I always tell my clients how using lower water plants in a design does not need to be restrictive or confining. When we use our own California native plants together with plants from similar climates we can create a vast array of aesthetically pleasing plant pallets. Plants from the Mediterranean, Africa, Australia and New Zealand are some great examples.This can mean multiple textures, heights, leaf and flower colors. Working in unison with mother nature should look stunning not boring
Nobody wants nasty looking bug and disease damage on their plants. There are techniques to control and limit this upon designing your planting plan. A term we plant nerds call “IPM” or integrated pest management uses natural techniques to limit the damage in your garden while working with mother nature and staying away from heavy pesticides that are not great for anyone. One example is using plants that attract “good bugs” into your garden that will eat “bad bugs” that damage plants. As far as disease damage, knowing how to manage that is a skill in and of itself. There are however varieties of plants that are disease resistant. It’s all about knowing what to use where.
Living in southern California, fire is actually part of our natural ecosystem. So it makes sense to plan for it and limit its impacts on the landscape. Although no plant is fire retardant, there are many that are fire resistant. Using the proper planning in both hardscape and planting can make a world of difference