SCV Water debuts Top 100 SCV-Friendly Plant Guide

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SCV Water recently debuted its new landscaping resource, the Top 100 SCV-Friendly Plant Guide. 

The Guide includes California and local natives as well as other low-water-use plants to inspire your landscape. All 100 plants are water-efficient, once established, and are known to do well in the Santa Clarita Valley. 

“Residents are looking for alternatives to water-thirsty lawns and this is an important resource, considering the persistent and severe drought conditions,” said Matt Dickens, SCV Water sustainability manager. “The native plant options we provide are already adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, and generally require less water and maintenance than turf grass.” 

Native plants are ones that naturally grow in an area. By brightening up your landscape with natives, you’ll save water, money and time, and add value by cultivating a colorful and healthy habitat for pollinators, including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.  

Within the California native plant list, be sure to look for the star symbol for plants specifically native to the SCV. 

“We are excited to debut this new, comprehensive plant guide to our customers,” said SCV Water Conservation Specialist Julia Grothe. “We hope that the Top 100 SCV-Friendly Plant Guide will provide inspiration to customers and will help create beautiful, colorful landscapes that benefit both the community and the local ecosystem.” 

How to Use the Guide 

Search for the perfect addition to your landscape by choosing either a native or other low-water-use plant. Then select the plant type you’re looking for: groundcover, perennial, shrub, succulent, or tree. And lastly, refine your search by key characteristics such as: water and sun requirements, coverage at maturity, blooming season, or wildlife benefits.  

Or for a simpler option, pick your plants by color and use whatever plant inspires you.  

To get a copy, visit your local library, local nursery, local irrigation supply house or the SCV Water customer care office. To access the web version, visit 

For customers interested in the Lawn Replacement Program, visit 

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