Living in Yorba Linda, CA certainly has its perks. Its mild climate and plethora of sunny days mean you have ample time to enjoy your yard. That makes having a yard you would enjoy spending time in a necessity. That takes a little work, especially since the state of California regularly falls into drought. By choosing the right grasses, flowers, and ancillary materials, you can create a landscape that requires little maintenance.
California Colors Without the Water
The climate of Yorba Linda makes it an ideal location to use some of California's brightly colored native plants and flowers to accent a yard crafted from green artificial grass, also called synthetic grass. Today's artificial grass bears bi resemblance to the 1970s Astroturf you might think of at first. Today's synthetic grass provides a versatile yard coverage that imbues the landscape with year around beauty. Using synthetic grass saves you water, too, and negates the need for fertilizer.
Each square foot of artificial grass that replaces a square foot of natural grass saves up to 55 gallons of water.
By planting accent gardens in small plots in the yard, Yorba Linda homeowners can enhance the realistic look of the artificial grass. These small gardens add color to the yard and require very little watering. These pops of color can also help your ground collect the little bit of moisture that California does receive.
Using these native flower gardens and natural materials like rock and river stones to landscape is called xeriscaping. While landscapers sometimes use native grasses, too, by using synthetic grass, you can further save money, water, and lawn maintenance.
These small gardens combined with artificial grass help you better conserve water. That means even when California or Yorba Linda, specifically, enters drought, you'll easily be able to comply with water rationing. The Yorba Linda Water District passed a water conservation ordinance that categorizes water shortages in four stages with stage one as the least restrictive and stage four as the most restrictive. Xeriscaping your Yorba Linda landscape provides you with an easy way to immediately meet any stage of water requirements.
Drought Tolerant Plants in California
Drought is a common feature of the California climate. While the state has not experienced another drought like the 80-year drought of the 1500s, it has had some lengthy periods of little to no precipitation. Using drought-tolerant plants ensures your yard can look fabulous no matter what the weather brings.
Try these native plants for your small Yorba Linda garden plots. These options require full sun, loamy soil and can go without water after the first summer. But if you want a simple list of drought tolerant plants that can work for your garden here are some plants that grow natively in Yorba Linda, California that you can plant in your yard for year around beauty.
Varying the heights of shrubs throughout the yard can add interest to your landscape. You can use taller shrubs to line the perimeter of your yard, forming a natural wall. The Big Berry Manzanita ( Arctostaphylos glauca) works well for this. A red-brown barked evergreen shrub that ultimately grows to the height of a small tree, the Big Berry Manzanita reaches a height of seven to 10 feet.
If you want an evergreen shrub about knee height, try the Laguna Manzanita (Arctostaphylos glandulosa adamsii . Another option is the rhizomatous perennial White Sagebrush ( Artemisia ludoviciana ) which grows well in every area of the state.
If you want an in-between height to round things out, try California Sagebrush (Artemisia californica) which grows to three to four feet. Variable height shrubs blend well with flowers to provide artificial grass a realistic look.
For a drought tolerant flower garden, start with a bush, the Butterfly Mint Bush ( Monardella antonina). It reaches a height of twelve inches and provides perennial coverage. Southern Monkey Flower (Diplacus longiflorus) grows as fun as it sounds. This huge flower adds color to your plot as does Bluff California Lilac (Ceanothus maritimus). You can craft the look of the ocean beaches of San Luis Obispo by planting Maritime California Lilac. For taller color, plant the Coast Sunflower (Encelia californica), a perennial shrub that grows to three to four feet. It works effectively as a large-scale ground cover with a two-inch daisy. If you'd like to include a succulent, try the Liveforever (Dudleya lanceolata, a one foot tall and wide plant. You can cover quite a bit of ground with it.
These choices let you form a few small garden plots here and there through your yard. These pops of color bring life to your yard even when California gets little to no rain.
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