Appropriate plant selection for water-wise shrub beds can help reduce water needs in the landscape.
Shrubs can provide a more natural look, screen unsightly objects, create strong seasonal interest in the landscape, and provide a backdrop for showy perennials. Shrubs can also meet habitat and food requirements for a variety of wildlife species.
Look for native or species adapted to the local climate, soil type, and sun exposure
Choose flowering and fruiting shrubs for seasonal interest and food for wildlife, if desired
Mix evergreens and deciduous shrubs to create interesting texture combinations, seasonal interest (color, texture, form), and wildlife habitat
Combine different size shrubs for visual interest
Perform a soil test to assess soil conditions such as type, drainage, and fertility
Apply enough water during the first two years to ensure strong root establishment
Choose shrubs that require 2 or fewer irrigations per month
Group shrubs with similar water needs together
Group plants in a bed to create a more natural look. This will reduce maintenance, water use and lawn area
Use appropriate spacing based on mature plant size. Some overlap can help create a more natural look
For a more formal look, create bold, symmetrical patterns by spacing shrubs farther apart to showcase shrub bed shape
Many shrubs can be clipped or trimmed to create interesting geometric or ‘neat’ shapes