Town of Apple Valley

City of Hesperia

County of San Bernardino

City of Victorville


Rainfall and snow runoff is limited throughout the year in the High Desert. That’s why it’s important that we preserve and conserve water all year long to maintain a consistent and healthy supply of water. Luckily, conservation and stormwater pollution prevention are easy – and can start right in your own yard!

Did you know that more than 30 percent of all household water consumption occurs outside the home for watering lawns and gardens? You can reduce your consumption by using water-wise plants and rocks to create a colorful, low maintenance landscape – and we’ve picked our favorites to help you get started!

Water Wise plants live longer, use less water and tolerate heat and desert conditions far better than other flowers, trees and shrubs. By landscaping with Water Wise plants, you can lower your overall water consumption and need for stormwater pollutants like topical fertilizers and pesticides.

Check out our list of water-savvy plants to get started on your Water Wise landscape today!

Thirsty for more? Visit our friends at the Mojave Water Agency (MWA) at to tap into more useful information.


UC Verde Buffalo Grass

  • Botanical name: Buchloe dactyloides
  • Plant profile: This drought-resistant grass requires less mowing, and fertilizing care than other lawn turf. UC Verde Buffalograss uses up to 75 percent less water, can reach four to six inches tall and grows best with full exposure to sunlight and heat.
  • Best time to plant: Plant in spring
  • Average price: 16’ x 16’ flat - $15

Bermuda Grass

  • Botanical name: Cynodon dactylon
  • Plant profile: Bermuda grass is a seasonal plant which can be grown in all soil types. It grows best in full sunlight, thrives in hot climates and requires minimal amounts of water.
  • Best time to plant: Plant in spring
  • Average price: 16’ x 16’ flat - $15

St. Augustine Grass

  • Botanical name: Stenotaphrum secundatum
  • Plant profile: St. Augustine grass is a warm-season turf grass that is great for lawn use. It is water efficient, has few pest problems and does well in sandy soils. It prefers full sun, but grows well in shaded areas. This grass grows quickly during the summer and enters a dormancy period during the winter.
  • Best time to plant: Plant in spring
  • Average price: 16’ x 16’ flat - $15


Crape Myrtle

  • Botanical name: Lagerstroemia indica
  • Plant profile: The Crape Myrtle is a summer flowering tree that makes a great centerpiece for any garden. These trees thrive in hot weather and can grow to 25 feet tall with little watering needed.
  • Best time to plant: Plant Crape Myrtles in the cool season, when the tree is still dormant.
  • Average price: 15 gallon tree - $45 - $80

Mexican Blue Palm

  • Botanical Name: Brahea armata
  • Plant Profile: The Mexican Blue Palm is a hardy palm, perfect for the Southern California region. This species of palm is drought tolerant, as the dense, silvery fronds help the palm conserve water by reflecting the rays of the sun. Although it is slow growing, this palm can grow to 30 feet tall and produces long, dramatic boughs of flowers throughout its lifetime.
  • Best Time to Plant: Plant in spring or early summer
  • Average Price: 15 gallon - $30

Palo Verde

  • Botanical Name: Parkinsonia aculeata
  • Plant profile: The Palo Verde is a fast-growing desert tree with sparse, airy foliage. It produces yellow and orange flowers heavily from mid-April through June and sporadically blooms from summer into fall. The Palo Verde tree is also very drought tolerant in both cold and hot weather, making it a suitable choice for the dry Southern California region.
  • Best time to plant: Plant in spring or fall
  • Average price: Five gallon tree - $20, 15 gallon tree - $80



  • Botanical name: Arctostaphylos species “Emerald Carpet”
  • Plant profile: The Manzanita is an evergreen groundcover shrub that requires very little water. It is characterized by glossy-green leaves and pink flowers and grows up to 1 foot tall.
  • Best time to plant: Plant in spring
  • Average price: 1 gallon plant - $10


  • Botanical name: Cowania Mexicana
  • Plant profile: The Cliffrose is a California-native, flowering shrub. It has a high tolerance for drought conditions and prefers well-drained soil and full sun. Its white flowers bloom in mid spring, producing a sweet aroma through late summer.
  • Best time to plant: Plant in spring
  • Average price: 1 gallon plant - $5, 5 gallon plant $20

English Lavender

  • Botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia
  • Plant profile: Lavender is a durable drought resistant shrub. It can grow 6-10 feet tall with full sunlight and dry soil with little maintenance. It’s fragrant purple flowers bloom spring thru winter.
  • Best Time to Plant: Plant in spring and fall
  • Average Price: 1 gallon plant - $15

Flowering Plants

Rose of Sharon

  • Botanical name: Hibiscus syriacus
  • Plant profile: The Rose of Sharon is a late blooming flower that blossoms at the end of summer or early fall. It can reach 12 feet in height with full sunlight and well-drained soil. This plant is low maintenance and easy to care for, even under polluted conditions.
  • Best time to plant: Plant in spring or fall.
  • Average price: 3 gallon plant - $40

Texas Ranger

  • Botanical name: Leucophyllum spp
  • Plant profile: The Texas Ranger plant is extremely drought tolerant and is the epitome of low-maintenance. This plant can withstand extreme temperatures and requires little to no pruning, no fertilizer, and well-drained soil. The Texas Ranger can reach heights between 3 and 8 feet. It produces silver and green leaves and deep violet blossoms that bloom in the fall.
  • Best time to plant: Plant in late spring
  • Average price: 1 gallon plant - $5, 5 gallon plant - $20

  • Botanical name: Achillea millefolium
  • Plant profile: The Yarrow tolerates heat and drought like a champion and can grow to 3 feet in height with full sun and well-drained soil. It blooms in spring and much of the summer in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, and white. Yarrow thrives in sunny but partially shaded locations and is an easy-growing perennial.
  • Best time to plant: Plant in spring
  • Average price: 1 gallon plant - $15

Business Section

Ready to get “growing” on your water-wise garden? Stop by these local businesses to speak with a water-wise landscaping expert!

Orchard Supply Hardware
16824 Main St, Hesperia, CA 92345
(760) 488-6234   

Cal Herbold's Nursery
9403 E Ave, Hesperia, CA 92345
(760) 244-6125     

Allen's Flowers & Plants
16967 Main St # 101, Hesperia, CA 92345
(760) 244-4455     

Mark & Nellie's Nursery
12875 Bear Valley Rd, Victorville, CA 92392
(760) 956-3900      

Fireman Wholesale Nursery
13564 Palmdale Rd, Victorville, CA 92392
(760) 243-9500 

14333 Bear Valley Rd, Victorville, CA 92392
(760) 488-6146

12189 Apple Valley Rd, Apple Valley, CA 92308
(760) 646-8306

Victor Valley Growers
9889 Goodwin Dr., Victorville, CA 92392
(760) 947-7073

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