Go Drought Tolerant 2018

Planting season is about 90 days away, and we are still in the midst of a drought.  We’ve only had 1 1/2 days of rain since February 2017, and “the chances of precipitation are below normal in southern, southwestern and western states from Florida to California” says Thomas Geyer at Quad City Times.

Global warming is real, and it looks like we will have above normal temperatures this winter.  If water conservation measures are again mandated by Governor Jerry Brown, we should start by changing our landscaping to be drought tolerant.

I was visiting a local wholesale nursery and put this collection of drought tolerants that would look great together. Add some gravel over the ground and you have a beautifully landscaped yard that will save you money and conserve water.


In the back row (left to right) is Red Yucca, Museum Palo Verde, Hesperaloe parviflora, Totem cactus; middle row Variegated Smooth Agave, Thin Leaf Yucca; front row Echinocactus, Smooth Agave, Agave Murpheyi Variegated.


Aloe Vera 1 gallon


Smooth Agave 1 gallon

The prices of these plants start at $5.05.


Sick of being overcharged


I just moved into a home I remodeled several years ago.  It was being rented for 3 years and when the tenants moved out, I decided to sell my condo and move to this home.  My intention was to spruce it up to “Beverly Hills” standards, and put it back onto the market in 2 years while I look for another remodeling project.  So one of the things on that list was to fix the landscaping.  There was a lot of hill slide inundated with slate, so it was really difficult to find things that would grow and look modern and beautiful.

With the help of some landscaping friends, I put together a list of plants that would work. Trying to keep the costs down, I wanted to source the plants myself and hire a landscaper to help me install the plants and small retaining walls.  I called several local nurseries from Moon Valley, Paradise to Armstrongs and Lowe’s… the prices they gave me were outrageous.  I was buying 50 creeping rosemary 1 gallon, 24 bougainvillea 5 gal, 24 podocarpus 15 gal, and assortment of succulents.  The quotes I received ranged from $3,000-4,000 just for the plants.  It didn’t include the soil, gravel, retaining wall bricks, and labor.  I couldn’t justify spending a total of $12,000 on landscaping when I planned on doing other expensive projects to the house like adding a deck and hot tub.

I decided to start calling wholesale nurseries in southern California to see if they could sell me plants at a cheaper price.  I found out that they often had surplus of certain plants that were in prime condition that their big box stores (Home Depot, Walmart, Lowes) had changed their mind on or canceled orders.  I had to be a little flexible and change my plant list based on what was available.  I ended up spending only $1800 on plants and saving up to $3200!!  I had my landscaper pick up the plants in his truck, and it turned out beautiful.

Now I’m selling these plants to you… and saving you $$$