"Where drinking water is scarce, it doesn't make sense to use so much of it on our lawns and flowers," says landscape designer Nicole Lopez, who works in drought-prone Santa Monica. "You need to match plants to the climate that you live in. It just doesn't work the other way around."
Stonecrop (Sedum 'Gold Dust')
Small perennial with clumped pink buds that bloom in summer; grows 2 to 4 inches; likes full sun; dry soil; hardy to -20 degrees F; zones 4 to 8