Let EBMUD's award-winning plant book inspire you! Order a copy here or from a local bookstore.
Where to find plants
Some of the greatest nurseries in the world are just down the street. Below is a list of local nurseries with dedicated low-water use plant sections. If we are missing your nursery, please let us know!
Also visit Stop Waste to check out Bay-Friendly Partner Nurseries and nurseries featuring California native plants.
|Ace Garden Center, Grand Ave.||Oakland|
|Evergreen Nursery||San Leandro|
|Moraga Garden Center||Moraga|
|The Ruth Bancroft Garden and Nursery||
|Sloat Garden Center||
|Spiral Gardens Nursery||Berkeley|
Our favorite plants hand-picked by EBMUD's Landscape Advisory Committee for their ease and success.
100 "All Stars" were field-tested by UC Davis Arboretum and found to work great, even under difficult conditions.
Master Gardeners highlighted these beautiful plants that perform well, attract wildlife, and reduce the need for pesticides.
Download a Bay-Friendly Plant List for your specific need: lawn alternatives, butterfly plants, hedges, plants that don't need shearing, etc.
Free designs & ideas
Use this beautiful 2-page guide to take the guesswork out of designing your garden. These plants were carefully chosen for this area by the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. (For a printer-friendly version click here).
Free, professional front yard designs that are scalable to fit landscaped areas up to 2,500 square feet. The eight front yard plans are available in various styles. Templates are courtesy of the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership.
Quickly identify low-water use plants native to your location, use advanced search to narrow results based on your garden conditions, and filter by local nurseries! Exportable results.
Click on the map, and search for low water use or shade plants. Calflora uses soil, climate, and elevation factors to generate a complete planting list for you. Exportable results.
Discover the water needs of your plants, or make a list of low-water use plants in the WUCOLS database. The database catalogs over 3,500 plants commonly found in California landscapes.
WaterWonks is another way to search WUCOLS for the water needs for any of your plants. You can also find plants that need no summer water, and create plant lists that can be saved, printed or downloaded.
Do NOT plant
Some plants aggressively spread beyond the garden and into neighboring open spaces, negatively impacting the local ecosystem. Make the best choices for your garden or landscape project. Find beautiful and hardy alternatives to invasive plants.
More resources from the California Invasive Plant Society on alternatives to invasive plants, sorted by region. Use it help your next garden or landscape project.