WaterSmart plants

Whether you're converting your grass to a new watersmart garden or simply looking to add color to an existing one, we've got the plant for you!

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EBMUD Plant Book

Let EBMUD's award-winning plant book inspire you! Order a copy here or from a local bookstore.

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Printable Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

During the Bay Area's shelter-in-place order, you can still enjoy spring without leaving your neighborhood. How many native plants can you spot? 

Plant lists

Top 100 Low-Water Use Plants

Our favorite plants hand-picked by EBMUD's Landscape Advisory Committee for their ease and success. 

UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars

100 "All Stars" were field-tested by UC Davis Arboretum and found to work great, even under difficult conditions.

Outstanding Plants for Alameda County

Master Gardeners highlighted these beautiful plants that perform well, attract wildlife, and reduce the need for pesticides.

Right Plant for the Right Place

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

Native Planting Guide and Design

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).

Landscape Design Templates

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. 

Plant search

Calscape - Search by Location

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.

CalFlora's Planting Guide

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.

How Much Water? (WUCOLS)

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.

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.

Do NOT plant

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Invasive Garden Plants and Alternatives

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.

Don't Plant a Pest! Bay Area

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.

WaterSmart Gardener

EBMUD's resource center for outdoor water conservation. 

Contact Us

E-mail: waterconservation@ebmud.com
Phone: 1-866-403-2683