides)
• Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana) 

Fire-Resistant Plants
• Monkey Flower (Mimulus sp)
• California Lilac (Ceanothus sp) Pictured left
• Common Yarrow (Achillea) 


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