Plants & Gardening Resources
Following is a list of plants and gardening resources that may provide more information for your landscaping needs.
California Native Plant Link Exchange
Listing of local nurseries and list of plants by County: Sacramento, Placer
and El Dorado come up on this listing:
Native Plant Societies
Sacramento Valley Chapter (Sacramento County and part of Placer County)
El Dorado Chapter (El Dorado County)
Redbud Chapter (Placer and Nevada Counties)
Water Saver Home – online Plant Lists for Northern California and design ideas similar to the WaterWise Gardening CD (from the Home Page select Garden Guide)
For the greater Sacramento area, average rainfall is only about 17 inches per year. This low rainfall is characteristic of a semi-arid desert climate, with sunny, dry weather most of the year. Periodic droughts are a normal occurrence. Carmichael Water District in conjunction with the Regional Water Authority (RWA) believes gardens can be beautiful and water-wise, in keeping with our natural conditions. Water-wise gardening also helps conserve our precious water supplies.
Snapshot of Water Efficiency
CWD boasts drought-tolerant plants and landscaping at its office at 7837 Fair Oaks Boulevard. The next time you visit the district, take a moment to enjoy the beautiful examples of water efficiency.
To view District plant and landscaping examples now, see photos below.
Before you begin your next irrigation/gardening project, pick up a brochure titled “Easy Water-Wise Gardening” or “Water Efficient Landscapes” at the District office. In it you will find helpful tips and resources.
These common plants need very little water and can be grown almost anywhere in California. This is just a sampling of plants: there are many others that will thrive in the local area.
Ground CoversPerennials, Annuals, BulbsShrubsTreesGrasses
YarrowAlliumManzanitaMaidenhair TreeTall Fescues
ManzanitaAlyssumStrawberry TreeGolden Rain TreeHybrid Bermudas
Snow in SummerWindflowerSandhillCrape MyrtleSaint Augustine
ChamomileThrift (Sea Pink)SageLocustZoysia
Indian StrawberryCosmosDusty MillerHackberry
FleabaneFoxgloveCeanothusJapanese Pagoda Tree
Sulfur FlowerBlanket FlowerRock RoseChinese Flame Tree
Coral BellsDaylilySunroseChinese Pistache
Spreading JuniperIrisJuniperWestern Redbud
Evening PrimroseLilyMountain MahoganyIncense Cedar
Lavender CottonDaffodilSmoke Tree
SantolinaCalifornia PoppyOregon Grape
ThymeRose MossToyon-Christmas Berry
See a sampling of the District Landscape water-saving plants below:
Click on the thumbnailed images below for a larger view