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Inspiration -- and tips -- for drought gardening

  • How to ditch the front lawn on the cheap (without it looking cheap!)

    How to ditch the front lawn on the cheap (without it looking cheap!)

    With the start of summer and more hot weather on the horizon, home gardeners in drought-stricken Southern California face a challenge: How to keep landscapes looking good while cutting back on water use. For ideas, we're talking to landscape and garden professionals to see how they are adapting...

  • Trees are undergoing stress in California's drought; water with care

    Trees are undergoing stress in California's drought; water with care

    While dutiful homeowners have been severely limiting — or ceasing — the watering of their lawns and gardens to comply with drought restrictions, one potential fallout is sometimes overlooked: the health of the residential tree canopy. In July, Mayor Judy Nelson of Glendora, a city that prizes its...

  • California drought inspires playful small space garden

    California drought inspires playful small space garden

    Peg Rahn loves her Sierra Madre garden but is taking the drought — and the city’s mandate to reduce water consumption by 30% — seriously. So when it came time to update her side yard, she decided to do what made sense given California’s crippling lack of water. “I installed a fake lawn,” Rahn said....

  • More California gardeners go native

    More California gardeners go native

    Landscaping with California native plants has probably never been more compelling than it is today, when gardeners throughout Southern California are taking drastic measures to keep their yards looking green or, at the very least, alive. "Natives are adapted to our seasons," says Kitty Connolly,...

  • DIY succulents: Tips for decorating with drought-tolerant plants

    DIY succulents: Tips for decorating with drought-tolerant plants

    You don't have to plant succulents in the ground to provide drama at home. Here, we offer a roundup of some unexpected design ideas for the low-maintenance plants, from decorative accents to larger installations.

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