Seventy percent (70%) of water used in suburban communities is used to water our gardens. This is a huge quantity considering the fact that Southern California is facing severe water shortages. Water is one of our most precious resources and we all need to think about how conserve water, use less water, waste less water. We will save money as well as protect our communities from possible future shortages by redesigning our gardens to conserve water.
Drought tolerant plants are not limited to cacti and succulents. There are thousands of species of beautiful flowers, shrubs, vines and ground covers that are “un” thirsty and could save more than 50% of the water used in a more traditional landscape. Drought tolerant gardening also involves sensible management like installation of drip irrigation systems, timers, water sensors, and above all, MULCH! Mulching and composting your beds will improve soil quality, reduce evaporation and encourage better water absorption. Native plants, those plants which naturally grow in our Southern California climate, need only about half as much water as most exotic species. They also provide habitat for our native birds and butterflies. For lists of some of the most popular drought tolerant and native plants please call the Planning Department at 626-914-8214.
Plant a meadow instead of turf!
City of Glendora Extremely Water Wise Demonstration Garden
The City's first Water Wise Demonstration Garden has been installed at the Glendora Library. There are three sections: Sun, Shade and Hummingbird gardens. The plants were donated by Monrovia Growers. We encourage residents to visit the garden to discover examples of the many diverse and beautiful drought tolerant plants available.
Drought Tolerant Plant Lists
Glendora Library Water Wise Demonstration Garden Plant list
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Drought Tolerant Plants
Humming Bird Garden
Metropolitan Water District Drought Tolerant Plants