Besides the obvious lower water bill there are great benefits to cultivating a low water garden. Many of my friends have mentioned their recent water bills to me and I remind them that we are in a Mediterranean climate typified by long hot dry summers and winters with unpredictable levels of rainfall. We share our climate with parts of Australia, central Chile, the western cape of South Africa and around the Mediterranean basin.
Our climate in Southern California is undeniable Mediterranean and therefore dry. It is also wonderful, and we are lucky to be able to spend so much time outside. We can choose from a huge palette of native plants and plants from the other Mediterranean regions. In fact, of the approximate 25,000 native U.S. plant species, close to 6,000 are native in California! Theodore Payne has a comprehensive list of California’s Native Plants