Sacramento County Water Agency

Design Resources

  • Recommended Plant Lists: The WaterSmart Plants for the Sacramento Region list contains some of the most common very low, low, and moderate water-use plants found in the Sacramento region.  Plants are listed in categories located in the right hand column.  Select the desired category (i.e. Trees-Evergreen) and there is a column for the Plant Coverage Values. These individual lists are pdf. documents in spreadsheet form.
  • EcoLandscaper™ Professional Referral List: EcoLandscape California provides detailed information about each EcoLandscaper.
  • Landscaping Calculator Tool: Use this calculator to find how much water you could potentially save when you create a sustainable landscape.  This handy tool can also estimate the amount of greenhouse gases and green waste (i.e. grass clippings) you can reduce by having a sustainable landscape.  Check it out!
  • Eco-Landscape California: This is a wonderful resource for landscape design, design templates and plant lists.
  • U.C. Davis Arboretum All-Stars: 100 tough, reliable plants that are easy to grow, don't need a lot of water, have few problems with pests or diseases, and have outstanding qualities in the garden.
  • U.C. Davis Master Gardener Program: Excellent resource for a one-on-one connection with a landscape advice expert.
  • Be Water Smart: Developed by the Regional Water Authority, this website is an extensive repository of information on water conservation tips, drought news and landscape design resources.
  • Plant Profiles: Contains pictures of the various plants in all four seasons.  You may use the mature width as your diameter in the calculations.
  • River-Friendly Landscaping: River-friendly landscaping includes many gardening practices that are designed to create a healthy, beautiful yard while conserving water, reducing yard waste, and preventing pollution of our local rivers.