Gardening in a Drought.

 March 23, 2015
Posted by jenn

It’s that lovely time of year to get out there and tend to the garden. Here are some great tips for Bay Area gardening. One thing we need to keep in mind is that we are in a drought and that changes our options.

Get rid of your grass and plant drought tolerant plants.

Lewisia cotyledon ‘Sunset Strain’
This bloomer, from California and Oregon, has evergreen foliage and reaches a foot high and 10 inches wide. It’s great in rock gardens, but needs excellent drainage. Zones 1–7 and 14–17.


Add some more color with this beauty below.

Agastache rugosa
In the Southwest, swap inAgastache rugosa (shown) for Lavandula multifida. Agastache rugosa: Stems of glossy green, licorice-scented leaves reach 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide. This perennial from Korea has purple-blue summer flowers that hummingbirds love. Zones 4–24.
You can find more ideas at the Sunset blog.
 You can also have your veggies too. Here are 12 drought tolerant veggies and fruit for your home garden.
  • Cowpeas (Black-eye peas)
  • “Heat Wave II” Tomatoes
  • ‘Clemson Spineless’ Okra
  • Mustard Greens

Hales Best Jumbo Cantaloupe

  • Cantaloupe
  • Pole Beans or Snap Beans
  • Eggplant
  • Jalapeno and Poblano Peppers
  • Black Aztec Corn (consists of black kernels for roasting)
  • ‘Sugar Baby’ Watermelon
  • New Zealand Spinach
  • Some varieties of squash and zucchini

Another great idea is putting in a rock garden where instead of having a lawn. There are several different themes that you could use too.

A Japanese style rock garden is fun and classy.


Or perhaps you want to indulge in the desert theme.


There’s also the dry shade gardens that live off of the pre-existing moisture from the shade.


I hope these ideas have helped you start to think about alternative ways to go about your beloved garden. It takes all of us to do our part to help in this horrific drought. Don’t have a green thumb but want to learn check out this cute feature from Buzzfeed that makes it all easy.

Now get out there and garden!