In western Riverside County, 60% or more of typical residential water use goes to landscaping. This makes the landscape an ideal place to look for ways to save water. Check out the following for helpful ideas and resources:
NEW!!! Western's Water-wise Plant List
Created especially for the Riverside area. Sort through features and filters and lots of photos to find appropriate plants for your needs.
Water Saving Garden Friendly
A program to help you find climate-appropriate plants.
Conserve resources and beautify your landscape with this University of California Cooperative Extension publication.
Water-wise Landscape Contest
Do you have an established water-efficient garden? Show the region that saving water can be beautiful! The contest accepts entries April through May of each year. Check out the contest web site for great ideas and inspiration.
Landscape Design Ideas
Get ideas from these climate-appropriate landscape design templates. More coming soon!
- Anderson Residence
- Bonawitz Residence
- Chamberlin Residence
- Carlson Residence
- Beatty Residence
- Blakely Residence
- Mitchell Residence, BEFORE photo, AFTER photo
- Tyler Parkway Master Plan
- Tyler Parkway Images
The following plans illustrate landscape designs that are created for two types of residential customers: "family" and "empty nesters." Each of these customer types contains plans for three types of watering regimes: very low water use (30% ET), low water use (50% ET), and moderate water use (70% ET).
- Empty Nester - very low water use: PLAN LEGEND
- Empty Nester - low water use: PLAN LEGEND
- Empty Nester - moderate water use: PLAN LEGEND
- Family - very low water use: PLAN LEGEND
- Family - low water use: PLAN LEGEND
- Family - moderate water use: PLAN LEGEND
More ideas on what to plant
How much does it cost?
Participants in our recent turf replacement program spend, on average, $2.50 per square foot for a basic landscape of plants, mulch, and drip irrigation conversion installed by a contractor. However, when hardscape items such as pavers, patios, pergolas, and walls are added, the costs can increase greatly and will vary with the type of materials selected.