drought tolerant ground cover - Knowledgebase Question

Fullerton, Ca
Question by siangtan
May 14, 2010
We want to replace our lawn with green plant cover which require no or little water. It has to be spreading and walkable/resistant/tough such as ivy. Southern California, USDA zone 8-9

Answer from NGA
May 14, 2010


There are only a few plants that are drought tolerant and walkable. Origanum -
(Ornamental Oregano) has beautiful dusty-rose to deep mauve flowers from June through September, drought tolerant, deer resistant, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, Native. Plant 18? apart. Phlox - (Mountain Pinks or Creeping Phlox) Evergreen, native, full bloom in April and May, can rebloom in the fall, walkable, variety of colors. Plant 18? apart. Thymus - (Creeping Thyme) Fragrant, low spreading flowering evergreen for full sun. Plant 6? apart. Ajuga - Quick growing, walkable, flowers in May and June, plant 6 - 12? apart. Armeria -
(Thrift) Dwarf and mounded form, outstanding continuous show of color, walkable. Plant 12? apart. Delosperma - Walkable - Flowers June thru September, easy to grow and drought tolerant. Plant 18? apart. Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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