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A Ceanothus variety I have in my hot Los Angeles low-water garden is called "wild lilac" and has small purple flowers and woody stems. It grows wide but fairly low, but eventually is more wood than flowering bush. Then I plant other hot climate plants among the branches.
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Spring Creek Aquatic Concepts

An example of our work with few or no grass.... just wildflowers, mostly around ponds lakes and streams, but also in wildflower meadows

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DIY Edible Gardens

Thanks for featuring us. Great article! Here are some photos of our gardens. We use native ground covers and herbs between flagstone. Paving that connects areas and leads to entryways can conserve water and aid in soaking in runoff. You can use native meadow grasses to replace thirsty lawns. We use natives and herbs as part of a natural ecology that has adapted over
thousands of years to be suited specifically to California and its climate.

Rain gardens bring natives into the garden and use them to
give a settling point for
rainfall and water. Native
plants that attract beneficial
insects and humming birds
are used to create these
natural oasis. Rain garden
plants thrive in seasonal
weather conditions and
work together to create a
lush ecosystem.

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