These plants have been selected because they are attractive, often available in nurseries, non-invasive, easy to maintain, long-term performers, scaled for residential landscapes, and of course, once established — drought tolerant.
The Nifty-50 plants thrive in California’s semiarid climate. Become environmentally aware of what makes our region distinctly beautiful! The Nifty-50 plants are labeled and on display at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College. The five-acre public garden is an excellent place to get ideas for a new or retrofitted landscape that looks beautiful and saves water, time, and money.
The Water Conservation Garden is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Call for summer hours.) Tours are offered each Saturday morning and by appointment. There are classes, workshops, and gardening festivals for the entire family. Go to www.thegarden.org or call 619-660-0614 x10 for further information.
N = Native Plant
Botanical Name is listed first then the Common Name.
1. Arctostaphylos species and hybrids - Manzanita (N)
2. Ceanothus species and hybrids - California Lilac (N)
3. Cercis occidentalis - Western Redbud (N)
4. Chamelaucium uncinatum - Geraldton Waxflower
5. Cistus species - Rockrose
6. Grevillea species and hybrids - Grevillea
7. Heteromeles arbutifolia - Toyon (N)
8. Leucophyllum species - Texas Ranger
9. Mahonia aquifolium - Oregon Grape (N)
10. Myrtus communis - Common Myrtle
11. Rosmarinus officinalis - Rosemary
12. Westringia fruticosa - Coastal Rosemary
Continued on next page with Groundcovers, Ornamental Grasses and Grass-Like Plants, Perennials and Trees.
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