Beautiful Drought Tolerant Varieties

Choosing the right plants for your climate zone is important. There are many varieties that are well adapted to conditions in the Bakersfield area. Some of our favorites include:

Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa)

Mediterranean native with tall stems set and widely-spaced, hooded yellow flowers. Moisture-conserving thick, typically furry or hairy leaves are lance-shaped.

Teucrium prostrata

Extremely low-growing to about 6-8 inches in height. A native of the Mediterranean area, this tough, evergreen groundcover has glossy, dark green leaves with serrated margins. Spikes of pink-purple flowers adorn the plants in the spring, and cooler parts of the year.

Lavender (Lavandula)

Sun loving, bushy and branching in habit, usually growing up to 2-1/2 feet in height and requiring minimal moisture. Silvery-green leaves are blunt 1-2 inches long, smooth edged and somewhat hairy. Fragrant lavender-purple flowers.

Rockrose (Cistus species)

Mediterranean native. Commonly known as Rock Roses for the resemblance of the flowers to old-fashioned, single roses. Prefer rocky, relatively poor soil.

Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis)

Woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region. Grows in light, slightly acidic, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates light shade. Good drought tolerance.

 Hens & Chicks (Echeveria species)

Attractive succulents with amazing colors and variations. Native to the Americas,

Echeveria can tolerate extended dry periods without water, but grow best with adequate water during the growing season. Shallow rooted plants benefit from organic matter in the soil.

Red Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum)

Perennial bunchgrass found in open scrubby habitats of East Africa, tropical Africa, Middle East and Southwest Asia. Drought-tolerant. Fast growing to 3 feet in height.

Sweet Bay (Laurus nobilis)

Moderately slow growing dense evergreen shrub or small tree that reaches 10-25 feet tall and almost as wide with very aromatic elliptical 3 to 5 inch long leathery dark green leaves. Greenish-yellow flowers in early summer followed by ½ inch wide dark green-to-black berries in fall. Grows in sun or shade with little or regular light irrigation.

Desert Mountain Palo Verde (Parkinsonia cercidium)

Unique natural beauty, displays of bright yellow flowers, smooth green trunk and gracefully interwoven branches. Vigorous root system. Tolerates drought.

When in drought, don’t give up on your landscape. By making a few adjustments and choosing the right plant material, you can have your landscape and save water too!