DWA Desert Landscaping Database
Welcome to plants for desert landscaping—a water-wise guide for the Coachella Valley. This site does not include all plants that will grow in the Valley, but features hundreds that are known to perform well in this region. Developing a landscape in our hot desert climate can be challenging, but this comprehensive guide will help you meet this challenge. Select from almost 400 plants and over 900 photos to create your own inviting water-conserving landscape. Because up to 80 percent of our residential water is used outdoors, choosing water-efficient plants for your landscape will make a big impact in reducing our consumption of this valuable, irreplaceable resource.
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Click on the photos of Plant Types below to browse and review plants within a specific category.
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bloom season and more. The more specific your selections, the fewer the plants sorted for your review.
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of what a plant needs to grow successfully in your yard.