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Water Smart List

Briggs has created an expanded version of the San Diego County Water Authority's 'Nifty 50' list that encourages homeowners to select plants that will help conserve water usage. Cutting back on water doesn't mean you have to plant only succulents and California natives. These plants were chosen because they are attractive, non-invasive, easy to maintain, long-term performers, scaled for residential landscapes and of course, after established, drought tolerant.

Groundcover
Acacia redolens
(Acacia)
Arctostaphylos
(Spreading Manzanita)
Ceanothus
(Carmel Creeper)
Dymondia
(Silver Carpet)
Lampranthus
(Ice Plant)
Lantana
(Trailing Lantana)
Juniperus pro. 'Nana'
(Prostrate Juniper)
Myoporum parvifolium
(Myoporum)
Rosemary
(Prostrate Rosemary)
Sedum
(Stonecrop)
Thymus
(Thyme)

Perennials
Anigozanthos
(Kangaroo Paws)
Artemesia
(Wormwood)
Galvezia
(Island Bush Snapdragon)
Lavendula
(Lavender)
Limonium
(Statice)
Lobelia laxiflora
(Lobelia)
Mimulus
(Monkey Flower)
Penstemon
(Penstemon)
Salvia
(Sage)
Tagetes
(Mexican Marigold)
Teucrium
(Germander)
Verbena
(Peruvian Verbena)

Grasses
Cordyline
(New Zealand Cabbage Tree)
Dietes
(Butterfly Iris, Fortnight Lily)
Muhlenbergia
(Pink Muhly Grass)
Pennisetum rubrum
(Red Fountain Grass)
Phormium
(New Zealand Flax)

Vines
Bougainvillea
(Bougainvillea)
Gelsemium sempervirens
(Carolina Jessamine)
Mascagnia
(Yellow Orchid Vine)
Tecoma smithii
(Orange Bells)

Shrubs
Acacia longifolia
(Acacia)
Arctostaphylos
(Manzanita)
Buddleja
(Butterfly Bush)
Calliandra californica
(Baja Fairy Duster)
Callistemon
(Dwarf Bottlebrush)
Carpenteria californica
(Bush Anemone)
Ceanothus
(California Lilac)
Cercis occidentalis
(Western Redbud)
Chamelaucium
(Geraldton Wax Flower)
Cistus
(Rockrose)
Cytisus
(Genista)
Dodonea viscosa 'Purpurea'
(Purple Hopseed)
Echium
(Pride of Madera)
Euryops
(Golden Shrub Daisy)
Grevillea
(Grevillea)
Hakea suaveolens
(Sweet Hakea)
Heteromeles
(Toyon)
Leonotis
(Lions Tail)
Leptospermum
(Tea Tree)
Leucadendron
(Leucadendron)
Leucophyllum
(Texas Ranger)
Mahonia
(Oregon Grape)
Myrica californica
(Pacific Wax Myrtle)
Myrtus
(Common Myrtle)
Phlomis fruticosa
(Jerusalem Sage)
Rhamnus californica
(Coffeeberry)
Rhus integrifolia
(Lemonade Berry)
Ribes
(Currant, Gooseberry)
Romneya coulteri
(Matilija Poppy)
Rosmarinus
(Rosemary)
Tecoma capensis
(Cape Honeysuckle)
Vitex
(Chaste Tree)
Westringia fruticosa
(Coast Rosemary)

Succulents
Aeonium sp.
(Aeonium)
Agave sp.
(Agave)
Aloe sp.
(Aloe)
Bulbine
(Bulbine)
Calandrinia
(Rock Purslane)
Dasylirion
(Mexican Grass Tree)
Dracaena draco
(Dragon Tree)
Dudleya
(Live Forever)
Echeveria
(Hens n' Chicks)
Hesperaloe
(Red Yucca)
Yucca
(Yucca)

Palms
Chamaerops humilis
(Mediterranean Fan Palm)
Trachycarpus
(Windmill Palm)

Trees
Acacia species
(Acacia)
Agonis flexuosa
(Peppermint Willow)
Arbutus 'Marina'
(Strawberry Tree)
Butia capitata
(Pindo Palm)
Cercidium
(Palo Verde Tree)
Chitalpa
(Chitalpa)
Cordia
(Texas Olive)
Geijera parvifolia
(Australian Willow)
Grevillea robusta
(Silk Oak)
Lagerstroemia indica
(Crape Myrtle)
Lagunaria patersonii
(Primrose Tree)
Laurus nobilis
(Sweet Bay)
Lyonothamnus floribundus
(Catalina Ironwood)
Melaleuca
(Paperbark)
Metrosideros excelsa
(New Zealand Christmas Tree)
Olea varieties
(Olive)
Parkinsonia
(Palo Verde)
Pistacia chinensis
(Chinese Pistache)
Prosopsis
(Chilean Mesquite)
Rhus lancea
(African Sumac)
Quercus agrifolia
(Coast Live Oak)


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In September

September is a great time of year in your landscape. The ornamental grasses that you've planted should be flowering right now and at their peak. With the days shortening, be careful not to water too late in the day to discourage diseases - and - with the drought in effect - don't forget the watering schedules your water district has enforced: http://www.sdcwa.org/find-your-water-district/. Fertilize your entire garden. At the minimum, an easy way to remember when to fertilize is to do it on the first day of the three growing seasons; the first day of spring, the first day of summer and the first day of fall. Mark your calendar for September 21st. A good all-purpose fertilizer can be used on most of your plants including fruit trees. Fertilize Azaleas, Camellias and Gardenias with a high acid fertilizer. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions closely.

Color: Now is the time to plant Delphinium, Dianthus and Digitalis. Mums should be available also along with Iceland Poppies, Primula, Snapdragons and Stock. Marigolds and Petunias may be looking a little tired. Clip old blooms to stretch their time in the garden. Begin planting spring bulbs this month. Plant in masses in the ground or in pots to create a spectacular spring show. The iris in your garden can be cut back and divided now in preparation for next spring.

Fruits & Vegetables: In mild winter climates, plant your first crop of lettuce. Plant every few weeks to have a continual crop. Plant beets, broccoli, cabbage, onions, peas and spinach also. Don't plant during a heat wave.

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