Drought-tolerant Landscape Design in Los Angeles
In Los Angeles, where rainfall is a blessing, not a promise, drought-tolerant landscapes have become a great way to conserve on water and cut maintenance costs.
Using California Natives or the wide variety of other plants available is one way to go in changing to a drought tolerant landscape. Also you can incorporate desert landscaping plants like succulents and cactus. ”Drought-tolerant plants that will look great in your garden!” is the title of an online Los Angeles Times photo gallery of January 25, 2017. It shows 31 examples of mostly flowering plants to add those pops of color that add so much to a landscape. So with this much choice you can have a drought-tolerant landscape design that fits your budget and aesthetic, and is eco-friendly at the same time.
In an LA Times article of April 16, 2015 on drought-tolerant landscaping, Rumaldo Flores, the owner of the Los Angeles-based Flores Landscaping (aka Flores Artscape), mentioned rosemary, salvia and lavender as among the most popular replacement plants.
Xeriscape is another word for drought-tolerant or desert landscaping (pronounced zeer-i-scape). The word literally means "dry landscape". Xeriscape is gaining in popularity at least in part due to the years of drought conditions.
Studies estimate 50% of residential water goes toward maintaining lawns and landscapes. In Southern California, where water-conservation is especially needed, drought-tolerant landscaping has become a good solution.
Like any technical subject, drought-tolerant landscape design is based on its own set of principles and when properly done, will save you water, money and maintenance. The landscapers at Flores Landscaping are fully trained in all aspects of design and installation from the many drought-tolerant landscapes they’ve completed through the years.
So don’t wait for those hot, dry summer months to start your drought-tolerant project. The landscapers at Flores Landscaping are ready to come out and help make your dream a reality. Call 323-666-3510 to schedule your Free Consultation.
Added note: In a recent National Geographic article talking about the five year California drought, it was pointed out that most of the water for the state comes from snowpack (a mass of snow on the ground that is compressed and hardened by its own weight). Frank Gehrke, of California's Department of Water Resources, said that because of the damage caused by dry conditions, “it can take more than a single good year of snowpack for a drought to truly end.”